The vast and varied field of arts work, from symphony orchestras to solitary sculptors to roving theater companies, exists in a world shaped by economic realities and cultural myths. However, most of those who enjoy the arts, and many who practice them, rarely examine these structures, despite the impact these forces have on arts opportunities for the public and possibilities for artists. These seldom studied issues clearly affect “making a living and making a life.” We will examine the intersection of commerce, the arts and life through humanities-based inquiry and theatrical performance as part of the Working Lives Project, and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater. Following performances and workshops of a play about a struggling theater company, a panel of experts will explore the cultural anthropology of the performing arts in the United States, analyzing patterns of organization, economic impact and the role of the artist. A facilitated discussion following the panel presentation, will lead to a more robust and thoughtful, public discussion of “the work of art.”
About Access Hour
WORT turns its airwaves over to members of the community. The show opens up radio production to people that have typically not been on the air before. The show is completely different from one week to the next. Guests have included community groups, musicians, aspiring DJs, story-tellers, call-in discussions, radio plays, live bands, fans of niche music, and lots of other topics.