Thank you again to those who came out to our second Atlanta Dance Community Meeting in March! We are very excited to move forward with this process, and are energized by all of the support and enthusiasm we all experienced at the meeting!
Throughout the past month, each work group has met and discussed their possible next steps. At our upcoming meeting, we will be furthering our discussion on these 3 topics:
MISSION is the raison d’etre for your organization, why it exists. The original founders’ intentions – what they wanted to achieve by starting the organization – must be reexamined and refreshed periodically if an organization is to remain dynamic.
VALUES manifest in everything you do as a group, not only your public programs, but also how you operate. For instance, one organization may identify access as a primary value; when they plan programs, they think foremost about how to remove the barriers and encourage the widest possible participation. Another group might value quality of artistic performance above all else; when they assign budget priorities, they opt for artistic expenditures above all others. Articulating values provides everyone with guiding lights, ways of choosing among competing priorities and guidelines about how people will work together.
VISION is what keeps us moving forward, even against discouraging odds. For example, a media-literacy group may envision a nation where every child knows how to talk back to television. Vision is the most powerful motivator in an organization. If it’s vivid and meaningful enough, people can do astounding things to bring it to realization. But if it’s lacking, no amount of resources will be able to get people moving.
We will share and discuss in an open forum. Please join us, even if you were not able to attend the previous meeting, or were not assigned a work group.
DanceATL Community Meeting
Sunday, April 22nd from 3-5pm
TADA – The Atlanta Dance Academy
2335 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Welcome to anyone in the greater Atlanta dance field – dancer, choreographer, dance educator, artistic director, dance-focused arts administrator.
DanceATL is sincerely looking forward to serving again alongside this beautiful and vibrant community of ours.