Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
ACHF Arts Access
Our goals are: To enhancing the quality of the region's cultural life. To maintain high artistic standards. To present culturally diverse and stylistically expansive programming. To showcase some of the best available national and international performers and productions. To educate and build audiences for the performing arts by reaching out to diverse constituencies. The goals of this project relate well to our mission. The project embodies cultural, stylistic and ethnic diversity, which fits the missions of reaching out to diverse constituencies and enticing new audience members through exciting, unexpected presentations. We include surveys in each event program to determine how many new audience members we have attracted, and to find out what kind of experience they had (we ask that of long-term audience members, too). We have included these in all programs for the past seven years. Questions are detailed, and help us determine which event(s) of the previous year might have spurred them to attend an event this year. Surveys also provide basic demographic information and tell us where our advertising dollars have the most effect. We will also, for the first time, employ surveys that will provide feedback about the educational activities presented by our guest artists. We will ask teachers who bring students to answer questions about the activity; we will also provide surveys to community members who participate. One thing we will try to find out is whether attitudes and ideas about an art form or performer were changed by the educational experience.
Evaluations revealed that all events were enjoyed. The surveys provided space for comments, and we got many rave reviews and praise for bringing in such a variety of performing arts over the past several years. We also learned that many in the audience had not experienced a particular art form before (Renaissance music, for example, by New York Polyphony; one-man vaudeville-type theatre by Robert Post). Evaluations also told us that many people wish we had a better hall with more comfortable seating, and that we need to do better at keeping people from coming and going once a performance has started.
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