The careers of many in the arts communities as well as the industries themselves continue to hang in the balance as the impact of the global pandemic deepens and prolongs. Performing Arts Administration Professor Donna Walker-Kuhne, an authority on diversity, equity, and community engagement, shares her process and goals during the COVID-19 crisis in an interview with Global Communicator.
“COVID-19 changed the way I have seen my role as an arts administrator and an arts marketer. I believe, more than ever, the way that we’re going to build sustainable audiences is through community engagement. But before we get to community engagement, there has to be equity, diversity, and inclusion. When we have that, then we’ve got something to build upon. Without it, it’s just a transactional experience and people will come and go. I’m only interested in sustainable audiences. I’m not doing anything that’s just one time; there’s no value there.”