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Performing Outdoors: How to Bring Your Art to Parks, Plazas, and Streets


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Join The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) at its next online workshop “Performing Outdoors: How to Bring the Arts to Parks, Plazas, Streets, and Other Outside-the-Box Locations.” This webinar is designed to support individual artists and event producers in New York City looking to create and perform outdoors. Accessible from anywhere you have internet access, the presentation will provide insights into the opportunities and challenges when performing outdoors. Dan Fishman, Director of Public Events at Bryant Park and an alumnus of NYFA's Emerging Leaders program, will present on the topic on Tuesday, July 27, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT.

Webinar Description: 

Learn practical strategies to help you bring music, theater, and dance to where people already are: public spaces. The workshop is geared toward artists and event producers in New York City looking to create and perform outdoors. By the end of the webinar, you will understand the various types of city event permits, consider strategies for what to do in adverse weather situations, and hear ideas for how to manage technical production on a limited budget.

Topics will include:

Presenter: Dan Fishman, Director of Public Events at Bryant Park and the alumnus of NYFA's Emerging Leaders program

Location: Zoom Webinar Platform

Questions: learning@nyfa.org

The online workshops will be recorded and shared with all previously registered participants after the session concludes. It will be available for viewing up to one month after the workshop date. 

Presenter bio:

Dan Fishman is an arts administrator and event producer living in New York City. He currently serves as Director of Public Events for Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership, two not-for-profit organizations dedicated to enlivening public space. At Bryant Park, he oversees Picnic Performances – a free series of music, theater, and dance events that typically draws 60,000 people each summer – as well as hundreds of other free outdoor events all year round. At 34th Street, he brings pop-up concerts to busy outdoor spaces such as Herald Square, Greeley Square, and outside Penn Station. As a volunteer for his neighborhood park in Harlem, St. Nicholas Park, Dan helps organize community gatherings including biweekly trash clean-ups and holiday celebrations.

This program is part of NYFA Learning, which includes professional development for artists and arts administrators. Sign up for NYFA’s free bi-weekly newsletter to receive updates on future programs. Please consider donating to NYFA if you like our programs and events.

Image Detail: Gyun Hur; "To hold gently;" 2020; 3-hour performance with yellow silk flowers at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY; Photo Credit: Walter Wlodarczyk; Photo Courtesy of the artist, Green-Wood Cemetery, and The Immigrant Artist Biennial (Fiscally Sponsored by NYFA)