Chicago Performing Arts Virtual Retreat

Event Type
Online Event
Event Description

Representatives from several dance and performing arts organizations in Chicago recently convened to discuss this unprecedented crisis we face. The group affirmed that we are all contending with many of the same issues and asking similar questions. It became clear that this is time to assemble, not only to share useful information with one another, but also to reinforce our connection, compassion, creativity, and collective power.


This FREE event is open to everyone involved in the Chicago performing arts community. Read on to learn more about the day and click here to register.


This event will be captioned.




10:30-11:30 Introductions, Updates, Check-Ins

Moderated by Surinder Martignetti, See Chicago Dance

Hear from the peer-producing organizations as well the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Arts & Business Council of Chicago.


11:30-11:50 Move Together

Facilitated by Paige Cunningham Caldarella, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago


Lunch Break


12:00-12:30 Live Streaming Tools and Lighting

Tutorial/Demo by Giau Truong, Links Hall


12:30 - 1:00 Slowing Down and Keeping Going

Moderated by Tara Willis, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

A short conversation about how artists are continuing to make work, slowing down, reshaping their practices, and keeping moving. How are you thinking about art making these days? How are you connecting with other people’s art making?


1:00 - 1:45    The Uncertainty Town Hall

Moderated by Chicago Dancemakers Forum


1:45 - 2:00    DJ Dance Party

Facilitated by Pivot Arts

Running Time
3 hours 30 minutes