Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This article confronts an important arts advocacy issue, visa processing for foreign artists. There are a lot of complications foreign artists face as the US Department of Homeland Security continues to be heavy handed post 9/11. As refugees in Jordan, Syrian women who were purported to perform at Georgetown cannot receive artist visas because there is allegedly no guarantee they will be allowed back into Jordan. It is still in the works to enable the Syrian women to be involved via Skype in the live event at Georgetown’s theater if approval is not received for the women to return to Jordan after the planned performances.
Many arts managers work with organizations to bring in persons from other nations to give Americans the chance to understand a facet of another culture. This performance in particular yields necessary insights into Muslim culture directly from Syrian women. Concerning international arts management, this story is intriguing to unpack and consider how one would facilitate alternate opportunities when government affairs go awry!