Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
5×5, DC’s largest public art project, opened last week. This little blurb outlines the basics of the festival, a yearly occurrence involving 5 curators and 25 artists, of varying backgrounds and nationalities. The event is sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, a governmental organization, but employs independent curators and artists to generate content. The role of management gets handed down from the government, who oversees the curators, to the curators who oversee their artists. The official government page for the event is here, and it outlines the event’s objectives. The event brings together people from all different types of arts organizations, as well as all different nationalities, bringing both arts and cultural awareness to DC.
I’m curious if anyone has ever worked for or studied this type of yearly festival sponsored by a larger organization or government? What was the management structure like, and how did all the moving parts fit together? Was there any type of intercultural communication that took place?