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Creativity, performance, interpersonal connection






Today as we explore the many ways to imagine, create, and sustain two-way connections between artists and their audiences and broader communities, including universities, it's important to underscore the transformative nature of these connections, especially when they are embraced deliberately, as this year’s conference theme of conscious connections suggests. We know this as individuals---as presenters, performers or members of the audience. The dancer Twyla Tharp once said, "Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." For a little while, the magic of art can carry us to a different place, and we find ourselves at home among strangers, laughing, crying, toe-tapping---puzzled, shocked, or amazed. We leave with the sense we have been changed.

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This speech was prepared as a keynote address for the Arts Presenters’ 52nd Annual Members Conference in New York on January 11, 2009. I wish to acknowledge the many contributions to the thinking in this piece from my colleagues, Jo Thomas, Jan Cohen-Cruz, and Carole Brzozowski.


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