Fortifying communities through arts resilience

A suite of initiatives for states and municipalities seeking to stabilize, strategically deploy, and organize creative economy workers in service of building equitable community resilience. Our program simultaneously:

  • Short and long-term, supports pandemic recovery and reduces economic vulnerability of arts and events workers and small businesses through experiential resilience training and workforce development

  • Long-term, strengthens capacity for equitable and community-driven disaster mitigation and response efforts by preparing arts and cultural professionals for intersectional work as creative community resilience workers

We've developed an open-architecture three-point program for arts resilience that can be delivered to state or local governments and other agencies anywhere in the world. Learn more:

For Colorado-based offices: Download the program proposal as a PDF
For all others: Download the program design as a PDF

Outcomes we're ready to deliver

Based on our years of experience developing networks and curriculum to support emergency preparedness and mutual aid networks, Majestic Collaborations has crafted a three-point program for arts resilience that is open-architecture and ready to deliver to states and municipalities.

The American Rescue Plan (ARPA) offers an opportunity for governments to allocate funds on work that both supports pandemic recovery, especially for the arts, culture, and event workers who have been among the most severely impacted, and also generates long-term mechanisms for equitable and community-driven crisis mitigation and disaster response. Learn more about our three-point program for arts resilience or download information as a PDF:

Additional services

In addition, Majestic Collaborations can also provide the following specific services and outcomes à la carte and in support of other state and local initiatives. Schedule time to talk if you’d like to contract or collaborate with us on building more equitable community resilience alongside a more robust and diverse arts and entertainment workforce:

  • Training and workforce development programs to prepare creative professionals for intersectional work in emergency response and resilience-building initiatives;

  • Development of creative community resilience metrics;

  • Curriculum and administrative support to host hands-on experiential learning initiatives inside of local festivals;

  • Disease mitigation training for event producers and venues;

  • Virtualization and modifications trainings for performing artists, venues, and festivals;

  • Emergency preparedness planning for performing artists, venues, and festivals;

  • Fortifying venues as resiliency hubs and shelter-in-place facilities;

  • Risk assessment inventory and mapping of creative sector resilience-related vulnerabilities, skills, and infrastructure

Our three-point program for arts resilience

Our three-point program for arts resilience envisions three primary near-term outcomes:

  • Online skills database and infrastructure map based on a survey and inventory of arts and event workers and venues/organizations to inform program development and augment existing community asset mapping efforts;

  • Pilot of skill-sharing and workforce training opportunities for arts and events workers, sole proprietors, and small businesses in collaboration with local emergency responders, governments, and community stakeholders;

  • A grant and circuit rider model to manage a series of service and infrastructure grants, contracting with trained specialists as “circuit riders” and enhancing venue and organizational preparedness to steward the mid to long-term advancement of specific resiliency goals in communities and states

The resilience ecosystem we propose supports pandemic recovery and reduces the economic vulnerability of arts and events workers and small businesses by positioning arts and events workers and venues as critical participants in crisis mitigation and response. Long-term, it also strengthens community capacity for disaster mitigation and response efforts, prioritizing intersectional work across agencies as well as preparedness for specific risks or resiliency needs identified by local governments and community stakeholders.

We believe the model for community resilience we propose here is essential as we continue to respond to the pandemic and its economic impacts on America’s creative economy and that it will become even more important as we envision cities and states that are vibrant, equitable, and fortified against emergencies, natural disasters, and climate change.

This beautiful arts resilience art is by Denver-based artist Dion Harris.
See more of Dion's work or follow him on Instagram at @dion.harris.507

Bring this program to your region

Our three-point program for arts resilience is ready to be delivered to state or local governments and other agencies anywhere in the world. Majestic Collaborations is available to support or lead such initiatives; we have also made our program design available as open architecture for other organizations to bring to their regions. If you'd like to see this program in your state, city, or town, here's what you can do:

  • If you have connections to state or local government agencies, share the program design memo or include [email protected] on an introductory e-mail so we can let them know about our program.

  • Fill out and share our survey for arts & events workers and survey for venues & organizations widely among friends and colleagues. Being able to point to strong interest from a given geographic area helps us advocate for the value of this program in your region. We also plan to share this data with other arts and cultural advocacy organizations in support of related initiatives.

Help demonstrate the value of arts-centered resilience

Our three-point program for arts resilience is ready to be delivered to state or local governments and other agencies anywhere in the world.

We designed our survey for the following

Arts and culture advocates who'd like to quantify the interest in arts-centered community resilience ecosystemsArts, culture, and event professionals who want to demonstrate the value that creative industries can contribute to community resilience if provided suitable support, training, and job opportunitiesVenues, small businesses, and organizations interested in improving the accessibility, sustainability, or resilience of your physical infrastructure or programming if funds and training were available

About us

Majestic Collaborations is a trusted community partner with leadership expertise in arts resilience work, grant administration, and training that prioritize sustainability, safety, community engagement, and accessibility. Majestic Collaborations is also viewed as a leader in the national arts preparedness community due to their extensive teaching (more than 500 attendees at our free, grant-funded, festival safety, modification and virtualization webinars so far this year) and development of resilience curriculum delivered through an experiential learning program called the Art of Mass Gatherings (AOMG).

Allied with Performing Arts Readiness, the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER), and Sound Diplomacy (Music Cities), and aligned with the work of the Event Safety Alliance and other organizations, Majestic Collaborations convenes experts, agencies, and local community leaders in mutual learning and emergency planning methods. Their work has been highlighted in international publications to model creativity and the role of creatives in all phases of resilience.