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Circus and Changing Realities 2020–What’s Up with (Circus)Festivals 2020?

Welcome to Circus and Changing Realities 2020In this episode titled What’s Up with Circus Festivals?, moderator Jenni Taylor Swain expands upon our May panelPresenters Looking Forward, to check in with Festival organizers and presenters about their experiences navigating cancellations and contingency plans, and finding new strategies and program models as she explores their plans and visions for the future of their circus festival.  
Moderator
Potluck Arts
Jenni Taylor Swain, Founder of Potluck Arts in the USA
Panelists

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Resources mentioned:

MONTREAL PRESQUE CiRQUE Press Release

CircusTalk, in collaboration with MICC, is co-presenting two-panel discussions called the Circus World Report featuring circus experts from around the world sharing expertise on their region:

BETA Circus – new initiative by Bússola

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go – video series by the Founders of St. John’s International Circus Fest

Jenni Taylor Swain
Consultant, Producer, Presenter -United States
Jenni Taylor Swain is founder of Potluck Arts, a consultant, producer and presenter of imaginative and extraordinary arts events designed to integrate audiences.
Eager to embrace inclusive audience development strategies and using her 26-year knowledge of multidisciplinary, movement-focused and new circus, she founded Potluck Arts and ran away with the contemporary circus. Her broad interest in the arts is reflected in her evolving role in the diverse arts community. She brings an insider’s perspective to the growing circus arts landscape along with a network of innovative and celebrated artists and organizations from around the world.
Jenni began her tenure in the arts as a founding team member to build and program Walton Arts Center, Arkansas’ premier performing arts center. As Vice President of Programming she created and advanced mission-based strategies that defined the center’s aesthetic and education vision, a vision that continues to garner respect from the arts presenting field in North America and beyond.
Most recently she has been actively involved in the international contemporary circus community through participation in Autopistes and Circus Incubator, international projects nurturing worldwide contemporary circus development and exchange. In addition, Jenni consuls and supports performing arts centers with research, planning and development of bookings, programming, and special projects.

Jenni Taylor Swain

Jenni Taylor Swain is founder of Potluck Arts, a consultant, producer and presenter of imaginative and extraordinary arts events designed to integrate audiences. Eager to embrace inclusive audience development strategies and using her 26-year knowledge of multidisciplinary, movement-focused and new circus, she founded Potluck Arts and ran away with the contemporary circus. Her broad interest in the arts is reflected in her evolving role in the diverse arts community. She brings an insider’s perspective to the growing circus arts landscape along with a network of innovative and celebrated artists and organizations from around the world. Jenni began her tenure in the arts as a founding team member to build and program Walton Arts Center, Arkansas’ premier performing arts center. As Vice President of Programming she created and advanced mission-based strategies that defined the center’s aesthetic and education vision, a vision that continues to garner respect from the arts presenting field in North America and beyond. Most recently she has been actively involved in the international contemporary circus community through participation in Autopistes and Circus Incubator, international projects nurturing worldwide contemporary circus development and exchange. In addition, Jenni consuls and supports performing arts centers with research, planning and development of bookings, programming, and special projects.

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