Why we do this.
“Take the collective memory from our museums; remove the bands from our schools and choirs from our communities; lose the empathetic plays and dance from our theatres or the books from our libraries; expunge our festivals, literature and painting, and you’re left with a society bereft of a national conversation … about its identity or anything else.” – Sir Peter Bazalgette; chair of Arts Council England
You call yourselves many things: Arts Managers, Event Planners, Theatre Practitioners, Marketing Professionals, Experience Makers, Educators, Business Owners, Cultural Curators, and Artists. In the end, your goals are the same:
You bring people together.
You do this in many ways and for many reasons. You grow brands, make art, celebrate life, and affect change. You bridge industries, countries, cultures, ideas, and languages. You do it for lots of money or none at all. You fill many roles in these endeavors. And all of it is critical in building and cultivating connections, ideas, understanding, and innovation.
By planning events of all types you enable connection in a world where division is common. The only way we can combat this division is to bring people together. That is why what you do is so important, no matter your role in the process.
We want to take a moment to tell you how very much we appreciate your hard work. It inspires us each and every day and is, at the heart of it, the reason we built this company.
Our mission is to support the people and organizations whose life’s work is to bring people together. It is the foundation of our species and the most important thing we can do.
– Ryan, Melissa, & Derek