Performing Arts Project Wants Your Input

October 30, 2011

The Performing Arts Centre Project  extended an invitation to members of the public to participate in an event next month featuring a unique development process called World Café.

The project’s Community Conversation will be held on Saturday, November 12 at The Berkeley Institute from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The World Café process will be used to engage the community in dialogue about the function and usage as well as location of a centre for the performing arts.

World Café, developed in the mid-1990s in California, has been adopted around the world to support a broad spectrum of projects related to the arts, social issues, education and healthcare. Its distinctive feature is the manner in which it enables the sharing of diverse opinions in a lively and dynamic conversational setting.

The Community Conversation will be facilitated by CEO of The Centre Limited, Gordon Johnson, and research assistant of The Performing Arts Centre Project, Tiffany Paynter, both of whom have been trained in hosting group discussions using the World Café format.

“The objective of this group meeting is to make sure that we’ve given any member of the community who wants to have input into this project the opportunity to do so,” said Mr. Johnson.

“We’re hoping that those who have already participated will also participate, bringing their perspective to a larger group so that, in the final analysis, the decisions made about a performing arts centre truly represent the outcome of a broad-based community discussion.”

The Performing Arts Centre Project, a privately funded initiative overseen by Bermuda-registered charity The Centre limited, aims to establish a centre for the performing arts having fine acoustics and flexibility in uses. The project is in the final weeks of its second phase.

The first phase, a report for which is available at www.performingartscentreproject.org, revealed a deep and passionate desire among the community for a performing arts centre.

To date, over 500 members of the community including performers, directors, technicians, audience members and donors have participated in discussions facilitated by The Performing Arts Centre Project.

Registration for the Community Conversation is required so anyone interested in participating in the Community Conversation is asked to contact Kathy Austin at 292-4833 by Wednesday, November 9.

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