The North Carolina Folk Festival is hosting a special session focusing on the evolution of the performing arts in the era of COVID-19.

"The Art Of Mass Gatherings" is being billed as an experiential learning session that will include discussions on elevating the safety, accessibility, and sustainability of community events.

According to a news release, the program will be hosted by officials from the Folk Festival, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the City of Asheville, along with several performing arts consulting groups.

Planners say they are hoping to attract arts administrators, artists, emergency professionals, and event promoters.

Amy Grossman is President and CEO of the North Carolina Folk Festival. She says now is the time for meaningful conversation “to amplify emergency preparedness across the landscape of Greensboro.”

And Asheville city official Jon Fillman says the arts community “must learn new ways to build resilience and purpose into the event production model.”

"The Art Of Mass Gatherings" will be held on September 10 at Triad Stage in Greensboro. Registration for the program is free. 

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