Performing Embodied Communities: New Paths for Cultural Institutions (2021-2022)
Within the context of a global pandemic, rising political populism and calls for the end of inequities, how can arts institutions become responsive, open, hospitable and relevant for social transformation? What is the new cultural institution that the world needs?
The performing arts enable interaction and shared sensorial experiences among diverse citizens. They can play a key role in weaving an inclusive and dynamic social fabric. Public arts institutions can redefine citizenship and belonging as a process and a product of material and symbolic struggles.
This project team worked with local and global partners to investigate various arts outreach programs and their effectiveness in creating conditions for cultural citizenship and hospitality. This project has grown out of the Arts and Cultural Citizenship Initiative at Duke, which, over the past four years, has included tailored internships for undergraduate students enrolled in Duke in France (EDUCO) and Duke in Paris programs, as well as graduate students whose research engages with the arts in France.
Working in both Durham and Paris, this team analyzed arts institutions’ hospitality and cultural citizenship strategies through case studies of individual performing arts institutions. Over time, these case studies informed a more ambitious goal to lay the foundations for a blueprint for a new cultural institution that would expand the social and cultural objectives of theaters, museums, opera houses, concert halls and community centers in the context of social democracies across the globe.
Case studies on arts institutions in Durham and Paris
Toward a New Vision of the Arts and Society (2022 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase)
Performing Embodied Communities: New Paths for Cultural Institutions (poster by Emma Chun, Julia Leeman, Axelle Miel, Eliza Heaton, Michael Klien, Christelle Gonthier, Gabriel Richard and Anne-Gaelle Saliot, presentated at Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase, April 13, 2022)
Fall 2021 – Summer 2022
This Team in the News
Making the Most of Duke, Summer 2021
Image from DÉMOS Philharmonie de Paris website
- Christelle Gonthier, Arts & Sciences-Romance Studies
- Michael Klien, Arts & Sciences-Dance
- Gabriel Jacques Richard, Arts & Sciences-Romance Studies;Music
- Anne-Gaelle Saliot, Arts & Sciences-Romance Studies;Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
/undergraduate Team Members
Julia Leeman, Neuroscience (BS)
Amira Axelle Miel, Political Science (AB)
Ooha Reddy, DKU Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)
/yfaculty/staff Team Members
Deborah Reisinger, Arts & Sciences-Romance Studies
/zcommunity Team Members
Laurent Bayle, Philharmonie de Paris
Murielle Elizeon, Culture Mill
Emmanuel Hondré, Philharmonie de Paris
Tommy Noonan, Culture Mill