Of the City 01
Birmingham: What's Happening in the Arts?
Come and share something you'd like to discuss, in relation to the theme: 'Birmingham: What's Happening in the Arts?'. Perhaps you want to chat about upcoming opportunities, funding, how regeneration will affect us, or something completely different. You decide. This event brings the collective intelligence, capacity, experiences and resources into a space so we can design the future together. Conversations are directed however members wish, so that solutions become tangible and relationships form of their own accord.
Of the City is a gathering and open forum, for anyone who cares about the city, is passionate about culture or who has an interest in the creative industries. You might be a student or educator, an avid theatre-goer, museum lover or be working professionally in the sector. Perhaps you attend a festival or two or you might just be a proud West Midlands-er.
MAIA are an artist-led production and development company, building infrastructure, relationships and platforms for sustainable creativity. As we strive forward with our plans, we want to ensure we’re championing the voices/raising the concerns of the city as we go.
How it works:
‘Of the City’ is a relaxed salon-type event. It’s open forum style is designed to allow members to be comfortable sharing challenges, needs, thoughts and hopes they have, free from judgement or expectation.
Each event is themed, with the context framed by MAIA, in relation to their ‘artist-friendly city’ work. The session opens with provocations or questions, offered by anyone in the space who wants to instigate a discussion with fellow members. An ‘agenda’ is formed from these collected discussion points. Each member decides on their own itinerary and can move between groups however they please.
Those who offer provocations host a session at their chosen time and decide how to document their discussion in whatever way is most useful. Documentation is collected at the end and shared online.