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Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to the Arts, Culture and Community

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Acknowledged as the nation's foremost expert on audience development involving America's growing multicultural population by the Arts and Business Council, Donna Walker-Kuhne has now written the first book describing her strategies and methods to engage diverse communities as participants for arts and culture. By offering strategic collaborations and efforts to develop and ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Theatre Communications Group
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This is a great book for anyone interested in building diverse audiences for the arts. Where the book shines is in Walker-Kuhne's memoir-like descriptions of her audience development work at the Public Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Broadway run and national tour of Noise/Funk.

The first few chapters, which try to set up the piece as a handbook, are largely forgettable (though I enjoyed a lot of the theater history that the author includes). After reading story after story from Walker-
This book is inspiring. DWK has a mission to create a new community and overcome cultural and historic rifts through art as a shared experience, and as a student of Arts Administration, I am 100% with her. If you are involved in the arts in any way, read this book! Not only is it inspiring, but her story is fascinating & easy/fun to read. I have had the opportunity to see Donna Walker-Kuhne speak twice- if you have the opportunity, take it! It's even more inspiring than reading her book!
Fatimat Adelabu
A must read for people interested in or perusing an Arts Administration career path.
Contrary to what my director believes, I am knowledgable and educated.
Dec 28, 2007 Asuka rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who work in the arts
how to think resourcefully about reaching new audiences

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