Emergency Planning for Arts Organizations Workshop

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Emergency Planning for Arts Organizations (2 part workshop)

Does your organization have an emergency plan or has it been a while since it was updated? Localized emergencies, regional disasters, and catastrophic events can have a devastating impact on performing and visual arts organizations. These free 90-minute webinars will introduce why emergency preparedness is critical to protect your organization from external risks and internal vulnerabilities from human and natural causes. After attending both sessions you will have a plan for your organization.

Session 1: Introduction to Emergency Preparedness for Arts Organizations

July 14, 2022

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Zoom webinar

Led by Steve Eberhardt of Performing Arts Readiness (PAR)

Participants will learn the typical process and contents of an emergency plan and resources to help with planning. Both large and small organizations as well as those with and without their own performance facilities are encouraged to participate. Executive and management staff will find this webinar useful, as well as HR, finance, communications, marketing, technical, and front-of-house staff.


Session 2: Emergency Plans and Tools

July 28, 2022

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Zoom webinar

Led by Jan Newcomb of PAR and NCAPER

Jan and Steve will reveal an organization’s readiness plan elements created on the online emergency preparedness tool, dPlan/ArtsReady 2.0. Participants will share their own organizations’ risk assessments and subsequent action items and will receive feedback that will allow them to continue to identify their critical resources and complete their plan elements that will be incorporated into their organization’s operations.


Register for one or both sessions.


Steve Eberhardt (Steve.Eberhardt@lyrasis.org) is the Project Coordinator of the PAR project. Steve has coordinated collaborative grant-funded projects at LYRASIS for 20 years, including a 2006-2008 Mellon Foundation-funded grant that assisted academic libraries in their recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His most recent project provided training, grants, and consultations to preserve photographic and audiovisual collections at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 


Janet T. Newcomb (Janet.Newcomb@lyrasis.org) is the Performing Arts Coordinator of the PAR project and works at LYRASIS. Jan’s leadership experience in performing, community and government arts organizations has included the following positions: Vice President of Development and Interim President & CEO of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra and CEO of the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY. She founded and developed an arts council in Beaufort, SC and was co-founder of the Bailey/Newcomb Dance Company (NY). She served as executive director of three other regional arts councils in upstate NY and SC before joining the staff of the South Carolina Arts Commission as Director of Grants. Jan has taught modern dance and arts policy and management courses as adjunct faculty at the University of Buffalo, Medaille College, University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, and New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan where she designed and served as the founding director of the MA in Leadership in the Arts & Entertainment Industries (LAEI) Program, in association with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment LLC. Since 2009, Jan has consulted with clients including South Arts, Long Wharf Theatre (CT), Miami Summer Music Festival, and the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic.