Heads up: There’s a free webinar on Thursday, August 18, 3-4 p.m. (EST) in which IAVM’s own Mark Herrera will be speaking. The topic is on security for outdoor performing arts events, and Herrea will talk about the following points:
—Public spaces as soft targets.
—What are the particular vulnerabilities of outdoor events?
—Where to get information on potential threats; how to see indicators of terrorism.
—Ingraining in staff and volunteers a mindset of situational awareness, and freedom to respond: If you see something, say something.
—What are easy/immediate things open-air spaces can put into place to reduce risk?
—Awareness and mitigating other risks in outdoor spaces: weather, accidents, earthquake, disruptive individuals.
—How to balance having security measures/people being visible and making people feel safe, without overdoing it and making people uncomfortable.
Other speakers include Mollie Quinlan-Hayes with South Arts and Jack Walsh with the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is offering the webinar, and it’s free for IAVM members. Register now!
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