Pros and Cons of Mobile Device Usage at Arts Performances

In an age where technology is infiltrating almost every aspect of society, it is almost impossible for arts organizations to exist without some form of digital strategy. The theater has remained a timeless space in many ways. For centuries people have gathered to view live entertainment of many different genres, however today there is one thing that makes present day theater goers vastly different than our predecessors, and that is cell phones. People are often quick to criticize the use of cell phones at performances, however, we must acknowledge that times change and consider the positive impacts that cell phones can have on making an arts organization’s show a success. After all, the best publicity is word of mouth and what could be better than the news of your event reaching thousands instantly through our beloved handheld devices?

How can arts organizations use social media to their advantage and should mobile device usage be embraced at art events or should use be more limited?

About ohcintron

My name is Olivia Cintron. I am graduating this spring with a major in sociology and a minor in arts management. I chose sociology because I want to become involved in the foster care agency, child protective services, or a program that serves at-risk or abused youth. I chose my minor since I am a dance teacher and have been involved in the arts most of my life. Someday I hope to combine my passions for helping children and teaching dance. I am interning with a organization called Dancing Classrooms, an in-school social emotional learning program that uses ballroom dance to foster life skills such as respect, teamwork, self-confidence, empathy and cultural awareness in fifth grade students.I work with the D.C. branch as a teacher's assistant in a public school and am help the director expand Dancing Classrooms' social media presence.Technology is a central aspect of our current society in all sectors, including the arts and I look forward to learning more about it this semester.

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