Local performing arts leaders discuss future of live entertainment | Local News

Local performing arts leaders discuss future of live entertainment | Local News

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — As the community marks one year since performing arts venues were shuttered due to COVID-19, local leaders are looking forward to presenting live entertainment again soon.

In a recent panel discussion titled “Planning To Go Live” at Caffe Lena and livestreamed to an online audience, officials from Caffe Lena, Opera Saratoga, and Saratoga Performing Arts Center spoke about the future of entertainment in the Saratoga Springs area.

Panelists Elizabeth Sobol of SPAC, Lawrence Edelson of Opera Saratoga, and Sarah Craig of Caffe Lena all shared some insight into their reevaluation processes, the maze of decisions they are navigating this spring and the long term impacts of the ongoing pandemic on their organizations – as well as what’s on the horizon as the industry at large reopens.

Through the shared experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, arts organizations in the region have all become essential to each other, panel moderator Vivian Nesbitt remarked.

One major factor that has helped SPAC, Caffe Lena, and Opera Saratoga weather this past year is collaboration, the panelists agreed.

“This year has really emphasized the value of collaboration and of what we can all do to help each other’s organizations that ultimately…

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