Next Steps

  1. Summarize the convocations ideas and put a preliminary paper on the web, get the group's feedback, and then deliver final to Creative Council and then use as a focus for future initiatives.

  2. The Greater Boston Arts & Business Council can put in place an engineer volunteer program. Work with Art/Interactive.

  3. The on-line registry is a major program. Boston Cyberarts has agreed to start this process. Funding needs to be secured. Discuss with NEFA the possibility of them taking it on. Everyone needs to pitch in to find out who these orgs are, their contact info, what they can offer, and create a group registry. An infrastructure for registry database already exists, but we need to market it so that people use it and it supports a community. A registry should have a number of categories. One is a registry of individuals and organizations involved in art and technology, another is registry of resources, and a third category would be for scientists/engineers who are looking to volunteer with artists. Promote registry in magazines, get funding from foundations.
  4. Put together advisor board for awards to companies doing art and tech residences and talk to NEC about hosting the awards.
  5. Support local art and technology consortiums. In Boston, there is the ATBoston non-profit art and technology consortium. In Providence SEADS is starting up. Link to other consortiums and see how they can partner. Consider how many of these initiatives these local consortiums can take on.
  6. Organizations should combine mailing lists
  7. Stay in touch. Quarterly mixers at local restaurants (Companies donate food and drink). Present lectures and workshops, have discussions following. Establish greater outreach to the traditional arts community in addition to technology companies and educational institutions.
  8. Research high technology incubator spaces with an eye to starting one for artists who wish to start businesses.
  9. Research successful models of independent non-profit tech-based art organizations throughout the world. An excellent start to this has been just published by Leonardo/ISAST "Arts Lab" Report that identifies numerous models and discusses issues of sustainability.

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