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Monday, 17 February 2020

Collaboration and other Knowledges from the arts

Thinking about what knowledges we have in the performing arts/arts. There are activities and expectations we have because we engage with them all the time that we do not notice but in other settings (such as business settings) these are called skills. When a show is put together from its inception to the teamwork of tech, performers, musicians, front of house... we are used to working together. So what does it mean to work together or collaborate? For you is it a philosophical approach or just part of the culture of the arts. Is it something you bring into other settings you are in? Where do you stand on collaboration, team work, working together (all quite different from each other). Have look at this web-page learning area that talks about collaboration from a business perspective. I think it is useful to look at something familiar from a different perspective to better understand what it means to you.

What other knowledges do you notice your arts background have given you out of the practice of doing art?

Do you notice how the way things are described, the words used, can the 'importance' of an activity?

Please comment below and add links to your posts about about this.



  1. Thank you for this thought-provoking post Adesola. I would say that for me, collaboration means to collectively share a goal or ideas. This does not necessarily mean that everyone will agree all the time, but the alliance formed ensures that the common goal is met. I always find The Hollywood Reporter Round Table Talks to be a great collaboration of people in the same industry but of varying ages, backgrounds and projects sharing their thoughts to be a great example of collaboration. I shall create a blog post about collaboration to be shared later this week if people could keep an eye out on cathleenlimerick.blogspot.com

  2. Hello,

    I have just written a post about my thoughts from today session:


    I would love to hear everyone's thoughts.

  3. hi adesola! i think this is a really interesting topic and is something i am reading about in 'the creative habit' at the moment! I think that so many knowledges from my dance training are transferrable skills that i have taken into the workplace, college, or unfamiliar settings, such as confidence and adaptable communication skills!

  4. If I had to define collaboration, I would say it is about working closely with others in order to work towards something or to problem-solve a situation. Collaboration is so closely linked with the arts that it is sometimes hard to recognize it is even going on as it becomes second nature. My arts background has helped me gain knowledge such as non-verbal communication, leadership skills, and perseverance.

  5. Hi Adesola,

    Thank you for this post, I found this really relevant to me and wanted to discuss it further. Please see my latest post: https://alexwignall.blogspot.com/2020/03/collaboration-after-reading-adesolas.html