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SJCA February Virtual Connection Session / "2021: What You Need to Know about Welcoming Back Audiences"

  • 02/25/2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Get connected with  the South Jersey cultural community and SJCA every month at our Virtual Connection Session featuring guest speakers you choose, SJCA updates, and an open forum for questions and sharing - so bring your questions!

This February 25th, come connect with SJCA and your cultural community colleagues as John McEwen, Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents, "2021:  What You Need to Know about Welcoming Back Audiences". 

2021 will be the year when we welcome audiences back into our cultural spaces.  What will that look like?  What will make audiences feel comfortable enough to return?  How do we train our staff and volunteers? What are the new standards for cleaning?  John McEwen, Executive Director of the NJ Theatre Alliance, will share how to best prepare based on audience studies, research on best practices for opening cultural spaces, and affordable shared services that will help keep our venues clean. 

Not an SJCA member? Not a problem! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend SJCA's Virtual Connection Sessions.

Questions or topic suggestions? Contact Julie Hain, Associate Director, at jhain@sjca.net or (609) 626-3630.

This event will be held on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom meetings Click here for a helpful video.



John McEwen serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a service organization for the state’s 40 professional theatres. 

Prior to the Alliance, John served as Vice President for Development of the New Jersey Network Foundation, where he was responsible for a $7 million annual fund.  Prior to joining NJN, John served as the Director of Development for Paper Mill Playhouse, where he implemented the theatre’s award-winning access services and the Adopt-A-School Project, oversaw the theatre’s $5 million capital campaign, and was responsible for raising $3.5 million for the annual fund, strategic planning, and board development.

John is the founder and Chairman of the Cultural Access Network Project, a program of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts that assists the state’s cultural organizations as they make their programs and services accessible to individuals with disabilities. John serves as a trustee for ArtPRIDE New Jersey, Center for NonProfits, Montclair State University’s College of the Arts, and the Fund for the New Jersey Blind.    

John’s awards and achievements include the first Excellence in Accessibility Leadership Award from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Robert Smyth Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award from AFP/NJ Chapter,  Ann Klein Advocate Award from the Community Health Law Project, Award of Excellence from Passage Theatre, Governor Kean and Byrne Advocacy Award from Paper Mill Playhouse,  a Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Community Service Award from the New Jersey Department of Recreation. 


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