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Becoming a Host Partner
- Who can host a screening?
- Can individuals host a screening?
- What does it cost to host a screening?
- What is a public screening event?
- What kind of events and screenings cannot be part of ART21 Screening Society??
- What are examples of successful pre- and post- screening activities?
- As an ART21 Screening Society host partner, can I host a screening of any ART21 film?
- How can I view the films at home with friends?
- How do I sign up to host a screening event?
- When does registration open and what is the registration cut-off date?
- What is the timeframe to present a screening(s)?
- When I register, do I have to know the exact date for my screening(s)?
- After I register and order the ART21 episode(s), when can I expect to receive access to my screening materials?
- What are ART21’s recommendations for pre- or post-screening activities?
- Is there a place where I can preview the episode I ordered?
- Will ART21 help me promote my event?
- Where can I gain access to press images, the ART21 logo, and other supplementary marketing materials?
- How can I share any photos or feedback taken during my screening with ART21?
- Will my venue be listed in the ‘Find a Screening’ listings?
Becoming a Host Partner
ART21 encourages a wide variety of partners to host screenings, including: schools (K–12 and universities); libraries; museums; non-profit organizations; galleries; alternative art/cultural spaces; community centers; and more. Individuals who wish to host a screening will need to work with a venue. All events must be free, advertised, and open to the public.
Yes, individuals can host a screening as long as they partner with a public venue and make the event free and open to the public.
There is no cost associated with being an ART21 Screening Society host partner. All partners will receive a free ART21 screening toolkit (HD downloads, marketing materials, screening guide). As a host partner, you agree to cover any costs related to hosting an event in your venue.
All ART21 Screening Society events must:
- Be free of cost to participants
- Have the intention to gather more than 10 people to view a film
- Be universally accessible—meaning that venues are equipped for those with disabilities
- Be advertised and open to the general public
Event types that do not qualify for the ART21 Screening Society include:
- A screening in a private space (e.g. your home) that is not open to the public
- A single loop of an artists’ ART21 film in a museum setting (materials must be licensed when used for this purpose)
Museums and cultural institutions often report success with screening an ART21 film as a public event scheduled as part of related programming for an ongoing exhibition. Successful pairings of ART21 films and exhibitions have included: screening a film that features an artist whose work is in the exhibition; or screening a film whose thematic ideas relate to an exhibition’s theme.
Since Season 8 marks a shift in the series—we're investigating artists based on location rather than theme—we especially encourage venues in Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Vancouver to screen the episode on the contemporary artists in their city.
Community centers often invite a guest speaker (e.g a local artist, curator, art historian, educator, etc.) to lead a pre- or post-screening discussion. Successful discussion topics have included: artistic processes; artists and their involvement in arts education; and the role of the artist in contemporary society.
Educational entities use ART21 films to introduce contemporary art in a variety of classroom and community settings. ART21 films present artists as role models for creative thinking and can be used across disciplines. Educators have developed lesson plans in science, language arts, history, and literature, among other subject areas, using ART21’s episodes as a broad foundation.
Individuals often host screening events in partnership with a local coffee house, restaurant, or gallery. Successful events have included informal book-club style discussions and tie-ins with local or regional activities such as gallery crawls, art classes, and cultural festivals.
The Screening Society allows host partners free access to one episode of Season 8 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century. Screenings of films from Art in the Twenty-First Century Seasons 1–7, New York Close Up, Exclusive, and other ART21 series would require a modest licensing fee. To screen materials other than Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, please see Licensing and Reproduction.
If you wish to show an ART21 artist profile as part of an exhibition and not just a one-time screening event, please see Artist Profiles for Exhibitions.
Private viewings of episodes from Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century may be viewed:
- On television during broadcast on PBS [U.S. only, September 16th and 23rd at 9 p.m.]
- Online via ad-supported streams on ART21.org, PBS Video, and PBS streaming apps beginning the day after each episode's television broadcast [U.S. only]
Viewers outside of the United States may contact their local stations for broadcast information about Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. For a list of our international distributors, please see International Distribution.
Register to Host a Screening
Visit Host a Screening on August 1 to access the online registration form.
Registration opens August 1, 2016.
Registration cut-off dates are as follows:
- August 31, 2016 for September 2016 screenings
- September 15, 2016 for October 2016 screenings
- October 15, 2016 for November 2016 screenings
- November 15, 2016 for December 2016 screenings
September 16th–December 31st, 2016.
Yes, you will need to have a date set when you register. If this date changes, we ask that you let us know well in advance so that we can update our online calendar.
Yes, you can change the screening date after you register, as long as it falls within the September 16–December 31, 2016 screening timeframe. Please email email@example.com to notify ART21 of your new screening date.
We will email you a link and password to access Season 8 HD downloads within one week prior to your screening.
Screening and Educator’s Guides provide information on the artists featured in each episode and contain suggestions on various activities and discussion topics that coincide with each film. Please visit Participant Resources in late August 2016 to access free downloads of these materials.
The downloads of Season 8 will be made available in August 2016. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request links to preview episodes.
Marketing and Post-Screening Follow Up
You can find a customizable press release and poster in the screening event kit. Simply fill in your institution’s name and address, as well as the date and time of your screening and distribute.
Due to the volume of screenings, ART21 is unable to share or announce individual events via its social media platforms. However, ART21 may include your event in digest format, along with other events, across its social media platforms.
Host partners are invited to use their own social media platforms to share photos, stories, and other related materials using #ART21Season8.
We welcome you to share your photos, stories, and other related materials across social media using #ART21Season8.
- Twitter: Use the hashtag #ART21Season8 if you are posting information, videos, or photos about your event, and include a mention to @art21.
- Facebook: If you are creating a Facebook event or posting about your event, please tag the ART21 Facebook page.
- Instagram: Use #ART21Season8 and include a mention to @art21.
Will my venue be listed in the ‘Find a Screening’ listings?
Yes. We will need the name of your venue, location, and the date and time of your screening. This information must be included in your online registration application.