We want to contribute to geographically, socially and economically decentralizing access to culture in the country, which is why we’re always looking for ways to put on performances in different Chilean neighborhoods. We also have policies in place that allow us to offer free shows, discounted tickets and special programming for different audiences.
Access is at the forefront of our work and, as such, is part of all of the foundation’s projects. To ensure this occurs, access is considered from a comprehensive point of view, encompassing territorial, age, socioeconomic and cultural inequalities.
In the framework of the Teatro a Mil Foundation’s different projects, quality shows are taken to neighborhoods throughout Chile, with priority given to those that do not normally offer a wide range of performing arts options throughout the year, thus contributing to geographically decentralizing access to culture. Some of the projects associated with this line of work are the Teatro a Mil tours and the touring of plays through different regions, including projects such as the Teatro a la Chilena season in the Metropolitan Region and the large-scale concerts by international artists held each year in different cities throughout the country. One of our most emblematic projects – the Santiago a Mil Festival – is incredibly important as far as access is concerned since, every year, it includes performances in around 20 Metropolitan Region neighborhoods and at least 10 cities throughout Chile.
Access is also offered through policies that allow us to offer free or discounted performances. To do so, shows are performed in public in neighborhoods country-wide, where they can be seen for free, although sometimes it is necessary to pick up free tickets beforehand.
We also have agreements with the public and private sectors to help subsidize some of the costs. This is why we can offer audiences tickets with important discounts and create programs so that deprived sectors of society can watch performances for free.
ACCESS TO TRAINING ACTIVITIES
For every project with live performances, we also develop a program involving training and intervention activities called LabEscénico. Once the LabEscénico program has been decided on – with the involvement of the artists invited to take part in each project – the workshop and master class schedule is published on the Teatro a Mil Foundation’s website, indicating the application requirements for each event. These activities are free but, for technical reasons, there are usually limited places available.
For training projects with a greater scope carried out in conjunction with important cultural institutions, interested parties can apply through the foundation’s web site according to the application requirements published.
CLOSING THE ACCESS GAP
Another access policy is connected to sales points in areas frequented by large numbers of people, whether or not they are performing arts fans. This is why, between 2013 and January 2018, there was a Theater Box Office at the Costanera Center mall, selling tickets to Teatro a Mil Foundation, UC Theater and the Santiago Municipal Theater’s plays, allowing us to attract new audiences to the theater. Today, when we offer ticket sales for a certain project, we make sure that there are qualified personnel available at the box offices to provide clear information about them and to answer any questions people may have. We also ensure that our sales platforms are user-friendly.
Access criteria are part of our pricing policy, with special prices for seniors, young people and performing arts professionals for paid-entry projects.