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PAAL International Summit: Center Justice, Take Action, Find Hope in Parent and Caregiver Support
PAAL International Summit: Center Justice, Take Action, Find Hope in Parent and Caregiver Support

Fri, Nov 06


AirMeet Virtual Conferencing

PAAL International Summit: Center Justice, Take Action, Find Hope in Parent and Caregiver Support

The gathering to elevate the national standard of care for caregivers through resources, solutions, and engaged community for leadership and decision-makers | COVID Support Code for everyone: SUPPORT1 | Support Code for BIPOC-run orgs: BIPOCSUPPORT1 (Enter the code after submitting "checkout")

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Time & Location

Nov 06, 2020, 3:00 PM EST – Dec 15, 2020, 8:00 PM EST

AirMeet Virtual Conferencing


About The Event


The second annual PAAL Summit 2020 is a gathering for institutional and individual training, networking, and community for parents and caregivers and the institutions who support them.

The PAAL International Summit 2020 Mission: Center Justice, Take Action, Find Hope

  • An organization cannot be anti-racist or inclusive without caregiver support. || CENTER JUSTICE
  • An organization right now has all the tools and resources necessary to make change. || TAKE ACTION
  • An organization can focus on rebuilding with caregiver support as integral to its mission. || FIND HOPE

PAAL's mission and the summit sessions center BIPOC parents and caregivers, and this year's summit will provide resources and sessions that Center Justice in parenting and caregiver support; each session will provide opportunity to apply the conversation to encourage attendees to Take Action and Find Hope for Parenting and Caregiver support as rebuilders in our field. 

The summit will be hosted digitally to allow for engagement from a global audience. The platform will be AirMeet, which will allow for social community connection, networking, and session attendance. Expanding on last year's inaugural summit, this year's event will feature sessions and workshops from industry changemakers throughout the U.S. and the world who are breaking ground in finding new ways to support parent artists in every aspect of the performing arts industry.

Programming for the event is underway, and sessions will include the following (for the courses below, the term "Caregiver" includes parenting, elder care, and other forms of caregiving):

OCT 28: Opening Session

2:30-5:30 PM EST (Wed.)

- Welcome

- Compassion Training | Speaker: Rachel Spencer Hewitt

- Anti-Racism in Caregiver Support | Speakers: Nicole Brewer, Tamanya Garza

- Beyond the Binary: Inclusive Language in Caregiver Support | Speaker: Moss Froom

- Q&A + Next Steps

DATE TBD: LAUNCH PARTY! "Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival" from PAAL  Blackboard Plays | COMMUNITY SPACE


3:00-5:00 PM EST (Wed.)

- Center Justice, Take Action, Find Hope: and open space for the community to engage with the apex of election season. Share in emotional healing, resources for action, and community to reduce isolation.

NOV. 6: Managing Remote Teams: Support for Everyone in COVID, Including Caregivers (from PAAL HR Health)

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Fri.)

- For employers and employees, create strategy on sustaining remote team schedules, having conversations on support over productivity, building team engagement, and finding the best moments to unplug.

- Speaker: Iris McQuillan-Grace, HR at Center for Reproductive Rights & PAAL Managing Director

NOV. 9: Creating a Caregiver Supportive Budget with Radical Parent Inclusion (RPI)

2:30-5:00 PM EST (Mon.)

- Review budget numbers, strategy, and impact of the Radical Parent Inclusion project (RPI) at The Playwrights Realm with PAAL and engage with how to curate sustainable budgeting for you work and organization.

- Speakers: Roberta Pereira, Rachel Spencer Hewitt

NOV. 10: Scheduling Support in Rehearsals: 5-day rehearsals, pregnant and nursing schedules, caregiver conflicts, and more.

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Tues.)

- What does humane scheduling look like? What strategies have already been put in place in other productions that not only support parents and caregivers but also create humane scheduling that supports everyone?

- Speakers: Patricia McGregor, Katherine Nelson, Deena Selenow

NOV. 17: Making Space | Successful Childcare Matinees, Childcare in Auditions/Callbacks/Interviews, Children in the Room

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Tues.)

- What are the safest practices that center caregiver support? What are legal realities to keep in mind in creating caregiver support when a parent needs to bring a minor in the space? How do you create a childcare matinee or provide childcare support in employment opportunities that are sustainable and successful?

- Speakers: Roberta Pereira, Rowen Haigh, Johanna Edwards, Porsche McGovern

NOV. 19: Community Affinity Space (TBA) | COMMUNITY SPACE (FREE)

1:00-2:30 PM EST (Thurs.)

NOV. 23: How to Support Caregivers as a Union Representative | Union Reps Only

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Mon.)

DEC. 4: Closing Session

2:30-5:30 PM EST (Fri.)

- Strategic Plan Review: Community Goals for Rebuilding | Speakers: TBA

- Global Conversation: Guests from around the world who are engaged in caregiver support for artists in their countries engage on creating support as a global call to action. | Speakers: TBA

- Performance: Excerpts from Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival Finalists | Plays: TBA

This unique training opportunity will offer one to two weekly sessions over the course of five weeks from October to December, with individual paths available for every ticket holder. Each interactive session will include digital resources for engagement with the topic at hand. At the end of the event, participants will leave with the knowledge and tools they need to put the ideas discussed into practice at their home institutions.

Expanding on last year’s inaugural summit, this year’s event will feature classes and workshops from industry changemakers throughout the U.S. and the world who are breaking ground in finding new ways to support parent artists in every aspect of the performing arts industry.

PAAL commits to anti-racist roots in our structures, practices, policies, principles, and producing, through Vertical 50/50, centering support on BIPOC artists, and gathering resources for active anti-racism in caregiver support. PAAL is a transgender and non-binary affirming space. All language referencing "mother," "parent," "dad," "caregiver," and their derivatives include and refer to any individual who identifies with them.

Institutions and individuals experiencing hardship due to COVID will also have the opportunity to apply for scholarship support in order to attend.

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  • Summit Ticket: All Sessions

    This ticket provides access for TWO institution representatives to all sessions with exception of breakaway sessions and affinity spaces if the ticket holder does not identify.

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