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Episode 126 | Production and Event Planning: Karla Barthelmy, South Dallas Cultural Center

Karla Barthelmy the Cultural Programs Coordinator for South Dallas Cultural Center joins Martheya to talk about Production and Event Planning. They discuss venue partnerships, strategies and logistics for a successful event, and marketing and community outreach. (35:43)


[0:12] Martheya says welcome back


[0:29] Topic: Get to kNOw Karla

  • [0:40] Martheya asks: “Can you walk us through your experience as a programmer?”

  • [1:45] Martheya asks: “You used to work somewhere else before here right?”

[4:02] Topic: Strategies and Logistics

  • [4:02] Martheya asks: “What are some strategies that you have found that successfully connect people at events?”

  • [4:50] Martheya asks: “What are strategies you have to flip between the two (business and creative mind)?”

  • [6:14] Martheya asks: “What would happen next (If I wanted to host an event at the South Dallas Cultural Center?”

  • [10:27] Martheya asks: “Can you differentiate the two (marketing and outreach)?”

  • [11:12] Martheya asks: “What do you think makes a quality program and event?”

  • [12:19] Martheya asks: “How do you recommend people negotiate partnerships with venues/institutions?”

[13:38] Topic: Proposals, Preparations, and Pivots

  • [13:38] Martheya asks: “What if you haven’t done the event before and you want to show proof of concept?”

  • [15:21] Martheya asks: “What can you do beforehand to make sure everything runs smoothly?”

  • [19:38] Martheya asks: “How do you recommend people pivot in the moment?”

  • [21:32] Martheya asks: “What do you do to try and neutralize the situation?”

  • [22:53] Martheya asks: “What are some things that make an event stand out?”

Questions from kNOwBOX dance Archive

  • [27:13] Martheya asks: “Do you think social media is influencing the dance world? If so, how does it influence your work?”

  • [31:45] Martheya asks: “How do you say NO to the BOX?”

[33:00] Martheya asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

[33:28] Martheya asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • The Nutcracker

[33:33] Martheya asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Yes

[33:40] Martheya asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • YouTube

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Connect with Karla Barthelmy and South Dallas Cultural Center

Karla Barthelmy-Hippolyte has centered her career on her passion for empowering people to engage in the world around them with Informal Education. She draws people to be more aware, mindful, and conscious by helping to coordinate numerous adult and family programs in her over 10+ year career. After completing her MA in Museums, Galleries, and Contemporary Culture, Karla transitioned to The American Museum of Natural History, where she spent most of her career in the Education Department. Now as the Cultural Programs Coordinator at the South Dallas Cultural Center, she focuses on making Arts and Culture come alive with significant importance on the African contribution to the world.


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