Podcast Episode 34: Matt Cadman and the responsibility to make the arts accessible to everyone
This episode features Matt Cadman, the executive director at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Matt is a passionate advocate for inclusion – that the community is for everyone – regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other measure
Here’s how Matt described the value of exposing people to art. “I really believe, in the long run, art changes lives. It changed mine. I’m saying it’s a priority for the human spirit.”
Matt has led an effort at the PAC to make sure the arts are accessible to everyone and reflect the diversity of our communities. Their Every Kid at the PAC program provides opportunities to bring kids to the theater or take performers out to the schools to give them that cultural experience.
Here’s what he says about the value of increasing accessibility: “Everyone deserves that opportunity to experience the arts or to partake in the arts or to appreciate the arts. It’s not a zero sum game where there’s a winner or a loser.”