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Brave New Board, Part 2

We talked last time about some of the reasons not-for-profit arts organization boards underperform and underutilize their resources. So, what do we do about this? Here are some thoughts: We need to look at the biggest possible picture. Many boards … Continue reading

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Brave New Board

Board development. Does anyone else have a shiver go down their spine when you hear those words? I’ve been talking and writing about not-for-profit board development for over twenty years. I’ve been working with boards for at least twice that … Continue reading

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The underbelly of economic impact

A few years ago, I attended the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (or, more accurately, Festival Fringe), an event which started out as an alternative to the more staid Edinburgh International Festival but has since grown to encompass virtually every nook and … Continue reading

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The benefits of kissing

“Do not defend a music program because it’s good for other things [such as raising test scores and making students smarter]. That’s like defending kissing because it gives you stronger lip muscles for eating soup neatly.” Peter Greene, educator. This … Continue reading

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Freelance arts managers? It just might work…

Earlier this summer I posted about my frustration with arts organizations who seem to be ignoring the help of trained arts managers.  One of the individuals I wrote about (who also happens to be my husband) posed an interesting question: … Continue reading

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Thinking outside the opera house box

Recently, travel guru Rick Steves posted a video showing a giant screen attached to the Vienna State Opera House live streaming the opera that was playing inside. A small crowd filled a section of the plaza, sitting in camp chairs, leaning against … Continue reading

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Are arts organizations ignoring what could help them the most?

I had an interesting conversation the other night with colleagues in arts management from other cities.  All of them had decided not to serve any longer on boards of directors for local arts organizations.  They listed a litany of sins, … Continue reading

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