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Advocacy is the New Yoga: Just Thirty Minutes a Day Can Make a World of Difference

I love yoga. It’s all the rage—even Nancy Hanks Lecturer Alec Baldwin is a fan. Yoga practice is a great fitness activity that has physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. A thirty minute workout comprised of sun salutation, downward facing dog, and accompanied by a little “om” action provides the energy and balance needed to chug […]

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So Many Resources, So Little Time

As an arts administrator, I’m constantly bombarded with information coming from all directions every minute of every day. With endless emails, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds, I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed. Having the ”let’s get organized!” attitude that a New Year brings, I thought it might be nice to highlight some of the good […]

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What Arts Managers Can Learn from Steve Jobs

With the recent release of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, and several other bios scheduled to come out in the near future, there’s a lot of discussion on what kind of a manager Jobs was. While the management of a publicly-traded tech company and that of a nonprofit arts organization may seem worlds apart, […]

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Why Continue a Career in the Arts? (Part 2)

In part 1 of my blog post, I started to talk about how the economy is affecting arts administrators. Specifically, how the financial and jobs crisis is weighing heavier on midcareer level individuals. Now, what we can do about it? Here are three things I see happening today, mainly due to the economy: #1 – […]

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Letter to a Young Administrator

A friend and colleague—one on the earlier end of her career—recently emailed me and asked what she thought of her possibly moving back to the east coast and entering a graduate program in the hope of advancing her career more quickly. This is what I wrote her. Because her question is about career development, I […]

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Careers in the Arts – A Plug for Enlightenment

I have this sneaking suspicion that if you ask a typical high school student to tell you what career choices exist in the arts, they would give “artist,” and “art teacher” as their two, and possibly only two, examples. Unfortunately, I think that too many young people are unaware of the myriad career options that […]

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The Accessibility and Affordability of the Arts

As the news cycle has been dominated with concerns over the debt ceiling and the potential dangers associate with default, we are painfully reminded that our economy is far from stable. It seems increasingly likely that the way forward will include some kind of austerity measures, such as spending cuts, downsizing of government agencies, and […]

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Blog Salon Reflections: Art, Enterprise, & Equity

“We are witnessing new practices and challenges to old assumptions.” ~ Ben Cameron during the closing keynote at this year’s Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. A sector transformation is underway. Today’s arts administrators, activists, and cultural entrepreneurs are fashioning new routes to mission fulfillment, while contending with diminishing grant funds, demographic and technological shifts, […]

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