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The Intersection of Creativity & Commerce Gives Us the Cultural Economy (from Arts Watch)

Culture equals jobs. This was the theme of the 2012 World Cultural Economic Forum hosted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is one of the most enlightened and empowered elected leaders that this nation has ever seen regarding strategically investing in his city’s cultural economy in order to move it forward. As chief counsel […]

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10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2012 (from Arts Watch)

Almost one year ago, I posted The Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts in response to a business leader who wanted to make a compelling case for government and corporate contributions to the arts. Being a busy guy, he didn’t want a lot to read: “Keep it to one page, please.” With the arts […]

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Stop the Patchwork (from Arts Watch)

Our patchwork approach to providing arts education has gotta stop! I recently read an article about a school that won a $25,000 contest by HGTV to redesign their arts room, and it actually left me upset. Why, you ask? The short answer? I’m tired of the band-aid approach. The stop gap measures. It’s the same […]

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Creation vs. Creativity vs. The Creative Habit (from Arts Watch)

I want to add to Mark and Eric’s sentiments that we need to be careful about the claims of arts education teaching the 4 Cs (critical thinking & problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity & innovation). When claiming this monopoly on creativity, I think we need to refine our message. So, here I offer a […]

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The Power of Networking (from Arts Watch)

Arrive early. Be Prepared. Wear something memorable. Have a firm handshake. Recognize these phrases? These are just some of the common practices that we all know and memorize when trying to get the most out of any in-person networking event. Each year at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, I am reminded that networking is […]

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This is What Democracy Looks Like (from Arts Watch)

This weekend I had the pleasure of experiencing my first authentic D.C. experience—the protest. I was drawn to the Save Our Schools March because I want to believe that America can still offer all students a quality PUBLIC education. The Save Our Schools March (SOS) was a large umbrella event for anyone who is dissatisfied […]

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The Dutch Initiate a Colorful Stand for the Arts (from Arts Watch)

On June 24, clouds of colorful smoke exploded throughout various arts locations across the globe in protest against the alarming budget cuts facing arts communities worldwide. After the Dutch government proposed to cut nearly 40 percent of arts and cultural funding, arts activists in the Netherlands decided to call attention to this viral issue within […]

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Social Media & Cause Marketing Broaden Appeal, Reach of Philanthropists (from Arts Watch)

Social Media. We know we need it. But are we really getting the most out of our Facebook accounts and Twitter feeds? Corporations across the country are paying close attention to the online craze and have discovered that using social media to partner with nonprofits allows them to reach the broadest possible audience in a […]

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Yes, Corporations Still Fund the Arts (from Arts Watch)

As this title suggests, corporations ARE still funding the arts, and they’re finding creative ways to do so. Recent funding cuts have hit mid-sized and small cities throughout the country particularly hard. This is especially true in rural and underserved areas. Although not quite underserved/rural, Cincinnati has become a great example of how cultural events, […]

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