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Failure Creates Leaders

Hilliary Anaya - artsblog

So now that I have this rekindled positive outlook about leadership for the arts, what do I do with it? Well, to be honest, I think failure comes next. How’s that for positive thinking, huh? But honestly, failures are the best thing; they develop people by pushing them splat on their face, picking them up, […]

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2011 Retreat ~ Friday Booking & Farewells

Americans for the Arts now has excellent webinars on understanding the roles of seven different constituencies that influence arts education policy: federal, state-level, school boards, superintendents, business partnerships, principals, and parents. Perhaps I suffer from a perspective biased because of my own professional experience, but there is one glaring absence from the series: higher education. […]

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Creative Convergence Highlights Benefits of Arts Education

Los Angeles took a cue from the success of Art Miami and scheduled six art shows in the space of one week last month. These six shows featured the most popular collecting categories–fine art, photography, prints and posters, modern art, contemporary art, and “affordable art.” A fortunate coincidence put these excellent art exhibitions directly next […]

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The Present and Future of the Art Market

Dozens of new records were set at the historic auction of the Elizabeth Taylor Collection December 13-17. This crowned two years of historic new price records for all types of art, all around the world. The momentum began with the auction of Alberto Giacommetti’s “Walking Man I” for $104 million at Sothebys-London in February 2010. […]

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Art Provides Healing, Creates Dialogue in State College, PA

We often see examples of art used as a way to heal a community following tragedy, whether it be something catastrophic like war or a sudden death, all of the arts can be used as an escape, a catalyst for further examination, or in countless other ways. While reading through news articles last night, I […]

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Leadership Genesis: It’s In Our Best Interest

Do you recall your first formal leadership development experience? Mine was in 2000 — I was sponsored by a foundation to participate in the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). I was 30, and I had been working for nine years, building a career in the nonprofit sector. In the early […]

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From Advertising to Advocacy: A Multicultural Approach

How many languages are spoken in your local school district? Chances are most of us will be surprised at the number and varieties of languages the students speak and probably do not know how to reach out to that community. Currently, the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, is the 11th largest in the […]

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Reflections on the Eve of My Inauguration

Tomorrow is my investiture as president of Memphis College of Art. I’ve been “on the job” for about 5 months, and now it’s inauguration time. Other than a lot of pomp and circumstance, visitors from out of town, and me making a speech, is there anything really that special associated with the day? Well, maybe […]

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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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