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Do Business Executives Believe Artistic Pursuits Add Value to Their Work? (from The pARTnership Movement)

Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class is now 11 years old, and the notion that left-brained corporate types can benefit from right-brained creative types is acknowledged as gospel. Although Florida’s work has resulted in blue-chip value for “creative thinkers,” there is no empirical evidence to show whether business executives claim any workplace value […]

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The How-and-Whys of Our Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2012

Everyone loves a top 10 list. Sure, it seems the lists are everywhere this time of year—to the point that you’d think that we’ve over-saturated the market for them, right? Wrong. The best evidence that I can give you to prove that top 10 lists bring people to your site is that four of our […]

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Bringing Advocacy Home from the Annual Convention

TweetWhat I was really planning on doing at the conference this year was coming and learn what trusted friends and advisers are doing all across the country. We spend so much time being part of a small pool of people doing the work we do in our communities that this is a rare chance to […]

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Group Therapy in the Arts: The Mega Church Model

The Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL has an annual weekly attendance of 24,000 people. It’s what is referred to as a “mega church.” I remember details about this church opaquely from a history of modern Christianity class. It’s the organizational model they created I remember most. Obviously 24,000 people don’t smoothly pull […]

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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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Things We Wish Someone Had Told Us at 25

Katherine Mooring artsblog

As the chief architect for the Arts & Science Council’s capacity building, professional, and leadership development offerings, I spend a lot of time thinking about the skills and expertise our next generation of arts and cultural leaders will need to be successful, particularly in an environment where change and complexity are the rule, not the […]

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Connecting the Past with the Future

Last week, I renewed my membership for my alma mater’s alumni association. I understand now, more than ever, that my participation in the program contributes to not only the future success of my university, but also to my own past experiences. Since my graduation, I have enjoyed watching the University of Houston (UH) flourish, albeit […]

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Happy New Year from Americans for the Arts!

In 2012, Americans for the Arts resolves to invigorate political discourse and the nation by continuing to spotlight the importance of the arts in America. Artists, teachers, arts managers and professionals, lawmakers, administrators, and advocates are integral to this mission. This election year, the urgency is growing to have political candidates and office holders understand […]

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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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Speaking of Leadership: Michael Spring

Michael Spring has been pretty busy these days; even more so than usual. Not only does he oversee a half billion dollar capital project budget with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, but Spring recently came off of a five-month stint as an assistant county manager while Miami-Dade searched for its new mayor. “I […]

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