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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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What Would Business Investment in Arts Education Look Like?

This blog continues my conversation with Harvey White that took place during the “Heating Up STEM to STEAM” session at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention earlier this summer. Read Mr. White’s initial comments here. Sen. Stan Rosenberg: “No, it’s not dumb, but I also want to do a little counterpoint here to see […]

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Association of Elected Officials. Huh?

In Washington DC, there is an association for every group. I have a book that is about 3 inches thick that lists all of them. But, I am going to focus on six: the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Lt. Governors Association (NLGA), the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), the National Association of […]

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Change: Another Thought

I think the issue of our time is “changing how people see” … but let me come back to that. John Killacky wrote two posts for ARTSblog in late June/early July that said: “… many funders did not feel equipped to judge quality outside of their own world views and experiences. I know that was […]

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Blog Salon Wrap-Up: Leading Through Innovation

Innovation happens at the local level. Despite budget cuts and debt ceiling debates that currently seem to take over our news media, we have seen strong examples of impactful innovation in our field through the projects profiled this week on ARTSBlog. I use the term “impactful innovation” because if a great project or idea is […]

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Leadership: Through the Eyes of Youth

Prior to starting my company, I worked at a couple of places, which will remain nameless, where leadership meant ruling the company through one set of eyes. On one occasion, I was told by the board president that I couldn’t come to meetings because of my youth and (assumed) inexperience. There was another time where […]

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Creating a New Organization: From Concept to Implementation

My name is Angela Harris, and I am the executive director of Dance Canvas, an Atlanta-based dance organization, which I founded four years ago. My first blog entry is chronicling the start of my organization, and the lessons learned along the way: #1: FILL A NEED: In 2007, I was planning to leave my career […]

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Moving from Arts Leaders to Community Leaders

I recently attended the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego and I return from these conferences inspired and energized. Of particular relevance to our work at the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City is the changing role of the arts in community development. We often talk about how nothing like the arts […]

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Government Ethics, Government Schmethics…Who Cares?

This week Rod Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of corruption, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Here in Illinois, we collectively braced for the bad jokes. We try to laugh it off — the Cubs and Bears may be perennial losers, but at least we’re #1 at […]

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