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How the Arts Lead Me to a New Career (from The pARTnership Movement)

About 18 months ago, my boss informed me that they had decided to shut down the New York City branch of my division and, as the saying goes, “my position was being eliminated.” I saw this as my big chance to do something different. Just exactly what that was I had no idea; I just […]

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Listening to Members to Develop Loyalty

TweetYesterday at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Antonio, attendees engaged in a session that asked them to reconsider the classic membership model and theory behind membership and subscription programs. As we are circling around this concept of “the new normal,” we must begin to look at the fact that the changing […]

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Great Reads for Entering (or Evaluating Your Commitment to) the Creative Workforce

If you’re reading this now, chances are that you’re in a place of contemplative or active transition—and I commend you! Many of you know that after seven years of working as a choreographer with parallel work in nonprofit arts administration and education in New York City, I recently moved to Philadelphia to start the next […]

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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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Why Continue a Career in the Arts? (Part 1)

With the national focus shifting from the financial crisis to job creation (and now, this week back to the financial crisis once more), I thought I would use my personal story as a midcareer arts administrator to help shed light on the impact the economy is having on jobs in this field. I’m in my […]

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America at a Cultural Crossroads

On July 22, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch spoke as part of the Chautauqua Institution’s lecture series, discussing the arts and arts education in a speech titled “America at a Cultural Crossroads.” You can view a portion of the speech below and the full speech at FORA.tv:

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Josh Groban Sheds ‘Light’ On Arts Education

Singer-songwriter Josh Groban was a strong supporter of the arts and arts education long before gaining the attention of the music industry in 1998. His initial foray into charitable causes has always included arts education, in addition to a number of other causes. However, Groban also recognizes that access to quality arts education has been […]

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What is Your Community Benefit?

The reason for the tax break for nonprofits is that nonprofits are meant to provide a “community benefit.” When you apply for nonprofit status, the forms you have to fill out include making a case that the benefit you will provide (often expressed in your mission statement) is worth the state letting go of your […]

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