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Open the Door & Come In: Celebrating Penny Balkin Bach

“Open the Door and Come In,” a sweet phrase invented as a fortune cookie prediction by her granddaughter, fully expresses the life and work of Penny Balkin Bach, Public Art Dialogue’s (PAD) 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Penny is the longtime executive director of the Association for Public Art (APA; formerly the Fairmount Park Art […]

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Design Thinking Needed in Collaborative Workplace (from The pARTnership Movement)

Fostering and managing innovation is a continuous challenge for businesses. To meet this challenge it is critical to build a workplace culture that supports failure as an inevitability on the path to innovation. Artists and designers are taught that their best work is a result of these failures and progress can be made by revisiting […]

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Random Acts of Culture™

Throughout the country, many performing groups have taken to public forums to display Random Acts of Culture™ (supported generously by the Knight Foundation) covering all art forms including music, dance, and theater. Just a few weeks ago, the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte captured this dance performance from their local airport: But there are […]

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How Can Local Arts Agencies Engage Their Communities?

It seems that “community engagement” and “community arts” are paving the way to a new paradigm in the local arts sector. By browsing through some local arts agency (LAA) websites, I got the sense that most organizations were somehow relating to their local communities already. But what exactly IS community engagement and how do you […]

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