Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Moment of Silence

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Siloing the Arts at a Young Age

A few days ago, I wrote, “To encourage [students] to be truly creative, we, as educators, need to give our students room to play, to explore, to experiment, and to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.  Unless we do, we fail them.”  … Continue reading

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Arts giving: Tax deductions or tax credits?

One of my concerns about our very decentralized arts funding structure is that so much depends on the tax deduction for charitable giving.   This concerns me less because of rumblings about repealing the deduction and more because the beneficiaries of … Continue reading

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Design training and an uncertain future

I got into a facebook discussion yesterday with Randy Gener, senior editor of American Theatre Magazine about a piece my colleague Richard Isackes wrote about theatre design curricula.  While I agree with much of which Richard writes, he – and … Continue reading

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On “Antiques Roadshow”

I caught a few minutes of “Antiques Roadshow” the other night. Whenever I land on “Antiques Roadshow,” I’m reminded of an old episode of Frasier in which Frasier and his dad are arguing over what to watch on TV, not … Continue reading

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What Paul Krugman and Arlene Goldbard have in Common

In his Op-Ed piece Monday in the New York Times, Paul Krugman wrote, “A rational political system would long since have created a 21st-century version of the Works Progress Administration — we’d be putting the unemployed to work doing what … Continue reading

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Hey, Where’d Your Creativity Go? (a personal answer)

Over the past eight years, I’ve found myself designing fewer and fewer plays and instead devoting more and more professional time to administration/leadership/management and to research, all by my own choice.  It has now been two years since I last … Continue reading

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Compete Less, Cooperate More

I was catching up over the weekend on the December issue of American Theatre magazine, which had accidently gotten buried under a stack of guidebooks to Prague and Vienna.  I was struck by a short news piece about the new … Continue reading

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Howard Gardner’s “Disciplined Mind,” or How to Teach Fishing

I recently posted on the entrepreneurthearts blog connecting entrepreneurial habits of mind with Michael Kaiser’s New Year’s resolutions.   In the few days since, I not only launched this blog, but delved a bit deeper into Howard Gardner’s Five Minds for … Continue reading

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First thoughts on arts, technology and education

You’re likely to read a lot on this site about an arts entrepreneurship symposium that the program I work with, p.a.v.e., is hosting April 1-2.  But before that event happens, I’ve accepted an invitation from Southwestern University to participate in its … Continue reading

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