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About lindaessig

Linda Essig is director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, including its award-winning arts entrepreneurship program, Pave: The opinions expressed on creativeinfrastructure are her own and not those of ASU. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix and "like" the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Find Pave's journal, Artivate, at

Fidelity ★ Efficiency ★Honor….Empathy

Because this past Sunday was “Purple Heart Day,” I had occasion to look at my father’s purple heart as well as his good conduct medal, inscribed with the words “fidelity,” “efficiency,” and “honor.” These are leadership values that are not … Continue reading

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Thank You, Zelda

Zelda Fichandler, who passed away last week at age 91, was a woman who knew a lot about infrastructure for the arts. She was a leader in the regional/resident theatre movement that built the institutional infrastructure of nonprofit theatres across … Continue reading

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Creative Infrastructure is back, recharged, with a new look and a renewed focus on “thoughts and ideas about infrastructure for the arts.” Infrastructure for the arts is physical (the art studio, the rehearsal room), institutional (organizations, norms, systems), and personal … Continue reading

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Rest…(too apathetic) Relaxation…(lacks energy) Restoration…(something you do to inanimate furniture) Recovery…(from what?) Recharging… Recharging… I like that. Recharging sounds active, although recharging is something our brains do automatically while we sleep. According to some new and developing research, taking time … Continue reading

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Gender (In)Equity

My morning coffee was upset by an article in the NY Times that reported on a phenomenon I knew anecdotally to be true: gender-neutral tenure clock extensions for childbirth benefit men but harm women in their bids for tenure; there’s … Continue reading

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  I’ve been a bit distracted lately from my core focus of writing about “thoughts and ideas about infrastructure for the arts.” First, there was the hideousness and chaos of the current presidential race; then the tragedy of the Orlando … Continue reading

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The Dance of Leadership

My biggest summer project is the design of two courses as part of the new Curb MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership. The first of these, “Leadership in the Cultural and Creative Industries,” is a short one-credit course that … Continue reading

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