Category Archives: Arts education

An NEA Story: #SaveTheNEA

One of the most impactful projects I have every worked on would not have been possible without a modest $32,000 investment from the National Endowment for the Arts*.  The project embedded nationally renowned visiting artists and ASU Herberger Institute faculty … Continue reading

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A Creative Enterprise Strategy Model

I’m currently teaching a new course titled “Strategy: Opportunity Recognition in the Creative and Cultural Industries” as part of the Curb MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership. My concept of strategy may be different than a business school conception … Continue reading

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What Does it all Mean?

Definitional problems still persist in the teaching and learning arts entrepreneurship. Each year, I ask students what “entrepreneurship” means to them and then, after a short lecture and reading material by Andrew Simonet, David Cutler, and Aaron Dworkin, ask: “What … Continue reading

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ENCATC Teaser

I’m presenting a paper next week at the European Network of Cultural Management Conference (ENCATC) entitled “Same or Different? The ‘Cultural Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Arts Entrepreneurship’ Constructs in European and US Higher Education.” Here’s a teaser: “Arts Entrepreneurship” is beginning to … Continue reading

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Leadership Axioms from Jim Ed Norman

What a treat! Our guest this week in “Leadership in the Creative and Cultural Industries” was Jim Ed Norman: musician, arranger, producer, former president of Warner Records Nashville and, after coming out of retirement three years ago, CEO of Curb … Continue reading

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Beauty Helps

My leadership class visited the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art last week and met with its director and chief curator, Sara Cochran. The focus of our discussion was on how leaders employ images and symbols to lead. One of the … Continue reading

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Do What Loves

The best thing I read this past week was a post on Medium by Umair Haque that asserts that suggesting people “do what they love” [a.k.a. “follow their passion”] is not sufficient. Instead, he offers these three pieces of advice: … Continue reading

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