Category Archives: Arts management

Stopping the Binary

I’ve just spent 2 ½ days with students from the Mike Curb Master of Arts in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership visiting innovative cultural organizations in New York City along with my colleagues Daniel Bernard Roumain and Colleen Jennings-Roggensack. One … Continue reading

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The End of a (Really Long) Era

Like many people, I was stunned by yesterday’s news that the Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus will be closing up shop at the end of its current season. I have long credited Ringling Bros for kindling my interest … Continue reading

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What Can We Do? Part 2

This is the second in a four (or more) part series. This particular post was born out of the feeling of extreme disorientation I felt sitting at my desk Wednesday morning. My Epistemological Existential Crisis For background, I note I … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Leadership

I was talking recently about cultural leadership with a colleague, himself a cultural leader of tremendous insight and experience. He noted that people don’t really talk about the emotional challenges one faces as a leader and that few people (and … 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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“The Dramaturgy of Public Policy”

I’ve had the great good fortune to have had several interactions recently with the brilliant Roberto Bedoya, artist, arts administrator, public intellectual, and someone who has earned the title of “thought leader.” The first of these interactions was at the 3 … Continue reading

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Time

Perhaps it’s because I recently watched the space travel epic Interstellar while on a 10 hour flight from Istanbul to JFK, or perhaps it’s because I’m (slightly) over 50, or perhaps it’s because there is always a long “to do” … Continue reading

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Begin with the Middle in Mind

I was recently turned on to David Grant’s “Social Profit Handbook” by the arts program director at the Tremaine Foundation, which supports some of the research we’re doing in field-based arts business training. The premise is deceptively simple, an organization … Continue reading

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Supportive Grids, or, “There’s No Ego in a Leko”

At a recent participant parent event at Rising Youth Theatre, a terrific young company for which I serve as board secretary, one of the parents, who happens to also be a work colleague, noted that our discussion of the company’s … Continue reading

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Snake in the Suburbs

Yesterday, I found a dead rattlesnake in the gutter a couple of houses up the street from mine. My first reaction was, “there could be one of those in my own back yard – have to alert the kids and … Continue reading

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