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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

We Love Our Shows, And It Shows by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about American Theatre’s reporting in May on a Wallace Foundation supported audience building effort at Opera Theatre St. Louis.  American Theatre just publish…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Hunger That Propels Through Bad Weather And Troubles by Joe Patti

Last week I was in Minneapolis for the Arts Midwest conference. (Minnesota Orchestra, what was that party at your place Friday night? It looked and sounded awesome.) The conference was marke…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Revisiting Deliberate Practice by Joe Patti

Last Tuesday I wrote a post on some recent research about the value of deliberate practice. Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to read a little more on the recent study. Come to find out…

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A World, And Its Participants, Continues To Grow by Joe Patti

Last year I wrote about a live roleplay drama loosely based on Dungeons and Dragons/Pathfinder roleplaying game mechanics that a guy was experimenting with.  This year he was back at it aga…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Even More Important That Panels & Post-Show Discussions Be About Audience Experience by Joe Patti

Today I had a post appear on ArtsHacker where I point out some general tips for organizing panel discussions. This covers everything from pre- and post-show chats to conference panels. Essen…

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Panels And Post Show Discussions by Joe Patti

Conversations around performances and events really can enhance the experience for people, but making it an effective and enjoyable experience can take some preparation and discipline. One o…

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Deliberate Practice Better Than A lot of Practice by Joe Patti

The Guardian recently had a story about a study debunking the idea that it took 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. I have written a number of posts on the subject over the last few …

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A Place That Is Green by Joe Patti

You may recall that two years ago the number one cultural activity people indicated they engaged in, according to the 2017 Culture Track survey, was going to the park. Last week the Washingt…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tonight We Have Paired The Seared Scallops With Wine And An Aria by Joe Patti

Back in May, American Theatre had an article about audience building efforts Opera Theatre St. Louis (OTSL) undertook with funding from the Wallace Foundation.  In my experience, there is a…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Is Artistic Authority Being Eroded? by Joe Patti

I was glancing at an interview with Arti Prashar on Arts Professional UK site as she departs her position at Spare Tyre Theatre Company. I had come for the title of the article, “Exit inte…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Seeing Our Stories Told: The Hero At The End of Your Story Is The Victim At The Start of Mine by Joe Patti

I saw a movie this weekend which embodied so much of what we talk about when we discuss empowering people to tell their stories and prominently displaying their stories. In documentary Liyan…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wherein I Compare Creative Placemaking To Spaghetti Sauce by Joe Patti

I don’t remember how I came across it, but a few weeks ago I bookmarked an interview Michael Rohd, a faculty member at Arizona State University, conducted with Roberto Bedoya, City of Oakl…

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Museum 2.0 Gets Writer/Convenor 2.0 by Joe Patti

Hey all – You may or may not know that some months back Nina Simon, writer of Museum 2.0 blog, announced she was leaving her position at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) to devot…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Arts Not An Indulgence When So Many Social Justice Issues Need Attention by Joe Patti

Apparently Vu Le of Nonprofit AF blog spoke at Association of California Symphony Orchestras last week. (those lucky dogs) In his post this week, he addresses the question about whether arts…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

IMPORTANT: Changes To Music Licensing May Impact Any Performance At Your Venue by Joe Patti

Some important information about changes to music performance rights came to my attention today and I wanted to share it with readers. Apparently the consent decrees under which ASCAP & …

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

What Is Your Arts Employees Rights Policy? by Joe Patti

Barry Hessenius recently wrote a post about Arts Employees Rights. Given the amount of conversation and news stories about sexual harassment and other unwelcome activities throughout the cre…

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We Will Accompany Them On The Beaches, On The Playgrounds, In The Parks And At The Opera! by Joe Patti

After I posted last week about how English towns installation of chat benches aligned with other stories I had covered about organizations trying to create personal connections between stran…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Data You Need To Believe Over Your Gut by Joe Patti

I so frequently tell my readers that Collen Dilenschneider has made an awesome post on her blog that it makes it difficult to convey the increased urgency to read one of her pieces when she …

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Waiting For A Nice Chat by Joe Patti

I came across an article about English towns that are installing  “chat benches” with signs saying, “The ‘Happy to Chat’ Bench: Sit Here If You Don’t Mind Someone Stopping To Sa…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

This Is Not The World We Planned For by Joe Patti

When the topic of strategic plans is discussed, there is often an admonishment actively reference the planning documents throughout the plan period rather than drop it on the shelf until it …

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Delivering Social Services At Libraries by Joe Patti

Hat tip to which posted an NPR story about libraries that are bringing social workers on staff. The main reason is that libraries are serving the role as a community resource…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ VR Headsets by Joe Patti

On Saturday, the Knight Foundation will be issuing a call “for ideas exploring how arts institutions can present immersive experiences to engage audiences” (disclosure: Knight Foundation…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

When Mozart=P-Funk – Metadata Ain’t Worth Much Without Good Search Functions by Joe Patti

Via the Marginal Revolution blog, I caught this link to an interesting Financial Times article (registration required) discussing how classical music is at a disadvantage on streaming servic…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I Don’t Know, The DMV Line Is Usually At Least Novella by Joe Patti

I saw a really cool story via Americans for the Arts in May about a partnership between the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. Th…

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How Many Times Can You Cut The Budget And Still Claim To Be World-Class? by Joe Patti

If you don’t already read Drew McManus’ blog Adaptistration, you may want to take a look some of his recent posts as well as the conversation on Facebook that ensued. Drew started out ye…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Ripples Moving Fish In Other Ponds by Joe Patti

When I caught the name, “Penis Monologues” out of the corner of my eye, I felt a moment of trepidation that some men’s rights group was mounting a show as an aggressive counter to the …

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Isn’t Everyone Creating A Museum In Their Basement? by Joe Patti

There was an article in Forbes last month about the glut of empty museums in China. While many museums in the United States have larger collections than they can possibly display, storing th…

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A Harvest of Performers by Joe Patti

My summer vacation this year took me back to China. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet with China arts administrators on this trip, though I did try to secure some introductions and arran…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Just To Take The Edge Off by Joe Patti

A couple weeks back, Slate had a long form article on people using beta-blockers to help with nervousness and stage fright. Just seeing the title, I immediately recalled a piece Drew McManus…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Bring Your Trash To My Open House by Joe Patti

This will be the last retrospective post of the series covering the time I am on vacation. I should be back at the helm Monday, hopefully with pictures and thoughts to share. I am writing th…

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The Arts Aren’t The Cherry, They Are The Yeast by Joe Patti

Apparently I watched a lot of TED Talks in 2009 as this seemed to be recurring element in my retrospective posts these couple of weeks. However, this is one I have remembered clearly for the…

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