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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

ASL As Part Of The Performance Rather Than Reporting The Performance by Joe Patti

There was a really interesting article in Dance Magazine about artists using American Sign Language (ASL) as part of dance performances or to underscore movement in shows. One choreographer,…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

No Knitting Backstage In Germany Please by Joe Patti

Rainer Glaap, an arts administrator working in Germany reached out with an update about the publication of his second book whose title translates as Knitting Forbidden! The book covers laws …

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Monday, February 26, 2024

20th Anniversary Of Butts In The Seats by Joe Patti

This past Friday, February 23 marked the 20th anniversary of this blog. While Drew McManus often remembers the anniversary better than I do, I did recall the anniversary was coming up prior …

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Take Care That Mural Isn’t Destroying Instead Of Revitalizing by Joe Patti

I was walking through a building lobby when I noticed a table with a pamphlet discouraging people from painting murals on their brick buildings. My first thought was that this city departmen…

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Growing Trust And Confidence In Times Of Decline by Joe Patti

Seth Godin recently made a post citing a Brookings Institution survey series that showed a decline in confidence in multiple institutions and companies since 2018.   Godin notes that some …

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Who Will Make Classical Music The Next Old Spice? by Joe Patti

So hattip to Ruth Hartt who linked to a piece by David Taylor who argues that we shouldn’t be linking the lack of music education in schools to diminishing audiences for classical music. H…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Intricate Historic Valentines by Joe Patti

I happened across an Aeon article earlier this month featuring a video by the Victoria and Albert Museum displaying and discussing Valentine’s Day. I thought folks might enjoy learning abo…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Secret Lonely Lives Of Arts Loving Kids by Joe Patti linked to a Hudson Review piece by poet and former NEA Chair, Dana Gioia, talking about how he became entranced by opera and classical music as a child, but realized it was n…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Don’t Be Too Quick To Paint That Mural by Joe Patti

One of the ways communities are using arts and creativity to revitalize buildings and downtown districts are murals on buildings. However, not all surfaces are suited for murals. The best in…

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Monday, February 12, 2024

What Other Dwindling Skillsets Threaten Arts and Culture? by Joe Patti

Last August, I called attention to the dwindling number of qualified piano tuners posing a threat to arts organizations’ ability to host concerts.  Along those same lines,…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Pay Attention To New Spam Policies Going Into Effect This Month by Joe Patti

Last month Drew McManus posted on ArtsHacker warning about changes that Yahoo and Gmail are implementing this month that will shunt a greater number of emails to spam folders unless you take…

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Music To Your Beers by Joe Patti

I was kinda thrilled to hear the melodious voice of conductor Bill Eddins on the Marketplace Morning Report this morning. Bill had written the Sticks and Drones blog here on Inside the Arts …

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Enrolled In Ones Work by Joe Patti

Yesterday I cited a Seth Godin post about rethinking how we measure work productivity.  Around the same time he made a post along the same lines noting that while strictly following instruc…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Measurement Used Can Alter The Impact Of Your Work by Joe Patti

Long time readers know that I resist the use of economic impact as a measure of value for arts and culture for many reasons. The late potter-philosopher Carter Gillies was really effective i…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Will Congestion Pricing Further Depress Broadway Attendance From NYC Suburbs? by Joe Patti

Just before Christmas Broadway producer Ken Davenport called attention to an issue which may or may not impact Broadway attendance starting later this year. Starting this Spring, congestion …

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Artists, They Aren’t Making The Community Any Worse by Joe Patti

Title of the post today is intentionally leveraging a statement in a study conducted by Jennifer Novak-Leonard and Rachel Skaggs for the National Endowment for the Arts of public perception …

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Hiring A Fun Coach Like A Physical Trainer by Joe Patti

Last week, NPR Reporter Andrew Limbong interviewed Catherine Price, author of The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again. Limbong observed that while he has the impulse to roll his eyes at th…

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Supermarket Self-Checkout And Loyalty by Joe Patti

I came across a study conducted by researchers at Drexel University , (well one is an alum that teaches at University of San Diego), on whether using the self-checkout lane at a supermarket …

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Cleveland Ballet Issues Turned Out To Be Much Bigger Than Initially Suspected by Joe Patti

Back in November, I had written about allegations of harassment by the administration of the Cleveland Ballet of one of their teachers due to body weight issues. I thought that would more or…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Guaranteed Basic Income Programs Seem To Benefit Those With Concrete Goals by Joe Patti

Long time readers know I tend to pay attention to news about guaranteed basic income programs, particularly those that have artists as a target group. Thanks to a CityLab link to a story on …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

It Ain’t Easy Being Public Art by Joe Patti

I think Art in Public Places staff for any community have one of the most difficult jobs in the arts, particularly when it comes to public perception of the job they do.  While everyone acc…

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Kids Making Modern Art Less Intimidating For Adults by Joe Patti

I came across a link to a post on the Alliance of American Art Museums website about the Clyfford Still Museum’s efforts to make their facility a welcoming option for bringing kids as youn…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Many Moving Pieces Means Many Opportunities To Remove Friction by Joe Patti

One thing I like about Broadway producer Ken Davenport is that he is constantly trying to identify barriers to attending shows on Broadway. Not just his, but any show. He has the rising tide…

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Monday, January 8, 2024

Audience Engagement & Community Engagement Aren’t The Same Thing by Joe Patti

In a recent episode of Quick Study, Sunil Iyengar, director of research and analysis here at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), notes that the arts community, including the NEA, toss…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

A Flip Of A Coin Is More Likely To Correctly Identify Your Org As A Non-Profit Than A Recent Visitor by Joe Patti

Another post I wanted to make to get people thinking and doing things differently for 2024 is based again on research Collen Dilenschneider and the IMPACTS team have done. As I mentioned in …

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You And You’re Audience Don’t Agree On What It Means To Be Entertaining by Joe Patti

Okay, to start 2024 off with something to ponder for the whole year, I want to direct you to a piece I wrote on ArtsHacker a couple weeks ago about how your definition of entertaining as an …

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Dayton Live’s Fun Beyond The Scenes Videos by Joe Patti

You probably aren’t searching the Interwebs for trenchant observations on arts administration the day after Christmas. But still, you can learn a little something from some entertaining vi…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Always Good To Vet Before Giving And Be Wary Of Stolen Non-Profit Identity by Joe Patti

As we move through the middle of the holiday season, it seems like a good opportunity to remind people to do a little due diligence so they don’t fall prey to some charity scams.  Back in…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

NPR’s Fortunes Changed By Billions And Billions Sold by Joe Patti

Last month there was an interesting story in the Washington Post about the $220 million bequest left to NPR 20 years ago by Joan Kroc, widow of former McDonalds CEO Ray Kroc.  What I found …

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Monday, December 18, 2023

Somethings Are Down, But Overall Broadway Is Looking Up by Joe Patti

Broadway Producer Ken Davenport posted last week about The Broadway League’s attendance report for the 2022-2023 season.  The 2022-2023 season was the first period in which a full season …

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War Cemeteries Are The Most Entertaining Places In The World, Just Not In The Way You Define It by Joe Patti

Did you know according to surveys conducted a few months ago, the most entertaining performance based organization in the world is the Sydney Opera House, followed by the Hollywood Bowl and …

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards