All stories by Joe Patti on BroadwayStars

Thursday, January 14, 2021

NEA Re-Opening Guide – You’re Not Alone by Joe Patti

The National Endowment for the Arts has released their “Art of Reopening” guide. Looking through it, it doesn’t substantially differ from other re-opening guides about which I have wri…

Linked From at 05:24AM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Two Shows, Three Trucks by Joe Patti

I was talking with an agent for some Broadway show tours this week in order to get a sense of what things might look like for productions in Fall 2021/Spring 2022.  I was intrigued to learn…

Linked From at 10:54PM
Monday, January 11, 2021

Take The Opportunity For A Reboot by Joe Patti

Research has shown that offering free admission doesn’t lead to an increase in participation by new audiences.  In most cases those that are attending are the people who normally attend, …

Linked From at 10:32PM
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Lack of Perks Don’t Make Or Break Donor Relations by Joe Patti

Advisory Board for the Arts just sent out a summary of four takeaways about what motivates arts donors based on interviews conducted this past November and December.. While this post is goin…

Linked From at 08:42PM

Prioritizing Cultural Practitioners To Receive Covid Vaccine by Joe Patti

NPR story came across my social media feed yesterday about how the Cherokee Nation has prioritized giving the Covid vaccine to those who are fluent in the Cherokee language.  I sought out a…

Linked From at 02:24AM
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

But Why Do People Want More Diverse, Locally Focused Stories Told? by Joe Patti

Last year (December 31, so technically) I had a post on Arts Hacker taking a look at the work LaPlaca Cohen and Slover Linett Audience Research had done interpreting the Covid edition of the…

Linked From at 02:03AM
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Plan For An Inclusive Post-Covid Cultural Experience by Joe Patti

In mid-December 2020, LaPlaca Cohen and Slover Linett Audience Research released an analysis of the data they collected in the Covid edition of the CultureTrack survey through the lens of ra…

Linked From at 04:17PM
Thursday, December 24, 2020

Don’t Deserve Praise For Something Embarrassingly Easily And Long Overdue by Joe Patti

Yesterday Drew McManus released another episode of his Shop Talk podcast where he speaks to Kenji Bunch and Jenny Bilfield about artistic elitism. I was listening to it while painting one of…

Linked From at 03:54AM
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Bizarre Case of The New World Symphony by Joe Patti

Friend o’ the blog, Rainer Glaap shared a video link to a session lead by Elliott Bruce Hedman, Head Design Researcher at, mPath an organization that researches how consumers engage emotio…

Linked From at 09:18PM

They Are Serious About Play by Joe Patti

I didn’t properly record the source, but last week someone tweeted a link to the LEGO Foundation’s document, Creating Creators, which has the subtitle: “How can we enhance creativity i…

Linked From at 09:18PM
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Maybe They Could Increase Residency By Offering A Pastry Of The Month Subscripton? by Joe Patti

A little bit of amplification of my local community today. Next City ran an article on the Mill Hill artist village that is developing in one of Macon’s original neighborhoods, Ft. Hawkins…

Linked From at 02:18AM
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Decision Not To Grow≠Failure To Grow by Joe Patti

An article on Daily Yonder making an interesting point came across my social media feed last week.  They noted that part of the reason why rural communities are characterized as being in de…

Linked From at 12:36AM
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

This Christmas, Take A Vacation In The History of Your Neighborhood by Joe Patti

A number of arts organizations like the one I run as my day job, have started focusing on programming that is locally and regionally sourced since drawing on artists from a greater distance …

Linked From at 12:18AM
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Developing New Skills & Capacities by Joe Patti

In my post Monday I was wondering what influence Covid might have on dance choreography given the visual range of cameras, etc. Tuesday morning I woke up and saw a link on to…

Linked From at 10:32PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Germany Would Like You To Perform With Confidence by Joe Patti

Big thanks to Rainer Glaap who sent me a link to a news report that Germany has created a $2.5 billion cancellation fund that would allow event organizers to plan shows in the third and four…

Linked From at 10:06PM

So Would That Be A Plaque of Plays? by Joe Patti

On occasion I have conversations with co-workers and colleagues about how Covid-19 may change the general aesthetics of live performance in the future. For example: Will lingering concerns a…

Linked From at 03:48AM
Thursday, December 3, 2020

What The Hell…Oh Wait That Is A Pre-Covid Picture by Joe Patti

I have a post on ArtsHacker today encouraging people to really think about what message their promotional photos are sending as we hopefully will start to move out of Covid restrictions. Art…

Linked From at 08:12PM
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Who Is Prioritized In Programming Decisions by Joe Patti

The Atlantic ran an article about how museums are having to deal with questions about equity and representation in their programming that are posed by both external and internal constituenci…

Linked From at 07:32AM

Work On Those Re-Opening Venue Images by Joe Patti

Even pre-Covid the general guidance for promotional images and text was to focus on the audience experience. Regardless of whether the venue you perform/show your work at is allowed to open,…

Linked From at 03:00AM
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

I Want Your Advice, But Not Your Feedback by Joe Patti

Via Daniel Pink is a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that suggests asking for advice rather than feedback.  On the surface this may sound like a distinction without a difference, but …

Linked From at 01:24PM
Thursday, November 26, 2020

Desperately Seeking The Wishbone This Thanksgiving by Joe Patti

I saw a social media post this week that said something to the effect of: “Let’s admit that back in 2015 we all failed to correctly answer the question, ‘Where do you see yourself in f…

Linked From at 11:24AM
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wasn’t Looking For Substantive Discussion of Workplace Equity On An Orchestra Podcast, But There It Was by Joe Patti

I may owe some apologies to Drew McManus because I would have never expected that a podcast about the classical music industry would provide one of the best discussions about the complexitie…

Linked From at 05:03AM
Monday, November 23, 2020

Books Open Doors To New Worlds…And Maybe Some Arts Orgs by Joe Patti

If you are pondering how to create new “entries” for participation with your organization for a broader, more diverse audience, survey results summarized in a Hyperallergic article might…

Linked From at 10:32PM
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Economists Don’t Like Economic Impact Studies? by Joe Patti

Michael Rushton is singing my song. Today he posted a critique of using economic impact as a measure of the value of the arts. It is “quick and dirty” as he says, so it won’t take much…

Linked From at 02:33AM
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Always Pondering The Line Between Constructive Persistence And Futility by Joe Patti

Seth Godin made a post on his Medium site last week about persistence. Whenever I see posts praising persistence I always start to philosophize about how one knows the line between construct…

Linked From at 02:18PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Verdi At Bat by Joe Patti

Maybe we should be keeping an eye on Tulsa Opera. Back in August I wrote about a film that was screened in my venue about Tulsa Opera’s casting a transgender person as Don Giovanni. A coup…

Linked From at 01:54PM
Friday, November 13, 2020

Government Cultural Policy Making For The Unknown by Joe Patti

Last day in my series this week covering the UNESCO document, Culture in crisis: Policy guide for a resilient creative sector. Big thanks again to Rainer Glaap for calling attention to it. A…

Linked From at 12:24AM

It’s More Than Just Naming A Minster of Culture And Other Measures To Help Creative Industries by Joe Patti

To continue where I left off from yesterday’s post about the UNESCO document, Culture in crisis: Policy guide for a resilient creative sector, the next section addresses providing support …

Linked From at 12:24AM
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Saving Culture and Creativity Without Compromising Their Best Interests by Joe Patti

Very big THANK YOU to friend of the blog Rainer Glaap who sent me a link to an UNESCO document, Culture in crisis: Policy guide for a resilient creative sector. At this point I think I am go…

Linked From at 11:24AM
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Networks and Resources Have Always Mattered by Joe Patti

I recently came across an article the LA Review of Books on the book The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech by William Deresi…

Linked From at 09:18PM
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Don’t Feel Obligated To Sink More Into Bad Choices by Joe Patti

I am not saying anything new when I note that there are a lot of arts organizations which are incapable of taking much action due to Covid related legal restrictions or lack of resources. My…

Linked From at 09:12PM

All that Chat

Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes