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Monday, April 15, 2019

Gather Your Neighbors For A Castle Raising by Joe Patti

I am always up for spreading around awesome ideas that people execute. I wanted to give a shout out to my old collaborators, at the Creative Cult. They have been involved with all sorts of c…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Theater Seeking Animation With Creative Vitality by Joe Patti

Something I thought might be interesting to readers.  The City of Douglas, GA has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase and run a historical theater.  You don’t see this that …

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The Games That Are Played In Cultural Facilities by Joe Patti

Hate the fact that your city will provide millions to fund an arena that only gets used 20 times a year but not arts organizations that each host hundreds of events a year? Concerned that th…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Accepting Donations Is Increasingly Complicated Business by Joe Patti

While I have written about this before, of late it seems that the decision to accept a donation from someone is increasingly one requiring deliberation. An article on The Conversation lays o…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

That Story Was Old When Gilgamesh’s Grandpa Told It by Joe Patti

One arts marketing phrase I have always hated, and thankfully I seldom see it these days, is “…illustrates what it means to be human..” I often dislike the rationale that something tel…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Authentic Air Safety Kabuki Theatre by Joe Patti

Okay, a little break from my weighty opining on the value and philosophy of art. I caught this on the Forbes site recently. All Nippon Airways (ANA) has employed kabuki actors to appear in t…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Kids Might Be Motivated To Learn If They Aren’t Always Stuck In A Classroom. Imagine That by Joe Patti

Last month there was an article in Forbes about the benefits of field trips and arts education. It started out in a way I dislike, discussing test scores and neurological development as if a…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

You Are Never Too Young To Start Producing Shows by Joe Patti

So given the context of all the deserved gushing over a North Bergen, NJ’s stage version of the movie Aliens with a $5,000 budget and recycled materials,  Ken Davenport’s suggestion tha…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A Splash Of Color And The Hope That One Day Prince Will Come by Joe Patti

I was half listening to a TED Talk given by Amanda Williams where she spoke about turning abandoned homes in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago into art. She would check the city’s regi…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Enacting Your Solution Or Your Funder’s Solution? by Joe Patti

Often when we talk about arts and cultural organizations applying for grant funding, there is mention of how organizations might try to recast what they are doing in a context that makes it …

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

And You Thought Developing A New Performance Piece Was Hard by Joe Patti

Watching the latest webinar on the Creating Connection initiative from ArtsMidwest, I am pleased to see the progress that is being made. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs ha…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

In Order Have Social Impact, They Had To Kill The Social Impact Statement by Joe Patti

If you haven’t seen it already, it is worth reading Joanna Jones’ piece on Medium about how the Oakland Museum of California developed and then abandoned their social impact statement. O…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Don’t Forget That Failure Is An Option by Joe Patti

It has only been in recent years that a message of embracing and talking about our failure has been part of a public conversation among arts and cultural organizations. I am not sure how man…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Even Art Works Undergo High Stakes Testing by Joe Patti

In a literal case of one person’s trash is another’s treasure, New York Times had a piece about museums grading the works in their collection to decide what to liquidate.  It has long b…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Things To Ponder When Endeavoring To Tell Other People’s Stories by Joe Patti

There is a lot of conversation about the need for people to see themselves and their interests reflected in arts and cultural experiences if arts and cultural organizations were going to rem…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

If You Like Classical Music And Are In A Movie, You Just Might Be The Depraved Villain by Joe Patti

This past weekend, Artsjournal.com had a number of articles on the benefits of the arts. One in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked if Mozart could make you a better runner. The basis of the a…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Public Restrooms As A Metaphor For Accessible Cultural Experiences by Joe Patti

Four years ago, I wrote about how the government of India, in an attempt to end public defecation by 2019, was building over 1 million toilet facilities in households around the country. How…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

So You Are Saying An Intern Isn’t Supposed To Improve Productivity? by Joe Patti

I was really excited today when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the headline, “Diversity organisation celebrates placing 1000th paid intern.” The concept that some entity was able to…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Passion Is Work by Joe Patti

Seth Godin had an interesting post recently challenging the notion of passion preceding the decision to commit. “Offer me something I’m passionate about and I’ll show up with all of my…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Art As A Lubricant For Better Business Practices by Joe Patti

Americans for the Arts had a post on their blog last week that hit a lot of the right buttons for me. Steve Sanner and his partners have the Jiffy Lube franchise for Indiana. He writes about…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Good Community Is An Asset To An Arts Organization by Joe Patti

I frequently urge people not to focus on the value of the arts in terms of economic impact on the community. Not only do the arts bring other forms of value to the community, but what is fre…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Don’t Solicit Ads For Your Program Book by Joe Patti

Thanks to Drew McManus for remembering that Butts In The Seats turned 15 this weekend. Hard to believe I have been writing for 15 years now. Hopefully readers have found the content worthwhi…

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You Need To Pay Taxes On Program Book Ads by Joe Patti

Non-Profits Pay Taxes On Unrelated Business Income Just because your organization is tax exempt doesn’t mean everything you do is exempt from taxes. There are a number of activities that r…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

History of Public Libraries & Questions Cultural Orgs Face Regarding Inclusion by Joe Patti

Check out this visual storytelling piece on CityLab about the history of libraries in the US.  As arts and cultural organizations struggle with the question of inclusion of under-represente…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

What They Lack In Talent, They Make Up With Social Media Followers by Joe Patti

For a long time when people offered advice to those hoping to be actors, they would say something along the lines of, “No matter how talented and good looking you are, there are 10 oth…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

New Study of Impact of Arts Ed On Social Skills by Joe Patti

I frequently urge people to be careful about making statements regarding the benefits of arts on educational outcomes so I am happy when I read about some rigorously conducted studies that p…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tell A Creative You Love Them This Valentine’s Day by Joe Patti

As we come up on Valentine’s Day, a little reminder that there are a lot more ways to say, “I Love You,” than speaking those specific words. A couple years ago Gavin Aung T…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

If The Metric Is Valued, Someone Is Probably Trying To Game The System by Joe Patti

Okay, so I promise I am not seeking out articles that discuss the problems with depending on quantitative metrics to determine effectiveness and value. They just keep falling into my lap. Th…

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Valuing and Acknowledging Donations by Joe Patti

I recently attended a webinar conducted by John Taylor of John H. Taylor Consulting providing updates on IRS rules on acknowledging charitable giving. Neither Taylor nor I are lawyers and th…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cons Of Starting An Endowment by Joe Patti

Recently there have been some conversations around my organization and town in general about whether it is worthwhile to try to bolster an existing endowment. People have mentioned that ther…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

What Is The Value Of Fire? How Do You Know? by Joe Patti

Friend o’ the blog, Carter Gillies recently had a piece appear in the Arts Professional UK noting some of the problems with focusing on the instrumental value of the arts. One of the i…

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