Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Gradually Finding The Leader Within by Joe Patti

Long time readers know I am a fan of Peter Drucker’s short piece, Managing Oneself.  It has been awhile since I have sung its praises so it is timely that a TEDx Talk by Lars Sudmann abou…

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Some Guidance On Researching Open Meeting & Records Laws In Your State by Joe Patti

In response to my post last week about the surge of people seeking my advice regarding the open meeting and open records laws of their states based on a 2016 ArtsHacker post I had written, A…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Let Me Tell You What You Can Do With That Phone by Joe Patti

Hat tip to Howard Sherman for calling attention to a New York Times article about cell phone use at live performances that the paper has set up as an study guide/student discussion resource.…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Why The Sudden Interest In Non-Profit Record Access? by Joe Patti

Three years ago I wrote an article for about being aware of the open meeting requirements your state imposes on non-profits. I basically pointed out that while pretty much eve…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Reflections On Experiencing And Expressing Insight by Joe Patti

This weekend we hosted a performance by the dance company Diavolo.  You may be familiar with them as a finalist on America’s Got Talent, but they have been around since 1993 and have been…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Maps Upon Maps, Soon Useful Data Appears by Joe Patti

As part of developing the cultural masterplan for our community, people are being encouraged to contribute information to a cultural resource map. The goal is to not only map the active asse…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

This Is Not The Show I Auditioned For. How The Heck Did I Get Here? by Joe Patti

So if it isn’t bad enough that actors auditioning for a part are being evaluated on the social media following they have cultivated along with their looks and talent, they are now being as…

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A Pulse Just Means The Person Is Alive, Not That It Is Healthy or Happy by Joe Patti

Joi Ito who serves on the boards of both the Knight Foundation and MacArthur Foundation wrote a piece for Wired on the importance of finding the right metrics for measuring non-profit effect…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Is The Violence And Sorrow Of The World Too Strong For Art? by Joe Patti

Somewhat apropos of the whole value of arts theme of my posts this week, novelist Michael Chabon had a letter titled “What’s the Point,” printed in The Paris Review announcing that he …

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Not Words, But Deeds by Joe Patti

Last week Doug Borwick wrote a blog post saying it wasn’t enough to tell people that the arts have value in their lives. As I started reading his post, I agreed with this sentiment because…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Knitting Needles Over Netflix by Joe Patti

So via Georgia Council for the Arts’ social media is a study on Artsy finding that many Americans would rather do something creative than watch TV or surf the net. I initially wondered if …

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

If Creative Industries Have Such Great Economic Impact, Why Ain’t I Paid More? by Joe Patti

On Monday I wrote a post in which I mentioned an observation a person made about how having their state arts council organized under their state’s business development division made it dif…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

ROI of Classical Music Training by Joe Patti

Over on The Baffler, Kate Wagner, takes a look at the tenuous state in which classically trained musicians operate in the face of income threatening conditions like the lock-out/strike curre…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Tell Your Tales of Advocacy by Joe Patti

Question for readers- Have you ever attended an arts advocacy day at your state capital or Washington, DC? Actually, for those readers outside the US, I would be interested in hearing about …

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fine Line Between Collaboration And Exploitation by Joe Patti

There was an interesting article in The Atlantic this past July about how the Navy was working on crewing ships with a few generalists who would handle many jobs rather than many experts foc…

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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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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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