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Hey, Arts Nonprofits: Words Aren’t Action, Sympathy Isn’t Empathy
Yes, we know you care. Yes, we know you “stand with” Black people. Your words are lovely. Now get away from the keyboard and start taking action.
Post-COVID Performing Arts: Like a Trip to the Car Wash
Restorationists expect a familiar process will always work: they’re about the car wash. Opportunists look to innovate: they're about getting the car clean.
An Important Memo From Arts Administrator Linda Richman
To my nonprofit arts fraynd and geshvister: email me, we'll tawk. Don't be a zhhlub and go schnorring for shekels. Don't ask -- yet.
Hey, Arts Programmers: Um, There’s an Election…
Have you heard about the election? I mean, it's all over the news. And are you factoring the election into your programming?
Bowser Bruised as DC Arts Soap Opera Ends — For Now
The mayor of DC -- and all the battling political stakeholders of the city's cultural scene -- now have a chance to act like adults. The artists deserve it.
The Global Narrative for Arts Education Is Changing
Will a piece of paper forever change how we talk about arts education? Probably not. But it's a very, very good place to start.
Measurable Impact: The Real Bottom Line for Nonprofit Arts?
The problem with Seattle's Intiman Theatre following (not for the first time) the hysterical-panic fundraising playbook first pioneered by Oral Roberts.
Cancel Culture: Biting the Hand Feeding Arts Nonprofits?
If we're to subject arts philanthropists to sniff tests, let's be consistent about it.
The Canon Explodes: The Museum World Aims for Diversity
"We have to move from tokenism to transformation..." For the future-forward American museum, that process appears to be underway.
Antarctica: The Final Frontier for Artists and Writers?
An Oct. 3 live Skype from Antarctica at a Connecticut museum highlights science "on the ice" -- and art.
Time for Arts Nonprofits to Prove They Inspire Change
If there's no positive impact you can measure, why hang your hat on the idea?
5 Tips for Finding Community as a POC Arts Professional
Key spaces and crucial opportunities to share ideas and resources to generate that sector-wide shift.
‘We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!’ (Or, ‘Don’t Pay Artists!’)
If you won't pay artists -- or respect HR laws on exempt and non-exempt employees -- maybe you don't deserve our donations.
What I Got Out of My Lunch with the New NEA...
In June 2018, President Trump appointed Mary Anne Carter to be Acting Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. The press at the...
Was Mom Right? I Hope Not
Mom thought the arts were fun and games, frivolous, with no real worth but immediate entertainment.
Why Must Arts Workers Equate Long Hours with Success?
If your art cannot get done in the hours you have budgeted for it, you have lied. To everyone.
Does Your Nonprofit Arts Board Always Vote Unanimously?
Unending total agreement can hurt nonprofit arts groups. There are better ways to be a board.
Can Economic Impact Make a Case for Arts Nonprofits?
Nonprofit arts is to commercial arts what food banks are to supermarkets. Or maybe not.
Sackler, Altria, MacArthur: Ethical Quicksand in Big Philanthropy
Is our collective conscience bothered before we accept the gift or after the public outcry?
SWAN Day 2019 Takes Flight — Under New Leadership
After 11 years, Support Women Artists Now is a worldwide event whose future is just beginning.