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Hey, Arts Programmers: Um, There’s an Election…

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Have you heard about the election? I mean, it's all over the news. And are you factoring the election into your programming?

‘Jitney,’ in LA, Sings August Wilson’s Song of the Forgotten Man

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Only 34 at the time that he wrote his first play, Jitney, August Wilson may or may not have known just how the emotion-driven...

Measurable Impact: The Real Bottom Line for Nonprofit Arts?

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The problem with Seattle's Intiman Theatre following (not for the first time) the hysterical-panic fundraising playbook first pioneered by Oral Roberts.

How Two Mfoniso Udofia Plays Became One Night of Theater

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"Our idea has been to let the plays shine, to let the playwright shine, and to support each other."

How ‘Average’ Howard Barnes Became an Above-Average Musical

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Composer Michael Kooman and book writer/lyricist Christopher Dimond celebrate their "average" world-premiere CD.

Time for Arts Nonprofits to Prove They Inspire Change

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If there's no positive impact you can measure, why hang your hat on the idea?

‘We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!’ (Or, ‘Don’t Pay Artists!’)

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If you won't pay artists -- or respect HR laws on exempt and non-exempt employees -- maybe you don't deserve our donations.

Was Mom Right? I Hope Not

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Mom thought the arts were fun and games, frivolous, with no real worth but immediate entertainment.

Who Are The 1491s and What Is ‘Between Two Knees’?

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An intertribal, Indigenous sketch-comedy troupe exposes a deep cultural scar.

Boycott For Choice: Can Artists Be Profiles in Courage?

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If you are an artist and pro-choice, you have to confront a terrible and difficult question.

Can Economic Impact Make a Case for Arts Nonprofits?

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Nonprofit arts is to commercial arts what food banks are to supermarkets. Or maybe not.

Native Voices: Finding Refuge on a Hill in Los Angeles

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They don’t just nurture plays. They nurture the Native artists who flock to the refuge on the hill.

Sackler, Altria, MacArthur: Ethical Quicksand in Big Philanthropy

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Is our collective conscience bothered before we accept the gift or after the public outcry?

Arts Nonprofits: Fiscal Responsibility Is Not a Mission

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Your mission is not a slogan. Your mission is not an ad campaign.

Shepard’s ‘True West’ May Not Be So True After All

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I used to think this was a great play. Now I fear it's a great play wrapped in a gimmick.

What Theater Admins Can Teach Us About Our Executive Branch

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The theater has mechanisms to ensure our comfort and safety. Why doesn't the government?

Let’s Disconnect the ‘Disconnect’ in Nonprofit Theater

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Just because a play delivers "excellence" doesn't mean it delivers "impact."

Trigger Warnings at the Theater: Should This Be a Thing?

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Isn't the whole idea of art to trigger something emotional?

Feeling Wins Elections. Feeling Wins Arts Audiences, Too.

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The power of emotion goes beyond the voting booth. You'll also find it at the box office.

In ‘Hitler’s Tasters,’ Young Women Feast on the Fuhrer’s Food

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Former journalist turned playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks explores a grim historical footnote.
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