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Monday Inspiration

If you’re still feeling a bit down, I highly recommend taking the time to read a letter written by Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock from the early part of 2016 and published at nesthq.com. Addressed to “the Next Generation of Artists” it is an inspiring letter that is every bit as beneficial for arts managers as it is artists. While it’s true that the issues facing the world are complex, the answer to peace is simple; it begins with you. You don’t have to be living in a third world country or […]

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Strike Is Over

Just a quick post-Thanksgiving note today to make sure you haven’t inadvertently overlooked the good news that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra work stoppage has ended and the group is back to work with a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement. Rumblings of a deal surfaced via an article by Elizabeth Bloom in the 11/22/2016 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette then became public via a 11/23/2016 article in the same outlet by Bob Batz Jr. We’ll take a closer look at the new agreement’s terms next week. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday weekend!

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What We’re Thankful For As Arts Administrators 2016

In a field where it can become all too easy to feel the pressures of the day to day grind, we sometimes forget to take a step back and acknowledge the things we’re grateful for. To that end, I asked the contributors at ArtsHacker to continue our tradition from last year and share a few of the things they are grateful for as arts administrators during this Thanksgiving season. I hope this lets you learn a little bit more about who they are and their respective outlooks on the field as well […]

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More Plans For Moving Forward

Shortly after the election, I published a post with a quartet of simple, yet crucial, areas you can channel your energy in a way that will not only serve shared missions, but continue being a positive example to those around us. Yesterday, Vu Le published an article with a much longer list at NwB that focuses on what he thinks all nonprofits need to do differently in that wake of what he calls a new reality. By and large, his points link back to a number of his ideas over the past […]

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Acknowledging Courage

One of the most challenging aspects within the field of arts and culture is navigating the political landscape. Short of safe positions such as opposing funding cuts to arts and culture, adopting public positions on politically charged issues almost certainly produces outcomes that require enduring institutional pain. Consequently, it is worth noting when an organization decides to stake a political position and that’s exactly what happened this weekend at a regularly scheduled performance of the Broadway show “Hamilton.” In case you missed the firestorm, here’s a summary of what transpired: Vice President-elect […]

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