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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Becoming One Of The Unseen Creative Artists by Joe Patti

Yesterday we had David Grindle, Executive Director of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) , speak at my theater about “The Unseen Arts Economy.” If you aren’t famili…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Monopolies, Not Lack of Curiosity May Have Killed American Theater by Joe Patti

Scott Walters is a blogger I started following 15+ years ago. His work has gone through various focuses and iterations, but is always very interesting and insightful. He recently returned to…

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Where Is Your Favorite Podcast Getting Its Material? by Joe Patti

h/t to Isaac Butler who retweeted a somewhat horrifying thread written by author Brendan Koerner recounting how one of his Atlantic articles, two of his books and a WIRED piece he authored h…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Can Annotated Press Releases Be A Good Communication Tool? by Joe Patti

Last week Aubrey Bergauer made the following post calling the attention of arts organizations to an annotated press release put out by the financial company Ellevest announcing their success…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Artist Coding Switch Code Switch by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago there was an article in the L.A. Times about Artists Who Code, an organization created after the pandemic hit by two Broadway performers to help artists transition into ca…

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

May Have Spoken Too Soon About Salary Transparency Efforts by Joe Patti

Apropos to my post yesterday about New York City requiring employers to list their salary range starting next month, I was happy to Vu Le’s tweet about Washington State passing a similar l…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Starting Small And Building Momentum by Joe Patti

Last month, The Art Newspaper reported that NYC would begin requiring all employers to disclose the salary range of jobs starting on May 15. Many saw this as a positive step for the arts wor…

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

What Do We Need From Artists And What Do Artists Need From Us by Joe Patti

Last week Laura Zabel, Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts, has a piece on CityLab discussing the contributions artists can bring to pandemic recovery. She references a report iss…

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

“Admission Tickets Are Not Bought. They Are sold.” by Joe Patti

Colleen Dilenschneider made a post today providing data that shows people’s tendency to stay home rather than seek cultural and entertainment experiences has increased over the last decade…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Mortgages & Property Taxes As Art Projects by Joe Patti

While returning from a grocery shopping trip on Saturday I heard this NPR story about an art project that is calling attention to the disparity in property taxes for black owned homes vs. wh…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

So You Are Hiring. What Are Your HR Practices? by Joe Patti

It seems the week to discuss Human Resource practices. Drew McManus posted the first in a series about the lack of good resources among orchestras to help address difficulties in the work en…

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Friday, March 25, 2022

There Is An Ambush In This Violin Concerto! by Joe Patti

Drew McManus reposted a promotional Facebook video for Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s (WSO) performance of “The Rose of Sonora” violin concerto.  I thought it was a cool little video de…

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Into The Arts And Out of ‘The Real World’ by Joe Patti

Last week Vu Le made a Twitter post alluding to the fact a lot of corporate leaders will shift to leading non-profits, but you basically never hear of a non-profit leader making a career tra…

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Love All The Songs. Show Is Kinda Boring by Joe Patti

A few months ago I came across a piece by Imogen Crimp which recounts her attempt to pursue a career in opera.  Her story covers some pretty crappy experiences with conservatory instructors…

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Is Joe Suggesting What I Think He Is Suggesting?!?!!! by Joe Patti

I saw a social media post by Dan Pink today that linked to an NPR story about a program where doctors in Canada can prescribe spending time outdoors and have been provided year long passes t…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Museums Are Secretly Controlled By Big White Paint by Joe Patti

On Hyperallergic today, Isabella Segalovich had a piece, 15 Things Museums Do That Piss Me Off . An avowed museum junkie, she lists what areas in which she would like museums to do a better …

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Grateful For The Recognition, But Recognize More To Be Done by Joe Patti

A month ago Ruth Hartt posted an image she grabbed from my venue’s website on Twitter and complimented its presentation on a number of points: Brava on the diverse audience remark & I'…

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Kindergarten Art As Social Practice by Joe Patti

You may have heard a short piece on NPR this past week about Peptoc, a hotline where you can hear encouraging words from kindergartners.   Call a new hotline, and you’ll get just that —…

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Don’t Know If I Am Auditioning, But I Am Having Fun by Joe Patti

You may have seen the story on American Theatre about the slew of people who took to TikTok to “audition” for St. Louis theatre, The Muny’s production of Legally Blonde.  I use the qu…

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Monday, March 7, 2022

Once You Have Found Her, Never Let Her Go by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago violinist Holly Mulcahy made a Facebook post about giving the manager at the Wichita, KS airport Enterprise counter her card which had a BOGO ticket offer printed on the b…

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Friday, March 4, 2022

Coming To A PBS Station Near You… by Joe Patti

I didn’t realize I missed posting yesterday until early this morning. Right now my team and I are really busy preparing for a concert which is being taped for PBS.  This show, A Night of …

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

A First Stab At A State Of Performing Arts Survey by Joe Patti

Association of Performing Arts Professionals featured a webinar today reporting on the results of a survey they conducted about the state of the performing arts. Regrettably, I missed it but…

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Is Your Talent Being Hoarded? by Joe Patti

The Marginal Revolution blog linked to a really interesting study on talent hoarding a practice in which managers prevent productive workers from seeking promotions. The study author, Ingrid…

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Curiosity Satisfied By A Strange Answer by Joe Patti

I am not sure how I came across the article, but this Fall I came across an interview on The First Peoples Fund website with master traditional folk artist Kevin Locke. In the course of the …

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Come For A Haircut, See A Van Gogh by Joe Patti

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone running an arts venue that many attendees are over the mask wearing thing. At my venue, we actually had a more conservative mandatory policy fo…

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Haven’t Seen You Around Recently by Joe Patti

I’m happy to say that things are starting to get back to a place where I feel like I can start blogging again. Hopefully it will stay that way. I really underestimated how difficult things…

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

On Hiatus by Joe Patti

Apologies to my readers. The departure of some staff and absence of others has placed me in a situation where I can no longer post regularly. Hopefully this will resolve itself soon and I ca…

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Do You Need To Feel Transcendent Or Sleep Better Right Now? by Joe Patti

Ruth Hartt got a bit of a kick from the post I made last week where I termed her use of stock video footage and other clips to create an video marketing piece as a “Franken-Ad.” She tagg…

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Yes, But When She Said It, It Sounded Brilliant by Joe Patti

Vu Le posted this week about a well-observed phenomenon he termed “Outsider Efficiency Bias.”  He defined this as basically having an outsider like a consultant come in and be lauded fo…

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The Medium As Important As The Message When Asking For Help by Joe Patti

Dan Pink shared a link to a study that was conducted on perceptions of the most effective way to ask others for help comparing face-to-face, audio/phone, video (ie Zoom), and text (SMS, Emai…

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

What’s Been Learned So Far About Offering Virtual Theatre by Joe Patti

American Theatre released results of a survey about virtual theatre offerings during Covid this week. Respondents represent 64 organizations from 25 states. As you might already imagine, the…

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