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Monday, February 5, 2024

Music To Your Beers by Joe Patti

I was kinda thrilled to hear the melodious voice of conductor Bill Eddins on the Marketplace Morning Report this morning. Bill had written the Sticks and Drones blog here on Inside the Arts …

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Enrolled In Ones Work by Joe Patti

Yesterday I cited a Seth Godin post about rethinking how we measure work productivity.  Around the same time he made a post along the same lines noting that while strictly following instruc…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Measurement Used Can Alter The Impact Of Your Work by Joe Patti

Long time readers know that I resist the use of economic impact as a measure of value for arts and culture for many reasons. The late potter-philosopher Carter Gillies was really effective i…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Will Congestion Pricing Further Depress Broadway Attendance From NYC Suburbs? by Joe Patti

Just before Christmas Broadway producer Ken Davenport called attention to an issue which may or may not impact Broadway attendance starting later this year. Starting this Spring, congestion …

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Artists, They Aren’t Making The Community Any Worse by Joe Patti

Title of the post today is intentionally leveraging a statement in a study conducted by Jennifer Novak-Leonard and Rachel Skaggs for the National Endowment for the Arts of public perception …

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Hiring A Fun Coach Like A Physical Trainer by Joe Patti

Last week, NPR Reporter Andrew Limbong interviewed Catherine Price, author of The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again. Limbong observed that while he has the impulse to roll his eyes at th…

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Supermarket Self-Checkout And Loyalty by Joe Patti

I came across a study conducted by researchers at Drexel University , (well one is an alum that teaches at University of San Diego), on whether using the self-checkout lane at a supermarket …

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Cleveland Ballet Issues Turned Out To Be Much Bigger Than Initially Suspected by Joe Patti

Back in November, I had written about allegations of harassment by the administration of the Cleveland Ballet of one of their teachers due to body weight issues. I thought that would more or…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Guaranteed Basic Income Programs Seem To Benefit Those With Concrete Goals by Joe Patti

Long time readers know I tend to pay attention to news about guaranteed basic income programs, particularly those that have artists as a target group. Thanks to a CityLab link to a story on …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

It Ain’t Easy Being Public Art by Joe Patti

I think Art in Public Places staff for any community have one of the most difficult jobs in the arts, particularly when it comes to public perception of the job they do.  While everyone acc…

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Kids Making Modern Art Less Intimidating For Adults by Joe Patti

I came across a link to a post on the Alliance of American Art Museums website about the Clyfford Still Museum’s efforts to make their facility a welcoming option for bringing kids as youn…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Many Moving Pieces Means Many Opportunities To Remove Friction by Joe Patti

One thing I like about Broadway producer Ken Davenport is that he is constantly trying to identify barriers to attending shows on Broadway. Not just his, but any show. He has the rising tide…

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Monday, January 8, 2024

Audience Engagement & Community Engagement Aren’t The Same Thing by Joe Patti

In a recent episode of Quick Study, Sunil Iyengar, director of research and analysis here at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), notes that the arts community, including the NEA, toss…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

A Flip Of A Coin Is More Likely To Correctly Identify Your Org As A Non-Profit Than A Recent Visitor by Joe Patti

Another post I wanted to make to get people thinking and doing things differently for 2024 is based again on research Collen Dilenschneider and the IMPACTS team have done. As I mentioned in …

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You And You’re Audience Don’t Agree On What It Means To Be Entertaining by Joe Patti

Okay, to start 2024 off with something to ponder for the whole year, I want to direct you to a piece I wrote on ArtsHacker a couple weeks ago about how your definition of entertaining as an …

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Dayton Live’s Fun Beyond The Scenes Videos by Joe Patti

You probably aren’t searching the Interwebs for trenchant observations on arts administration the day after Christmas. But still, you can learn a little something from some entertaining vi…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Always Good To Vet Before Giving And Be Wary Of Stolen Non-Profit Identity by Joe Patti

As we move through the middle of the holiday season, it seems like a good opportunity to remind people to do a little due diligence so they don’t fall prey to some charity scams.  Back in…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

NPR’s Fortunes Changed By Billions And Billions Sold by Joe Patti

Last month there was an interesting story in the Washington Post about the $220 million bequest left to NPR 20 years ago by Joan Kroc, widow of former McDonalds CEO Ray Kroc.  What I found …

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Monday, December 18, 2023

Somethings Are Down, But Overall Broadway Is Looking Up by Joe Patti

Broadway Producer Ken Davenport posted last week about The Broadway League’s attendance report for the 2022-2023 season.  The 2022-2023 season was the first period in which a full season …

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War Cemeteries Are The Most Entertaining Places In The World, Just Not In The Way You Define It by Joe Patti

Did you know according to surveys conducted a few months ago, the most entertaining performance based organization in the world is the Sydney Opera House, followed by the Hollywood Bowl and …

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

A Good Communications Staff May Be Costly, But Not Having One Can Be Even More Expensive by Joe Patti

At various times I, and others like Drew McManus have written about the importance of having a good crisis communication plan.  The marketing department should be focused on more than just …

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Ouch! Non-Profit Board Structure Being Used As An Example Of What Not To Do by Joe Patti

Tyler Cowen, the economist who write the Marginal Revolution blog linked to an interesting paper from 2014, Corporate Governance Without Shareholders: A Cautionary Lesson from Non-Profit Org…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

News Of Their Retirement Has Been Greatly Exaggerated. AARP Doesn’t Care by Joe Patti

I had to cackle when I saw this post by jazz critic and music historian, Ted Gioia: I'm not sure whether I'm depressed by the AARP sponsoring the Stones, or applaud it as the obvious move. B…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Competition Among Donor Advised Funds Is Constricting Charitable Giving by Joe Patti

I am always interested in news about how donor advised funds (DAF) are operating. On the whole, their use hasn’t gone as intended and they have reduced, rather than increased or incentiviz…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Music Preference And Morals – Do Evil Geniuses Really Love Classical Music? by Joe Patti

When I saw a link on to a research study on PLOS One exploring the link between music and morality, I was half expecting to discover that evil people do prefer classical musi…

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Monday, December 4, 2023

Wait, NZ Arts & Culture Sector GDP Grew At Nearly Twice The Rate Of The Whole Economy? by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago, New Zealand’s Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) proudly announced that the GDP growth for the Arts and Creativity Sector was nearly double that of …

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

More Ballet And Body Weight Related Legal Action by Joe Patti

Apropos to my post yesterday about Richmond Ballet dancers suing the organization for exerting so much pressure about their weight, there was another story a couple weeks ago that I forgot w…

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Ballet Dancers Sue After Pressure Leads To Eating Disorders And Health Impact by Joe Patti

Last week linked to an article that may represent a significant continuation in the discussion about body weight expectations in ballet and dance in general.  Two Richmond B…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Isn’t It Better To Be Damned If You Do Try by Joe Patti

Chad Bauman, Executive Director at Milwaukee Rep made a post on LinkedIn today where he acknowledged that making a change in a business model can threaten the existence of an organization, b…

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Sunday, November 26, 2023

Who Knew You Could Organize So Much Activity Around A Show About Writing Letters by Joe Patti

I usually don’t advocate for specific shows on the blog here, but I recently presented a group whose format really lends itself to a variety of audience engagement opportunities you may dr…

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Apparently Work Still Required At Newfields Museum by Joe Patti

Well apparently my optimism about the direction of the Indianapolis Museum at Newfields was a little premature. In late September I wrote about how the museum had just hired. Belinda Tate, a…

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