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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Best Creativity Is Messy Creativity by Joe Patti

In the past I have written critically about the use of creative practice as a prescriptive tool to boost the development and achievement level of children (i.e. attaching headphones to your …

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

A Look At Who’s Managing Foundation Funds by Joe Patti

For the third year in a row, the Knight Foundation has conducted a survey of the top 55 charitable foundations with the intent of measuring the diversity of those managing the assets. Of the…

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Monday, January 9, 2023

What Did You Change In Yourself To Memorize Those Lines? by Joe Patti

I know a lot of people in the performing arts literally or figuratively roll their eyes at the inevitable question, “How do you remember all those lines.”   However, Stephen Colbert re…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot…Reach Out by Joe Patti

For about a year now, I have seen Dan Pink post on social media about his survey of people’s regrets and how it can be healthy to embrace them. Finally, I decided to read about what he had…

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Monday, January 2, 2023

Make 2023 The Year Of Library Advocacy by Joe Patti

Right at the end of the year, New York City based columnist for The Guardian, Moira Donegan, wrote a loving piece about how she is thankful for US public libraries. One of the first things s…

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Abandoning Template Based Relationships With Creatives by Joe Patti

If you aren’t familiar with Springboard for the Arts, it is an organization based in St. Paul, MN, (with a rural office in Fergus Falls, MN), run by artists, for artists. But that is just …

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Tax Deductions For The Cost Of Being An Artist by Joe Patti

Just before Christmas there was an article about Actors’ Equity union pushing their members to contact Congressional representatives about passing Performing Artist Tax Parity Act (PATPA).…

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Monday, December 26, 2022

IRS 990 Backlog Hampering Non-Profit Giving and Transparency by Joe Patti

ProPublica recently reported that the IRS has yet to release nearly a half million non-profit tax records. You may be wondering why that is something you should be concerned about. In fact, …

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

Creativity For Solving Problems, Not Monetizing by Joe Patti

Diane Ragsdale recently made a post about the design and intent of the Masters of Arts in Creative Leadership program she is leading at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). In answe…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Improv Can Help Tolerate Uncertainty by Joe Patti

Hat tip to Dan Pink who tweeted about a study which found teaching improv to students can lower social anxiety and intolerance of uncertainty.  The study authors noted that historically, �…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Ticketmaster Serves Its Customers. The Customer Isn’t You by Joe Patti

I am sure most people are aware of the clamoring anger about ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s concerts, mostly blaming Ticketmaster for screwing things up, but also potentially being compli…

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Sharing Time With Family Is Valued Regardless Of Political Affiliation by Joe Patti

Apropos to my post on Monday about how gift recipients value experiences over material gifts,  Pew Research Center recently released research finding showing that spending time with family …

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Post-Covid Touring Sees Cancellation Due To Inflation Infestation by Joe Patti

Wired recently had an article about the challenges facing independent artists when it comes to touring. Many are facing a combination of higher costs, a flooded market, and limited resources…

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Monday, December 12, 2022

Experiences Are The Gift They Want by Joe Patti

So I serendipitously started on my drive to work this past Saturday evening at the exact time a Hidden Brain episode mentioned how research shows that recipients of gifts prefer experiential…

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Donating At Check Out, Legit or Shady? by Joe Patti

An interesting situation has arisen in connection with at check out donation solicitations. Credit to Isaac Butler who retweeted a link to a post about a man who brought suit against drugsto…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Who Is The Seat Choice Process Serving? by Joe Patti

Here is a fun little conversation for performing arts venues because there is a fair chance you have a different point of view as a venue operator than as a consumer. I saw this tweet last w…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Enchanted By The Public Art by Joe Patti

About six weeks ago I alluded to the fact I was moving to take up a new job.  A month ago I joined the City of Loveland, Colorado Cultural Services to lead the Rialto Theater.  I have told…

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Not All Excellence Is Rewarded, Not All Who Excel Can Lead Others There by Joe Patti

While I try to write posts about the arts in general, the fact is the content of my posts tends to orient toward performing arts rather visual arts. That said, there are a lot of parallel ex…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

When Voting Becomes An Intersection for Arts and Civics by Joe Patti

You may have seen news about Ulster County, NY’s demon-spider I Voted sticker. It made national news because the design by 14 year old Hudson Rowan was so strikingly cool/strange and garne…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Success Attracts Success by Joe Patti

I was interested to see there was some research conducted with some of the earliest recipients of MacKenzie Scott’s unrestricted gifts to various non-profits between 2020 and 2021. The med…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Is It Better To Give Or Receive? by Joe Patti

I saw a tweet by Maria Popova linking to a piece she wrote about the philosopher Seneca’s thoughts on gratitude and thought it might make an appropriate post for Thanksgiving. Seneca was a…

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Germany Gives 18 Year Olds The Gift of Culture by Joe Patti

Over the years, I have written a fair bit on culture passes that various European countries have distributed to young people.  In addition to passes for cultural experiences and goods, some…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Guests Can Change The Rules by Joe Patti

I was out taking a walk this weekend and flipped over to the NPR livestream just as an episode of the Splendid Table came on. As they introduced the second guest, Priya Parker, I wondered wh…

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Doesn’t It Need To Be *About* Something? by Joe Patti

My nephew is in the throes of writing essays for college applications so perhaps that is why a Twitter thread by author Kelly Barnhill caught my attention a month ago. She talks about how ne…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

I Started This Blog Post Today by Joe Patti

Okay, a little bit of a rant today. I have wanted to get this off my chest for a couple years now. Who decided that greeting customers with “What can I get started for you today?” was a …

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Oral Tradition We Have All Joyfully Perpetuated by Joe Patti

About a week ago, The Atlantic had an article that answered a question that has been nagging me for quite a few years – are kids still passing down the silly, nonsense jokes, hand clapping…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

80 Years Before TKTS – The First Discount Ticket Booth In Times Square by Joe Patti

Little trip down memory lane to an entry I did referencing Joe LeBlang, the owner of a tobacco shop whose entrepreneurial mind created NYC’s first Times Square discount ticket service in …

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Where Have All The Pledge Drive Guests Gone? by Joe Patti

I have been listening to the pledge drive for the statewide public radio network the last couple weeks and been thinking nostalgically about my time living in Hawaii when I was a regular gue…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Somber Silence The New Standing Ovation? by Joe Patti

I saw an article on the NBC News site questioning the value of standing ovations with a subtitle suggesting the seeming default occurrence of the act was a symptom of “‘everyone gets a t…

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Adding A Throwaway Option Can Solidify Decisions by Joe Patti

Many arts organizations are seeing a drop in ticket sales and subscriptions this year which got me to thinking about a TED talk Dan Ariely did about how unwanted options helped helped people…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Do Factors Underlying Desire To Work From Home Herald An Increase In Creativity? by Joe Patti

Back in 2009 I wrote about a TED talk Dan Pink did on motivation. In particular, he discussed how monetary rewards was successful at motivating people in mechanical tasks, but when it came t…

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