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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

My panel remarks at the IU Center for Cultural Affairs Symposium: New Frontiers in Arts Research by Diane Ragsdale

This past Wednesday I participated in a symposium at Indiana University, as part of the opening of its new Center for Cultural Affairs. Among other programs, the Center features a new Arts, …

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

My remarks at the 8th World Summit on Arts & Culture by Diane Ragsdale

This past week I had the privilege to participate in the 8th World Summit on Arts & Culture, produced by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). The …

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Is it time to resurrect the artistic leader discretionary fund? by Diane Ragsdale

At one point in my tenure as a philanthropoid at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation I went back to the board dockets of decades past to try to piece together the evolution in the Foundation’s…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

On artistic leadership and aesthetic values in a changed cultural context: A new keynote address by Diane Ragsdale

Last week I had the privilege, pleasure, and honor to give the keynote address at the Canadian Arts Summit–an annual gathering of the board chairs, executive leaders, and artistic leaders …

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

On playwrights attempting to be in the driver’s seat: my experience at Dominique Morisseau’s “Pipeline” by Diane Ragsdale

I’ve recently starting working as an assistant professor and program director for a new MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (MA AME) at The New School. If you don’t know it, The N…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Tackling an inequitable arts funding system: A response to the report, Not Just Money by Diane Ragsdale

Helicon Collaborative, with a grant from the Surdna Foundation, has recently published a second report, Not Just Money, examining where US arts philanthropic dollars go. Some may recall that…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Art for ____________’s sake. What would you fill in? by Diane Ragsdale

A few weeks back I was in NYC and had the opportunity to attend a Public Forum event featuring the brilliant Jeremy McCarter reading from his new book Young Radicals: In the War for American…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

On “looky-loos” and the institutions who are desperate for them and desperate for them to behave by Diane Ragsdale

On the recommendation of a couple friends who are artists I recently read Dave Hickey’s fantastic 1997 memoir Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy. As I was reading a couple essays, i…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

On Entrepreneurialism and Publicness (or Whose Theatre is it, Really?) by Diane Ragsdale

This essay was originally published in Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts by the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University. Many thanks to Linda Essi…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Is artistic leadership at America’s arts institutions lacking? Is this at the root of declining relevancy? by Diane Ragsdale

Joe Horowitz has written a stirring essay on the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center. In response, A…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What is our “Great Work” in light of this election? by Diane Ragsdale

Several hours ago now, Donald J. Trump was elected the forty-fifth President of the United States. I haven’t slept in 36 hours. As the results of the election became clear, more than a few…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To share or not to share: On nonprofits and the disclosure of information to the public by Diane Ragsdale

A couple weeks back the Chronicle of Philanthropy ran an article by Rebecca Koenig with the headline: Some Nonprofits Misuse Contracts to Hide Activities, Experts Say. The experts cited in …

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Monday, July 27, 2015

In defense of the quieting of the audience (and so-called passive participation) by Diane Ragsdale

A couple weeks back I wrote a post about the latest research report from the Irvine Foundation, in response to which several people posted smart comments. My post dealt to a large extent w…

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Valuable data, questionable field recommendations. (A response to Irvine’s latest report on arts participation.) by Diane Ragsdale

A few years ago I had a meeting with a PhD advisor in the US to talk through the proposed chapter breakdown for my dissertation. When discussing the key components of my final chapter I co…

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

It’s creative; but is it beautiful? (My talk at the Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts) by Diane Ragsdale

In May, I gave a talk at the Pave Biennial Symposium on Arts & Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University. The theme of this year’s conference was Creativity and New Venture Cre…

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The last beauty class post by Diane Ragsdale

Well, 12 posts later, we’ve come to the last post in the series covering my course in aesthetics and business (aka/ approaching beauty) offered at UW-Madison, for undergraduate business m…

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Highlights from the beauty class visiting artists (post 2 of 2) by Diane Ragsdale

In my last post and this one I am sharing highlights from presentations by the several artists who joined us in the second half of the course and key ideas that resonated most for the studen…

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Highlights from the beauty class visiting artists (post 1of 2) by Diane Ragsdale

Apologies for the radio silence. The beauty course marched on but I failed to get anything written on Jumper the past few weeks as I was finishing up the term and writing talks for two sympo…

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Approaching Justice & Democracy (in Beauty Class) by Diane Ragsdale

In last week’s post I wrote about a lecture by Polly Carl on the first half of Elaine Scarry’s monograph on beauty, which focuses on the relationship between beauty and truth.…

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Monday, April 20, 2015

What beauty does. (Taking stock in WK6 of the class.) by Diane Ragsdale

  Approaching Elaine Scarry’s On Beauty and Being Just: Elaine Scarry is a major contributor to the discussion on beauty. In the sixth week, the always brilliant Polly Carl gave …

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

“Disbanding our armies” (in Beauty Class) by Diane Ragsdale

Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go. Three years ago I was gi…

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Awakening to truths about ourselves and the world (in the Beauty Class) by Diane Ragsdale

This is the sixth post in a series of posts focused on the course on beauty that I am coordinating/teaching for business students at UW-Madison. In the fourth week of the Beauty Class I wan…

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Approaching Beauty in Art (Beauty Class Continues) by Diane Ragsdale

This post discusses how the students prepared for a visit to the contemporary art museum; their three-hour visit to the museum and the exercises they completed there; and the portfolio as…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On Selfies vs. Self-Portraits and Universal Beauty vs. What I Find Beautiful (Beauty Class Portfolio Assignments) by Diane Ragsdale

  For those following the Beauty Class, this post is about the first two portfolio assignments. One of the primary methods of learning in this course is the creation of portfolios in w…

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Different Orientation (Beauty Class Wk 1) by Diane Ragsdale

Art is a different value system. Like God, it fails us continually. Like God we have legitimate doubts about its existence but, like God, art leaves us with footprints of beauty. We sense th…

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why Beauty in a Business School? by Diane Ragsdale

  A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about the course in beauty that I am teaching this term at UW-Madison, under the auspices of the Business School and the Bolz Center for Arts Admini…

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Approaching Beauty in a Business School by Diane Ragsdale

In a week I will be heading to Madison, Wisconsin to teach a 12-week course in beauty for undergraduate business majors.  The course is aimed at helping students cultivate an aesthetic sens…

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Arts in a Civic World Upside Down by Diane Ragsdale

A couple months back I was asked to give a talk on civic leadership to a group of arts leaders participating in the fantastic UK-based Clore Leadership Programme. We tend to take for granted…

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Change in the arts sector. Can we speed it up or must we wait it out? by Diane Ragsdale

  Devon Smith has written a smart, provocative post on a debate she engaged in at the recent Americans for the Arts Conference in Nashville. It’s called We Should Allow Failing Arts …

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Beyond repair? On the loss of structural integrity … by Diane Ragsdale

There is an arts story that has been nagging at me the past couple months. It’s the recent announcement of the revised plans for the NYC Performing Arts Center planned for the former …

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Can arts organizations be both art-focused and community-focused? by Diane Ragsdale

Doug Borwick has a new post (inspired by comments made by Lyz Crane at the Creative Placemaking Summit) on the “central disconnect” between arts organizations and community engagement. …

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