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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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Public Comment Praise Takeover Helps Renew Denver Guaranteed Basic Income Program by Joe Patti

Long time readers will be aware that I have been keeping an eye on guaranteed basic income programs in different communities, especially those that are designed to benefit artists. Recently …

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Creating Connections With Inside Jokes Shared By 6 Million People by Joe Patti

I believe it was that shared a story a week or so ago about the Philadelphia Inquirer’s attempt to increase subscriptions and engage a younger audience with an ad campaign …

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Experiences More Valuable Than Material Goods When It Comes to Happiness and Social Cohesion by Joe Patti

Sunil Iyengar who directs the research arm of the National Endowment for the Arts recently posted on the idea of arts experiences as one way for individuals to create connections with others…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Sometimes You Can Renovate Your Way Out Of An Audience by Joe Patti

So as much as we may think that we need to find new strategies and tactics to engage with audiences, a lot of times we are reinventing or rediscovering approaches that were ignored in favor …

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Unisex Restrooms Look A Little More Attractive When You’re Waiting On A Long Line by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago, Rainer Glaap posted a link to a news story about people in Germany advocating for unisex restrooms.  It wasn’t so much about wanting to provide spaces for people ident…

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Better Dubs For Your Favorite Anime May Be Just Around The Corner by Joe Patti

The China Project recently spotlighted Taylor Swift’s amazing fluency in speaking Mandarin Chinese. It is amazing to think she is able to gain this level of proficiency while attending to …

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Covid Restrictions May Have Resulted In Increased Social Inertia by Joe Patti

I recently saw a link on a CityLab story noting that since the end of Covid restrictions, people appear to be less willing to venture outside of familiar neighborhoods and locales. As of lat…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

No One Knows You’re A Non-Profit (Sometimes Even After You Tell Them) by Joe Patti

While it has sort of been generally known that visitors to arts and cultural organizations aren’t fully aware of whether the organization is a non-profit or not, Colleen Dilenschneider rec…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Don’t Break Up With Volunteers Over Email by Joe Patti

I recently saw an article about the Portland Art Museum essentially firing all their volunteer docents by email in favor of paid students with a suggestion that the docents weren’t diverse…

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Monday, October 23, 2023

They Are Having More Fun In The Movie Screening Next Door by Joe Patti

Recently I have been seeing articles heralding the Taylor Swift and Beyonce concert movies as the recipe for financial success for struggling movie theaters—turn movie attendance into an e…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

FTC Proposing Transparency Rules For Ticketing Fees by Joe Patti

A couple hours after I made my post about an article addressing the problem with “drip fees” in the UK and the psychology that reinforces their use, I saw that the FTC is proposing new r…

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Monday, October 16, 2023

Artists Need High Quality, Accessible Marketing Resources by Joe Patti

Last week, my regional booking consortium organized its first Zoom conversation for marketing staff to share questions, ideas and just generally converse. I lurked around for most of the con…

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Sunk Cost Psychology Reinforces Added Hidden Ticket Fees by Joe Patti

A survey found that in the UK, 93% of event ticketers add “drip fees” on to transactions.  As you probably suspect, those are the undisclosed added fees that pop up as you go through th…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Frank Lloyd Wright Didn’t Want A/C In Dallas Theater He Designed by Joe Patti

I came across an interesting story about the only theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The 400 seat Kalita Humphreys Theater, constructed in 1959,  is one of the Dallas Theater Center�…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Babysitters For Artist As Well As Audience by Joe Patti

Back in August I mentioned a partnership of organizations working with the Broadway production of Here Lies Love to offer babysitting services to people attending select performances.  What…

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

How The Red Scare Led to Ren Faires by Joe Patti

The Smithsonian Magazine just published a pretty interesting story about how the proliferation of Renaissance Faires (RenFaire) in the US got their start due to artists being blacklisted dur…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

One Of The Last Un-Unionized Groups Of Broadway Workers Looks To Organize by Joe Patti

Last week I saw that production assistants (PA) on Broadway shows were seeking to unionize under the auspices of Actors Equity Association, which represents actors and stage managers. What r…

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Monday, October 2, 2023

One Org Making Good On Covid Era Diversity Commitments by Joe Patti

A number of arts organizations made strong commitments to diversify their offerings and the composition of their staffs and performers as they emerged from Covid restrictions. Recently there…

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Symphony Was Heading Into Trouble, But Apparently No One Told The Musicians by Joe Patti

I have been reading about the closure of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada and some of the stories are pretty heartbreaking. The concertmaster was in a moving van driving fr…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Studies Indicate Arts Degrees May Be Worth It by Joe Patti

Recently on the NEA Quick Study podcast Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts shared data that indicated getting an arts degree can be worth…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Just As I Was Wondering About How Things Turned Out by Joe Patti

Last week I was flying into to Indianapolis to attend the Midwest Arts Xpo conference and I idly wondered how things had turned out at Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields after their job…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Stuff You Don’t Think About – Relation Between Insurance And Ability To Hang Art by Joe Patti

Lately I have been seeing articles in The Guardian that are calling attention to overlooked aspects of creative practice that have big impacts if conditions start to change. A couple weeks a…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Bad Enough Having Computers Making Hiring Decisions, Are Grants Awards Next? by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago Vu Le wrote about how useful AI can potentially be in the process of writing grants. So often granting organizations essentially ask for the same information, with some va…

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More Reasons Not To Use Contextomy by Joe Patti

I recently saw an article in The Guardian about a controversy that arose from misrepresenting reviews of a book by Jordan Peterson through the use of selective editing. The Times columnist J…

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Bell Works, But It Needs You by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago, I caught a story on NPR about a temporary monument exhibit that has been placed on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  While a little more permanent than a pop-up exhi…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater