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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Inspired By A Fiction Of Your Creation by Joe Patti

In the closing plenary of the Arts Midwest/Western Arts Alliance conference, Arts Midwest CEO Torrie Allen spoke to Theaster Gates about a number of topics. What caught my attention was Gate…

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For Whom Are People Creating Art? by Joe Patti

In September, the National Endowment for the Arts released the results of an Arts Participation survey, Why We Engage: Attending, Creating and Performing Art. Much of the information about w…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Dance Cyberman, Dance by Joe Patti

There was a minor uproar recently in the UK over an ad campaign featuring a picture of a ballerina with text suggesting that her next job could be cyber. The implication a lot of people saw …

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

What I Opposed In Good Times I Praise You For In Bad by Joe Patti

Recently I have been talking about how Covid times have brought a greater tolerance on the part of boards/audiences for experimentation with programming choices. I guess I have been talking …

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Don’t Forget Lessons Learned About Business Insurance by Joe Patti

One of the panel sessions at the recent Arts Midwest-Western Arts Alliance virtual conference was on Reopening. The one panelist that really caught my attention was Anna Glass, Executive Dir…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Most Important People Social Distance In The Penalty Box by Joe Patti

I mentioned last week that I was in the middle of virtually attending the combined Arts Midwest-Western Arts Alliance Conference. I will probably have a couple entries of observations on par…

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Budgeting More Money For Culture, Despite Covid. You Can Probably Guess Where by Joe Patti

Last week Artnet reported that Germany’s 2021 draft budget held an increase in funding for cultural organizations in the country. You may recall that I made a post in May that clarified Ge…

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Mounting A Performing Arts Conference When No One Wants To Travel by Joe Patti

Two regional arts conferences, Western Arts Alliance and Arts Midwest partnered on offering a single online conference to replace their respective in-person events. I will say right from the…

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Meanwhile, Next Door In Austria by Joe Patti

The title of today’s post references the fact yesterday’s post was about cultural funding in Germany. I hadn’t planned it this way, but I wanted to draw attention to the lengths variou…

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Be Sure Your Data Doesn’t Just Mean You Are Good At Posting Memes by Joe Patti

If you have been reading my writing for the last few years, you know that in addition to employing the preceding phrase fairly often, I argue that not everything that can be measured about a…

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Yes, Data Driven Decision Making. But What Data Is Important? by Joe Patti

There is a big push, correctly, for arts organizations to employ data driven decision-making processes. However, not all data is of equal value. Colleen Dilenschneider recently made a good p…

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Artist Waits 50 Years For A Wrong To Be Righted by Joe Patti

Quick post today since I am going to link to something longer worth reading. The venue I run is associated with a university across town that made things right for an alum after it was defer…

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The Grass Is Greener In Someone Else’s Museum by Joe Patti

I just want to take a moment to brag on some museum friends and also reinforce the idea that one shouldn’t discount the experiences found in small towns as of lower quality. Long time read…

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

An Eye For Justice And Opera by Joe Patti

I knew Ruth Bader Ginsburg loved opera. There are stories about her and Justice Scalia’s friendship and shared love of opera. A few weeks ago, I had written about the artistic director of …

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Dip Your Toe, But Probably Not The Time To Take The Plunge by Joe Patti

As I was driving into work today, I heard an NPR story about the 92nd St Y, an event/education space in NYC, and how they have gone virtual during Covid-19.  According to NPR, in a typical …

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Originality That Is Sought Is Not The True Originality by Joe Patti

h/t to (I believe) which linked to an article about creativity from the Chinese perspective, or at least perspective of the philosopher(s) known as Zhuangzi. This is a view t…

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Merit Can Be More Easily Inherited Than Earned by Joe Patti

There was an article on San Francisco Classical Voice website on September 1 about racism in classical music titled “The Last Water Fountain: The Struggle Against Systemic Racism in Classi…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Cirque Got Back In The Air In China by Joe Patti

Many have probably heard about the Broadway productions in South Korea which only experienced a brief shutdown thanks to the swift and fairly comprehensive measures the government and produc…

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Live From Our Fire Escape by Joe Patti

Today Drew McManus had a post on Adaptistration titled “In the Age Of COVID, Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention.” This was pretty timely because I had my own tale of adapting to the ti…

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

That Ineffable Value by Joe Patti

A post on ye olde Twitter feed led me to a piece on The Globe & Mail site structured as a conversation between J. Kelly Nestruck (theatre critic) and Kate Taylor (visual art critic). In …

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Going To A Museum To Gather Information by Joe Patti

I saw an article about an interview with Kimberly Drew on Slate that I really liked. Drew had a book come out, This Is What I Know About Art . What grabbed my attention was Drew defining a …

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Man Who Decided To Raise Artists Instead of Chickens by Joe Patti

It was with some sorrow that I learned this week that a great man who has literally been part of the grassroots effort to provide arts experiences to young people died last week. Albert Appe…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Fulfilling Mission Vs. Fulfilling Design by Joe Patti

Drew McManus has recently rolled out a video podcast on the Adaptistration site with the goal of addressing topics facing the orchestra business. Today, he posted the second episode title, A…

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Love It So Much I Had To Destroy It by Joe Patti

A little background. I have had a Facebook account since ~2011 but I only created it so I could access and control my organizational Facebook pages. There are a very small number of people I…

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Do They Know Its Covid Time At All? by Joe Patti

I am guessing it isn’t any news that a lot of arts and cultural organizations are struggling financially and grappling with the challenges presented by Covid-19. I mean, there is a lobbyin…

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

We Are More Accepting Of Disease Spreading In Large Crowds Than I Thought by Joe Patti

A recent study looking at a connection between influenza mortality and professional sports leagues provides some insights into the possible impact of the more highly contagious Covid-19 viru…

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Seems More About Arts Production Than Gender Identity–Just As It Should Be by Joe Patti

This past weekend the Macon Film Festival held one of their few live screenings of this year in my theater. (The rest of the festival content is being streamed.) They showed The Sound of Ide…

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Always Wear Clean Underwear Theory of Management by Joe Patti

Collen Dilenschneider most a recent post about the factors that influence a cultural organization’s reputation. In order they are: Favorability, Mission Execution, Onsite Experience, Stabi…

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Flippin’ Piece of Art by Joe Patti

While I am not really plugged into the visual arts gallery/museum world, one topic I have seen come up repeatedly is the sense that the creator of a piece should realize some benefit when th…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

A Luxury Until You Ask: “Did Anybody Feel Like This Before?” by Joe Patti

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you probably know that my gold standard for speeches about creative practice is one made by Ira Glass. This being said, the TED site recent…

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Music Doesn’t Make You Smarter, You Were Smart Already by Joe Patti

Not long ago I saw a link on to a short news piece saying a study found music won’t make people smarter. I sought out the study in on the Memory & Cognition journal web…

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