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Thursday, December 5, 2019

The (Maybe) Final Recordings of the 2019 NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge by Joe Patti

This week the National Endowment for the Arts posted the final recordings of works created for the NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. Last Spring, six works by seven high school stud…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Toward Crafting Better Conflict Of Interest Policy And Practice by Joe Patti

As the world becomes more connected, rules and regulations governing conflicts of interest associated with geographic boundaries start to lose their relevance. Broader definitions and applic…

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No Creativity Here, We Are Serious About Education by Joe Patti

I recently saw an article on Arts Professional UK reporting that the governments of England and Wales would be opting out of the new creative thinking assessment section of the Programme for…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Escapism Over Escape by Joe Patti

Historically, theater fires have been among some of the worst in terms of loss of life and property damage. Improvements in firefighting equipment and building design and construction have f…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Kabuki Jedi by Joe Patti

Hat tip to for the link to a Guardian piece about a kabuki version of Star Wars. The adaptation (or at least the video available online) covered moments from the most recent …

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

New York Theater Tourists Don’t See by Joe Patti

I was really excited to see the article title on Non-Profit Quarterly, “NYC’s Small Theaters Have Limited Budgets but Great Cultural Influence” I thought it was great that someone was …

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

This Can’t Possibly Be A Real Description For An Arts Job by Joe Patti

Aubrey Bergauer tweeted about a position at her new day job with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music last week. That fact wasn’t notable in and of itself. What surprised me as someone …

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It’s Annual Appeal Time?! My Papercuts Still Haven’t Healed From Last Year’s Envelop Stuff-A-Thon by Joe Patti

As Thanksgiving approaches, your anxiety level may be rising at the prospect of spending uncomfortable meals with relatives, engaging in an even shorter official Christmas shopping season th…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Museum, The Video Game by Joe Patti

Via a social post ArtsMidwest made, there is a museum management game coming out next year called Mondo Museum. Thinking back to all the posts Nina Simon had made on Museum 2.0 over the year…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

One Of The Most Significant Music Venues In Washington DC Is Outside A Cellphone Store by Joe Patti

Today CityLab had a post titled “How Go-Go Music Became Kryptonite for Gentrification in D.C.” This was actually a follow up to an article that had come out in the Spring that I bookmark…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Life Beyond The Thunderdome by Joe Patti

A few months back, Andrew Taylor at the Arts Management program over at American University linked to an interview with Ed Schein, professor emeritus of MIT’s Sloan School of Management. …

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It’s Time To Paint The Town Red by Joe Patti

Hey all! If you live in a small or medium sized town and have always thought the asphalt and concrete slabs of your streets wouldn’t be so bad if they just had a coat of paint, Bloomberg P…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

We Can Never Beat Overhead By Ourselves, It’s Time To Merge! by Joe Patti

When I saw a story on Non-Profit Quarterly about four Kalamazoo, MI non-profits entering a shared-services partnership, I immediately assumed it was confined to back office functions as I ha…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Hack At The Opera by Joe Patti

No, no, no, this isn’t a story about someone with little talent and unoriginal ideas, quite the contrary. Recently my Arts Hacker colleague, Ceci Dadisman, had linked to an article about a…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

No One Has Been So Energized About You Visiting The Bathroom Since Your Parents Potty-Trained You by Joe Patti

If you want to read a great story about taking the initiative to provide great customer service, check out the story about Tonya Heath, head usher at the Forrest Theatre where Hamilton is be…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Perception Is More Powerful Than Money by Joe Patti

Today was the big day for our community’s On The Table discussion. If you aren’t familiar with the nationwide program, it is a day different groups in a community host discussions on any…

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Colorblind Grant Evaluation Measures Aren’t by Joe Patti

There was an opinion piece on the Chronicle of Philanthropy website today by Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, discussing how the evaluative measures often employed by funde…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Enduring Power Of Antici……pation by Joe Patti

From the “I wish we could figure out the formula and bottle this” file, we hosted a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday. The staff at the theater had been advocating for a…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Continued Anticipation Of The Digital Divide by Joe Patti

Yesterday I made a post wondering how soon it might be before the digital divide kept people from participating in cultural activities. At the time, I was trying to think of examples of inst…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

How Long Before You Can Only Participate If You Bring A Phone? by Joe Patti

I was scanning an article on Arts Professional website and might have quickly moved on except the phrase “not for someone like me” caught my eye. That was a phrase that appeared in the l…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Ack! My Sculpture Is Overdue And I Want To Borrow Some Pottery by Joe Patti

Recently saw an article on the BBC website about a gallery in Cambridge, England that has been loaning out art to students for 60 years and has never had a piece damaged or lost. I have writ…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Gradually Finding The Leader Within by Joe Patti

Long time readers know I am a fan of Peter Drucker’s short piece, Managing Oneself.  It has been awhile since I have sung its praises so it is timely that a TEDx Talk by Lars Sudmann abou…

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Some Guidance On Researching Open Meeting & Records Laws In Your State by Joe Patti

In response to my post last week about the surge of people seeking my advice regarding the open meeting and open records laws of their states based on a 2016 ArtsHacker post I had written, A…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

More About Open Meeting Laws & Non-Profits by Joe Patti

Three years ago, I wrote an entry about non-profits and open meeting laws. In the last year or so, people have been posting a lot of questions on that post about the laws governing different…

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Let Me Tell You What You Can Do With That Phone by Joe Patti

Hat tip to Howard Sherman for calling attention to a New York Times article about cell phone use at live performances that the paper has set up as an study guide/student discussion resource.…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Why The Sudden Interest In Non-Profit Record Access? by Joe Patti

Three years ago I wrote an article for about being aware of the open meeting requirements your state imposes on non-profits. I basically pointed out that while pretty much eve…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Reflections On Experiencing And Expressing Insight by Joe Patti

This weekend we hosted a performance by the dance company Diavolo.  You may be familiar with them as a finalist on America’s Got Talent, but they have been around since 1993 and have been…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Maps Upon Maps, Soon Useful Data Appears by Joe Patti

As part of developing the cultural masterplan for our community, people are being encouraged to contribute information to a cultural resource map. The goal is to not only map the active asse…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

This Is Not The Show I Auditioned For. How The Heck Did I Get Here? by Joe Patti

So if it isn’t bad enough that actors auditioning for a part are being evaluated on the social media following they have cultivated along with their looks and talent, they are now being as…

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A Pulse Just Means The Person Is Alive, Not That It Is Healthy or Happy by Joe Patti

Joi Ito who serves on the boards of both the Knight Foundation and MacArthur Foundation wrote a piece for Wired on the importance of finding the right metrics for measuring non-profit effect…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Is The Violence And Sorrow Of The World Too Strong For Art? by Joe Patti

Somewhat apropos of the whole value of arts theme of my posts this week, novelist Michael Chabon had a letter titled “What’s the Point,” printed in The Paris Review announcing that he …

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