Wednesday, December 12, 2018

No Such Thing As Free Parking by Joe Patti

Gene Tagaki at Non Profit Law blog tweeted about IRS guidance for non profits that are now faced with having pay to taxes on the parking they offer employees. If you didn’t know that y…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kinda Silly Use of Geofencing by Joe Patti

I have written before about the ethics of geofencing since there are all sorts of questions raised about where data collection stops and stalking starts. One of the uses I had suggested migh…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Nutcracker For Chicago by Joe Patti

I just saw this article on NextCity about the Joffrey Ballet’s effort to “make a new American Nutcracker” by setting the story in Chicago during the 1893 Colombian Expositi…

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As The Toilet Flushes by Joe Patti

Having been part of two theater renovations which had enlarging restrooms as a major focus of construction I read CityLab’s article on the history of women’s restroom lounges wit…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Is Art Dishwasher Safe? by Joe Patti

After long correspondence (both in years and text length), I finally had an opportunity to meet with Carter Gillies over Thanksgiving weekend.  On at least one occasion I dubbed Carter R…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Philadelphia Museums Seem To Be Gathering A Trove Of Interesting Voices by Joe Patti

There seems to be a trend among museums in the Philadelphia area which sees value in the perspectives of non-traditional guides and voices. I have written about the Jawnty tours provided at …

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“Change Starts From Within” Means You by Joe Patti

Cyndi Suarez wrote a piece for Non-Profit Quarterly that bears considering as non-profit organizations make an effort to have the demographics of their staff and boards better reflect that o…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

You Keep Throwing These Terms Around. I Just Want To Know..Will I Get Paid? by Joe Patti

Earlier this Fall I had a friend who was relatively new to the business of presenting performances. An agent had rattled off a series of numbers as part of the performance fee deal an tourin…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bringing Porches Back Front And Center by Joe Patti

While I was at the Arts Midwest conference in November, Joanna Taft, Executive Director of the Harrison Center for the Arts, spoke about the “porching” culture that had developed…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Building Housing With A Museum At The Center by Joe Patti

Almost by chance I came across a piece on Shelterforce from about two years ago relating how turning a community room in Harlem housing community into a gallery lead to the intentional inclu…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Unexamined Initiatives Are Not Worth Implementing by Joe Patti

It is no news flash to even casual readers of the blog that I am involved with Arts Midwest’s Creating Connection program to build public will for arts and culture. Last week, they ran…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Creating More Great Connections Before Breakfast Than Most People Make All Day by Joe Patti

A couple years ago I was serving on a grant panel which made me aware of an arts and culture organization that was running “breakfast raves,” for lack of a better word. They were…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Non Profits & Buying Locally – Good For The Community vs Bad For Overhead Ratio by Joe Patti

Back in September, Non-Profit Quarterly (NPQ) pointed to a new research study which has found overheard ratio is not a valid measure of organizational effectiveness. In fact, it there is a s…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Are You Persistent or Consistent In Your Pursuit of Excellence? by Joe Patti

Seth Godin made a post earlier this week comparing Persistence with Consistent wherein he starts with the statement “Persistence is sort of annoying.” He goes on to talk about th…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Which Came First, Creativity or Dishonesty? by Joe Patti

With today being Election Day you may be thinking about the need to keep dishonest and problematic people out of office…or at least keeping the more dishonest and problematic people ou…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

More Augmented Reality ARt Than You Know by Joe Patti

Last month Mural Arts Philadelphia unveiled their first augmented reality mural,  “Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny.” Just like with my post last week about actors being  preserve…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Free In Life, But Eternally Enslaved By Movie Studios In Death by Joe Patti

If we thought it was a problem that older arts administrators were resisting retirement and making it difficult for newer people in the field to advance and gain valuable skills, actors may …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Unseen, But Palpable, Value In An Arts Organization by Joe Patti

This month has been a reminder to me that people have all sorts of motivations for engaging with your performing arts organization–and often those motivations don’t have a lot to…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Play More Poker If You Love The Arts? by Joe Patti

Earlier this week I wrote about the negative impact casino construction can have on the viability of performing arts entities in a region. I mentioned the steps a coalition of performing art…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

View of Ancient History From Someone Who Played In The Ruins by Joe Patti

Ceci Dadisman recently tweeted a PRI piece about University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology hiring Iraqi and Syrian refugees to act as tour guides in their Middle East…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Talking About Impact of Casinos Now Might Mean You Don’t Have To Lose Even If The House Always Wins by Joe Patti

Four years ago I wrote about a coalition of performing arts organizations in upstate NY that was fighting to mitigate the impact of having new casino projects compete with them for performin…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Lot Of People Got A Seat At The Table by Joe Patti

Yesterday I got to do something I have been dreaming of doing for a long time. Now keep in mind, as an arts and cultural policy nut, my dreams tend to be a little different than everyone els…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What Would You Do If A Funder Encouraged You To Push Them To Do Better? by Joe Patti

I was skimming some entries on the Americans for the Arts blog when a couple sentences made my eyes visually screech to a halt and shift into reverse because I wasn’t sure if I read wh…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Literally Prescriptive Arts by Joe Patti

I have been extremely busy preparing for the sponsor reception capping off a $3 million facility renovation at my day job.  (It really well tonight, thankfully) I wanted to briefly call att…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pinatas Today, Politics Tomorrow by Joe Patti

Maybe there is something in the water in Texas. In July I wrote about an artist who created a fake campaign promoting the restoration of El Paso’s trolley system as a thesis project. T…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Americans For The Arts Unleashes A Pinwheel of Arts Power!! by Joe Patti

Americans for the Arts just rolled out their Social Impact of the Arts pinwheel this week. Instructions and ideas about how to use it may be found in a blog post and/or video made by Clay Lo…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

More Playing In The Streets by Joe Patti

Yesterday BikeWalk Macon sponsored an Open Streets event in town.  Open Streets is a program that started about 30 years ago in Columbia. It closes streets down and turns it over the use of…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Feeling Sliced and Stretched Trying To Meet Evaluative Measures? There Is Good Reason by Joe Patti

Last week I linked to the unabridged version of Carter Gillies’ article for the Arts Professional (UK). The shorter print version has since appeared on their site. In his response in t…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Are Church Planting Techniques Suited To The Arts? by Joe Patti

I was recently listening to an episode of This American Life on church planting and found it a little strange to be listening to people use venture capitalist terminology to describe efforts…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

You Couldn’t Tie People To Railroad Tracks Because It Was Copyrighted by Joe Patti

Copyright may seem like a pretty dry subject, but the court cases that lead to the development of the law and theory surrounding copyright law can be pretty interesting. HowlRound posted the…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

#NotMyMetric by Joe Patti

Carter Gillies shared the unabridged version of a piece he wrote for the Arts Professional UK on his website this weekend.  As Carter is wont to do, he examined statements about quantifying…

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