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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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Some Last Thoughts On Conferences For Awhile (Probably) by Joe Patti

I know I have been harping a lot on conferences of late, but you know, ’tis the season! Because I had been in the process of moving to a new job, I just caught up with my blog feed thi…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Whew, Who Knew Finding Your Passion Was Such Hard Work? by Joe Patti

Back in July there was an interesting piece in The Atlantic examining the value of the claim “find your passion and you will never have to work a day in your life.” As I was read…

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More Tales From The Crammed Conference Luncheon Table by Joe Patti

I have suspected it before, but now I really am convinced that Seth Godin is reading my mind. Right after I made my post about perceived value of conference professional development sessions…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Diverse Faces In Spaces Does Not Equal Diversity by Joe Patti

You know I am a sucker for fun and interesting ideas for arts organization so I read Danielle Jackson’s recent piece on Artsy, Art Spaces Can Bridge Social Divides—But First You Need…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Show Of Hands- Conference Professional Development Sessions Mostly BS Or Sources of Valuable Info? by Joe Patti

While I wasn’t scheduled to sit on any panels at the ArtsMidwest conference last week, I did end up leading (or at least shepherding) one. Actually, I made a tongue-in-cheek claim I wa…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Asking Audiences How They Perceive Our Motives by Joe Patti

I went to the Arts Midwest conference last week and I am still sorting out all the notes and brochures, etc that I picked up. There were a couple general bits of observations I wanted to sha…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sometimes Culture Is Preserved In Overlooked Nooks And Crannies by Joe Patti

If you have ever doubted the contributions niche artistic & cultural practices can make to greater society, read check out this story on the BBC site recounting how puppetry helped prese…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

They Started Roling Out These Performances Sooner Than I Expected by Joe Patti

When I wrote about using roleplaying games as the basis for character and plot development back in June, I never imagined I would see the basic concept manifest so quickly. Apparently ideas …

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Maintaining STEAM Pressure To Manufacture Better Art by Joe Patti

I am going to be attending the Arts Midwest conference this week so I started scouring my archives for content for Wednesday’s entry. Instead, I came across an old post that is a bit m…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Even Faced With Challenges, People Choose To Fund The Arts by Joe Patti

On Americans for the Arts blog, Megan Van Voorhis writes about how voters in Genesee County Michigan approved a millage to support arts and cultural institutions in their county. What’…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

We Believe There Is A Secret Phrase Even If You Say There Is No Secret Phrase by Joe Patti

I wanted to make another visit to the  piece on shared power and transparency in grant making F. Javier Torres and Leila Tamari wrote for Inside Philanthropy which I referenced in yesterda…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Writing Contracts With An MOU Attitude by Joe Patti

Earlier this month, F. Javier Torres and Leila Tamari wrote a piece on shared power and transparency in grant making for Inside Philanthropy. They were reflecting on some of their practices …

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Is Sitting In A Dark Room With Goggles On Your Head Superior To Sitting In A Dark Room With Other People? by Joe Patti

While I was spending my days last week apartment hunting as part of my move to a new job in Macon, GA, I was spending my nights at the Macon Film Festival. It was suggested it would be a goo…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Fine Line Between High Quality Data Collection And Stalking by Joe Patti

The marketing director at my new job was discussing the potential of using geofencing with me today and then lo and behold, the first article on my social media feed when I got home containe…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

New Perspectives From A Different Part of The Country by Joe Patti

I mentioned last week that I was in the process of moving. Today I started a new job at the Grand Opera House in Macon, GA. I am really excited by this opportunity. The Grand is a storied th…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Best Customer Is The Emotionally Satisfied Customer by Joe Patti

Back in 2009 I wrote a series of articles on the book Human Sigma after I had heard someone at a conference remark that arts administrators were often so emotionally satisfied with their wor…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Decade Later, Same Stuff Appears On A Twitter Feed by Joe Patti

Apropos of my post addressing arts education yesterday, I also stumbled upon an old post where I cite Richard Kessler’s The Things I Hear About Arts Education. His post is from almost …

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Monday, August 13, 2018

I’ll Settle For Arts Education Helping People Recognize Their Creative Capacity by Joe Patti

I am in the process of moving so I am shifting in to “throwback” mode for a week or so. I thought I would look back at a post I made about one of Ian David Moss’ contributi…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

More Thoughts About Culture Vouchers by Joe Patti

In the last few months, I wrote about how the EU was offering free Euro-rail passes to 18 year olds this summer to encourage them to broaden their horizons. Two years ago I wrote about the I…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

I Don’t Know What You Need To Know Because I Know So Much by Joe Patti

This summer I have been seeing a lot of California Symphony Executive Director Aubrey Bergauer popping up in places like videos of conference talks she has been giving. It has been over a ye…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Our Market Is Everybody (Just Some More Than Others) by Joe Patti

Broadway Producer Ken Davenport is singing my song. I know you know this tune, but based on my experience, it bears reiterating. He talks about how he often gets pitched ideas for new Broadw…

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