Thursday, February 15, 2018

You Can Have All The Charity Golf Tournaments You Want When You Own The Courses by Joe Patti

Generous donations to a non-profit can often become more of a burden than a blessing which is why it is important to have a good donation policy and properly evaluate the impact of the donat…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Uncaging The Ticket Office Staff by Joe Patti

Ken Davenport made a post last month about the way the New York City subway system is shifting their practice. Since more subway riders are able to pay for rides with their credit cards and …

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Money May Make The World Go Round, But Education Drives Participation by Joe Patti

In a recent “Taking Note”, National Endowment for the Arts’  Director of Research & Analysis,  Sunil Iyengar mentioned that in the coming year the NEA will commission…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Creativity From The Land Of Ice and Snow by Joe Patti

Via Marginal Revolution comes a study about the high levels of creativity in Iceland  where: ….1 in 10 adults in the country have published a book, why playing in a band is considered…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

But Will A Framed Canvas Fit Through The Book Return Slot? by Joe Patti

Thanks to a partnership between the Akron Art Museum and the Akron-Summit County Public Library, not only can you get a book to place on the nightstand beside your bed, you can also get a pa…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Artists Are The Only Asset Found In Every Community by Joe Patti

The video of ArtPlace America’s CEO Jamie Bennett’s keynote at an Invest Health convening came across my feed recently.  What I found valuable in his speech was that he laid out…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Nothing Ambiguous In This Job Description by Joe Patti

A job listing for a Program Manager at the Armed Services Arts Partnership came across my social media feed today. I might not have followed the link except that I was curious what type of w…

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Sending Love To Those Calling Attention To Important Theater Issues by Joe Patti

Gotta give a shout out to Non-Profit Quarterly for putting up two theatre related articles yesterday. I wanted to call attention to it to show appreciation for to them for covering arts conc…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Broadway Wrote Their National Anthem And Didn’t Tell Them by Joe Patti

It probably isn’t news to anyone these days that popular culture can influence what people perceive to be factual information.  While there is a lot of controversy over the intentiona…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Community Engagement: The Game (Brought To You By Helsinki) by Joe Patti

If you keep hearing how great Finland is, the results they are having might be due, in part, to the problem solving processes they are using. The city of Helsinki developed a board game to f…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

All That Great Research Ain’t Any Good If You Are Reading It Wrong by Joe Patti

If you are like me, you have been excited by the increased quantity and quality of research being made available about arts and culture issues and practices! Even if you aren’t as exci…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Creative Brains Are Wired Differently…But What Does The Wiring? by Joe Patti

The Conversation recently had an article about a study that purports to show why some people are more creative than others. The study performed fMRI scans on people while asking them to unde…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Live Streaming Broadway Performances, Nigh or Nay? by Joe Patti

The “Why Won’t Broadway Livestream/Broadcast” argument has been going on for awhile now but a recent article on Fast Company suggests that time may be drawing near as Netfl…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Coolest Art Around by Joe Patti

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival just started a couple weeks ago. Despite temperatures which hover in the -20s, they are expecting about 1.5 million visitors before the festiva…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

They Predicted The End of Paper Too by Joe Patti

Apropos of my post on Monday about physical objects being valued more than digital copies, there was a fairly long piece in The Guardian about how a paperless society hasn’t been achie…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NPO Execs Much More Concerned By Lack of Board Diversity Than Board Chairs by Joe Patti

I recently published a short piece on ArtsHacker about how important the leadership of non-profit board chairs was to the success of the organization. Much of the information was draw from a…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Bird In The Hand Is Worth More Than Two In Computer Memory by Joe Patti

Roger Tomilson tweeted about Harvard Business Review article that provides some food for thought about how people might experience arts and culture. I’ll jump right to a quote since th…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

If You Like Taking A Shower, You May Like Nudism by Joe Patti

As soon as I saw the first four lines of a post Seth Godin made last month, I knew what I wanted to write. Then he wrote a lot of it for me. Want to go visit a nudist colony? I don’t k…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fingerpainting As A Gateway Drug To Better Health by Joe Patti

Head over to CityLab and read an interesting piece about how Minneapolis health clinic used pop-up art stations to provide services in their community. People’s Center Health Services hire…

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Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year’s Resolution Moment of Zen by Joe Patti

For those of you looking to make resolutions in the new year, (or just appreciate good illustrations of concepts), I offer Edgar Allan Poe’s thoughts on Procrastination as illustrated …

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Piped Music Vs Paying The Piper by Joe Patti

CityLab recently had an article that resurrected the subject of a debate I have been having internally and with others going on two decades now. The article is about efforts people are makin…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Good Partners Start Planning For Christmas In August by Joe Patti

Community engagement is a common topic in the arts and culture industry. We talk about how important it is. We talk about successful programs that have been executed. However, there is rarel…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

If They Can Be A Successful Non-Profit, Why Can’t You? by Joe Patti

If you feel like you don’t have a clue how to run a successful non-profit and are just winging it, you probably know that you are in good company. If you are wishing there was a book s…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Breaking Even But We’ll Be Broke If Something Breaks by Joe Patti

The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) released the results of a study last week that, while not the most cheery news to release during the holiday season, is not terribly surprising. …

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Your Resolution To Create Connections With Arts And Culture Starts Today! (or maybe tomorrow depending on when you read this) by Joe Patti

For over two years now I have been talking about Arts Midwest’s Creating Connection initiative to build public will for arts and culture. While readers have had an opportunity to revie…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pop Up Virtual Museum Tours by Joe Patti

You may be aware that Google offers the opportunity to take virtual tours of museums, world heritage sites and other landmarks. This past summer, Wang Yuhao, the CEO of Aha School, set out …

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scratching An Itch by Joe Patti

There is a story I first saw in Non-Profit Quarterly that has been bothering me for a couple weeks. San Diego based arts organization ARTS (A Reason To Survive) is apparently in danger of cl…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Before Sesame Street: Kermit the Coffee Thug by Joe Patti

Recently Artsy had an article in which they noted that, “…TIME Magazine described (Georgia) O’Keeffe in 1940 as the “least commercial artist in the U.S.”  The article, whi…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Increased Funding Options For Artists Nationwide Via Springboard For The Arts by Joe Patti

If you hadn’t seen the press release floating around social media, Springboard for the Arts announced that they partnered with the microlending platform Kiva to provide artists a loan …

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hey You Damn Kids, Come On To My Yard! by Joe Patti

About three years ago, I heard about the PorchRokr Festival in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood.  I had since learned that there was a whole series of Porchfests that have sprung …

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Has Cost Suddenly Become Less A Barrier To Participation? by Joe Patti

Back in October I wrote a couple posts about the newest iteration of the Culture Track report.  The operative word there is iteration. The study is conducted every three years in an attempt…

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