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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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Even Wagner Can’t Shush The Italians by Joe Patti

When discussion turns to how audiences were once pretty raucous but are now expected to sit quietly, you get the impression that those times are long past. Those who are plugged into the ope…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

“This Is Not The Art I Am Looking For” — What To Say About Creative Work If You Aren’t A Jedi by Joe Patti

There was a pretty interesting article and ensuing discussion on a Harvard Business Review article about providing and receiving feedback on creative projects. As much as I have written abou…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

When You Realize Your Hip “Wear Jeans” Series Audience Is Actually More Conservative Than The Masterworks Audience by Joe Patti

Earlier this year, I wrote about studies funded by the Wallace Foundation that helped Ballet Austin gain some insight about their audiences. Recently I discovered the Wallace Foundation had …

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanks For The All Creativity by Joe Patti

I am going use the assumption that everyone is focused on traveling for Thanksgiving and not on reading blog posts as a license to be admittedly a little lazy here and not dwell heavily on a…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Placemaking As Imagined By The People Who Live There by Joe Patti

The Shelterforce website had an interesting article about some data collection techniques being used for Creative Placemaking efforts. Author Keli Tianga’s description of a crowdmappin…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

If Your 990 Were Being Interviewed, What Would It Say? by Joe Patti

If you are gearing up for Giving Tuesday and getting all sorts of great promotional materials out in circulation, you may want to consider what potential donors might see when they start to …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Someone Loses When Everybody Wins by Joe Patti

I would swear sometimes that Seth Godin is spying on me and then writing blog posts based on what I am thinking at the time. Or maybe he is just good at writing stuff that you can easily pro…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What Is Curation These Days? by Joe Patti

I was perusing the Arts and Letters Daily site and saw a link to a Weekly Standard article discussing how the idea of curation has evolved from PT Barnum’s American Museum to a profess…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Math, Science, Theater All Win Today by Joe Patti

This video tweeted by Massachusetts Math teacher Kim Spek made me very happy today. h/t to Sarah Carleton Perfect statement illustrating the intersection of science, math, theater and wonder…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Forging Your Our Purpose(s) by Joe Patti

There was a piece in Harvard Business Review that made me realize we need to place “finding one’s purpose in life” in the same category as concepts about finding true love…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nobody Wants To Play Find The Non-Profit by Joe Patti

I have mentioned before that people don’t normally perceive a difference between non-profit and for-profit cultural organizations. Colleen Dilenschneider has a good summary of the rese…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Creativity Is Partially A Social Construct by Joe Patti

When I was writing my post last week about research suggesting that creativity is often a choice people make, I kept seeing citations referencing an article written by Howard Becker. So I fo…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Creativity Is Partially A Choice by Joe Patti

Last week Isaac Kaplan wrote an editorial on Artsy about a study that suggested whether you were creative or not was partially a matter of perception. I might not have gone on to read the st…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

End of An Era, Who Will Pick Up The Torch by Joe Patti

Over the last week you may have seen mention that after 10 years in existence,  Createquity will be ceasing operations at the end of the 2017 calendar year. This is a great pity. One of the…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Planning Out Your Creative Utopia by Joe Patti

About two years ago I started an after (work) hours art show that would provide students and local artists an opportunity to show their work and get experience speaking about it with people …

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Considering The Essence Of Being Mainstream Or Culturally Specific by Joe Patti

Earlier this month Ian David Moss wrote a piece challenging the arts and culture community to evaluate the language and mindset in which we frame artistic and cultural expression and practic…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Incentive To Throw An Expensive Gala by Joe Patti

There was recently a piece on The Conversation which, contrary to my expectation, said that tax deductibility rules allow charities to throw high priced galas and still maintain a low fundra…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Does Cultural Track Data Challenge Assumptions About Your Community? by Joe Patti

As I promised in my last post, I took a deeper look at the Culture Track reporting over the weekend.  More specifically, I took at a look at both the Top Line deck and Supporting Data docum…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NOTICE: The Response I Give May Only Reflect My Current Preferences by Joe Patti

You may have already heard that the CultureTrack report was released yesterday. Compiled and released every three years by LaPlaca Cohen, the report helps track the ways in which attitudes t…

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Watch How You Step by Joe Patti

A friend of mine sent me a link to a YouTube video that suggests that the way humans walked changed with the evolution of footwear. For Europe this shift started around the 1500. People appa…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Take A Rare Opportunity To Review Others’ Reflections by Joe Patti

Back in August I called attention to a transmedia project in Reading, PA, “This Is Reading,” that playwright Lynn Nottage and a host of others worked on creating to help the comm…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

An Authentic Experience Is A Branded Experience by Joe Patti

When people are surveyed about what they want out of an interaction with the arts, among the top answers are authentic experience and an opportunity to share that experience with family and …

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Intersection of Sports and Art Has Occur For More Than Just One Guy by Joe Patti

Last week this tweet from Howard Sherman caught my eye. From the sports section, not the arts section. Hmmm. https://t.co/d6U75askEC — Howard Sherman (@HESherman) October 3, 2017 If yo…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Hey Buddy, You Want To Share A Creative Experience? by Joe Patti

Back in August I presented material in a pre-conference session at the Arts Midwest (AMW) conference alongside AMW President/CEO David Fraher; Creating Connection Program Director Anne Romen…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Major Case Of Do As We Say, Not As We Do by Joe Patti

Back in August, I came across the most extreme example of failing to plan for an executive transition that I have seen to date. When the executive director of MarinSpace decided to step down…

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The Arts Gotta Get Cookin’ by Joe Patti

In a piece in on the Harvard Business Review site, food industry consultant Eddie Yoon notes that even as audiences show interest in cooking shows, the desire to cook is waning. Early in my …

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Portland Vs. The Overhead Ratio Beast by Joe Patti

You may remember that back in 2012 voters in Portland, OR approved a $35 flat tax to benefit arts education in schools. The tax has survived a number of legal challenges, but according to a …

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