Thursday, June 13, 2019

Baumol Effect Is A Blessing, Not A Disease by Joe Patti

Economist Alex Tabarrok recently made an interesting post on Baumol’s cost disease.  The concept usually explained by noting that since it doesn’t take any less time to perform a string…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

When Ignoring “Show, Don’t Tell” Is The Best Option by Joe Patti

Hat tip to who listed an article from The Conversation about how your phone can interrupt a concert experience. Author Christine Van Winkle discusses research she and her tea…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Why (And How) Are You Apologizing? by Joe Patti

Seth Godin recently wrote a lengthy post on the subject of apologies.  He addresses the issue of entities providing insufficient apologies but also the expectation of restitution which is o…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Door To Seat As Important As The Quality Of The Event by Joe Patti

All right. A little gripe time here. I have been nursing a sense of dissatisfaction for a couple weeks now but it sort of came to a head when I saw the title of Ceci Dadisman’s recent post…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Loving Work, Fearing Leisure by Joe Patti

There is often conversation about how people employed in arts and cultural pursuits overwork themselves (or are overworked) and are seeking to throttle things back to achieve a work-life bal…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

That Great Experience Two Years Ago? Seems Just Like Yesterday by Joe Patti

A confluence of events and information made me realize that it might be time to revisit the subject of one of my favorite posts. Last week I was talking to one of my staff about who to inclu…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

From The Why Hasn’t This Been Standard Practice For Decades File by Joe Patti

I recently wrote a piece for ArtsHacker about the emerging role of intimacy direction for productions on stage and screen.  When I first read about intimacy direction a few years ago, it wa…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

If You Were Really Passionate You Would Let Me Exploit You by Joe Patti

Big tip of the hat to Sarah Carleton for tweeting about research that proves what we long suspected — people are more likely to exploit the labor of those viewed as pursuing their passions…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Better Civic Pride And Well-Being Is Just A Short Walk Away by Joe Patti

CityLab ran an article from The Atlantic today discussing how the availability of amenities like libraries and cafes within walking distance of your home bolstered civil society and personal…

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More Creative Expression That Touches The Divine by Joe Patti

This is turning into a video heavy week with my posts. With all my talk about helping people recognize their capacity for creative expression, this seemed to be a ready made example. The BBC…

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Does Gazing Out From The Belly Of A God Provide New Perspective? by Joe Patti

There was an interesting video on Shanghaiist in the last week about a hotel whose architect designed three giant deities for the facade to combat rumors that the building was constructed on…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Big Kids Play With Bigger Blocks by Joe Patti

I saw an article on Gizmodo in the last couple weeks about scientists who designed 3,900 pound concrete structures that can be moved by a single person. As I read about cuts to arts in schoo…

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I Probably Don’t Really Know What My Audience Values Even Though I Am In The Lobby Before, After, And At Intermission by Joe Patti

I bookmarked a guest post on Museum 2.0 a month ago. Now I feel guilty for not circling back to it sooner. Nina Simon invited Martin Brandt Djupdræt, a manager at Danish museum,  to write …

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Dark Side of Word of Mouth by Joe Patti

I participated in a work session for the development of a cultural masterplan for the county today. My table was focused on ideas to attract creative professionals to the community. There wa…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Path To Promotion Doesn’t Necessarily Have To Be Vertical by Joe Patti

You have probably heard some form of the Peter Principle expressed before. At its most cynical, it is usually defined as, “A person will be promoted to their level of incompetence.”   …

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Some Reasons Acquiring New Customers Can Be Expensive by Joe Patti

As so often is the case, Seth Godin recently made a post many elements of which are often cited as mistakes arts organizations make. It should be noted that the things Godin lists are not me…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Gallery At The End of The Rainbow by Joe Patti

There was a piece on Hyperallergic last month that seemed to be continuing an ongoing conversation about the fact that most university based arts programs seem to be oriented toward training…

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When You Try To Break Out Of Siloed Thinking, You Suddenly See Them Everywhere by Joe Patti

When I was looking at Arts Professional UK for yesterday’s post, I saw an article by Lucy Jamieson about rewiring your thinking. One of the things she talks about is eliminating silos both…

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Do They Know They Are Hard To Reach? by Joe Patti

On the Arts Professional UK website, Imrana Mahmood, discusses her experiences becoming a creative producer in a manner that reminded me of two other speakers/authors I often cite. Mahmood…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lollipop Philanthropy by Joe Patti

When I was at the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit last week, one of the other participants asked if there was a way to communicate to funders that they can’t just fund a program and…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Take It From The Folks Who Have Done It 7000 Times –Short And To The Point by Joe Patti

A piece from Artsy regarding what they had learned writing 7000 bios for visual artists came across my radar a few weeks ago and I quickly tagged it as something I to which wanted to circle …

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Is Creative Placemaking The Poor Man’s Gentrification? by Joe Patti

Part of last week I was attending the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit for the South and Appalachian region. I am sorry to say that one of the biggest impressions I came away with is t…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Gather Your Neighbors For A Castle Raising by Joe Patti

I am always up for spreading around awesome ideas that people execute. I wanted to give a shout out to my old collaborators, at the Creative Cult. They have been involved with all sorts of c…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Theater Seeking Animation With Creative Vitality by Joe Patti

Something I thought might be interesting to readers.  The City of Douglas, GA has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase and run a historical theater.  You don’t see this that …

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Games That Are Played In Cultural Facilities by Joe Patti

Hate the fact that your city will provide millions to fund an arena that only gets used 20 times a year but not arts organizations that each host hundreds of events a year? Concerned that th…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Accepting Donations Is Increasingly Complicated Business by Joe Patti

While I have written about this before, of late it seems that the decision to accept a donation from someone is increasingly one requiring deliberation. An article on The Conversation lays o…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

That Story Was Old When Gilgamesh’s Grandpa Told It by Joe Patti

One arts marketing phrase I have always hated, and thankfully I seldom see it these days, is “…illustrates what it means to be human..” I often dislike the rationale that something tel…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Authentic Air Safety Kabuki Theatre by Joe Patti

Okay, a little break from my weighty opining on the value and philosophy of art. I caught this on the Forbes site recently. All Nippon Airways (ANA) has employed kabuki actors to appear in t…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Kids Might Be Motivated To Learn If They Aren’t Always Stuck In A Classroom. Imagine That by Joe Patti

Last month there was an article in Forbes about the benefits of field trips and arts education. It started out in a way I dislike, discussing test scores and neurological development as if a…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

You Are Never Too Young To Start Producing Shows by Joe Patti

So given the context of all the deserved gushing over a North Bergen, NJ’s stage version of the movie Aliens with a $5,000 budget and recycled materials,  Ken Davenport’s suggestion tha…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A Splash Of Color And The Hope That One Day Prince Will Come by Joe Patti

I was half listening to a TED Talk given by Amanda Williams where she spoke about turning abandoned homes in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago into art. She would check the city’s regi…

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