Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Donate For The Tote Bag by Joe Patti

I don’t know how I missed it on, but Non-Profit Quarterly recently pointed out an article the site about the effectiveness of swag in non-profit fundraising. The TL:DR version is, …

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Social Class & Wealth And The Pursuit Of Creative Careers by Joe Patti

It appears that concerns about how social class and wealth limit access to creative careers may be a hot topic of discussion in England these days. Via is a The Stage piece b…

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Is The Key Focusing On Accessibility First? by Joe Patti

Via Artsjournal last week was an article about the London Short Film Festival using glasses technology developed by the National Theatre to provide captioning to D/deaf and hard of hearing a…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Artist Is In Residence In More Places Than You Think by Joe Patti

So Drew McManus must be reading my mind, or at least my reading list. Yesterday I was reading an ArtsNet piece about an artist-in-residence program with the Philadelphia district attorney’…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Possible Setback In Push To Eliminate Unpaid Internships by Joe Patti

Just before Christmas Non-Profit Quarterly called attention to a situation of some concern. Recently the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned an administrative law judge’s ruli…

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Seeing Your Stories In The Audience by Joe Patti

If you want to see a good example of a show that is answering people’s need to see themselves and their stories on stage, check out Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. The show is on Netflix, b…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Arts Marketing Is About Shared Interests, Not Demographics by Joe Patti

Back in October Sara Leonard made a blog post for Americans for the Arts about marketing in the context of the “false-consensus effect,” the idea that your personal opinions, beliefs and…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

You Think Surfing A Wave Is Tough, How About A Lava Field? by Joe Patti

I wanted to give a little love and attention to the efforts of artists in Hawaii. As many readers know, I ran a theater in Hawaii for about nine years, presenting and producing a number of w…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

What About “Make Sure You Draw All Your Work” On The Test? by Joe Patti

Hey all. Dan Pink linked to a round up of education research that came out in 2019. There were studies on how good teachers were better than awards when it came to raising attendance rates; …

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lessons From The Arts: Providing Direction To Experts by Joe Patti

I neglected to note who had posted it on Twitter, but an article in The Economist about what the arts can teach business came across my feed today. One of the first examples was an exercise …

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Making Singing “Ah” For Six Minutes Sound Interesting by Joe Patti

Last week Vox had a backstage video on the Metropolitan Opera production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten. What I loved about it and wanted to call attention to was the way in which they made ele…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Feeling Less Conflicted About Conflicts of Interest by Joe Patti

As the year comes to a close and you start attending parties hosted by different non-profit organizations, it may appear that the same people seem to be involved with every non-profit organi…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

The (Maybe) Final Recordings of the 2019 NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge by Joe Patti

This week the National Endowment for the Arts posted the final recordings of works created for the NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. Last Spring, six works by seven high school stud…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

No Creativity Here, We Are Serious About Education by Joe Patti

I recently saw an article on Arts Professional UK reporting that the governments of England and Wales would be opting out of the new creative thinking assessment section of the Programme for…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Escapism Over Escape by Joe Patti

Historically, theater fires have been among some of the worst in terms of loss of life and property damage. Improvements in firefighting equipment and building design and construction have f…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Kabuki Jedi by Joe Patti

Hat tip to for the link to a Guardian piece about a kabuki version of Star Wars. The adaptation (or at least the video available online) covered moments from the most recent …

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

New York Theater Tourists Don’t See by Joe Patti

I was really excited to see the article title on Non-Profit Quarterly, “NYC’s Small Theaters Have Limited Budgets but Great Cultural Influence” I thought it was great that someone was …

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

This Can’t Possibly Be A Real Description For An Arts Job by Joe Patti

Aubrey Bergauer tweeted about a position at her new day job with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music last week. That fact wasn’t notable in and of itself. What surprised me as someone …

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It’s Annual Appeal Time?! My Papercuts Still Haven’t Healed From Last Year’s Envelop Stuff-A-Thon by Joe Patti

As Thanksgiving approaches, your anxiety level may be rising at the prospect of spending uncomfortable meals with relatives, engaging in an even shorter official Christmas shopping season th…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Museum, The Video Game by Joe Patti

Via a social post ArtsMidwest made, there is a museum management game coming out next year called Mondo Museum. Thinking back to all the posts Nina Simon had made on Museum 2.0 over the year…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

One Of The Most Significant Music Venues In Washington DC Is Outside A Cellphone Store by Joe Patti

Today CityLab had a post titled “How Go-Go Music Became Kryptonite for Gentrification in D.C.” This was actually a follow up to an article that had come out in the Spring that I bookmark…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Life Beyond The Thunderdome by Joe Patti

A few months back, Andrew Taylor at the Arts Management program over at American University linked to an interview with Ed Schein, professor emeritus of MIT’s Sloan School of Management. …

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It’s Time To Paint The Town Red by Joe Patti

Hey all! If you live in a small or medium sized town and have always thought the asphalt and concrete slabs of your streets wouldn’t be so bad if they just had a coat of paint, Bloomberg P…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

We Can Never Beat Overhead By Ourselves, It’s Time To Merge! by Joe Patti

When I saw a story on Non-Profit Quarterly about four Kalamazoo, MI non-profits entering a shared-services partnership, I immediately assumed it was confined to back office functions as I ha…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Hack At The Opera by Joe Patti

No, no, no, this isn’t a story about someone with little talent and unoriginal ideas, quite the contrary. Recently my Arts Hacker colleague, Ceci Dadisman, had linked to an article about a…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

No One Has Been So Energized About You Visiting The Bathroom Since Your Parents Potty-Trained You by Joe Patti

If you want to read a great story about taking the initiative to provide great customer service, check out the story about Tonya Heath, head usher at the Forrest Theatre where Hamilton is be…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Perception Is More Powerful Than Money by Joe Patti

Today was the big day for our community’s On The Table discussion. If you aren’t familiar with the nationwide program, it is a day different groups in a community host discussions on any…

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Colorblind Grant Evaluation Measures Aren’t by Joe Patti

There was an opinion piece on the Chronicle of Philanthropy website today by Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, discussing how the evaluative measures often employed by funde…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Enduring Power Of Antici……pation by Joe Patti

From the “I wish we could figure out the formula and bottle this” file, we hosted a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday. The staff at the theater had been advocating for a…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Continued Anticipation Of The Digital Divide by Joe Patti

Yesterday I made a post wondering how soon it might be before the digital divide kept people from participating in cultural activities. At the time, I was trying to think of examples of inst…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

How Long Before You Can Only Participate If You Bring A Phone? by Joe Patti

I was scanning an article on Arts Professional website and might have quickly moved on except the phrase “not for someone like me” caught my eye. That was a phrase that appeared in the l…

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