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Counting what counts

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we define success in our performing arts industry. At the forefront it may seem like a simple answer of whether or not your organization is fulfilling its mission. However, what tools and measurements … Continue reading

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Impact investing: How can the arts claim a seat at the table

Impact investing is a fast-developing area of interest for investors and philanthropists. There are numerous definitions of impact investing, but a generally accepted description is “investing for both financial and social return.” Put another way, impact investing is “making money … Continue reading

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Sticky giving: Building your tribe

Chances are, if you are reading this blog, I don’t have to convince you how much contributed income is a vital component to a non-profit arts organization’s survival in our rapidly, evolving world. The good news is that we are … Continue reading

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Pass me my shield please.

“We can rebuild the entire system around passion instead of fear.” ~ Seth Godin Because if we want a better education system that doesn’t dictate from atop an ivory tower, we must build it ourselves, we must be ready for … Continue reading

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Critical Pedagogy and What it Means to Us

This post is collective effort on behalf of Corrie Besse, Matt Blair, Minh Duong, Kyunghee Kim, Cindy Klimaitis, and Samuel Sherry Critical pedagogy is a life-long, balanced, and transformative approach to teaching that nurtures understanding by integrating one’s passions with curiosity in an ever evolving, … Continue reading

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Fostering Community in the Classroom

The current shifts in the cultural sector toward social and racial equity have resulted in policy changes, developments in institutional language, funding structures, and a social momentum aimed at addressing inequality and systems of oppression. But these changes are not … Continue reading

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The hows and the whys of learning

Two concepts rose to the surface in this this week’s reading on learning; how we learn and why we learn. When one is taught the process behind a skill they are learning the how. Whereas, when one seeks the reasons … Continue reading

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Building confidence through learning… and failing

Currently I am an MFA Candidate in my first-year studying Arts Leadership through the Performing Arts Department. One of the benefits of this program is the ability to take electives that are offered throughout the school and I chose this … Continue reading

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What’s trending: Digital strategies in the arts

In this robust digital age, changes occur quickly. A foolproof marketing strategy two years ago may lead you to disaster today.  Unless you’ve been living in a cave content marketing is not a new phrase in your vocabulary, neither is … Continue reading

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Marketing the audience as the hero of the story

“Our brains are insanely greedy for stories. We spend about a third of our lives daydreaming–our minds are constantly looking for distractions–and the only time we stop flitting from daydream to daydream [or look up from our mobile devices] is … Continue reading

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