Predictions for a Post-Pandemic Future for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

As we head into the final months of 2020, some parts of the country are opening up more than others, consumers are itching to get out of their homes, and arts and culture organizations are at a pivotal moment in planning for their comeback.

Supporting Artists With Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This recent holiday season, Benetech began supporting an innovative organization that helps people with disabilities develop their creative abilities and become working artists. During our holiday party, we displayed thirty pieces of art provided by Creativity Explored , a San Francisco-based nonprofit arts organization. After admiring this collection of art at our holiday party, our staff cast votes for their favorite works. art Party disabilities artwork Bookshare

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4 Clever Ways to Recruit and Retain More Members at Arts & Cultural Organizations

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These aren’t just jokes for people who like art — they’re real membership categories at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston. Al though I live a thousand miles away, I almost bought a membership just to support their art puns. . S hortly after I joined the Blanton Museum in Austin, I got an invitation to hear an artist talk. Arts & Cultural Aquariums Gardens membership strategy museum membership strategy Zoos

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How the Currier Museum of Art Prepared for Its Reopening

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We sent weekly Membership Monday emails; created a new space online and on social media with story time, art activities, curatorial walk throughs; provided holiday meals for purchase from our café each month; and hosted Zoom talks with artists from our collection.

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Inconveniently, Subscriptions Still Sustain the Arts

Connection Cafe

This post was originally published on Analysis from TRG Arts. Have you ever wondered why so many arts organizations still sell subscriptions? Many in the arts industry say that the subscription model is dead. Depending on your point of view, these organizations are seen as a last gasp of a dying model, or proof that, despite the arts industry’s best efforts to kill it, subscriptions are still viable. Art cannot meaningfully exist without an audience.

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Crowd Fundraising for the Arts: No Running, Walking, or Freezing Plunges Required

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Here are 3 arts and cultural organizations that have given crowd fundraising a go for compelling causes: National Air & Space Museum. Are there works of art you want to restore? A young artist program you hope to get off the ground? Nonprofit Fundraising Arts & Cultural crowd fundraising crowdfunding fundraising ideas peer to peerIn 2011, in the name of raising money for the Special Olympics, I participated in the Polar Plunge.

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“Getting Real” with Donors: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy for Securing Unrestricted Gifts

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Sara Woldt is an MBA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration with career interests in marketing and development. A new building, a new program, a new artistic endeavor – all exciting opportunities to raise more donor dollars! Fundraising Arts & Culture fundraising ideas fundraising tips nonprofit culture Unrestricted Gifts

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Case Study: Artist Trust Applies Lessons from the Nonprofit Technology Leadership Academy


An arts organization develops a technology plan to help meet diverse constituent needs. Based in Seattle, Artist Trust supports and encourages artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout the state of Washington. It''s not uncommon for artists in rural areas to have to drive long distances simply to access the Internet. "We Kimberlee Roth. Owner. Out-Word, LLC.

Art Brings People Together: Measuring the Power of Social Bridging

Museum 2.0

Earlier this fall, I read this headline: "Stanford study: Participation in a cultural activity may reduce prejudice." When the music video was focused on Mexican culture, the researchers found that the white and Asian participants demonstrated a decrease in prejudice against Latinos, both immediately after the activity and six months later. When the music video was not focused on Mexican culture, no such change occurred.

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Goodbye Consulting, Hello Museum of Art & History!

Museum 2.0

As of May 2, I will be the executive director of the Museum of Art & History at McPherson Center in Santa Cruz, CA (here's the press release ). Because of the increased workload I expect in the months to come, as well as the likely possibility that we will start a Museum of Art & History blog, I'm lowering my Museum 2.0 And then I started learning about the situation at the Museum of Art & History (MAH) in downtown Santa Cruz. Museum of Art and History

iCommons: Artist Residency - Exploring Open Content

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Icommons Artist-in-Residency program is seeking artists who create work both in the physical and digital world and who engage with copyright in some way - either by using Creative Commons licenced content as their inspiration, or by licencing their work under CC; or artists who simply challenge the boundaries of copyright law. During the residency, the artists will be exploring different themes around what it means to be an artist creating in a digital world.

Is social media an art or a science?

John Haydon

So is it an art or is it a science? The short answer here is that every component within a social media strategy both is a science and a art. So maybe… Social Media is an Art. Knowing how these tools work (both technically and culturally), and knowing which one will tell your story best requires creativity. So if you’re the artist type, you have the keys to a studio Picasso would die for. Strategy art or science non-profit social media

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The Diversity Question in the Arts Blogosphere

Museum 2.0

But this month, it's as if there was a subliminal email sent to a crew of bloggers in the arts suggesting a salon about audience diversity, and how/why to move in that direction. Admittedly, many of these posts exist in a bubble of inter-referencing (which I am only exacerbating with this post): Clay Lord weighs in on the data about audience representation in Bay Area theater, and the ways that a majority culture can oppress its own value systems on others.

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Faith Ringgold: 30 Years of Art-Making and Activism and Video Clip on Women Artists

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Click here to listen to a very brief interview Over the weekend, I attended the Technology in the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh where artist and activist Faith Ringgold was one of the keynote speakers. " I had a chance to do a quick video interview with her about her thoughts on women artists. Her talk was inspiring and often humorous, sharing her stories to illustrate her life's work as an artist, activist, author, teacher, and parent.

Ancient Greece 2.0: Arts Participation before the Industrial Age

Museum 2.0

When we talk about making museums or performing arts organizations more participatory and dynamic, those changes are often seen as threatening to the traditional arts experience. Audience commentary, comfortable spaces for eating and talking, opportunities for amateurs to contribute to professional work: these are often considered intrusions into formal, classical settings for enjoyment of arts. But what if the "traditional" arts experiences is a myth?

Arts Assessment: Let's Stop "Proving" and Start Improving

Museum 2.0

Research and assessment is rare in the arts, and it tends to focus on "proving" our value. Studies of how arts participation affects student test scores. As Ben Cameron recently said, "I don''t know any artist who started a theater company saying, ''let''s go out and improve some test scores!''" It prevents us from focusing on research that could transform our own work. I''d love to see an increase in the arts'' commitment to research.

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Kid-Tested, Hipster-Approved: How Austin’s Thinkery Curated a Whole New Audience.

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” How is this influx of new people influencing Austin’s Arts & Cultural community? The team at Thinkery has done an excellent job in getting the word out in all the right publications (Austin’s Culture Map, Austin’s Social Planner, among others) since they launched this innovative idea in December 2013. Austin is full of brilliant artists, scientists, musicians, performers, educators and organizations doing incredible work. Oh, Austin, TX.

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Telling the story in a new way: Should arts leaders use impact evaluation?

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Christopher Haines Artistic Director & Co-Founder, iTheatre Collaborative. To borrow from the song: “Art is a many splendored thing.” Art is also very subjective. Again borrowing: “One man’s trash is another man’s art.” So, what is the value of art? Recently, I attended a conference on arts education. Impact evaluation in the arts, and its broader use for leaders of any nonprofit, can drive results. Cultural Trends Vol.

Lead or Follow: Arts Administrators Hash it Out

Museum 2.0

Last week, Douglas McLellan of artsJournal ran a multi-vocal forum on the relationship between arts organizations and audiences, asking: In this age of self expression and information overload, do our artists and arts organizations need to lead more or learn to follow their communities more? Sixteen arts administrators, journalists, and researchers weighed in on the question over a series of posts.

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The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Rock and Roll Family Edition

Museum 2.0

Yesterday, the local paper in Santa Cruz published a great article about my new book, The Art of Relevance. I've learned so much from my dad about making art, putting on a great show, inviting audience participation , and navigating celebrity. When writing The Art of Relevance , I knew I wanted to share a bit of his story and the ways artists negotiate the relevance of their own work. Learn more about The Art of Relevance and get your own copy here.

Games and Cultural Spaces: Live Blog Notes from Games for Change

Amy Sample Ward

The speakers for this panel include: Tracy Fullerton – Electronics Arts Game Innovation Lab. In painted wood and styrofoam, it was a masterful and whimsical refusal to answer that pesky question of whether games can be art. “Many of the games at Babycastles don’t fit the traditional definitions of the medium; they veer closer to artistic experiementation than they do to mass-market viability.&# – New York Times.

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The Public Argument About Arts Support as Seen through the Lens of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Museum 2.0

Earlier this month, the Detroit Institute of Arts was "saved" by a voter-approved property tax (called a "millage") in its three surrounding counties. I'm not going to comment on the reasons for the millage or its merits from an arts management perspective--please check out Diane Ragsdale's excellent post for a round-up of commentary and some hard-hitting opinions about the big picture. Your cultural outlet is art galleries and symphonies.

4 Tips for Turning Your Visitors into Loyal Members

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Product Marketing Manager for Arts and Cultural Solutions. Laura’s experience working at and serving on the board of multiple arts organizations around the country shape her insights into the nonprofit community. Met the artist? Membership Arts & Cultural moves management relationship management ticket sales ticketing Guest post by Laura Beussman , Blackbaud’s Sr.

Six Alternative (U.S.) Cultural Venues to Keep an Eye On

Museum 2.0

I've been spending time recently interviewing people who run unusual cultural and learning venues. Art spaces masquerading as laundromats and letterpresses. In the past, I've highlighted a few--like 826 Valencia and the Denver Community Museum --that I think have already influenced the way many traditional cultural organization do business. Want some waffles with your art? What non-traditional arts venues inspire you?

Equity in Arts Funding: We're Not There Yet. We're Not Even Close.

Museum 2.0

This week, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy released a new paper by Holly Sidford called Fusing Arts, Culture, and Social Change. Sidford makes a clear, well-researched, and persuasive argument that "current arts grantmaking disregards large segments of cultural practice, and by doing so, it disregards large segments of our society." This has obvious negative implications when it comes to issues of social justice and representation in the arts.

Cool App Roundup: Arts Organization Edition

Tech Soup Blog

project will focus on apps for arts organizations, with a practical. We'll share some interesting apps developed for arts. Discovering Public Art with Public Art Omaha. engage with public art? Public Art Omaha created a searchable online database and mobile apps (for Apple and Android ) that do just that. The really cool thing is how Public Art Omaha did it: their public art. Engaging Audiences at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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What I Learned from Beck (the rock star) about Participatory Arts

Museum 2.0

There are many artistic projects that offer a template for participation, whether a printed play, an orchestral score, or a visual artwork that involves an instructional set (from community murals to Sol LeWitt). In his thoughtful preface to this project, I reconnected with five lessons I''ve learned from participatory projects in museums and cultural sites. Beck talks about this in the context of learning to play music as a young artist.

A City and an Art Center Design the Future: Reflections on the Market Street Prototyping Festival

Museum 2.0

"The arts are future-making." I wrote this down when Deborah Cullinan said it at a meeting of arts leaders about a year ago. We were discussing the potential for cultural organizations to have significant impact across communities: on planning, health, education, and quality of life. Deborah''s vision for the arts leading the way to stronger future inspired me. But I couldn''t fully imagine how a museum or an arts center could embody it.

Resolve to Improve – 7 Goals for Being Better in 2014

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Over the past eight years, Michael has been specifically focused on the Arts and Cultural marketplace and is an active participant in delivering speaking engagements and contributing to trade publication articles. . However, in thinking about our business of Arts and Culture, can we confidently say we put the same rigor towards our organizational goals and objectives? How do you internally define arts and culture?

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Be a Producer! Networking the Arts and Project Development

Network-Centric Advocacy

Here is a cool example of the networked culture connecting art supporters and artists. This is in the same stream of thinking behind innocentive, kiva, extrondinaries, 99designs, daylo, bounty county, etc. I like the design and the concept. They also seem to have jumped on some great projects from the launch. . . Screen clipping taken: 11/4/2009, 4:23 PM

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Conviction? Check. Money? Check. So What's Keeping the Arts Sector from Embracing Active, Diverse Audience Engagement?

Museum 2.0

If you asked me a month ago what the biggest barrier was to American arts organizations adopting practices that support active engagement in the arts by diverse participants, I would have said two: money and legitimacy. I've always assumed that slow-moving, big, traditional, white- and upper-class-serving arts organizations are buoyed in their practices by funders who tacitly approve of their activities with their donations.

Creating A Culture of Well-being in Your Nonprofit Workplace: The First Step

Beth Kanter

Last June, I facilitated a leadership workshop at the Americans for the Arts Conference where I tested some of the assessments and checklist tools in our book. Erika’s organization is a small to midsize arts organization, with six full time staff members and an operating budget of less than $1 million. Their program includes about teaching artists. Does your nonprofit have a culture of wellbeing?

Reader Beware, You're in for a Scare: 4th Annual Nonprofit Halloween Celebration


The Art League. The Art League was founded in 1954 as a charitable and educational nonprofit. They have a gallery, school, store, and outreach program to achieve their mission of enriching their community through the medium of visual arts. They host workshops on mural painting, a hip hop academy, and an ambassador program where they send artists aboard to facilitate cultural exchange. Happy Halloween from all of us at EveryAction!

The Art of Tech: Zero1 Festival App to Capture the Crowd

Tech Soup Blog

Nonprofit arts organization Zero1 needed a way to help people make sense of its biennial, Seeking Silicon Valley, scheduled for September 2012. As recently noted by Frank Barry of Blackbaud, technology plays a key role as the art and culture sector engages its audience. For Zero1, an organization whose mission is at the intersection of art and technology, a tech-based approach to this problem makes perfect sense.

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Sustaining Innovation Part 3: Interview With Sarah Schultz of the Walker Art Center

Museum 2.0

This post features an interview with Sarah Schultz, a museum staffer at one of the institutions Light profiled in the book (the Walker Art Center). Guard staff who are willing to let an artist step between two panes of glass to perform. The Walker is also a place where everyone is committed to supporting artists and new work, so every time we bring in an artist, staff are enthusiastic about the idea of coming together to create something.

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Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you read, in succession, headlines about how the harsh economy is impacting the arts around the country, it is extremely depressing news. This article from the SF Chronicle reports how even the large cultural and arts institutions, the "crown jewels of the Bay Area art scene," are hurting from dwindling donations, volatile endowment funds, cuts in government grants and smaller, choosier audiences. The arts have become a victim of the sour economy.

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Interview with My Dad, Tom Aageson, Co-Founder, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship

Have Fun - Do Good

"If we start losing cultural diversity, we begin to lose our whole sense of community because community is defined by culture. We want to give people an opportunity to really develop, innovate, and preserve their own culture." -- Tom Aageson, co-founder, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship A week, or so ago I interviewed my Dad, Tom Aageson, for a special Father's Day show on the Big Vision Podcast. That's cultural entrepreneurship."

Tattoo Parlors and Art Museums: Comparative Comfort

Museum 2.0

Which has more social impact: the place frequented by educated art lovers or the one populated by blue collar joes? Over the last several weekends, my husband and I have been visiting a different kind of art institution: a tattoo parlor. I love having a permanent piece of symbolic art on my arm. It's like I've joined a club of disparate individuals who are bound together by art. People were spending time with art and in dialog with artists.

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The Art of the Social Web

Have Fun - Do Good

It is an art form completely dependent upon the creative potential of each audience member in relation to the events on stage. The receiver completes the circle with his/her own experience, imagination, and creativity--Ann Bogart The quote above is from Andrew Taylor's post, "The Rise of the Active Audience," from his blog, The Artful Manager. Or are we working along a spectrum of cultural opportunities that demands we focus even more narrowly on our point in that spectrum?

Art, Social Change & Young Women Bloggers

Have Fun - Do Good

Last Sunday each of us wrote a post to answer the question, “Who is your favorite artist (visual, dancer, performer, writer or musician) and why?” While writing my mentor post last Sunday I got to thinking about how artists use art for social change and accumulated a bunch of links for related projects, programs and organizations that I thought I'd share: Change Me: The Power of Imagery to Create Change. art activism social change

Father's Day Show: My Dad, Tom Aageson, Co-Founder, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship

Have Fun - Do Good

Tom Aageson, the co-Founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. Since moving to Santa Fe, he has developed New Mexico Creates , an economic development initiative that creates market links for New Mexico artists and artisans. He is also the co-Founder of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. This month's Big Vision Podcast interview is a special one with. my Dad (!)

Quick Hit: My Work with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Museum 2.0

I've now been the Director of The Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz for two months. The Museum of Art & History is now in the hands of internationally known innovator Nina Simon, while the community eagerly awaits what happens next By WALLACE BAINE Posted: 06/30/2011 01:30:40 AM PDT Click photo to enlarge Museum of Art & History Director Nina Simon.

Crossing the Professional-Amateur Line

Museum 2.0

In art institutions, we typically treat the curator as the arbiter of quality. As our culture explodes in embracing creativity across the professional/amateur spectrum, museums have two choices: we can sharpen the line. Why are we so afraid that great art will lose its power if we surround it with other work? We wanted to reflect this diversity of identities by inviting all kinds of artists and artworks into the gallery. Think back to the last time you crossed a line.