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

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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.

A Guide to bbcon 2020 for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Though we’re disappointed to not be exploring Seattle with all of our awesome Arts and Cultural friends, we are super excited for our first-ever virtual bbcon 2020 ! Arts & Cultural bbcon bbcon 2020

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Arts & Cultural Takeaways from bbcon 2019

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It’s been nearly two months since bbcon 2019 in Nashville, and I’m still thinking about the live music, inspiring mainstage content, and incredible sessions delivered in the Arts & Cultural track. With 150+ attendees from the Arts & Cultural community in attendance, we had so many great opportunities for sharing best practices and rallying around big ideas in our space. Arts & Cultural arts fundraising bbcon bbcon 2019

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6 Creative Program Ideas for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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On a recent trip to Chicago, I checked out the Museum of Contemporary Art. As I walked around delighting in the weirdness that is contemporary art, I realized how advantageous it can be to not have any permanent exhibits. That experience got me thinking about other ways arts and cultural organizations are innovating with their programs. From food festivals to light shows to lectures, there’ve never been more options for arts and cultural programming.

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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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Top #GivingTuesday Takeaways for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Museums or performing arts centers can do the same but ask their followers to name new statues or caption new pieces of art. Arts & Cultural Nonprofit Fundraising #GivingTuesday arts fundraising Giving Tuesday tips year-end fundraising tipsThe results are in – and this year was the biggest # GivingTuesday yet! GivingTuesday Data Collaborative?reports reports that in the U.S.?online

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3 Lessons Arts & Cultural Organizations Can Learn from Retail

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Being new to the arts & cultural space (career-wise, not interest-wise), I’ve been doing a lot of reading to get a better understanding of this industry. What’s surprised me are the parallels I see with other industries – namely retail where I was most recently focused – and it got me thinking: what can arts & cultural organizations learn from the retail industry? What are they doing, and can we apply the same concepts in arts & cultural?

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Finding Data Management Solutions for Arts and Culture Organizations


Arts and culture organizations such as media companies, magazines, public radio stations, museums, theaters, and arts advocates have unique needs when it comes to data management. Database and CRM systems for arts and cultural organizations should offer the capability for several key tasks: 1. Keep your work funded Exposure to arts and culture educates, builds community, broadens horizons, and enriches lives. CRM arts and culture

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Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

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Maybe think about activities you could support that would offer parents a place for their kids to go and learn, like a movie series, art classes, or a small-scale concert. Instead of an event, create a little scavenger hunt for kids to complete as they walk through your historic mansion or art museum, to make it fun for kids to explore and learn. My inclination toward the arts and cultural world was naturally occurring.

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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To help, here are some thought-starters from the Blackbaud Arts & Cultural team – along with a sneak-peek at what we have planned for 2020 so far. . . All too often, bright, talented people burnout and leave arts and cultural work because of the cumulative effects of toxic stress. Arts & Cultural community involvement Donor Engagement member engagement2020 is here!

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Performing Arts Fundraising: How to Target Life-Long Supporters

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Almost every arts organization would say that audience development is vital to their long term viability. Arts and cultural organizations are left wondering: Who should we focus on because they have the potential to become long-term patrons? Fortunately, there is a way to help you target your marketing and arts fundraising resources and begin fostering relationships with potential donors. One of my favorites has been pioneered by the National Center for Arts Research.

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One Mom’s Tips for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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As I think about arts & cultural institutions, I realize that my family is an ideal target for these organizations. What does our consumption of arts & cultural organizations look like? For performing arts, maybe something as simple as adding a reminder to my calendar on the day and time tickets go on sale. Here are some ways that arts & cultural organizations can address the desire for something different.

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Inconveniently, Subscriptions Still Sustain the Arts

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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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7 Ways for Arts & Cultural Organizations to Retain Members

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Members are the catalyst of your arts or cultural organization. Arts & Cultural Aquariums Donor Stewardship Gardens Museums performing arts sustaining members ZoosThey believe in your staff, your mission and support your goals. And while attracting new members is a never-ending process, retaining existing members is equally as important.

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Celebrating Women Leaders in the Arts & Cultural Sector for International Women’s Day 2020

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International Women’s Day , a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, is happening this Sunday, March 8 — and while the Blackbaud Arts & Cultural team and I tr y to live every day in its spirit, we’d also like to take this opportunity to recognize a handful of the women leaders in our community who we admire and whose achievements inspire us to continue to strive for a more equal world. .

Halcyon's By The People Festival: How One Organization is Using Data to Unite People Around Art


Halcyon is a DC-based arts and culture organization that brings together diverse groups of changemakers in art and social enterprise and provides a safe haven for their bold ideas to take flight. Their incubator, arts fellowship, and public policy dialogue programs encourage socially engaged creatives to advance their talents and visions, transforming their inspiration into impact. CRM arts and culture

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Resources to Guide Arts and Cultural Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As an arts and cultural organization, you are among the most trusted sources of information in today’s world. By sharing facts about how to lower the risk of contracting or spreading the disease, arts and cultural organizations can help keep their communities healthy and instill a sense of calm. . Along with providing frequent communication, leaders of arts and cultural organizations should be transparent about how this is affecting their organization.

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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. . This special event introduced me to some very cool interpretations of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but also pointed me to another arts and cultural organization: Ballet Austin. Do you have “No Monet” ?

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#BBCON 2016| What’s in It for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Knowing that those three days are so jam-packed with content, I often get asked what bbcon offers for arts administrators, and the answer is…a lot! So I went ahead and picked out some of the top sessions for Arts & Cultural organization to make planning your conference journey just a little bit easier. Maximizing Engagement at Your Arts & Cultural Organization – Learn how you can move your visitors from “hello” to “I do” with a personalized journey for your supporters.

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3 Things Arts and Cultural Organizations Can Do to Make Visitors Feel More Comfortable When They Reopen

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Colleen surfaces several insights that are out of the control of arts organizations , such as the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine and the government lifting travel, movement and access restrictions. . But there are some th ings that arts and cultur al organizations can start executing now to prepare for re-opening, like making hand sanitizer readily available and revising and publishing cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

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Embracing a More Diverse Audience in Arts and Culture

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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. If arts and cultural nonprofits fail to cultivate more diverse audiences, they risk decreased attendance and bankruptcy. In order to survive these changes and continue to support the community , arts and cultural nonprofits must become centers for cultural exchange and make three significant changes: Diversify leadership.

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Personal Stories – Arts Orgs Need Not Apply?

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Working with arts organizations there are often concern that your constituent stories aren’t as impactful. million likes surely someone touting the effect of music and art on their lives can get just as many. If a mother or counselor calls you to express gratitude for that after school program, that summer art camp that kept her child off the streets or the guitar class in the gym on Saturdays, dig in. Annual Fund Fundraising Arts & Cultural museum

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Walk in Your Visitor’s Shoes: How to use the Buyer’s Journey to increase Attendance at your Arts & Cultural Organization

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Arts & c ultural organizations can use this framework to send the right messages to the right people at the right time. . Let’s consider each stage from a n arts & cultural point of view and for our purposes rename this a visitor’s journey. . purchase prior to the summer) and emails from performing arts centers with their performance line-up and when tickets go on sale. . Read more: 7 Ways for Arts & Cultural Organizations to Retain Members . .

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Pricing Discrimination: Should Your Performing Arts Org Price Based on Demand?

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So if Coca Cola can’t pull it off, can your performing arts organization? Scaling the house: scaling the house refers to dividing the seats of a performing arts venue into those that are more and less desirable and charging different prices for them based on that desirability. In the performing arts, patrons that have a different willingness to pay for tickets to the same production can choose to purchase tickets in cheaper or more expensive price sections.

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Arts nonprofit? Read this now!


There’s a new resource for people in nonprofit arts whose work involves technology. I am extremely excited to be helping start a NonProfit Arts Community of Practice through the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). This is a group where people working at the intersection of the nonprofit arts sector and technology can share ideas, resources, and anything else that comes to mind. Looking forward to how this group might inform – and inspire – our work in the arts.

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5 Nonprofit Trends at Arts and Cultural Organizations

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As always, I read this article through the lens of our arts and cultural customers. As a result, I put together my perspective on this game changing technology for arts and cultural organizations. Unique to the arts and cultural space is the need for leveraging mobile devices for tickets. In arts and cultural organizations, the desired result is increased revenues and the way to get there is through creating connections and relationships with visitors, patrons, and donors.

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Insta-what? Pin it where? Why should arts and cultural organizations use Instagram and Pintrest?

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Arts and cultural organizations have an advantage over other nonprofit organizations : they have things to take pictures of. Note: I also think this could be great for performing arts organizations. Are you using Instagram or Pintrest at your arts and cultural organization? Integrated Marketing Arts & Cultural Arts & Cultural Social Media instagram Pinterest

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The Art of Innovation


The Art of Innovation. I was asked recently as part of an interview what my favorite quote is. It’s still “ think digital, act analog ” – the idea that ultimately, the purpose of innovating is to make not cool products but happy people – and by extension, a better world. So I looked it up to remind myself of the source and came across this very old post by Guy Kawasaki that I had bookmarked years ago.

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Can Public Art Increase Civic Participation?

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NSD) aimed to improve the voting experience and increase civic engagement using public art. Working with the Knight Foundation, Mural Arts, Committee of Seventy and other key nonprofit partners, HMC created a completely new way to look at, and impact, voter turnout and experience here in Philadelphia. Use Art to Tackle the “Big Issues”. We also worked with the Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice Program, specifically with The Guild.

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Leadership Lessons From The Seven Arts Of Change

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The Seven Arts Of Change book by David Shaner is all about leading business transformation that lasts. Change Leadership David Shaner Effective Listening Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management How To Listen Listening The Seven Arts Of Change

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Augmented Reality and Social Good: The Art of Creating Meaningful AR

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Paul will be joined by Nik Honeysett, Guru board member and keynote speaker for bbcon’s Arts and Cultural track! Guru is also sponsoring the arts and cultural reception on October 17th from 8:00 to 10:00pm ET, at the Museum of Industry. Nonprofit Technology Social Good #bbcon AR Arts & Cultural Augmented Reality Virtual RealityYou hear the buzz all over the place: augmented reality this, augmented reality that.

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Disney’s Secret Sauce – 3 Learnings You Can Take Back To Your Arts Organization Today

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I appreciated seeing all the additional innovations that have continued, and it also reminded me how much of this applies directly to the Arts and Cultural space. This should be a core value of any arts and culture organization. In the non-profit space and specifically for arts & culture organizations, you have the benefit of having a mission focused on helping the community and making the world a better place.

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? Art iPads from Darien Library - YouTube

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? Art iPads from Darien Library - YouTube : Published on Nov 11, 2013 Darien Library is offering iPads loaded with apps and programs designed to allow users the opportunity to explore the relationship between art and technology.

5 Ways Arts & Cultural Organizations Should be Using QR Codes

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Integrated Marketing Arts & Cultural eMail marketing for nonprofits fundraising ideas qr code ticketing QR codes, short for quick response codes, are the perfect way to get patrons (and potential patrons) more information about your organization. They connect your offline marketing with your online content. You can direct constituents to buy tickets on your website, become a member, register for an event, make a donation, or sign up to be a volunteer.

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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? 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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Inspiring Loyalty: Donor Stewardship in Arts and Culture

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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. Stewardship is often discussed as it relates to university advancement and is more rarely discussed in terms of arts and cultural organizations. Stewardship Arts & Cultural donor retention fundraising tips

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The Dallas Museum of Art Took a Major Risk, and The Outcome Has Been Remarkable.

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By Jen Leavitt, Arts and Cultural Consultant. . About a year ago, the Dallas Museum of Art did something truly innovative. Dallas Museum of Art has taken the concept of website and email marketing metrics and made them analogue. In much the same way, Dallas Museum of Art has taken the idea of gamification to distribute museum rewards as incentive. Integrated Marketing Membership Arts & Cultural Dallas Museum of Art ticket sales

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Fill More Seats and Boost Engagement with These Arts Pricing Terms

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It’s no secret that arts pricing is one of my favorite topics (See here. I do recognize, however, that arts pricing may not be at the top of everyone’s happy hour conversation starters. That’s why I love this blog post from TRG Arts , which pulls together arts pricing terms into one list with easy to understand definitions. While the blog post is targeted for performing arts organizations, many of them appeal to museums, zoos and aquariums as well.

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The Art Of Change Leadership

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The Art of Change Leadership demystifies the psychology behind our reactions to change and offers a powerful collection of tools to inspire individual and collective transformation quickly and more effectively, explains author of the book, Cheryl Cran. Change Change Leadership Cheryl Cran Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership The Art of Change Leadership

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The Marriage of Art and Technology - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

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The Marriage of Art and Technology - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : "Suitable Technologies recently partnered with eight U.S. The eight inclusive museums include San Francisco’s de Young Museum, Seattle Art Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Museum of Man, San Jose’s Computer History Museum, and the University of South Dakota’s Natural History Museum.

Major Gifts Prospecting Tips for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Data Mining & Modeling Donor Strategy Fundraising Success & Performance Identifying Prospects Wealth Screening Arts & CulturalHow do we find larger donors to cultivate for major gifts from our existing donor pool? Who amongst our list of smaller donors looks like they could be a major gift donor to our nonprofit?

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Art Basel Teams With Kickstarter to Fund Small Art Groups – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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Art Basel Teams With Kickstarter to Fund Small Art Groups – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy : "Art Basel, the international modern- and contemporary-art show known for its focus on high-end works and wealthy patrons, has joined with Kickstarter to attract investment in smaller, experimental cultural projects, writes The New York Times.

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Introducing: The Art of Relevance

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My new book, The Art of Relevance , is now available and ready to move from my computer to your hands. WHAT'S IN IT The Art of Relevance is about how mission-based institutions can matter more to more people. The Art of Relevance is not a how-to. I hope you will read The Art of Relevance. Book: The Art of RelevanceKid-tested, nonprofit-approved. It's official. I suggest at this point that you stop reading this post and go buy it. Right now. Not convinced?

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