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.

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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Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

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As a kid, I was saturated by symphony performances and choral music. You gravitated toward the museum, zoo, gallery, symphony, cultural management organization because of your roots. 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. My inclination toward the arts and cultural world was naturally occurring.

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. .

Music Crosses Borders. You Can Help.


It’s not news to anyone that budget cuts are running wild in the NYC public school system and the arts are the first thing to go. Fortunately, Music Crossing Borders is there to ensure NYC children gain access to the arts in the form of music education from cultures around the world. On May 10 th at the breath-taking Studio 450 in NYC, Music Crossing Borders will hold their annual Take a Tour Gala featuring none other than ?uestlove

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5 Steps to Content Marketing Success for Arts and Cultural Nonprofits

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How can arts and cultural organizations start leveraging content marketing? There are 5 steps to start a content marketing program at your arts and cultural organization. This is one of the places where arts and cultural organizations have an advantage because they have ticket sales data. Do more people come for musicals than tragedies? Arts and cultural organizations have an unfair advantage when it comes to content creation.

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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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Are the Arts Habit-Forming?

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Imagine this situation: You go to an arts event, one of a type you rarely or never take part in. Maybe it's a live music concert, or a museum visit, or a play. There's been a lot of innovation in arts programming in the last few years. In most cases the goal is the same: to attract new audiences and help them understand how the institution (and the arts experience) might fit into their lives. How do you form an arts habit?

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Creating Positive Change through Music: Interview with Christina Murray

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For the last several years, Symphony Nova Scotia has been changing children’s lives with music. Through its Education and Community Outreach programs, the Symphony helps bring music into the lives of over 14,000 school children each year - students who may not otherwise have access to a symphony. These special initiatives promote the love of music and music-making in their community. Soha: How does the program help build community and give children the gift of music?

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Collaboration Anti-Culture

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Here is a great riff on culture and collaboration that resonates with me. can you manage “culture”? It is possible to establish and set the culture of a group. There are 3 ways to build culture in an organization or network. Leadership- Leadership in culture is very different from leadership in an executive sense. There are very few people that realize they are controlled or follow culture but most of us are sheep grazing on pastures of culture.

8 Strategy Basics for Nonprofit Organizations

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For example, a nonprofit music lesson provider might face competition from school music programs, but also from sports and other after-school activities, or from video games. Nonprofit Management #nptech Arts & Cultural business model data analysis Strategy What comes to mind when you think of nonprofit strategy? Multi-day retreats? Long, dry, planning documents that are unfrequently read? SWOT analyses? Heady jargon?

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

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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. Their music was relevant to the crowd. Book: The Art of Relevance

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

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It is what it sounds like: a book of original sheet music, beautifully designed and complemented with artwork and text. Beck''s project is unusual because he deliberately resurrected a mostly-defunct participatory platform: sheet music for popular songs. In his thoughtful preface to this project, I reconnected with five lessons I''ve learned from participatory projects in museums and cultural sites. Sheet music is a beautiful analogy for this.

Data in the Wind | 4 Options for Fine-Tuning Old Data

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And she could make music again. Regardless of whether you’re an art museum, a hospital, or some completely different type of organization, data and algorithms have a tendency to outperform human intuition in a wide variety of circumstances. And that’s music to anyone’s ears! Check out bbcon encore and hear from industry experts from Blackbaud, Smithsonian, TRG Arts and more! Nonprofit Management #bbcon Arts & Cultural big data data

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

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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?

Examples of Abundance in the Arts: Ask A Conductor on Twitter

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Marc van Bree and I were chatting about some of the collaborative arts marketing strategies that some arts organizations have experimented with on Twitter. Since there have been a few examples, I asked Marc if would write a post looking at some of these. How Abundance Can Connect Arts Organizations With Audiences by Marc van Bree. It also sparked a conversation on Twitter among some classical music people.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 141: Engaging & Retaining New Supporters with a Long-Haul Approach

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Traditionally, arts and cultural organizations start fundraising after someone buys their first ticket. In today’s episode, Aubrey Bergauer, Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Leadership and VP of Strategic Communications at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, joins the podcast to talk about developing a long-haul approach to fundraising, being customer-obsessed, and attracting a more diverse audience.

Your Official #NN18 Local's Guide to New Orleans


Located in the heart of the French Quarter, this acclaimed music venue was founded in 1961 to protect, preserve, and perpetuate traditional New Orleans Jazz. At Preservation Hall , catch nightly acoustic concerts celebrating the city's musical legacy with some of its finest performers. The Spotted Cat Music Club. Live Music. Peaches Records (Uptown on Magazine Street) - Family-owned since 1975 and a cultural staple in the New Orleans community.

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Tattoo Parlors and Art Museums: Comparative Comfort

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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. The music was loud and angry. With tattoos, getting into the art takes less effort.

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

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"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."

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I will be leading several workshops called " Exploring Cambodian Culture " at the Sage School (preK-8 school for gifted students) during "Cluster Week." While doing research on the Web for the course content, I stumbled upon an article called " A Field Guide to Cross Cultural Projects " which lead me to an educational technology integration model called CultureQuest.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The Innovation Festival aligns a community of innovators and agitators, bringing to life the future of business and culture with a mix of playfulness and sophistication, captivating keynotes, hands-on workshops, and intimate site visits at the most dynamic studios, startups, and centers of creativity in New York City. National Arts Marketing Project Conference. National Arts Marketing Project Conference. National Arts Marketing Project / Austin, TX / $575.

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

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Tom Aageson, the co-Founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. He is also the co-Founder of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Music credits: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala , and "Bricks" by Crowsong This month's Big Vision Podcast interview is a special one with. my Dad (!) You can listen on the Big Vision Podcast landing page , or on iTunes (fyi: if you don't see it on iTunes yet, it should show up there by Sunday).

Which New Audiences? A Great Washington Post Article and its Implications about Age, Income, and Race

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One that has found remarkable success is California’s Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. We said, if we’re going to make this museum successful, if we’re going to make it meaningful in the community, we’ve got to increase the number of people we’re reaching and we have to diversify who they are,” says Simon, who explores the concept of audience engagement and participation in her books “The Participatory Museum” and “The Art of Relevance,” as well as on her blog, Museum 2.0.

Ask Britt: How can I combine the creative arts with social impact?

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This week's Ask Britt question, sent in by a reader, is, "How can I combine the creative arts with social impact? The arts are a wonderful way to make a difference in the world because they are fun, engaging, and oftentimes help you to tell stories, all key elements to attracting and keeping people involved in a cause. Here are some examples of ways people have used the arts to create social impact: 50 Crows Social Change Photography "Images inspire people to act.

Meditations on Relevance Part 5: Relevance is a Bridge

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This summer, we opened two exhibitions at my museum that are highly relevant to local culture. Both of these exhibitions are relevant to the cultural identity of Santa Cruz. These boards connect modern-day surfers to something greater than themselves: across oceans, across cultures, across time. The rechewed meat of culture. If you focus on a discipline or art form or niche, be relevant to that. exhibition Museum of Art and History relevance

Teenagers, Space-Makers, and Scaling Up to Change the World

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This week, my colleague Emily Hope Dobkin has a beautiful guest post on the Incluseum blog about the Subjects to Change teen program that Emily runs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. While art, history, creativity, and culture are the vehicles for that empowerment, the teens involved spend a lot of their time with activists, civic leaders, and social psychologists. Subjects to Change isn''t an art club or a history group.

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Alli Chagi-Starr, Art in Action/Ella Baker Center, Podcast Interview Transcription

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Today's Big Vision Podcast transcript is from an interview with arts activist, Alli Chagi-Starr. We'll be taking with arts activist Alli Chagi-Starr, the Cultural Arts Director for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights ' Reclaim the Future Program. Alli is also the co-founder of Art and Revolution, and founder of Art in Action , Dancers without Borders, and the Radical Performance Fest.

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Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

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Writing my masters thesis for Gothenburg University’s International Museum Studies program while also working four days a week as the Director of Community Programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History this spring was certainly a challenge but also an incredible opportunity. There were times when coordinating a fire art festival while researching social capital theory made me want to burn my computer. Artists from different worlds, brought together through Street Art Night.

Traveling Couches and other Emergent Surprises Courtesy of an Open Platform

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We said yes, and they have now participated in several events, offering a unique mix of traditional tea ceremony, koto music, and bedazzled plastic microphones (see bottom left of photograph). Riding the art couch through downtown Santa Cruz with two visitors and a dog while blasting the Jackson 5 was one of the highlights of my year. And while we are still continually seeking out great partners and cultural combinations, we're not always the instigators of those opportunities.

How to Survive Today and Thrive Tomorrow

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and downloadable digital music (through platforms like Amazon or iTunes). Streaming video replaced video rental services and downloadable music replaced the CD market. Our culture is full of clichés to help us feel better about taking risks…. “It’s

Your Official 17NTC Local's Guide to DC


Songbyrd may seem like a coffee place, but it brings a lot more to the table, including a robust live music and event calendar. Check out the local art that is featured regularly. The hottest ticket in DC has to be the National Museum of African American History & Culture. The newest addition to the Smithsonian cadre, its collections feature powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community and is a must-see.

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Instagram Influencers and What We Know About Them

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Amber and Jazmine host the Black Joy Mixtape Podcast about pop culture, news, and politics. They lay bare the artistry and the process of creating a cultural and political podcast filling their instagram feed with style, design, and music. She uses Instagram as a way to tell the stories about nuclear policy both historically and in the present context through art in order to spark meaningful conversations.

Temple Contemporary and the Puzzle of Sharing Powerful Processes

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Looking closer, I saw that each seat had its own handwritten label, telling the story of the Philadelphia cultural institution from which it originated. The chairs were cast-off art, reclaimed as art, available for people to take off the hooks and use. What kind of an art institution is this? It encourages process-driven performances and art projects. It takes the kind of risks that a university art gallery should take.

What's Your $12,720 Idea for New Ways of Engaging with Audiences?

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Imagine an institution with a commitment to rigor, depth, and delight in the exploration of contemporary culture. The Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona ( CCCB ) has just launched a new biennial Cultural Innovation International Prize. They host festivals that combine brunch with electronic music. So you can imagine how honored I was when I was asked to be a member of the jury for this Cultural Innovation prize. Are cultural centres and museums meeting them?

Wendy Sternberg Leaves Her Medical Career to Heal the World

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GATC mission “is to bridge cultures in conflict through the arts and to create innovative arts-education programs around the world.&#. The GATC’s most distinguished project to date is the Genesis World Music Ensemble, or the Saffron Caravan, which brings together music artists from the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas to revisit, reinvent and link musical traditions.

How Useful is the "Audience vs. Expert" Dichotomy?

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When it comes to user participation in cultural institutions and the arts, it's popular to launch projects that pit visitors against experts. at the Brooklyn Museum, where you could track how people of various levels of art expertise rated crowd-contributed photographs. And now, at the Walker Art Center, there's 50/50 , an upcoming print show in which half the prints will be chosen by the public, half by curators.

Celebrate the Summer with Event Information Texts from WNYC

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In a city where there’s so much to do, sometimes it can be hard to keep on top of all the exciting cultural events. Now New Yorkers can get precise logistical information about music, dance, theater, visual art, and film – straight to their mobile phones. So WNYC has launched a text message campaign to send New Yorkers the precise time and location information for all the city’s major summer concert and performance series.

22 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

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The Field Museum is an educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures. The Getty Museum seeks to further knowledge of the visual arts and to nurture critical seeing by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of the highest quality. Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. modern art in the world.

Setting Your Mission Free in the Wild

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People share viral videos of flash mob orchestras in grocery stores and operas on the street because these events set isolated art forms free. This isn't just true of the arts: think of an outdoor capoeria class, dog festival, or co-working meetup. If we walk by many public art installations, we may feel more inspired to create. If we walk by music and culture and conversations and kindness, we may feel better about ourselves and our community.

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What Does Audience-Centered Look Like? It Looks like Glasgow Museums.

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One hundred years ago, John Cotton Dana, founder of the Newark Museum and godfather of modern museums, famously said: “A great department store, easily reached, open at all hours, is more like a good museum of art than any of the museums we have yet established." I felt that comfort, satisfaction, and joy on a recent visit to two museums in Glasgow: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Riverside Museum. Sometimes we are enjoying the music and sometimes we are playing it.

Quick Hit: Five Great Links

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Elsewhere in podcast-land, Radiolab did a fascinating piece about cultural appropriation and gate-keeping in hip hop music. It asks basic questions about who can define authenticity and quality in an art practice that was historically based in a specific cultural identity but is now being assimilated/exploited/expanded. This week, a kitchen sink of inspiring bits. Museums, Politics, and Power is a new blog that lives up to its name.

Meditations on Relevance, Part 3: Who Decides What's Relevant?

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Community First Program Design At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History , we've gravitated towards a "community first" program planning model. But there was no such program focused on the arts. Committed teens lead the program and use it as a platform to host cultural events and creative projects for hundreds of their peers across the County. One community of interest are Oaxacan culture-bearers in the nearby Live Oak neighborhood.

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