Q&A with sgLEADERS: H. Beecher Hicks, III, National Museum of African American Music

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Beecher Hicks III, President & CEO of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, TN. NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.

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Q&A with sgLEADERS: H. Beecher Hicks, III, National Museum of African American Music


Beecher Hicks III, President & CEO of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, TN. NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.

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Arts & Cultural Takeaways from bbcon 2019

Connection Cafe

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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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.

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

Connection Cafe

I had a total fan-girl moment meeting Colleen when she delivered the Arts & Cultural track’s keynote at bbcon 2019 in Nashville last October. These are just a few of the countless women in the arts and cultural space who we we’re grateful to work with.

Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

Connection Cafe

As a kid, I was saturated by symphony performances and choral music. 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.

Personal Stories – Arts Orgs Need Not Apply?

Connection Cafe

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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5 Steps to Content Marketing Success for Arts and Cultural Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

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.

Art Brings People Together: Measuring the Power of Social Bridging

Museum 2.0

I eagerly read about a new social psychology research study in which whites, Asians, and Latinos engaged in a simple collaborative activity--making a music video together. 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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Are the Arts Habit-Forming?

Museum 2.0

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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Associated Knowledge: Honest Signals in Music

Network-Centric Advocacy

Most of our issue movements don’t do enough work to organize art, music and image that resonate and harmonize us with our supporters. This video made me think of all the art in the Obama campaign or the image masters form the early part of the Bush years.) Campaigns, organizers and communications strategy need to make use of art, image and music to slip under the fences that people build in their perceptions.

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OdysseyWorks: An Empathy-Based Approach to Making Art

Museum 2.0

OdysseyWorks is a collective that makes immersive art experiences for one person at a time. OdysseyWorks' projects get to the heart of the fiercest debates in the arts today. Is it elitist to present art that may be dislocating or foreign? Over time, she encountered the music in multiple locations--in a symmetrical architectural space, with family. The quest for relevance begins with knowing your audience. Who are the people with whom you want to connect?

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The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: How the London Science Museum Became More Relevant to Deaf Families

Museum 2.0

This month, I'm sharing a few chapters from my new book The Art of Relevance in advance of its release. The Art of Relevance has a central metaphor that relevance is a key that unlocks the door to meaningful experiences (which live in a room). To get into this chapter, imagine that your institution/program/art is a room. Remember New World Symphony, the Miami orchestra that used night club marketing techniques to attract young urbanites to classical music?

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

Museum 2.0

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. Sheet music is a beautiful analogy for this. Beck talks about this in the context of learning to play music as a young artist. The music he listened to on the radio "got its power" from studio techniques.

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

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Guest Post by Perli Ni: ow Social Media Can Help Nonprofit Arts Organizations Reconnect With Supporters

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source: National Arts Index It's at times like these -- in the midst of an extended recession and the wake of the tragedy in Haiti -- that the role of funding arts in society may be called into question. After all, funding for the arts (theater, dance, music, museums etc.) had already been in a long-term decline, as documented recently by the National Arts Index from Americans for the Arts. Many may be asking, therefore, “Why fund the arts?”

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Digital Museums Reconsidered: Exploring the Walker Art Center Website Redesign

Museum 2.0

Last week, the Walker Art Center launched a major website redesign , which museum geeks are hailing as "a potential paradigm shift for institutional websites," ( Seb Chan ) and an "earth-shaking game changer" ( Museumnerd ). Walkerart.org is not about the Walker Art Center. It is the Walker Art Center, in digital form. The new site resembles an online newspaper, featuring articles written by Walker staff alongside stories from the greater world of art reporting on the web.

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Creating Positive Change through Music: Interview with Christina Murray

Have Fun - Do Good

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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How Arts Organizations Are Engaging Community Online

Tech Soup Blog

In a panel hosted by TechSoup, representatives from four arts organizations discussed how they are using social media in new and innovative ways to market the arts. Michael DeLong, senior manager of online community and social media at TechSoup and managing editor at Emerging Arts Professionals , moderated the discussion. Maura Lafferty, an independent communications consultant working with classical musicians and performing arts organizations in San Francisco, CA.

Art Bars

Have Fun - Do Good

I was just reading in Utne Reader about Art Bars, a chocolate bar created by Ithaca Fine Chocolates (I am always trying to find a way to have fun and do good with chocolate!). Ithaca Fine Chocolates is the first Fair Trade Certified chocolate company in the United States, the bars are 100% organic and 10% of the profits support art education. fair trade chocolate art education

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Getting in on the Act: New Report on Participatory Arts Engagement

Museum 2.0

Last month, the Irvine Foundation put out a new report, Getting In On the Act , about participatory arts practice and new frameworks for audience engagement. Authors Alan Brown and Jennifer Novak-Leonard pack a lot into 40 pages--an argument for the rise of active arts engagement, a framework for thinking about ways to actively involve audiences, and lots of case studies. Excellent case studies, especially from the performing arts sector.

Arts 2.0: Examples of Arts Organizations Social Media Strategies

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm prepping for a workshop on Social Media and wanted do a round up of recent compelling examples of arts organizations using social media strategies and tools. I've covered arts organizations and social media here and there over the past three years and last winter co-wrote a cover story article with Rebecca Krause-Hardie for ArtsReach. The art will be displayed in order of the average juried scores. They ask judges to self-define their art knowledge.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

Arts Activist Naomi Natale and The One Million Bones Project

Have Fun - Do Good

I have to begin that conversation, even if it just ends with a conversation." - Naomi Natale, One Million Bones Naomi Natale is the founding artist behind One Million Bones , a collaborative art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma.

How Arts Organizations Win Gold Medals in Social Media

Beth Kanter

Gold Medaling in Social Media and Arts Organizations, guest post by James Nickerson. But I was also asked to present on Social Media and the Arts at this “Gay Chorus Olympics.”. Additionally, over the past 2 years, Teddy and I were very lucky to work with other SF Arts organizations in the “Leveraging Social Media” (LSM) workshop series. Above all, the Olympic sized theme we walked away with is Arts organizations lead the way in social media innovation.

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?

ISO Understanding: Rethinking Art Museum Labels

Museum 2.0

But I’d been scribbling notes for an art museum label post for awhile, and then yesterday, the NY Times had a review of a new show at MOMA, Comic Abstraction. And it ended with this: No wonder it [MOMA] ends up showing shallow, label-dependent art rather than work that offers deeper, more contradictory encounters. Art becomes a kind of one-liner. If you are new to art, you don’t know what you are missing. This post is a cry for help from someone who wants to love art.

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

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Arts Revenue Down

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Some articles about the dismal state of the nonprofit arts community in SF: S.F. ARTS GROUPS WEATHER DONATION SLOWDOWN. PERFORMING ARTS / Red Ink on the Rise / Midsize groups forced to face the music / For 6 organizations, a time of cutbacks and uncertainty

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

Connection Cafe

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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Take a Side Trip to the Denver Art Museum

Museum 2.0

This week, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) opened a new temporary exhibition called The Psychedelic Experience , featuring rock posters from San Francisco in the heyday of Bill Graham and electric kool-aid. Side Trip is an immersive environment full of interactive experiences that let visitors share their own stories of the 1960s, make their own rock posters, and explore the music and vibe of the time. Side Trip is an inviting art-oriented place for visitors.

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. Topics Discussed in This Episode: How the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is responding in the face of COVID-19.

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

Museum 2.0

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.

This is What the Participatory Museum Sounds Like

Museum 2.0

95% of our piano users play music, beautifully. creative placemaking Museum of Art and History participatory museum usercontent visitorsIt's late in the afternoon. I'm cranking away on a grant proposal, when suddenly, a classical rendition of "All the Single Ladies" wafts up the stairs. In the office, colleagues lift their heads. "Is Is that.?" someone asks. Yup," another nods. We grin. This is the magic a piano in the lobby makes.

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Why aren't the Walker Arts Center Bloggers Vlogging?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just popped over to the Walker Arts Center blogs to see if more departments had entered the blogosphere. given the amount of time it has taken me to just master the basics of vlogging, let alone integrate into my work flow) I think that of all the nonprofit organizations, arts organizations could probably do a spectacular job of vlogging - especially the Walker. When I interviewed the Walker Bloggers two months ago, there were only two departments.

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

Have Fun - Do Good

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.

Interview: Zen and the art of Nonprofit Technology

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Michelle Murrain, Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Blog. It is a very small liberal arts college in Vermont, where everyone knows everyone's name. That's because Michelle was in the Science Building on one end of campus, while I in the Music Building way on the other side. Michelle and I are graduates of Bennington College (so is Deborah Finn ). What's very funny is that we were in school during the same two-year period, but we never met!

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

Museum 2.0

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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Meditations on Relevance Part 5: Relevance is a Bridge

Museum 2.0

Michael Jackson had just died, and I was at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, where they hastily erected an exhibit of the jacket and glove he wore in the Thriller video. If you focus on a discipline or art form or niche, be relevant to that. Here's my question for today: Have you seen an object or work of art become relevant and powerful for a short time or in a particular context? exhibition Museum of Art and History relevance

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Your Official #18NTC 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. We're just a few weeks away from one of the most highly anticipated nonprofit conferences of the year , and we're so excited to be headed down South to the Big Easy!

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Game Friday: Two Artful Games. and the Score Widget of My Dreams (UPDATED)

Museum 2.0

It's a really, really simple game in which you stay within the lines and generate music and pastel bricks as you move along. Ever wondered what your computer would look like if an art major made it explode? This week, two lovely games from the annals of Casual Gameplay. If you want to curl up with some classical guitar and scroll your mouse lovingly across the screen, check out Maeda Path.

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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.

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Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

Museum 2.0

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.

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