3 Lessons Arts & Cultural Organizations Can Learn from Retail

Connection Cafe

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

Everyaction

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. CRM arts and culture

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Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

Connection Cafe

I’m looking for a place to donate in honor of my mother’s 90 th birthday, and a gift made to the local symphony orchestra in Myrtle Beach seemed like the right thing to do. So, how can we use family or experiences to get people to donate? 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.

Embracing a More Diverse Audience in Arts and Culture

Connection Cafe

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.

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5 Nonprofit Trends at Arts and Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

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. As ticketing organizations, we have the advantage of gathering data when people visit us.

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

Connection Cafe

You hear the buzz all over the place: augmented reality this, augmented reality that. People went crazy collecting Pokémon. People see where a Pokémon is hidden on a map and have to travel to the location to find it. Sorry Pokémon people!)

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Can Public Art Increase Civic Participation?

Connection Cafe

In Philadelphia, many polling places are difficult to find, hidden deep in the recesses of schools, churches, and community centers. NSD) aimed to improve the voting experience and increase civic engagement using public art. Use Art to Tackle the “Big Issues”.

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5 Ways Arts & Cultural Organizations Should be Using QR Codes

Connection Cafe

Putting a code on the posters you place on campus or at your table at the Farmers’ Market will let potential volunteers easily sign up from their mobile device. Make it easy for patrons to join your email list with QR codes strategically placed around your organization. You don’t want to just send people to your website; you want them to do something when they get there!

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[Tips for Nonprofits] The Art and Science of Persuasive Fundraising

Connection Cafe

” Sometimes, this psychological principle runs counter logical reasoning, “because it is a preprogrammed and mindless method of responding, automatic consistency can supply a safe hiding place from troubling realizations.”

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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. Do more people come for musicals than tragedies? It’s good to provide something that people consume.

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The Art Of Social Selling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

If you are a salesperson or sell a product or service, make, The Art of Social Selling , the next book you read. Belew's new book features compelling case studies , and clear and concise instructions on how to master the art of social selling.

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Embracing the Rush: Preparing for the Arts and Cultural Busy Seasons

Connection Cafe

Ginny pointed out that on all printed materials they ask for people to check the website for the latest pricing information in case any changes have to be made. You want to be as efficient as possible when people start visiting, whether it’s a group or an individual.

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The Great Good Place Book Discussion Part 1: Can Cultural Institutions Be Third Places?

Museum 2.0

This is the first installment of a book discussion about Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place. But now, after a careful read of Ray Oldenburg’s book in which he defines and describes third places, I am uncertain of whether it is possible for museums and libraries to be such venues.

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Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling

NonProfit Hub

If you and your organization are doing things no one else is, you need to tell people about it. Stories should be about real people who need something,” she said. There should be a moment—or several moments—when people see themselves or someone they know inside your story.

The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Whose Room is This?

Museum 2.0

This month, I'm sharing a few chapters from my new book The Art of Relevance to celebrate its release. It took until the mid-1990s for women and people of color to be eligible for membership, and even then, most Elks Lodges stayed white, male, and aging. An art form.

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The Art of Closing the Fundraising Ask

NonProfit Hub

Even if you’ve grown entirely comfortable with the process of approaching people for money (and if you have, kudos to you), closing an ask can still be a challenge. No doubt, you’ve heard that one of the main reasons people cite for not supporting an organization is, “They didn’t ask me to.”

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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 ). And then I started learning about the situation at the Museum of Art & History (MAH) in downtown Santa Cruz. Museum of Art and Histor

"Great Places To Work" Employee Perks

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Thursday, January 20, 2011 "Great Places To Work" Employee Perks StLouis magazine is featuring in its January issue 60 companies that they deemed "great places to work". "Great Places To Work" Employee Perks New Book Shows You How To Set A Goal And Then Reac.

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The Great Good Place Book Discussion Part 2: Small Rural Museums as Third Places

Museum 2.0

This is the second installment of a book discussion about Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place. As I was reading The Great Good Place I identified with Oldenburg’s description of Main Street USA, small town America, and rural life.

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Is Your Crisis Management Program In Place?

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Thursday, September 9, 2010 Is Your Crisis Management Program In Place? One way will be to ensure our crisis management plans are in place. Most important, be sure you have a plan in place for a crisis that negatively impacts the general public.

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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. There's been a lot of innovation in arts programming in the last few years. How do you form an arts habit? People go to the gym and the grocery store because they feel they must.

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Turning Waste into Beautiful Art

Tech Soup Blog

I'm thrilled to say that one of our winning 2015 Green Tech Success Story Contest submissions is TechSoup member Cary Creative Center , or "C3," an organization working to save materials from the landfill by turning them into beautiful art.

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How To Master The Art Of Social Selling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

If you are a salesperson or sell a product or service, make, The Art of Social Selling , the next book you read. Belew''s new book features compelling case studies , and clear and concise instructions on how to master the art of social selling.

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Protecting Wild Lands Through Art

Tech Soup Blog

Braided River, a Seattle-based nonprofit publishing company, has undertaken 16 conservation projects to date with just three staff people. Among the wild places Braided River has featured, millions of acres have been moved to a stronger level of protection.

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Is it OK to Smash That? The Complications of Living Art Museums

Museum 2.0

I thought about all of this when reading about the recent incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami, where artist Maximo Carminero smashed a vase by Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei in an unauthorized act of visitor participation. But art museums are coming back from the dead.

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Open Source CRMs – people like them?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Source CRMs – people like them? and although the sample sizes were small, and not representative of the nonprofit sector as a whole, the people surveyed seemed to like the open source tools available. That said, for the most part, except for CitySoft and vTiger, people seemed very satisfied with these tools.

What's More Inclusive: Food or Art? Introducing Abbott Square, Part 10

Museum 2.0

This is the tenth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. We’ve worked hard for years to make the MAH a place that includes and welcomes people of all backgrounds.

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Content Curation: The Art and Science of Spotting Awesome

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

News discovery tools help you spend less time looking at a bunch of junk as master curator Robin Good points out. Also, it lets you step away from the echo chamber and find useful and unique gems that have not been over shared all over the place. Flickr Photo by Soyignatius.

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. And given what I''ve seen on micro and macro-levels in arts funding and power, I don''t think this strategy is working.

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Building a Pipeline to the Arts, World Cup Style

Museum 2.0

People at work with the games running in the background on their computers. And it''s got me thinking about how we build energy and audience for the arts in this country. Like Barry, I feel that more art in schools is always better. It''s World Cup time.

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Art of the Ask: 10 steps to a yes!

Connection Cafe

Think about why you are here asking for money in the first place. Most people who keep talking after the ask talk themselves out of a gift! Author: Rachel Muir. In my 13 years as an Executive Director I’ve raised over ten million dollars. Along the way I’ve learned a lot about what works when it comes to major gifts, what doesn’t work and how to keep my cool making an ask. But let’s cut to the chase. Let’s get the juicy part. Did I ever flub an ask?

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Artprize: An Extraordinary Social Experience around Art

Museum 2.0

Want to experience art in a populist, energized, industrial/urban setting? Want to be surrounded by thousands of people who are doing the same? It was the best experience I've ever had talking and learning about art. Not all the art was good, but it all spurred conversation.

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How To Create A "Best Places To Work" Company

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Sunday, September 26, 2010 How To Create A "Best Places To Work" Company Overland Park, Kansas-based author Leigh Branham, along with Mark Hirschfeld, recently completed a survey of 10,000 employees in 43 states to better understand what separates a "best places to work" company from other companies.

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The Art of Increasing Online Donations for Nonprofits

NonProfit Hub

Just because you make it possible for people to give online doesn’t mean your website will attract all the donations you want for your nonprofit. Once you have your basic donation platform in place, you can increase giving by improving your overall site design.

Protecting Wild Lands Through Art

Tech Soup Blog

Braided River, a Seattle-based nonprofit publishing company, has undertaken 16 conservation projects to date with just three staff people. Among the wild places Braided River has featured, millions of acres have been moved to a stronger level of protection.

The Great Good Place Book Discussion Part 5: Oldenburg on the LAM

Museum 2.0

This is the fifth installment of a book discussion about Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place. Both of us latched onto the popular notion of "third places," applying it to LAMs, and were surprised to learn how narrowly Ray Oldenburg defined the term in his original work.

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ASKing about Art at the Brooklyn Museum: Interview with Shelley Bernstein and Sara Devine

Museum 2.0

The pilots showed us visitors were looking for a personal connection with our staff, wanted to talk about the art on view, and wanted that dialogue to be dynamic and speak to their needs directly. Our visitors were telling us they wanted personal connection and they wanted to talk about art.

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The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Part Ex-Con, Part Farmer, Part Queen

Museum 2.0

For the last time this summer, I'm sharing a chapter from my new book The Art of Relevance to celebrate its release. FoodWhat's staff and teens have taught me a lot about what it really means to be relevant to people who are often overlooked or ignored. Book: The Art of Relevance

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Mastering the Art of Work/Life Balance in a Digital World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was seeking a way to combine my interest in technology and helping people. For example, with email, I think many people check it reflexively because of their device notifications, boredom, or having the false notion that busyness (e.g.

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How Arts Organizations Win Gold Medals in Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I missed out on the Olympics in London this year while I was traveling in Cambodia. While the world acclaimed sports event was taking place in London, the Gay Chorus Olympics was taking place in Denver. And boy, were people interested!

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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. It's like a giant, free, no-holds-barred focus group that represents a true range of arts users and non-users.

11 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits and Make the World A Better Place :: 2010 Edition

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Please use your purchasing power wisely and with compassion this holiday season by giving gifts that benefit nonprofits and make the world a better place. Mission : To safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

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The Great Good Place Book Discussion Part 6: Museum 2.5 by Elaine Heumann Gurian

Museum 2.0

This is a bonus installment of a book discussion about Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place. I have been using quotes from Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place in my own writings for quite a long time. Their seminal writing and research first took place in the 1960’s.

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