Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Cirque’s next balancing act…it’s business

You may be sick of Cirque du Soleil by now, but here’s an interesting business article on how the company (and Guy, in particular) is thinking of reshaping their business … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Book List

This is a bit of a random post this week, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about! And it involves books. On December 2nd the New York Times released its … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Let’s talk about money.

This article, “Why do we expect artists to work for free? Here’s How We Can Change The System” from CreativeTime is very interesting, complex, and insightful. It kind of seems … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Attraversiamo. A Post About Marketing.

Attraversiamo.  In Italian, Attraversiamo, is the idea of “crossing over,” but it’s more than that. It has to do with changing your direction or state of mind. In this article, … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

There is a Place | Dance Video

For any who wanted to watch that dance video again, here it is:

December 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Where is the Ben’s of Ferguson?

We discuss regularly how it is the arts’ job to push against people’s comfort and also to provide a welcoming feel for all. In light of this week’s grand jury … Continue reading

November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Meals for Modern Artists

If you are planning for a Thanksgiving fundraising event, or just want to change your dinners into an artistic fashion, check this article from Hyperallergic about some fancy Thanksgiving meals. It … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

Air Travel Delays Got You Down? Airport Art to the Rescue!

I read this article when I was traveling to NYC.  According to my limited experience of traveling, most flights delayed due to bad weather or air controlling, so the airport … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

Crowd Funding Opera in Montgomery County

The Victorian Lyric Opera Company, in our own Montgomery County, is asking for money. But in an unusual way- they’re doing it as a crowd funding campaign. And they’re telling … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Art for your Turkey Day Travel

Stuck in the airport somewhere trying to get home? Arnet published a handy guide to art in airports this week, check it out, you may be lucky enough to squeeze … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cultural Festivals need to think Glocal

There is an ever increasing number of arts and cultural festivals in Europe which has become known as the “festivalisation” of Europe. In the world today there exists a paradox of trends towards both hyper-localization … Continue reading

November 26, 2014

Space, Class, and Art

This article on Hyperallergic directed me to a blog post by Robert Boyd about a really interesting arts nonprofit, Pioneerworks Center for Art and Innovation. Based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, … Continue reading

November 26, 2014

No, seriously how you get Millennials to donate: SLUMBER PARTIES!

They’re everywhere: American Museum of Natural History, Rubin Museum of Art, and now Creative Time, the new “gala” and large fundraising initiative is a massive slumber party catered to adults … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

Is the Cultural Sector Ready to Move Beyond Data for Data’s Sake?

This article addresses Big Data and what we really can or should do in this era where there is so much data and yet in the cultural sector we still don’t have … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Bulldogs — and Symphonies are Ineffable

I’m sure this article about dogs might strike you as unexpected for this blog. The World’s Best Dogs, as determined by a “data journalist and information designer” (what does that even mean?). What … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Happiness in the Workplace

This Fast Company article, 3 Uncommon Ways to Drive Happiness in the Workplace, caught my eye as a job seeker as well and a future manager. It’s interesting to consider … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Cosby Show

I, like many others, have been following the buzz around Bill Cosby for the past few days. A few years ago, I remember hearing allegations that “America’s Favorite Dad” had … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Arctic Pole Artistic Residency

The Arctic Circle project is designed as an experimental and exploratory expedition to the Polar Arctic for scientists and multi-disciplinary artists on board of a tall ship. Most of the … Continue reading

November 19, 2014

When Religious Tourism Goes Beyond Zamzam and Starts To Become ISIS

We have seen several posts on here (a few written by me) about the destruction that has been caused by ISIS. Cultural destruction is just another reason why we take up … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 1 Comment


I read this article about a eclectic violin-violin-bass trio, Time for Three, being refused to allow the double bass as luggage when taking US Airways. In fact, it was not … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

14 Reasons Why Your Employees Don’t Care

I thought this would be a good article because as future arts managers, we will be leading people (and teams) to successfully uphold the mission and vision of our organization … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 5 Comments

Customer Loyalty

This may be a stretch for an arts management blog, but there is a lesson in here: if your business model is all about creating unique experiences, don’t take those … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Name Game Is Still Same—All About Money

“Chiseling your name in the stone, or we can name after you.” It’s such a tempting idea for plutocrats to donate millions of dollars to a philharmonic theatre or a … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Arts Revitalization in a Broken Haiti

After an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, taking 316,000 lives, the Art Creation Foundation for Children decided to do something about revitalizing the city of Jacmel. You can read the … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 1 Comment