Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

The Elegant Art of Not Giving A Shit

When reading this blog post, I thought it was hilarious but relevant. David Cain, the author of this blog, identifies “giving a shit” as a thought of situation that has happened. Those who “give a shit” tend to process their thoughts and can decide whether or not to act upon the situation that transpired. If they don’t “give a shit”, they just move on. In today’s society, we often talk about things we care about or feel strongly about but make no action on it, thus not really “giving a shit”.

As arts managers, we need to “give a shit!” Everyone we work with needs to “give a shit” from the board of directors down to the part-time secretary. “Giving a shit” is a culture that needs to be established beyond our thoughts and put into a plan of action. If we didn’t “give a shit” about the arts, we wouldn’t be enrolled in this program. We need continue the mentality of “giving a shit” and share it with our audiences, donors/sponsors and partners. They need to “give a shit” about our cause and understand why what we do is important for the betterment of our society because without them, the arts would dwindle away and no one would “give a shit”. We need them to take action to support our organizations and advocate for us.

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One comment on “The Elegant Art of Not Giving A Shit

  1. carolynsupinka18
    November 5, 2014

    This is a great blog post- both funny and serious at the same time. I love the flow chart, and how he defines ‘not giving a shit’ not as apathy, but the opposite. I was talking with my boss about something similar recently- how it’s unhealthy to be emotionally invested in every aspect of your work and life, because it’s frustrating and exhausting. This would be more true with one slight addition: emotional investment is fine as long as you act towards its release. If you’re getting upset about something but not doing anything about it, that would be frustrating. As arts managers we have the chance to be emotionally invested in what we do, AND the opportunity to act on our beliefs and individual missions to fulfill the goals of our own artistic paths and organizations.

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