Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
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.