Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Author Archives: benjamendouglas

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

Complicated Matters: Repatriation and International Affairs

Here’s a great article from Monday’s LA Times about James Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust. I’ve been following the repatriation conversation peripherally for several years with mixed … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

SURPRISE! $1.75M due for taxes

Here’s a really big “oh no” moment: the Richmond Performing Arts Center recently got a surprise tax bill for $1.75M. The author of this article says he doesn’t understand how the … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

A(nother) Happy Reminder of Art Saving Lives

When I initially saw Alex’s post, I was mad because I thought that was the story I wanted to share! But, (not so surprisingly) there are two happy reminders this … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · 6 Comments

A scandal, an outage – and finally, a victory

The position of the IRS is enough to send me into an apoplectic fit. Thankfully, “we” prevailed.

October 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Between a rock and a hard place

Duties, responsibilities, and operations of boards is the sort of stuff I get really excited about. Yeah, I’m that guy. BUT – the terror of being on a board that … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Healthy Organizations

Here’s a really great case study of Lencioni’s concept for a healthy organization:

October 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

First Foundation Funding the Arts

In the Rand reports, we’ve now read a few mentions of the early role of the Ford Foundation in arts funding. I’ve started reading Performing Arts and American Society, a … Continue reading

September 28, 2014

Graffiti copyright?

YES!! It’s an original work of art; a recognized art form; and when done legally, I believe it deserves all of the rights and privileges of other works of art. … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Art Logistics

As an arts manager, lots of our time is spent on logistics, facilities, maintenance and basic operations. In the art world, basic things like air conditioning and velcro can make … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 6 Comments

Ownership… again

I just ran across this article, originally posted by Willamette Week.  If you find who owns a nonprofit tough to wrap your head around, here’s one that’ll really give you … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Who Owns a Nonprofit?

I’ve been saving several cool articles to share on this blog, but in light of our conversation yesterday about who owns a non-profit, I’d like to share this article from … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Turning Crisis into Celebration

Check out this great news from the Minnesota Orchestra! This could be the best comeback story ever. It is particularly exciting for me because, as I was reading for marketing, I … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments


I’ve been thinking lots about the fate of the Corcoran recently, and of course, there’s the ever-present sadness about City Opera (whose home page is terribly depressing). If you’d like a … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 5 Comments