Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Author Archives: hshambroom

Woman, old, vest

The Hirshhorn announced last week that it would be disbanding their longstanding docent program. The need and use of volunteers and docents within museums is tricky. On the one hand, … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Shake it off, Taytay, shake it off

What happens when artists demand appropriate compensation for their work? They get called greedy and mean. To be fair, Taylor Swift is a best selling musician with seven Grammys and … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

A New Space for Harvard

Take a look at the new designs for the renovation of the Harvard Art Museums! It looks pretty cool – designed by Renzo Piano, the new space will unite all … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Crowdsourcing Curation

Everybody is a curator. That’s the premise behind new initiatives that many museums are taking in exhibition planning, allowing visitors and amateur art enthusiasts to determine what gets hung on … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Don’t Work For Free For Rich People

This article from Flavorwire presents the issue of those in the arts industry being underpaid – and often unpaid – reminded me of our in-class discussion on Monday about Cirque Du … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Beyonce: A Case Study

Last month the Harvard Business School published a case study that takes a look at the business of Beyoncé, specifically the secret release of her newest album. While this is … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees

This article from Forbes this week brought up many of the themes we’ve all discussed in class and read about in our weekly readings. Many of the qualities brought up … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cirque du Soleil and Drones

I came across this article and its accompanying videos last week and was reminded of it during our discussion yesterday of Cirque du Soleil using the Blue Ocean Strategy. Once … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Future Of Art

Two things stood out to me from the survey results we looked at last week, from the SPPA and the NEA Research Report – first, that education level had such … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Art Basel Meets Kickstarter

Hyperallergic reported this week on an interesting new “partnership” in the arts – between Kickstarter and Art Basel. On its website, Art Basel describes this project as such: “Art Basel … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Yearly 5×5 Project Brings Public Art To DC

5×5, DC’s largest public art project, opened last week. This little blurb outlines the basics of the festival, a yearly occurrence involving 5 curators and 25 artists, of varying backgrounds … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

New NYU Center Dedicated to Studying Art of Ballet

The New York Times reported yesterday on “dancer turned historian” Jennifer Homans and her new academic center at NYU – one dedicated to the study of ballet and other dance forms. … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Judge’s Ruling in Corcoran Case

This is an article I read last week detailing the conclusion of what will happen to the Corcoran and its collection. The Corcoran is an interesting example of a private museum … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 1 Comment