Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

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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

Innovative Re-design or a Waste of Resources?

This New York Times article talks about the proposed build on the west Manhattan waterfront that would be “a $170 million, futuristic park built atop an undulating platform 186 feet off the … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Your Brain On Museums

This article on Hyperallergic addresses the purpose of museum design. If the stained-glass light and airy spaces in churches are meant to induce feelings of spirituality, and the towering walls of … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Smithsonian South Campus Redeisgn

It was announced last week that The Smithsonian is planning a 20-year plan to redesign the south side of their campus. The project will cost $2 billion, which will come … Continue reading

November 18, 2014

Inside the Box. People don’t actually like creativity.

This article ends with quote which I find quite wonderful: To live creatively is a choice. You must make a commitment to your own mind and the possibility that you … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

In ‘Straight White Men,’ A Play Explores The Reality Of Privilege : Code Switch : NPR

We talk a lot about arts organizations need to represent their community, and that often means incorporating minority voices in the non-for-profit sector. This occurs both on the artistic programming … Continue reading

November 17, 2014

Pop(s) Goes the Orchestra

This Huffington Post article highlights the delicate balance of providing popular music in orchestral form. The scope of these orchestras have changed in part because the scene of popular music has changed from … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Auctions Made $1.5 Billion This Week and Why That’s Important

We don’t talk much about for-profit art world in class, however, I think it really sets major trends we see in the non-profit (museum) art world. This article from Artnet … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Future of Online Advertising for the Arts

This slideshow, from the National Arts Marketing Project and Capacity Interactive is 99 slides long, but is chock full of great information I think a lot of us could use … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Steppenwolf updates-

The study that Andrew shared with us stopped at the early 2000s. I was curious to see how they have fared over the past 10 years. I found some interesting … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Andddd I Just Threw Up in My Mouth

Apparently there is a new musical coming to town. That town is Las Vegas, and that musical is about “Duck Dynasty”. If you threw up in your mouth, don’t worry, … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 5 Comments

United by Vocabulary and Grammar

Here’s an unusual story about something I’ve never heard of – speakers of an artificial language called Esperanto, invented in the late 19th century by a Polish man named Ludwik Lazarus … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

To Expand, or Not To Expand?

As we discussed before Andrew’s trip to Taiwan, growing can have a rather significant impact on an organization. At times it could make or break it. The Frick Collection is … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Blending Politics and Art

Washington Performing Arts does a lot of wonderful and unique things, and is a primary staple in the DC arts culture. But they’re up to something new, and I happen … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Validity of a social marketing post

This is a listing for a meet Seth Rogen event. He tweeted and asked people to RSVP to an address and said he would drink beer with them if they … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Forging an Art Market in China

I used to intern in a gallery based in Hangzhou, whose owner resisted hanging any forgery in his place and helped some patrons to identify their gained art pieces including … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Music and Ebola

Ebola has been everywhere in the news lately. From the nurse who took a bike ride, to the man in NYC who went bowling. But something interesting that we noticed … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Don’t Social Media Unless You Know Social Media

Colleen Dilenschneider calls out arts organizations in her latest article, “Why Using Social Media For The Sake of Using Social Media Hurts Organizations.” She describes that an organization who jumps … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 5 Comments

Baumol’s Cost Disease and The Future of the Arts

We’ve all heard the theory that because there are no productivity gains in the arts (which is arguable), and costs inevitably increase over time, our sector will become more and … Continue reading

November 12, 2014

Creative towns?

This study about the creative class in rural America. I was drawn to it because I recently was engrossed in some cultural values, creative industries, and their impact on economic … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Museum Fit for Remembrance Day

It is significant to examine the situation of history and war-commemorating museums on the Veterans Day. This article from The Wall Street Journal introduced the newly redesigned Imperial War Museum … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Berlin’s Wall of Light: art as a way to remember, celebrate and commemorate history

This weekend was the 25th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the twenty years following WW2 growing tensions in the east of Germany and eastern Europe … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Put A Bird On It!

This article  in the New York Times describes a really interesting intersection of individuals and organizations, resulting in a very cool public art installation. Local artists in NYC bring John James … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

Private Businesses and Arts Awards

BBC News reports that the Radio Academy in the UK has been forced to cancel the Radio Academy Awards (formerly the “Sony Awards”) due to Sony  withdrawing its support as … Continue reading

November 11, 2014