What role should orchestras play in their communities?

Mark Gillespie

Watch the following video in which Mark Gillespie, general and artistic manager of Orchestra of the Americas and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders Fellow, suggests that orchestras should connect with youth at a very early age so that musicians grow out of the community.     Add your voice to the discussion. Use the comments below to weigh in with your thoughts.   … [Read more...]

Why is it important for arts leaders to engage in cross-cultural conversations?

Jimena Lara Estrada

Watch the following video in which Jimena Lara Estrada, program coordinator for the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders Fellow, talks about connecting with other leaders and the hope that it instills.     Add your voice to the discussion. Use the comments below to weigh in with your thoughts.   … [Read more...]

What is the place of cultural institutions within their communities?

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Watch the following video in which Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, suggests that to be truly relevant an organization must be "in, of, for and about" its community.     Add your voice to the discussion. Use the comments below to weigh in with your thoughts on the role of an arts organization.   … [Read more...]

How do cultural institutions balance being global and local?

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Watch the following video featuring Mikel Ellcessor, General Manager of WDET in Detroit and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, in which he warns that social media can give us a false sense of connection. He also gives a suggestion for how to make meaningful connections in one's community.     Add your voice to the discussion. Use the comments below to weigh in with your thoughts on the effects of globalization on the cultural sector.   … [Read more...]

Stories from the Field: LA Stage Alliance

LA Stage Alliance

What if you had online access 24/7 to information on over half of the households in your region, including demographic, psychographic and buying trends? What changes might you make to your programs, to your marketing efforts or to your partnerships because you had access to such data? If you live in LA County, this scenario is a reality. I recently sat down with Terence McFarland, CEO of LA Stage Alliance, to discuss the Arts Census project, a research project to better understand the region’s arts audience market. I was struck by two … [Read more...]

Stories from the Field: Intersection for the Arts

5M Project

For many of us, physical space dictates the work we present and how we serve our communities. Many artists and organizations have found creative and alternative ways to use theaters, symphony halls and galleries, but what if we abandoned the idea of traditional spaces altogether? Could reaching outside our comfort zone help our work reach more people? Letting go of traditional venues provides an opportunity for the arts to take on a new role in the community – from the audiences we serve and where we serve them to the type of work we present … [Read more...]