Saying What We Mean

Language

Last January, at NAS’ Chief Executive Program convening The New Nature of Relevance, I listened as participants discussed the language we use to communicate about the nonprofit cultural field. Some felt that our current language can intimidate and confuse those who are not familiar with the sector. “Charity” can make us sound needy and helpless, and “nonprofit” makes us sound frivolous and trivial. When I tell people I work in the nonprofit sector, I have often been asked if I earn a salary. These experiences have me thinking about whether we … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be a cultural leader?

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders

The experience of being in a place for five days with an amazingly diverse and talented group of individuals through the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders has left me completely changed. I have to admit that all the conversations that took place floated and tumbled around my head when I was there, and I kept struggling with what this meant for me in my day-to-day reality. As an arts administrator working with education and community partnerships, and specifically advocating for engagement with the most at-risk, I tried to flesh … [Read more...]

Arts Organizations and Their Community

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of posts from guest bloggers discussing topics from this week’s Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders. Leaders from around the world are coming together to discuss issues that are critically important to the cultural sector − how do we create and articulate our value, what is global and what is local today and what is the role of arts organizations in society.   The changing nature of communication in the world has impacted the way people speak to each other and search for … [Read more...]

What role should the arts play in civil society?

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blog posts from Fellows and panelists of this week’s Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders. Leaders from around the world are coming together to discuss issues that are critically important to the cultural sector − how do we create and articulate our value, what is global and what is local today and what is the role of arts organizations in society.     Culture and the arts are essential components of a comprehensive education leading to the full development of the individual. … [Read more...]

How have the forces of globalization impacted the nature of cultural activity?

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Watch the following video in which Serhan Ada, Head of the Cultural Management Program at Istanbul Bilgi University and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, suggests that the "new normal" favors the creative.     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...]

Global, local, and the visitor we can’t see.

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of posts from guest bloggers discussing topics from this week’s Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders. Leaders from around the world are coming together to discuss issues that are critically important to the cultural sector − how do we create and articulate our value, what is global and what is local today and what is the role of arts organizations in society.   Museums today are visitor-oriented. We study our visitors, survey them, collect zip codes IP addresses, research … [Read more...]