Institutions can learn by following…and following they must, for now

About MiJin Hong

MiJin Hong has written 3 posts in this blog. #

is the Director of Academic Affairs and Program Development at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI), a leading international source of professional and executive development for current and future museum leaders (www.cgu.edu/gli). MiJin’s primary focus is in designing leadership programs in service to the museum field, building relationships with faculty and other potential partners in the academic, public and private sectors. Key to her success is understanding and examining the issues and challenges facing the museum leadership community and staying abreast of the field’s most pressing developments and its rapidly evolving context. She applies current research toward future solutions by building opportunities for museum professionals, policy makers, academics, and public officials to come together to learn, plan and grow. Along with strengthening the curriculum of long-standing programs such as the Museum Leadership Institute (MLI) and Museum Leaders: the Next Generation (NextGen), more recently, she has been developing new initiatives for the global cultural sector with partners in Canada, Mexico and China. #

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Comments

  1. adrienne sirken says:

    I appreciate the larger debate here about the balance between leading and serving the cultural audiences we work with in the visual and performing arts. Key to this debate is indeed striking a true BALANCE rather than swinging to one extreme or another. As “popular” trends influence everything from programming to funding, the importance of an expert’s assessment of an unusually talented, creative and valuable artistic voice is essential. It is STILL the role of the presenter to be able to discern extraordinary skill, quality, and creativity in order to bring this to the attention of the less experienced audience. In the age of blogging and social media where opinions are published on an equal playing field without regard to differences between “expert” and general public there is a true liability of dumbing down quality. The reticent, non-blogging artist who is not suited to personal outreach with the general public is confined to obscurity if the measurement of their worth is fully dependent on the kind of general personal appeal that the blogging artist elicits with the general public. Having such artists cut out of the cultural landscape would be an enormous loss. We can all imagine how malnourished our souls would be without some of the greatest artists in history who were, by nature, highly private or reticent people whose hearts and souls were given to their audiences only on stage, or in their writing or through the creation of their visual worlds. These people are now far less likely to reach the public eye at all because audience preferences are being overly influential. If we only use the criteria of audience preference, the audience would never have the opportunity to discover less known artists who could well be some of the best and brightest throughout the world. I implore arts leaders to continue to choose their presentations based upon their own best judgement of exciting and important talent, even if the artist’s assets include the kind of depth, complexity, and obscurity that might be less accessible to some members of the audience. The legacy of our cultural future is dependent on this kind of leadership. Thank you for your continued courage !