Take the time to understand that your art is not your company’s product. Impact is, whether you want it to be or not. And if your company doesn’t aim for impact, it’ll never be essential. Everything that happens in 2024 in the nonprofit arts world will go relatively unnoticed. At least in the United States. The news will cover the poorly-written trash soap/reality show … [Read more...] about Nonprofit Arts Organizations: In 2024, There’s Going to Be a Lot of Noise. Take Advantage.
Too many variables cause irrational solutions, especially where impact is involved. Analyze and know your company’s place in your ecosystem, but then stop analyzing and just do. I have many friends in the nonprofit arts business who are searching for a replicable set of actions that predict success. Much like the flocks of flaks that worshiped Danny Newman’s Subscribe Now! … [Read more...] about The Cure-All for Nonprofit Arts Organizations Doesn’t Exist
What’s more important: putting voice to the works directly affecting your community right now? Or doing that thing you promised you’d do a year ago? Or do you care? If the photo used at the top of this article raises your blood pressure a little, makes you mad, makes you sad, or gives you a kick in the pants to do something, anything, right now… good. The intention of the … [Read more...] about Immediacy: Not One of The Great Attributes of the Nonprofit Arts Community
Blame arrows are rampant in boardrooms, newsrooms, and rehearsal rooms. Blame is meaningless. The solution is obvious. You just have to want to change. (Oh, right. That.) First of all, I think it’s appropriate to mention that this particular column was published on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Election day 2023. Precisely one leap year from now, … [Read more...] about C’mon, Now. It’s Not the End of the World for the Nonprofit Arts Sector.
A Halloween poem for the nonprofit arts leaders among you. Laugh at your own peril. With apologies to the Poes. Once upon a desk so dusty, while I called a sixteenth trustee, All about a new donation that would keep open our door— While I wept and gave a holler, “Oh, why can’t we raise a dollar?” And the tightness of my collar made me sweat profusely … [Read more...] about The Craven