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Say No Without the Guilt

When someone asks something of you, there are a couple of ways you can respond: Yes or No. When you say yes to everything, you are probably saying no to yourself and many of your art goals. You are saying that what someone is asking or offering is more important than your agenda. Show More Summary

Review: RWS 'Watercolour Etc' Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery

"Watercolour Etc", the Spring Exhibition of the members of the Royal Watercolour Society is on display at the Bankside Gallery until 25th April 2015. Watercolour poster for the RWS exhibition -... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Simon Schama's The Face of Britain - and selfies

Simon Schama talking about the process of Graham Sutherland painting Sir Winston Churchill This morning I was at the National Portrait Gallery to hear a briefing from historian Simon Schama about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Creative solutions to everyday problems

Artist/activist/advocate Theaster Gates offers some clear and compelling (although counter to current practice) insights about how art meets place in this interview with Carol Coletta of the Knight Foundation. While many ‘placemaking’...Show More Summary

Somewhere between crude and crass

Management professor Henry Mintzberg has a knack for describing complex things with calm and clarity. His writing on what managers are and do seems so obvious that you can miss the point that it’s completely contrary to most other management research. And while his work is accessible to anyone, it’s also founded in careful observation, […]

To send or to trash

My local post office in DC offers a rather helpful decision point that I only just noticed today. Below the slot where you place your mail is a convenient receptacle for trash. I’m fairly confident they didn’t design this as a cognitive prompt. But I’m going to take it as one, anyway. Every moment we […]

What the wealth wants, part two

There’s been lots of breathless Internet chatter about the sudden social network phenomenon, Ello. Constructed by a group of seven artists and programmers in Vermont, Ello seeks to be the anti-Facebook — an ad-free, exploitation-free social system built on a manifesto that exclaims: “You are not a product.” At its heart, Ello is a counter-marketplace […]

Off to Taiwan

I’m traveling to Taipei, Taiwan, this week to speak at a symposium for performing arts designers, architects, technicians, and managers on the subject of large-scale performing arts venues. Taiwan and much of Asia is in the midst of a massive cultural construction binge (as part of a more general massive construction binge). It will be […]

The Big Painting Challenge - the artists' blog posts

One of the things about blogs is you get to say what your experience was like as well as showing people what your painting looks like. That's all the more important when you're painting on BBC1 and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Was that a laugh? 38¢ please!

In a story that seems too odd to be true, a Barcelona comedy theater company has experimented with a ‘pay per laugh’ scheme, where entry is free, and each laugh costs you money. Each seat has a tablet computer, with facial recognition software, tracking and charging for every guffaw. You settle up the tab on […]

Arts Management in Five Minutes

The American University’s Arts Management Program celebrated our 40th anniversary this week, with a grand bash of alumni, students, faculty, and friends. For the occasion, I was challenged to condense the entire Survey of Arts Management course I teach over 15 weeks into a five-minute version (okay, they asked for four minutes, but I couldn’t […]

Passion and Permission

KCRW’s The Business has a fabulous interview with Ava DuVernay (starts at 07:22), director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., biopic Selma. DuVernay transitioned from film marketing and publicity into film making, originally in small documentaries and indie films, and now a major motion picture. DuVernay made the transition in small steps rather than bold leaps, […]

The Theory of Strategy

Imagine that there was a commonly-held theory of gravity that said objects will fall at an increasing rate, pause halfway, do a little spin, and then continue to fall. Imagine, then, that you never actually observe any object falling in that particular way. A little like that, sure…the falling part. But not exactly like that, […]

Arts Entrepreneurship vs. the Sum of Its Parts

As a member of the editorial board for Artivate, a journal on entrepreneurship in the arts, I was asked to write a short reflection on what “arts entrepreneurship” is, exactly, and how we might think about the phrase and the field (or bundle of fields) it represents. Short opening excerpt is included below, the rest […]

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