Has Createquity whetted your appetite for learning more about arts policy and related topics? The following additional resources (a) are updated frequently; (b) feature consistently high-quality content relevant to Createquity readers; and (c) provoke lots of interesting conversation around the web (or should, if they don’t already). We read many more blogs and subscribe to many more email updates than are listed here, but if you start with these, you’ll be a Well-Informed Arts Professional in no time. Note: an RSS reader such as Feedly is highly recommended if you plan on following more than a handful of blogs on a regular basis.

Essential Resources

Createquity would not be what it is without these indefatigable content aggregators. They are what make it possible for us to have some semblance of an idea of what’s going on in the world.

Highly Recommended Arts Blogs and Newsletters

Limited to 25 at any given time, updated twice a year. These blogs and content streams are well worth your attention.

  • Arlene Goldbard: Community arts have never had a more passionate advocate.
  • Art Works (new RSS feed*): The official blog of the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • The Artful Manager: Andrew Taylor started one of the first arts administration blogs ever, and it’s still going strong.
  • ArtsBeat: Brought to you by the New York Times.
  • ARTSBlog: The official blog of Americans for the Arts, with frequent guest posts and salon discussions.
  • Arts Marketing: Chad Bauman’s blog offers an incredibly detailed take on marketing in a performing arts context.
  • Barry’s Blog: Consultant and former California Arts Council director Barry Hessenius’s blog is notable for its annual ranking of nonprofit sector arts leaders.
  • Butts in the Seats: Joe Patti serves up news you can use on arts administration and the wider world.
  • Center for the Future of Museums blog: Elizabeth Merritt and company are shaking up the museum world one post at a time.
  • Creativity & Innovation: Keith Sawyer serves up research, policy analysis, and more on the broad topics in the title.
  • Culture Monster: Brought to you by the Los Angeles Times.
  • CultureFuture: Guy Yedwab’s blog about theater, culture, policy, and everything else under the sun.
  • Engaging Matters: Doug Borwick’s blog on community engagement has steadily improved since first launching.
  • For What It’s Worth: Michael Rushton entertains and educates on cultural economics, pricing strategies, and more.
  • Fractured Atlas blog: The official blog of the nation’s largest arts service organization (which I happen to work for).
  • Future of Music Coalition blog: Featuring regular analysis of important legal and regulatory issues affecting music and the arts more generally.
  • Hyperallergic: Perhaps the fastest-growing blog phenomenon in the arts world. Visual-art-focused, but everything’s fair game.
  • Jumper: Diane Ragsdale reports on American cultural policy from across the Atlantic.
  • Michael Kaiser: The revered and at times controversial leader of the Kennedy Center blogs weekly at Huffington Post.
  • Mission Paradox: Adam Thurman’s arts marketing blog will consistently make you think in 500 words or less.
  • Museum 2.0: The most famous blog about the museum world, Museum 2.0 launched Nina Simon’s career for good reason.
  • New Beans: Clayton Lord on theater, brain science, arts marketing, and beyond.
  • NewMusicBox (new RSS feed): The nation’s premier web magazine for new American music.
  • The SAANBox: Up-to-the-minute info from state arts advocacy’s front lines. Must be a member of Americans for the Arts to access.
  • TCG Circle: with Gus Schulenberg at the helm, the national theater service organization’s blog has become a welcome hub for content.

Highly Recommended – Philanthropy & Nonprofit Sector

Coverage of cutting-edge conversations in the broader social sector is available here.

  • AEA365: The American Evaluation Association’s Tip-a-Day resource by and for evaluators.
  • Beth’s Blog: Nonprofit social media expert and queen of the Twitterverse Beth Kanter has always had a soft spot for the arts.
  • The Center for Effective Philanthropy blog: CEP is one of the most important organizations working today to increase the impact of our foundations.
  • The GiveWell blog: Founded by Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld, GiveWell applies a rigorous approach to rating nonprofits.
  • Nonprofit Law Prof blog: An aggregated news source for legal issues relevant to nonprofits, curated by several law professors.
  • Philanthropy 2173: One of the first high-profile philanthropy blogs, written by consultant and academic Lucy Bernholz.
  • Philanthropy Today: Brought to you by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
  • PhilanTopic: Brought to you by the Philanthropy News Digest team at the Foundation Center.
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review: The go-to source for thought leadership in the social sector.

Highly Recommended – Economics & Entrepreneurship

Supply and demand frames all of our work, and is especially relevant to the arts.

  • The Atlantic Cities: Co-founded by Richard Florida, this urban-centric idea exchange has lots of arts coverage.
  • Freakonomics: Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner and friends peddle a reliably interesting blog.
  • Marginal Revolution: Econ professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok analyze the world at a breathtaking rate of production.
  • Seth Godin: Godin’s everyday (literally) nuggets of wisdom will surely change the way you think.

Highly Recommended – Data & Technology

Selected data and technology resources for the research-minded arts geek.

  • FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver’s excellent stats-based political analysis. You’ll learn a lot from this blog.
  • FlowingData: All things data visualization, brought to you by statistics grad student Nathan Yau.
  • ReadWrite: A firehose of smart, timely commentary on technology.

* Sometimes a blog’s feed address will change when it moves to a new domain or blogging platform, causing subscribers not to receive new updates. Such situations will be noted here to help readers continue to follow along with their favorite blogs.

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