The Virtues and Pitfalls of Open Contests

An interesting back and forth on “contest philanthropy” took place recently in the pixel-pages of Stanford Social Innovation Review between Mayur Patel, the wunderkind VP of Strategy and Assessment for the Knight Foundation, and Kevin Starr, managing director of the Mulago Foundation. Patel started things off in July with a blog post on six reasonsRead More

Around the horn: Frankenstorm edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT Two bills under consideration by Congress would adjust the music licensing rates paid by internet streaming radio services like Rdio, MOG, and Spotify to match what cable and satellite providers pay. IN THE FIELD Artists often neglect to realize that crowdfunding campaign money isn’t free – in addition to the fees youRead More

Audiences at the Gate published in Grantmakers in the Arts Reader (and why it’s still relevant)

Readers who have been with us for a while will recall that in 2010, Daniel Reid and I wrote an article for Edward P. Clapp’s 20UNDER40 anthology called Audiences at the Gate: Reinventing Arts Philanthropy Through Guided Crowdsourcing. The article contends that traditional models of philanthropy, in which a single program officer or a handfulRead More

Send me to South by Southwest!

I currently have one of more than 3000 panel and speaker proposals competing for a spot at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin next March. “Data Visualization, Policy, and the Arts” would explore how policymakers are incorporating fun, creativity, and imagination into their communities’ master plans, the emergence of data visualization asRead More

Audiences at the Gate: Reinventing Arts Philanthropy Through Guided Crowdsourcing

Program theory v2

(This article originally appeared in 20UNDER40 anthologyi edited by Edward P. Clapp, and has been republished with permission.) Spurred on by major technological advances, the number of aspiring professional artists in the United States has reached unprecedented levels and will only continue to grow. The arts’ current system of philanthropic support is woefully underequipped to evaluate thisRead More

20UNDER40 (with Audiences at the Gate) set for Wednesday release

More than a year ago, a student in the Harvard Graduate School of Education named Edward P. Clapp floated an idea for an anthology of twenty essays by young(ish) arts administrators and educators, titled simply 20UNDER40. The original call for submissions got passed around every which way, garnering a total of more than 300 proposals. IRead More