Createquity has had some milestones recently: in addition to reaching 3000 subscribers (woohoo!), for the first time, both authors of the research studies given the Arts Policy Library treatment recently have responded to the Createquity Writing Fellows in the comments. You can read Holly Sidford’s many-months-later perspective on “Fusing Arts, Culture, and Social Change” here,Read More
Around the horn: fiscal cliff edition
A friendly reminder that the deadline for the Createquity Writing Fellowship is noon Eastern time on Tuesday, January 8. All it takes is a 250-word statement of interest to get started. Look forward to reading your submissions! ART AND THE GOVERNMENT Three perspectives on the fiscal cliff deal: from Nonprofit Quarterly; from Americans for the Arts; fromRead More
Around the horn: poolside edition
ART AND THE GOVERNMENT Americans for the Arts hosted a blog salon last month on the Common Core State Standards (“the next big thing in education”) and what they mean for arts education. I particularly enjoyed former colleague Richard Kessler’s “Steal This Blog” entry. Quite interesting analysis from Barry Hessenius of possible future directions for local arts agencies.Read More
Burning Man is Dead; Long Live Burning Man
Can Burning Man go mainstream with its values intact? The answer lies in the strength of the burner diaspora.
Wrapping up the spring 2012 Createquity Writing Fellowship
Last week, we had a flurry of posts from our Createquity Writing Fellows, Kelly Dylla and Jackie Hasa, including Arts Policy Library entries on two important studies of cultural participation and audience engagement. Now that Kelly and Jackie have successfully completed the third round of the CWF, I wanted to take a moment to highlightRead More
Arts Policy Library: Cultural Engagement in California’s Inland Regions
A survey of rural and suburban populations exposes participation in a range of cultural activities.
Arts Policy Library: 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
A summary, history, and analysis of the influential NEA survey.
All You Can Hear: The SPCO’s Netflix-Style Membership
In April, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) announced the launch of a Netflix-style membership model where you could “get all the SPCO you want for $5 a month.” Still relatively untested in the arts world, this pricing model allows subscribers to see an unlimited number of performances for a low monthly fee. Additional perksRead More
Beyond Gamification: Alternative Models for Games in Arts Organizations
A number of arts organizations are considering mobilizing games in the service of increased ticket sales, improved audience participation, and outreach to new audiences, but these so-called “gamification” efforts typically fail to take advantage of games’ full potential for creativity. Good games are hard to make, but done well, they can help arts organizations achieve their missions—and help them rewrite the rules for audience engagement.
Why Teaching Artists Will Lead the Charge in Audience Engagement
As a self-proclaimed enthusiast in audience engagement, I felt compelled to respond to Michael Kaiser’s Engaging Audiences article in the Huffington Post last month. Rather than debate point-by-point Kaiser’s position that audience engagement is possibly new window dressing for an old issue or that arts organizations are using this jargon to target selected audiences, I’dRead More