What worries me is that Cleveland has been so deeply and painfully branded as a rust belt city and our collective consciousness has been bound to such an image of failure for so long that we will not free ourselves from it in my lifetime.
I had always...Read More
An important new RAND report titled "State Arts Policy: Trends and Future Prospects" outlines new thinking and approaches being adopted by some state arts agencies (SAA's) to position themselves effectively in the changing political environment.
The new...Read More
If I hear one more person complain about the weather in Cleveland, I’m going to scream. We just had the most glorious spring/summer/fall season in my memory.
So now it's (almost) winter.
And we don’t have four feet of snow already like states in the...Read More
Throughout my varied career in the arts, which has been invested as much in teaching, advocacy, management and governance as it has been in actually making art, I have claimed that my technical training in the visual arts has put me in good stead no matter...Read More
There seems no end to the praise for the quality and discipline of the campaign run by President-elect Barack Obama. Now, smart observers have identified virtues and best practices from the campaign that they believe are applicable to the management of...Read More
I was a Legal Observer on Election Day, assigned to a small, near-West-Side Hispanic district. While there was much that was unremarkable about many voters’ engagement with the process, and a few moments of minor drama throughout the day, here are some...Read More
I first encountered the concept of "flow" more than 40 years ago at a summer ceramics workshop in California. One of the instructors tried to explain what happened in that moment of creativity at the potter’s wheel when we felt excited and calm at the same...Read More
The tension around the upcoming election is really getting to me. As I often do when anxious, I search through my favorite poems, looking for wisdom or solace or inspiration.
So it was that I came across the following three poems. The first, by Denise...Read More
In Atlanta this week, I am attending the annual conference of Grantmakers in the Arts, a professional association for my very specialized field. About 300 arts staff from family, private, corporate and community foundations and public funding agencies are...Read More
This week I received a newsflash from Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit arts advocacy organization, alerting me to the presidential candidates' views on the arts. Whether or not you believe the federal government should support the arts, the statements and...Read More