Of Fables and Financial Management

Among the final sessions at this year’s Grantmakers in the Arts conference was a panel that included speakers from the Nonprofit Finance Fund, National Arts Strategies, and the Mellon, Boston and Doris Duke Foundations.  The uncertainly titled “One Step...

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Where the World is Going

This is a second posting from my experiences at this year’s Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Brooklyn, but I want to start it from an unusual place – a quote by our own Mayor Frank Jackson, overheard in a recent interview on Cleveland Public Radio...

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LOUDER and BOLDER

I just returned from the annual Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) conference in Brooklyn.  And as usual, I am so full of ideas and inspiration that it will probably take a couple of blog posts to get to all the stuff I want to share.  But if you want a...

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Funny Names: A Curse Forever?

So Tom Hanks was just here and Cleveland basked in the glow of his attention, charm, and the loyalty he maintains to his professional roots here at the Great Lakes Theater Festival. We are proud he got his start here back in the ‘70s and that pride is...

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Sesame Street addresses the economic downturn

I will admit to this: Sesame Street played an important role in my understanding of the alphabet, addition, subtraction and fractions. In a gentle way, Seasme Street also told stories that helped me to better understand tolerance, cooperation and other...

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Cuba: the Artist as Political Hero

This past week the foundation was host to Helmo Hernandez, the president of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, one of only six charitable foundations in that country.  The Ludwig Foundation is dedicated to the support of contemporary art in Cuba and of the...

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