Fear is a great motivator. It gets us out of bed in the morning, it bathes us in adrenaline, and helps keep us on task and grounded. In moderation, fear can be our friend. But fear-based motivation gets toxic and counter-productive.
Rarely said aloud, "Museum programming" may be perceived as stuffy, reactive, didactic and, worst of all, predictable. However, leading museums are proving otherwise --more contemporary programming abounds.
As the arts are continually cut in schools and communities, the private sector needs to respond and find ways to fund these important programs. The arts serve as a way to both bond and celebrate communities.
An arts organization that does fewer productions, but makes each of them incredibly interesting, engaging and of high quality, is better placed than one that does lots of under-funded, uninteresting weak projects each year.