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My New Year's Project: An Arts Management Treasure Hunt

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.04.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have spent the better part of thirty years trying to learn about the best in arts management practices and I frequently write about specific leaders and organizations that are doing great work.

What Happens After the Recession?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.11.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

People who think the arts ecology will return to what it was when the recession finally ends are setting themselves up for major disappointment. Those who do not prepare for a new world order are not acting in the best interests of their organizations.

Newt Gingrich Attends Kennedy Center Honors

Howard Fineman | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

WASHINGTON -- Having surged to the lead in the polls and declared himself the Republican nominee a month in advance of the first vote, former House Sp...

Planning as Therapy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.04.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If your organization is suffering, try planning! You may find that things seem a lot brighter. And when we are happier with our prospects, this radiates to our ticket buyers, donors, board members and the press.

Hillary Clinton Hosts The Nation's Top Artists

AP | By BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.03.2012 | Home

By BRETT ZONGKER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama in lauding the actors, musicians and others receiving Kennedy Center Ho...

President To Host Neil Diamond, Meryl Streep And Other Kennedy Center Honorees

AP | Posted 12.04.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hosts the five recipients of the 34th Kennedy Center Honors at a White House reception Sunday before attending th...

Russian Billionaire Gives Kennedy Center $5 Million

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.31.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — Billionaire Russian investor Vladimir Potanin announced a $5 million gift Thursday to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to...

YoungArts Comes to LA

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

The level of professionalism from these young artists was both stunning and inspirational, and provided great hope for those of us devoted to the future of the arts in America.

Jazz Pianist Jason Moran To Advise Kennedy Center

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday tapped 36-year-old pianist and composer Jason Moran to be its artistic advise...

Every Arts Organization Has a Deficit

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

In the challenging economic times we live in, it is especially important to protect our organizations by insisting on earning surpluses and conserving cash.

What I Am Giving Thanks for This Year

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.21.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

This is the time of year when we give thanks for the wonderful gifts that we have been given, the experiences we have treasured, the people who have changed our lives.

Board Members Need Training, Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those arts patrons, corporations and foundations that care passionately about the future of the arts in America must encourage members of arts boards to seek the training they need and must invest in the training programs required.

City Center: A Remarkable History

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ghosts of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and too many others to name are hopefully still in residence, inspiring a new generation of artists to create great works.

Fundraising: The Dilemma of Organizations of Color

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.24.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Individual donors are the bedrock of American arts funding, giving more than 60% of the money received. Yet the average African American, Latino, Asian American or Native American arts organization receives less than 10% of its funding from individual donors.

Will Ferrell Wins Nation's Top Humor Prize At Kennedy Center

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.23.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON — Will Ferrell, who refined his impersonation of President George W. Bush on "Saturday Night Live" and later took his presidential ac...

Astoria Characters: The Svelte Soprano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Even when she's not on stage, Jenny, a Valkyrie whose waves of golden ringlets cascade down her shoulders, has quite a stage presence. Runway-model slim, she stands nearly six feet tall in her flat gold sandals.

The Dream: Diversity in the Arts

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.17.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Why, given so much social progress, have we failed to produce more leading arts organizations of color? I think there are two different answers.

The Royal Opera House Muscat

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.11.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Do not be surprised if a decade from now some of the most interesting arts projects in the world are emanating from a nation that many of us could not identify on the map.

The Cycle as Insurance Policy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.03.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those organizations that mount important art, pursue aggressive marketing campaigns and build their families consistently, create an insurance policy against economic downturns and programmatic failure.

Returning to Kansas City

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.26.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

At a time when most cities are reducing investment in the arts, how refreshing it is to be in Kansas City where the arts are flourishing.

There Must Be a Leader

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.19.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those organizations willing to empower one such collaborative, creative, entrepreneur to lead the turnaround are a giant step towards solving their problems.

Kennedy Center Honors Locks Out Latino Artists for Ninth Consecutive Year

Felix Sanchez | Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment
Felix Sanchez

The Kennedy Center has announced its 2011 honorees, and another year passes without a Latino being named to this prestigious American award. Since 1978, when the Kennedy Center Honors began, only two Latinos have received this recognition.

The New Season

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While very public debates about the value of arts funding rage in statehouses across America, we must remember that our communities need the arts now more than ever.

In Kennedy Center Speech, Obama Says America Is Stronger Post-9/11

Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics

By BEN FELLER & NANCY BENAC, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) WASHINGTON -- Ten years after the nation was unified in horror, President Barack Obama honor...

Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma Among Kennedy Center Honorees

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 11.07.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The good times never seemed so good for Neil Diamond. Known for his songs that have become anthems at ballparks and bars, Diamond ...