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Our Summer Fellows

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Last week a new class of summer fellows arrived at the Kennedy Center for a four-week session. The summer fellows program brings arts managers from ...

Conventional "Wisdom"

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Is there conventional wisdom amongst arts organizations that I disagree with and try to fight against?

My Prescription for Summer

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The summer months are the time when we must replenish our souls. We need to get enough sleep, for sure, but sleep is not really the central answer for the tired arts executive.

A Fundamental Problem With Our Arts Ecology

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Over the last year I have noticed a change in the reactions by major donors, especially foundations, to serious fiscal problems experienced by importa...

Our Visit to Japan

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Kennedy Center is fortunate to have the support of our International Committee on the Arts. This year the Committee met for one stimulating week in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Susan Wadsworth: Almost 50 Years of Young Concert Artists Series

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Luce

Not many people can fulfill their passion - and build an institution - for fifty years. Susan Wadsworth can. The founder of the Young Concert Artist...

Our Annual Symposium for Arts Organizations of Color

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Every March, a group of executives from 30 arts organizations of color gather at the Kennedy Center for an annual symposium. We created this group be...

Does Size Matter in the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Kaiser

Most arts organizations must really only influence 100-200 selected people in their communities to have a life-changing effect.

Revisiting Baumol and Bowen

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

How to fill the gap between rising expenses and fixed earned income has been the challenge to every arts manager for centuries.

What I Am Learning On My Tour

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

My 50 state, 69 city tour is almost over; I will make my last presentation on July 16 in Boise, Idaho. The tour has been both inspiring and depressi...

A Cure for Depression

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Just as I was feeling very pessimistic at the lack of spark and creativity I observe from many of our arts organizations, I visited Dance NYC, a very small but remarkable service organization in New York.

Fey's Fantastic, But Never The Twain She'll Meet

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

I love Tina Fey, but there was something a bit Obama-getting-the-Nobel-Priz-ish about the news that she'll receive the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for Humor...

Festival Celebrates Arts and Disability

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Liane Kupferberg Carter

If you think a photographer has to be able to see, a dancer able to walk, or a percussionist able to hear, you are in for a surprise. VSA, the intern...

The End of Morphoses

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

When Christopher Wheeldon announced he was leaving Morphoses, the company he founded three years ago, it reminded me just how hard it is to start an arts organization.

A Remarkable Class

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I recently began teaching a series of arts management seminars for ten grantees of the Ford Foundation. The Foundation has committed $100 million ove...

The Messiness Ghetto

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Learning to accept how art is made and to embrace it and then to pursue everything else the arts organization does in a more structured, programmed way is central to success.

Cambodian Parliament Member Mu Sochua Visits U.S., Speaks on Lack of Human Rights at Home

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Jean-Michel Tijerina, CEO and Founder of the Cambodia Project, insisted I must meet her. After an hour over coffee, I fully comprehended why. I wa...

A Lasting Legacy of Recession

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I have spoken with thousands of arts managers over the past six months and it is astonishing how many are considering leaving their positions in the relatively near future. This bodes ill for the Arts.

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Billions of dollars are spent educating dancers, singers, pianists and actors. We spend a pittance on training the people who will employ them, who will find resources to support their work and will attract their audiences.

The Kennedy Center's 2010 Season

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

The Kennedy Center's 2010-2011 season includes a broad mix of accessible and challenging art, theater, music and dance, American and international performers.

My Trip to San Juan

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

The arts in Puerto Rico must survive; there's a tremendous love for music, dancing and the visual arts. But community leaders must create a new funding model to assure the vitality of the arts.

My Arts Management Hero: Babs Mollere

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

It was a joy to go back to New Orleans on my "Arts in Crisis" tour and to meet the many dedicated arts professionals who work there. I have been a st...

Why My Peers Are Angry With Me

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I am completely sympathetic with the current plight of my fellow arts managers. I do believe there are times when programming and marketing must be sacrificed but I believe this should be a last resort, not a first resort.

The Big Project

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

At this time of tightened budgets, arts organizations must continue to develop mega-projects, perhaps for implementation three or four years from now when there is more funding available.

Where Are the Arts Important?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

We ignore the power and potency of the arts if we assume that the only important work is happening in the big Northeast or West Coast cities.