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Art Management

A Plea to Board Members

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Especially for those arts organizations that are reducing staff, board members must be willing to prioritize their requests, be willing to forego the occasional set or committee minutes or pitch in and write and send a board meeting agenda themselves.

What to Do if a Season Is Boring

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.10.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is the mark of the well managed institution that it addresses its problems head on, and refocuses the attention of its family members on the exciting programming to come. It is when we ignore our problems that our family members tend to drift away.

Head vs. Heart

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The mystery surrounding fundraising has led many people, usually board members, to ask: What makes a good fundraising executive?

What I Want for Christmas

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I do hope we can bring together managers, musicians and board members from orchestras large and small and begin a coherent, comprehensive, solution-focused discussion on how we are going to maintain and build this vital sector of the arts ecology

What I Am Giving Thanks for This Year

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While there is much that gives us concern in the current environment, we who work in the arts truly have a great deal to be thankful for this and every year.

Where Are the Senior Arts Managers?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

In a field where few of us have the resources to engage a 'number two' executive, there is no large pool of trained leaders ready to move up to the top spot without some risk.

Two Different Days, Two Very Different Emotions

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There are two days of the calendar that are very close together for most arts organizations but that elicit completely different emotions from me and from many other arts executives I know: the first day of the new season and the first day of the new fiscal year.

The Myth About Boards

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.17.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When a strong board isn't developed and nurtured, the staff leadership will almost always find them deficient. Artists and arts managers alike will complain that the board is not generous. This will lead to budget constraints, cash flow problems and worse.

What the World of Dance Can Learn From World of Warcraft

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

Given the strong community aspect of WoW and the level of commitment players maintain, I was fascinated by the choreographic aspects of this technologically interactive platform.