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The Guadalajara Book Fair

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.11.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Mexican arts world is in desperate need of his optimism. At a time when Mexico's performing and visual artists are taking their rightful place in theaters and galleries across the globe, the institutions at home are not thriving.

My African Tour: A Summary

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.28.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

In the five African countries I visited last month, I found passionate arts communities with leaders who appreciated the importance of developing a stronger arts ecology.

My Trip to Harare

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is clearly no lack of creativity or interest in the arts community of Harare and the other provinces of Zimbabwe, simply a lack of resources.

My Trip to Zanzibar

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Traveling from Nairobi to Zanzibar is like traveling from New York City to Key West. Zanzibar is an island off the east coast of Africa. While it le...

My Trip to Nairobi

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Nairobi presented a study in contrasts. It is a large city. Not as large as Lagos, but it still has a big city feel with millions of people and an ast...

My Trip to Kampala

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Michael Kaiser

One student called the session "revolutionizing" and almost all came up to me to tell me how much they had learned and how this new way of thinking about arts management was so helpful.

My Trip to Lagos

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Nigeria produces successful visual artists, musicians and filmmakers. But, like in every other country, the lack of resources forces artists to spend more time scrounging for money than making art.

What Is Wrong With the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The arts are in a parlous state, but contrary to popular belief, it isn't the fault of unions or the absence of arts education in our schools. The arts are in trouble because there is simply not enough excellent art being created.

The Orchestra Conundrum

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Orchestra has suffered chronic deficits that have blossomed over the past two or three years. The orchestra world is going through a major discontinuity, at best, and an implosion, at worst.

The Technology Challenge

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

We live in an age of astonishing invention. The new communication tools developed over the past 20 years are remarkable for their power and penetratio...

TenduTV: Arts Ambassador for the Future

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

While the commodification of art has been an uncomfortable notion for the art world, creators should get online and make art more accessible.

I Like Older People

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Looking to diversify our audiences does not mean we should turn our backs on, or reduce service to, seniors or other mainstays of our audience.

Mid (And Other) -Course Corrections

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

At this time, arts organizations must be far more nimble, financially, than ever before. Many of us have experienced unforeseen drops in contributed ...

My New Year's Resolutions

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I resolve to find a way to bring more 20 year olds into the arts. If we don't do remedial work to interest them in the arts, we may not have the ticket buyers, donors, volunteers and board members we need 20 years from now.

What I Want for Christmas

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Board members of arts organization who remember their missions. Arts leaders who focus on training the next generation of arts leaders. Political leaders to remember that almost 6 million Americans are employed in the arts...

The Real Problem With Cathie Black

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

No one can deny that arts and educational organizations are complex and need good management. But leaders should embody the essence of the mission with passion, courage and creativity.

Is Sharing a Good Thing After All?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is no doubt that sharing productions allows an opera company to show more new works than when every company builds each of its own productions. But is something lost in this endeavor? I think so.

What Is Missing in too Many Strategic Plans?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When we fail to recognize the primary role of programming in our strategic plans, we are implying a lack of trust in the value of the work we do in the arts.

My Visit to Croatia

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Croatia is the rule in this world, not the exception. This is why people who do not feel bounded by the grants they receive from their own governments are so important.

Artistic Planning Can't Be Rushed

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I recently participated in a very important discussion with my ten DeVos Institute Fellows. The subject was artistic planning. The Fellows had already...

Ballet Hispanico's New Executive Director; Continuing a Tradition of Inclusive Integration

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

When I think of the term "Hispanic" I am conscious of the fact that I'm referring to a widely diverse group of cultures. In viewing the repertory of B...

The Concept of Family

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When corporate executives become leaders of arts organizations, they must truly appreciate this difference in mission or they will come into severe conflict with their artists, staff and board members.

Why I Hate Board Planning Retreats

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I have nothing against boards taking time to meet together in a remote location to discuss key issues and to allow for socializing. But I do not think that a retreat is the appropriate place to write a plan. Why?

The Fundraising Challenge in Europe

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

For the past ten years, my teaching abroad has focused on countries that are experiencing great political change and dramatic modifications in the art...

The Power of Celebrity

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The challenge for so many of us in the fields of classical music and opera today is that the number of celebrity artists is dwindling.