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  • Barry's Blog: Lessons for the Arts from a Small For Profit Ohio Online News Effort
    for the entire school year Some 50 000 popcorn bags cost them 5000 They put their ad on one side of the bags and though it took awhile sold ad space on the other side of the bag to others interested in reaching young people a driving school a local ophthalmologist the National Guard and in the second year they made a profit on the bags and reaped the ad benefit too 4 The focused on pride of place In another creative attempt they realized that there probably wouldn t be much of a market for apparel t shirts baseball hats and more with their Richland Source name or logo so instead they launched a limited line of Made in the 419 apparel their area code and took a risk to market it online It sold out And helped again brand the online news service in part by solidifying their engagement of the community The whole effort is an example of integrating the lessons we ve learned from placemaking for a great deal of their efforts centered on the pride of place If you are still trying to make some sense out of the concepts of engagement placemaking and creative marketing in terms of how you might apply those concepts to your situation I urge you to read the article It will I think help you to get a better picture in your mind of how all these concepts might work for you and how they might be customized to individual situations and circumstances In describing their attempt to create some kind of member program their publisher said this We re going slowly on this We want to be mindful We want to get people to participate at a level where they really feel as if they re getting more than they put in That s really good advice for all of us Be mindful Get people to feel as if they re getting more than they put in Have a great week Look for the 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts USA next week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 7 41 PM No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Creative Vitality Suite Defined by the 59 SOC codes used in CVSuite Subscribe via email Enter your email address Delivered by FeedBurner Subscribe via Reader Subscribe in a reader Barry s Blog is a service of the Western States Arts Federation WESTAF The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of WESTAF Followers Buy Barry s Book HARDBALL LOBBYING FOR NONPROFITS Barry learned political advocacy the hard way convincing the California legislature to multiply many fold its investment in arts funding In his new book Barry extracts the lessons of his long experience into a readable and impassioned tutorial that has broad application throughout the nonprofit sector John Kriedler former President Community Initiative Fund This is a powerful provocative and daring

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  • Barry's Blog: I Don't Get It
    up in arms and marching in the streets to demonstrate how important arts education or arts funding really is Why don t we mobilize and demonstrate and picket school boards or legislatures Why are we so damn polite So darned contrite and wimpy Why aren t we mad as hell And why don t we fully understand that marshaling public demand is key to solving a wide range of our problems and without that demand most of our efforts are doomed If an issue isn t important enough to us to demand a solution how on earth can we expect it to be important to anyone else The fact is that those who push for what they want more often get something than those that sit idly by on the sidelines and say nothing Why we choose the latter approach is beyond me I don t get it Maybe some of you have the answers I don t get it I really don t Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 8 23 PM 5 comments Robert Bush August 31 2015 at 8 17 AM BRILLIANT Reply Delete Jennifer Armstrong August 31 2015 at 3 03 PM in response to V they do protest http www dailykos com story 2015 08 29 1416630 The Chicago hunger strike for Dyett High School Why it matters to us all Reply Delete Rick Robinson September 2 2015 at 3 23 PM Hell yeah Barry I think I have some short answers gotta keep the gerbil wheel turning I We DO love to see our kids onstage playing their little hearts out and the level of some of them is surprisingly high because we have better teachers better instruments and better students The level is SO high in fact the professional industry is nervous that audience can t tell the difference which could suck the oxygen funding and butts out of the room Be careful what you wish for II Short of the question of who exactly gets to pick the Top ten list in classical there s just no central body to coordinate such a commercial notion Not to mention the non profits resistance to borrowing ANY ideas from the commercial world see 6 below Nonesuch or DG might get together Or perhaps WQXR and WFMT Perhaps our best bet is a group of entrepreneurs fed up with the classical Grammys III Excellent slam on the head But we re still dealing with issues of perceived risk preservation and perceived authority in the boardroom in senior staffing on stage even in the audience One has to be both stubborn and careful to find a way around these glass walls if we break it we also lose When if ever are orchestras going to play offense instead of defense My 6 for you is the question why is no orchestra developing inexpensive introductory products services for the masses The commercial industry does this very often to build customers with

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  • Barry's Blog: Dare to Imagine
    organization wants to join the exercise and the fun click here to become a partner It s really quite simple and won t take much time A very detailed and comprehensive tool kit has been created to make it easy to participate Imagine if thousands of arts organizations did it My contribution is to posit to you dear readers the notion of a virtual Dare to Imagine station that is focused on the politics of the 2016 election which I need not tell you is already crazier than any Tea Party the Mad Hatter ever threw and we are all Alice wondering just how we ever got into this nonsensical logic defying insanity that is now American politics So I Dare you to Imagine what this election and the lead up to it over the next 15 months might be if we had a cadre of people across the country who at every opportunity repeatedly and relentlessly asked candidates their spokespeople and staffs and the media to explain their support for or lack thereof for the arts and culture No bs ing no obfuscation no deflection no spinning their answers no avoiding a simple direct question Do you understand the value of the arts to the economy to education and job preparation to healing and aging to science to tourism and to identity a sense of place and community development and do you support funding for the arts and culture at one dollar per capita nationally on the state level and locally and if you don t why exactly not Imagine if we asked that question twenty to forty thousand times over the next year in letters tweets emails at meetings on social networks face to face and well everywhere Indeed Americans for the Arts Arts Action Fund has begun trying to do precisely that on the Presidential Campaign level I just want to ramp up the effort about 1000 times Imagine too that 20 of the hundred thousand people who work in the non profit arts were joined by 20 of the hundred thousand of those who support us as Board members major donors volunteers and the like and those 40 000 people only a fifth of the total mind you each gave just 20 in 2016 just one year no repeat obligations for advocacy That would raise 800 000 If we directed one third of that money to the national election president and congress one third to statewide races and one third to local races we would have more real influence than we have ever had I wonder if people in our field really have any idea how much influence we would have with an 800 000 war chest It s easy to imagine that if an election cycle is going to cost in the neighborhood of several billion dollars eight hundred thousand is just irrelevant peanuts but that is simply NOT true It is a major major amount of money and the leverage it can access is

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  • Barry's Blog: Blogathon on the Intersections of Art and Science - Day 5
    advance because art has always benefitted from new knowledge and technologies produced by science Picasso read books on mathematics and Dali read works by Freud What if the Picasso s and Einstein s of today did more than read each other s books and look at one another s paintings Again the possibilities are endless In thinking about all of this I m reminded of the infamous Voyager spacecraft that we launched in 1977 Voyager carries with it a golden record containing pertinent information about us and our planet The double helix diagrams of anatomy animal sounds and a map of our solar system are only a few of the numerous scientific data points that we provided to our potential alien receiver But we also gave them Bach Chinese chants and Chuck Berry because all of that and more is who we are Gregory Both the arts and the sciences have a creative process At the very least it is beneficial for each to realize how the other utilizes its tools and methodologies to result in an outcome and this is something that can easily happen in the short term Each field brings a different perspective leaps in innovation often come from viewing a subject in a different way New insights can be reached by seeing how someone else outside of your field tries to understand it These sorts of benefits are more long term A new hybrid like mindset can start to form once more collaborations and investigations take place allowing for a different way of thinking and resulting in advancement of the fields sparked by these new perspectives Some of science s preconceptions that are hard to shake are that it is stark isolated and robotic the opposite of humanity and community The arts can help to give a social context to science to bring in the humanity to connect with those in society who don t call themselves scientists Similarly art has a troublesome preconception that it is too ethereal and disconnected from reality For those in society who don t call themselves artists science can help to bring a context they can relate to or that can ground them in the experience More understanding of the nature and ideas in each field can be reached especially by those outside the field These investigations expose each field to new audiences it exposes science minded people to the arts and likewise exposes arts minded people to science By audience I mean those who would normally pay attention to an event or product such as scientists going to a science lecture and dance patrons going to a dance performance I argue that this not only allows for greater reach of the desired outcome of the investigation but also enriches the members of the audience who experience something more than they would have normally This broadening of the audience for each field may also lead to an increase in typically underrepresented groups in each field broadening the types of those

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  • Barry's Blog: Blogathon on the Intersections of Art and Science - Day 4
    in place for many years The 19th century factory model of discrete disciplines and tasks is no longer effective in our highly fluid technology based 21st century world To address these discrepancies children need to be trained from the earliest ages to look at disciplines from multiple perspectives to see the world from a wholistic viewpoint and to use that viewpoint to solve problems Individuals of all ages need to work to view the world wholistilcally and to use the synthesis of these various viewpoints to solve problems innovatively Discipline based systems that foster division While it is important for each discipline to have its own system and set of networks it also is important for these systems and networks to become more porous and open to intersections that include the viewpoints and perspectives of other disciplines The research that can best support the intersections of these disciplines is that which rigorously looks at the applications of these intersections to vital creative and innovation thinking skills The Innovation Collaborative is conducting the first research of its kind that looks at the impact of these intersections on creative and innovation thinking in K 12 and out of school time settings Julia The obstacle which science art collaborators most commonly face is funding For the artists funding is hard to come by no matter what you re doing science related or not For scientists while there is a bit more funding to go around it is most always funneled through an institution and for a specific area of research which is most likely involved in the treatment of diseases It is an unfortunate reality that a lack of funding makes the exploration of new ideas more difficult especially those ideas whose end goal is unknown The National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts are the two largest US based grant giving organizations for the sciences and arts but their funding is largely single disciplinary and already struggles to cover their disciplines alone perhaps this calls for a new funding agency altogether While it is a small amount SciArt Center grants two members per year funds for their transdiciplinary work One project we recently funded was a scientific study that utilizes the synesthetic paintings of an artist in order to better understand and quantify olfactory visual synesthesia Thank you panelists The final question tomorrow asks how might the advances at these intersections benefit both sectors and the public at large in both the short and long term Have a great day Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 10 06 PM 3 comments Margot Knight August 13 2015 at 3 35 PM Hello panelists and readers I just wanted to add some information and resources to the mix before this discussion concludes In partnership with LEONARDO the International Society for Arts Sciences and Technology and with funding via NEA for documentation we have had 30 day residencies for artists and scientists dubbed Scientific Delirium Madness for two years now We just had our selection committee for Scientific Delirium Madness 3 0 to be held July 6 August 3rd Essentially we invite 12 people from a diversity of backgrounds to live together for a month with the instruction to be Some of them have worked collaboratively previously most meet each other for the first time here The bios of the residents for the last two years are attached It ranges from medical doctors writing books Charlotte Jacobs Jonas Salk bio to chemical engineers studying color Curtis Frank to mathematicians with dance companies Karl Schaffer to geo biologists working with the Mars Rover and dream vortexes Dawn Sumner Dinner conversations are literally out of this world with residents backgrounds from Spain Italy Indonesia Indonesia India and Sri Lanka The unexpected couplings exhaustive collective intellectual curiosity and mind boggling discipline bending is a joy The language we have adopted to describe the project is simple here is what we are sharing for 2016 s residency To support a 30 day residency program for artists and scientists presentations of their work in public forums and publication of essays statements and images of their work in both an international journal and online formats such as websites and blogs In collaboration with LEONARDO the International Society for Arts Sciences and Technology the Djerassi Resident Artists Program the Scientific Delirium Madness project will explore and expand creative connections between six 6 artists and six 6 scientists Entering its third year the project connects artists whose art forms are inspired by biology physics chemistry or mathematics and other scientific disciplines with scientists and mathematicians who are involved in significant art related research who are practitioners of art and or who have original ideas on how to integrate aspects of art and science There is no work product requirement it is a collegial environment on 583 acres of wild coastal grasslands and redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco Residents are provided with studios accommodations local transportation and all meals Also the resident must a be able to commit to the entire residency from July 6 August 3 2016 e g arrive and leave with the group b be willing to share their work in a way TBD performance panel presentation at our Annual Open House Open Studios event on Sunday July 24th 2016 c be willing to write occasional blogs during the residency to be posted on the SDM site at leonardo info d be willing to speak present at LASER DASER event s as opportunity arises after the residency part 2 in next comment Reply Delete Margot Knight August 13 2015 at 3 36 PM Part two from Djerassi Resident Artists Program Because we are committed to the artistic PROCESS rather than focusing on product outcomes include opportunities at one or more of the 14 LASERs Leonardo Art and Science Evening Rendezvous held around the world a special section in the MIT produced journal LEONARDO the front section of the current issue

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  • Barry's Blog: Blogathon on the Intersections of Art and Science - Day 3
    such as Symbiotic Leonardo ISAST the CERN artists residency program Arts Catalyst the list goes on and is very international in nature When I came to New York a few years ago I realized there wasn t an organization here like those listed above which is why I started SciArt Center In short we bring scientists and artists together for a common cause through our online platform and our monthly events series which look at science through the lens of art In cultivating this community we help connections form across the disciplines We also just launched a virtual residency program entitled The Bridge in honor of the late C P Snow where we are going to track the collaborative processes between three scientist and artist pairs the first program of its kind I think that the next step for us and other like minded organizations and initiatives is simply to grow and gain traction It has been very encouraging over the past few years to see other organizations pop up all over the world that address the science art intersection in different ways evidence that interest in this intersection is truly on the rise Rieko There are organizations that have art science in their DNA places like Exploratorium and New York Hall of Science were intentionally set up without disciplinary divisions At these organizations which focus on informal science education they use a blended approach of science and art design Perhaps not surprisingly they have a public facing mission and by necessity their work needs to speak to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds When you think about the end users in this case the audience they need to reach you often need to step outside what you already know and to experiment with new ways to carry out your work These are some of the places where the alignment of arts science seem to have found a natural home We need to make further progress at the higher education level Universities in particular are organized into different disciplines and as a result disciplines that are far apart rarely have ways to connect with each other This is manifested in both research and education and how we train students to think and create For the most part the incentives and reward structures like tenure and promotion for faculty are not geared towards collaboration Addressing this issue is complex and not an easy fix Youngmoo The maker movement and the rapid proliferation of maker spaces and arts tech collaboratives are examples of the communities starting to find one another There are also a number of arts related hackathons intense 24 48 hour events of rapid prototyping and development across the world that create a venue for intersection In Philadelphia our cultural organizations are pursuing a variety of efforts to bridge between the worlds of arts and science and technology I have worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra for several years on LiveNote a smartphone app that provides program notes synchronized

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  • Barry's Blog: Blogathon on the Intersections of Art and Science - Day 2
    can t be overstated Gregory Mack In order to increase the number of these activities the first thing to do would be to make people aware that these opportunities are wanted and that there is a place for them There are some organizations that have conversations about this intersection and encourage their members to not only do but also to show such as the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities A2RU and the American Geophysical Union AGU Adding more organizations to the mix would create more opportunities The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Science Foundation have held summits on this topic and each has separately funded some sort of investigations in this area mostly on a small scale If however the National Endowment for the Arts the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation were to have a joint program that involved the review processes of each agency that would send a powerful statement to the scientific and arts communities that these projects were not only encouraged but worthy of larger funding and recognition One danger with that approach however would be to end up funding only those projects that are already successful collaborations It is important to encourage collaborations on all levels and not stifle growth by rewarding only those that have already been especially successful Assuming there is some amount of scientists and artists who already know each other and are interested in working together which is evidenced by the amount of activities that have already happened the second thing to do would be to bring interested artists and scientists together who don t have collaborators and otherwise might not meet Thirdly is the provision of resources to allow for these endeavors time space and money One more aspect might be to convince hesitant university leaders that these efforts are worthwhile and their faculty members should be able to participate in them again a statement from the NEA NEH and NSF could be powerful in this regard By making more opportunities available making people aware of them encouraging them to participate and providing resources such as available collaborators and support more explorations will happen Lucinda The Innovation Collaborative has found that one of the best ways to scale up more intersections between the arts and sciences is through inter institution collaboration This offers institutional opportunities for scale up helps validate the importance of this work through institutional support and increases national visibility Another important avenue to scale up more intersections is through the use of social media It can promote the value importance and various applications of these intersections in addition to offering opportunities for networking and further connections among individuals and groups Rieko A general answer is we need more effective communication tools for bridging the culture and language differences between arts and sciences Beyond that the question we need to ask is what are we hoping to accomplish by scale up The reality is that developing quality collaborations and

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  • Barry's Blog: Blogathon on the Intersections of Art and Science - Day 1
    by bridging perspectives from multiple disciplines Ultimately I would like to see these efforts lead to better understanding about how we create and share new knowledge especially in the sciences Julia I think that most people whether they come to it on their own or are introduced to it by another think the idea of art and science interacting as utterly refreshing The experience of having to choose science over art or vice versa in college is an unfortunate and common one While I doubt that reforming our approach to college education will occur within the near future I was lucky to attend one college which did Hampshire College having to choose one major over another does not stamp out the guitarist in an RNA biologist the neuroscience lover in a conceptual artist Given our breadth of abilities as humans it should not be surprising to hear about someone who is a neuroscientist by day and fiction writer by night but it is The idea of being able to pursue art and science concurrently and the idea of art and science working together opens up life in a wonderful way because it reminds people they do not have to limit themselves In this way the possibilities are endless Youngmoo Kim As much as our world has been profoundly changed through science and technology some of the most impactful advances aortic stents computer graphics and the iPhone just to name a few have come through multidisciplinary collaboration between the arts and sciences and engineering Conversely I think more and more people in science and engineering feel that our research and education efforts in these fields have become too disciplinary and too siloed Most professional incentives in these fields favor incremental or derivative work so there are large impediments to taking the risks necessary to achieve something truly groundbreaking As a result there s growing interest in art science collaborations to broaden perspectives in the interest of fueling scientific advancement and innovation Art reflects the world we live in and science and technology increasingly permeate our lives More and more artists and arts organizations are incorporating science and technology into their works at times quite intentionally and other times because it s already a natural part of their process There s certainly strong interest from arts institutions in employing technology to broaden audiences but I think there s an even wider gulf between arts administrators and technologists It always sounds easier than it actually is and there are few best practices for the appropriate use of technology to engage audiences at exhibits and performances We still have a lot of work to do Overall I hope through art science collaborations we can achieve a deeper understanding of both that demonstrates there s not as much distance between them as is generally thought Perhaps we can gain further insight into both the artistic and scientific processes and find ways to combine and leverage each to greater effect Gregory Mack As an art science hybrid astrophysicist modern dancer I have actively sought out ways to combine my two interests and explore what it means to operate in that space I and others like me have our own internal forces that drive us to produce work that integrates both our passions and unites our different perspectives on the world For those like me and also for others who are grounded securely in one field but have an interest in the other I think the internet has played a huge role Scientists can see others like them who have worked with artists and artists have seen examples where their peers have collaborated with scientists Even though I exist in both the arts and science spaces I still needed some instigation to propel me to advance my initial inklings In other words I had some ideas but once I realized a community existed I felt encouraged to explore This exposure takes away the barrier of thinking you re the only one and realizing that such things are possible However that is still an internal force pushing someone to realize their curiosity about the matter External forces are rarer There are some universities that actively push for interdisciplinary collaboration and some organizations put out calls for projects Federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Science Foundation have held summits on the topic and funded a relatively small number of initiatives at this intersection This has caused more people to become aware of these opportunities As more organizations begin to encourage exploration suddenly a whole new realm of possibility can seem to open for the creatives a group to which both artists and scientists belong In working at this intersection whether as a hybrid or otherwise meaningful results are desired on each side Is the art more than just a tool Is the science more than just a subject Successful integrations would create something that would be more than it would be if just a scientist were working on it or if only an artist were It would be something exciting that would end up teaching something unintended to each side What is possible The endlessness of creativity allows many things to be possible at this intersection It is important to realize what one side can beneficially offer the other For example science can provide motivation stylistic elements and context to dance Dances can be made utilizing scientific concepts processes methodologies and concepts On the other hand dance can give science a visual physical and social context and connection Each field has a way of revealing new ideas and connections in the other Expounding on this there are ways to use dance and dancers to gain insight into scientific concepts ways to incorporate science or technology into dances ways to incorporate social science studies into dance performances and methods the list goes on If you have the right collection of like minded individuals quite a lot can happen For example I recently was able

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