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  • Barry's Blog: A Majority of Americans Are Now Single -- and What Does THAT Mean for Us?
    barriers that keep them away What are the group dynamics that affect a decision to gather some friends and attend an arts event Like other group activities does the happening of such a gathering depend on someone who acts as the group s social leader How do we identify those leaders What are the means to motivate those group leaders What do we know about them and how they operate Are there different lessons to be learned for different generations Are older singles likely to respond to different stimuli and incentives than true for younger singles Should we consider singles only nights as an incentive Should we differentiate between generational singles in our marketing and audience development approaches Should our messages and the forms of our outreach be different when directed to singles vs couples Should we then have Singles LGBT nights too Or for other niche groups Should we collaborate and cooperate with others who are trying to attract these same groups in ways that are mutually beneficial What ways might be mutually beneficial And should we also promote other special group nights that would focus on the reality of the rise in singles if not necessarily calling direct attention to that fact Should we consider other ways to make it easier for singles to coordinate with other singles in attending our events And what might those ways be Discounts Special offers Transportation tie ins How does this play with the other demographic shifts noted above Clearly you may need to challenge your previous assessments and assumptions and you ought to begin to ask yourself What is your strategy to market to singles Do you have one Does it matter Yet something else to think about It s all getting increasingly more complex Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 7 55 PM 1 comment Andi September 26 2014 at 7 07 AM At my theatre we did a lot of audience research recently and found that most patrons were older women and they came in pairs with a close friend or even their sister They still viewed it as a date just not a romantic one As for my age group 20s I have a diverse group of friends from attend ALL the arts to never attends and we are similar to those older folks I have a boyfriend but we never attend arts together I take my little sister a college student or I go with my best friend So even when married seemed like the default option for our patrons they weren t coming as married couples They came as patrons who just happened to be married Reply Delete Add comment Load more 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

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  • Barry's Blog: The NEA and the Federal Reserve Bank Reports
    development heralds a potentially win win future for both sectors Why is this important First as Jamie Bennett quoted Rocco Landesman to me about the importance of this event The arts are finally at the adult table I think that is spot on and for that if nothing else Arts Place Jamie and in particular Laura Callanan the newly appointed Senior Deputy Director of the NEA who was a visiting scholar at the SF Federal Reserve and is to be credited with taking a lead role in spearheading and shepherding this event from idea to reality are to be congratulated for a really important milestone For far too long we ve been seated at the kids table in the kitchen the province of the East Wing of the White House hardly even an afterthought for real serious business concerns not important enough to be a factor in policy irrelevant and marginal a luxury a frill despite all the evidence we have as to our impact The imprimatur of the Federal Reserve as to the value and contribution of the arts in addressing the same concerns and goals of the Community Development movement gives us cachet and credibility that we have for so long been seeking It s just a step but a big step We can parlay this endorsement if you will as part of our case making to funders public and private It also gives us legitimacy in asking for media coverage as to our value Finally it opens doors for us with other stakeholders both those long in our camp but questionably actively supportive and those who might be new to our messages I might go so far as to argue that an even slight re positioning of what we do as a complement and collaborator with the purposes of community development might be a way at least for some who have had limited success otherwise to successfully argue for more public funding Rocco was prescient in his understanding that there was money lots of money in other government departments that we might tap into beyond direct funding of the arts through the Endowment There is money in the application of the community development goals to what we offer in attaining those goals and moreover the infrastructure that supports the acceptance of the principles of those goals is already long in place and supported by those like banks and the Fed who have way more power and influence than we do Finally in many instances the Community Development goals align nicely with many of our own goals The report is long at 142 pages though the last 70 or so are case examples of projects Art Place has funded and few of us will have time to read it all I did read it all and there s some very interesting points made mostly along the lines that the intersection of the arts and community development makes increasing sense and that there are lots of opportunities for the

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  • Barry's Blog: My 15 Favorite Nonprofit Arts Blogs
    because he doesn t brook foolish marketing mistakes easily and fearlessly calls out arts organizations who are failing their marketing challenge 11 Arlene s Blog Arlene Goldbard Arlene is the conscience of the field who deeply cares about what we are all trying to do in a world that so often just doesn t get it We need more Arlenes 12 Clyde Fitch Report Leonard Jacobs Another blog that has moved to adding additional voices this blog takes a serious and wide political perspective of the things that impact the nonprofit arts A very intelligent blog 13 Arts Blog Americans for the Arts Not technically an individual s blog but rather a site that invites guest bloggers on a wide variety of topics and issues from the ranks of AFTA and from outside the organization I include it here because of the sheer volume of posts and opinions across almost every subject one can imagine Lots of important information and insights here 14 Arts Journal Doug McClennan The Original aggregation site for news and articles from other sources that may be of interest to the nonprofit arts administrator and the home base for forty or more bloggers Perhaps the granddaddy of them all 15 Nonprofit With Balls Vu Le Not technically a nonprofit arts blog as Vu writes about the whole nonprofit universe but he does it with such great humor in an endearing folksy style and hits so many sacred cows with his no nonsense approach that it is really one of my favorite sites He s smart and his on the money suggestions ought to have wide play These are some of the smartest and most dedicated people in the industry I hope many of you can tap into them as a resource for your own edification Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 12 25 AM 1 comment Ian David Moss January 12 2015 at 10 35 AM Great list As you noted there s a wide range of stylistic and structural models represented here To me though ArtsJournal especially and You ve Cott Mail stand out as perhaps the most underrated online arts resources That may sound strange since both are strong popular brands But what Doug Doug s assistant editors Matthew Westphal and Suzi Steffen and Thomas do day in and day out continually stuns me with its selflessness it is so much work and yet all about what other people are saying It s fair to say that not only Createquity but many other publications on this list would suffer greatly if they weren t around not only because they are kind enough to throw us readers every now and then but even more so because of the continual stream of knowledge stimulation and inspiration they provide Reply Delete Add comment Load more 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

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  • Barry's Blog: Interview with Danielle Brazell - General Manager -- Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
    grant to pilot a Creative Entrepreneur Fund CEF The CEF will make strategic investments in creative businesses who are operating in the public interest These sole proprietorship and LLC businesses fall outside the traditional 501 c 3 nonprofit structure Barry By all accounts you ran one of the best regional arts advocacy organizations in the country What lessons did you take from that experience to your new post Danielle Arts for LA is one of many effective arts and arts education advocacy organizations doing great work in communities throughout our country It is successful because it operates in relationship to its environment It is clear and realistic in its strategic objectives and is fiscally prudent Also it does not advocate for any one person or arts organization rather it advocates for all through its policy framework which focuses on the policies and conditions needed for a healthy arts and cultural ecosystem Finally it helps authorizers and advocates play within the rules That means that we all embrace fair and transparent distribution of funds not leveraging personal relationships to receive special pork appropriations or funding At its core advocacy is about relationships It is about creating a winning situation for everyone celebrating the accomplishments but giving away the credit freely Everyone advocates from a place of self interest but the message can never be about one s own self interest It must always be about our mutual interest This changes the conversation from an us vs them perspective to a mutual interest reality Finally the impact of the messenger can make all the difference Bring in the unusual partners to tell the story Mobilize business owners developers and residents who are active voters and who can talk about how access to arts and culture make their live better Barry On the topic of advocacy what is your assessment of state advocacy efforts in California and elsewhere Advocacy efforts seem to be organized at the federal level and to the extent state efforts support national goals at the state level to a lesser degree but there is hardly any effort to organize local advocacy efforts on a national basis If all politics is indeed local why hasn t there been any real effort to organize the nation s local advocacy efforts into a collaborative cohesive whole Danielle It is a great question for a big country with multiple issues and overlapping political boundaries Arts for LA s primary focus is local for a region with the landmass of Connecticut and the population of Georgia Because of the interconnectedness of the political landscape Arts for LA allocated a certain amount of its organizational resources to shore up support at the state and Federal levels We coordinated these efforts with our statewide partners California Arts Advocates and the California Alliance for Arts Education and with our Federal partner Americans for The Arts But this strategy is difficult to maintain for a couple of reasons 1 Elected officials are moved by their constituents Which means that every campaign must have a very targeted approach Targeted approaches require appropriate staff skilled at running campaigns community organizing training and communications 2 Term limits have created rotating leadership and many local elected officials run for state and federal office and some return to a local post The sheer number of public officials in Los Angeles is simply too large for any one agency to manage effectively And finally 3 Legislative calendars overlap and if the messages are not coordinated at the local state and federal levels advocacy burn out happens very fast Barry How is making the case for more local funding different than making the case for more state or federal funding And what are the impacts of those differences Danielle I don t know if it is different The secret sauce appears to be the same Barry If the revenue stream model for arts organizations is broken can it be fixed and how And if it can t be fixed what would a new model look like Danielle Is it broken I don t know if that is the case The sector has a one size fits all model We need other models to foster a healthy ecology This is why we are piloting the new initiatives I mentioned before The City of San Jose successfully piloted a version of the Creative Entrepreneur Fund and our colleagues at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission are about to launch a pilot program to fund nonprofit health and human services who have high quality arts programs Continual and rigorous inquiry is essential to moving our sector forward Barry Progress in making arts education available K 12 seems to take two steps forward two steps back How can we finally reach a tipping point in that arena Danielle Policy and advocacy is a marathon not a sprint Build political will diversify the messengers and consider running candidates We see this strategy working at the local level We need to pass mandates that have funding required instructional minutes and testing tied to legislation Without these accountability measures in place arts education will be left to superintendents principals and outspoken parents to ensure delivery Barry Two of the biggest movements in the field in the past five years have been our Placemaking and Community Engagement initiatives What is your assessment of these two theories Danielle These are new names for strategies that the arts community has been engaged in throughout the ages I embrace new frameworks that expand the conversation of how arts and culture contribute to society Barry Assess the current state of the art field s attempt to prepare our current and future leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow How effective are our professional development and college preparatory programs in training our leaders and our rank and file staffs to be better managers and administrators In your future hiring of people at your agency what will you be looking for in candidates Danielle The influx of college preparatory

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  • Barry's Blog: Happy New Year and Thank You
    interviews new blogathons this Spring and some new features I hope for your continued support and that you will perhaps even help me to increase the subscriber base further by recommending the blog to your colleagues and friends Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 12 22 AM 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 look at the ups and downs of fighting for beliefs The book straightforwardly mixes together simple clear definitions strong opinions new ideas and in your face strategies all designed to help the good guys win Robert L Lynch President CEO Americans for the Arts Hardball Lobbying is an essential tool for every nonprofit leader who wants to see systems change and public dollars flow to the causes they care about Tim Wolfred Psy D Director of Leadership Services CompassPoint For those who want to begin a nonprofit I can think of no better guide and toolkit that Hardball Government students should read this as an insight into decision making as Barry explains how government and groups interact with one another at all levels Hardball is definitely not a book to collect dust but one to get dog eared highlighted debated and used Representative Adam Schiff U S Congress 29 th District California Click here http amzn to d1whZU HIRE BARRY TO SPEAK AT YOUR CONFERENCE email barryarts comcast net HIRE BARRY TO LEAD WORKSHOPS in Advocacy full and half day sessions customized to your situation Managing the Generational Divide in the Workplace The Business Side of the Music Industry email barryarts comcast net Popular Posts Widget by Blogger Buster Blog Archive 2016 11 April 1 March 4 February 3 January 3 2015 57 December 2 November 4 October 6 September 4 August 8 July 4 June 8 May 5 April 3 March 5 February 4 January 4 2014 68 December 6 Happy New Year and Thank You Twas the Night Before Christmas Arts Edition Clueless in Calcutta and the Plight of the Siloed Reflections from the Conference for Community Arts Reports on Alternative Venues Eliminating Budgets Five Tips to Get Through the Holidays Productively November 4 October 7 September 6 August 4 July 10 June 4 May 9 April 4 March 5 February

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  • Barry's Blog: Twas the Night Before Christmas - Arts Edition
    our budgets are low The iPhone he held tight to his ear And the cries for his ending he failed to hear He had a little round belly that hung to his knees And I just knew he believed in our arts advocacy He was chubby and plump like a right jolly old E D And I laughed when I saw him from what I could see A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Gave me to know my application had nothing to dread He spoke not a word nothing was said But by the toys in the stockings I knew he favored Arts Ed And laying his finger aside of his nose And giving a nod up the chimney he rose He sprang to his sleigh to his team gave a cry Like the pleas to our audiences our tickets to buy But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight Indigo go Ho Ho Ho to all and to all a good night Wishing you all Happy Holidays Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 8 27 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 look at the ups and downs of fighting for beliefs The book straightforwardly mixes together simple clear definitions strong opinions new ideas and in your face strategies all designed to help the good guys win Robert L Lynch President CEO Americans for the Arts Hardball Lobbying is an essential tool for every nonprofit leader who wants to see systems change and public dollars flow to the causes they care about Tim Wolfred Psy D Director of Leadership Services CompassPoint For those who want to begin a nonprofit I can think of no better guide and toolkit that Hardball Government students should read this as an insight into decision making as Barry explains how government and groups interact with one another at all levels Hardball is definitely not a book to collect dust but one to get dog eared highlighted debated and used Representative Adam Schiff U S Congress 29 th District California Click here http amzn to d1whZU HIRE BARRY TO SPEAK AT YOUR CONFERENCE email barryarts comcast net HIRE BARRY TO LEAD WORKSHOPS in

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  • Barry's Blog: Clueless in Calcutta and the Plight of the Siloed, Solo Artist
    training and advice No matter how well we succeed in equipping artists to brave this new reality with skills and knowledge and no matter how creative a marketer each of those artists may be it s still largely a matter of the fates deciding their success I know this experience first hand I wrote a book several years ago entitled Hardball Lobbying for Nonprofits I was fortunate enough to land a major publisher McMillan and Co But as an unknown author I was hardly on the top tier of their priority marketing promotion plans I basically had to market it myself in the earliest stages That s not uncommon in the publishing world today In fact publishers look for whether or not you have a platform and can get the ball rolling in deciding whether or not they want to publish your work at all and they certainly look for your initial success before they will commit to any effort on your behalf I suspect the same is true in any number of other creative artistic pursuits An artist is not just an artist An artist is also a business person On the one hand technology has given artists a fighting chance to have their work out there in the marketplace On the other hand technology has made it a challenge just to attract an even small niche While technology has opened a door to an ever widening array of creative product it has also made it harder for any of that product to find an audience And the same situation may apply not just to solo artists but for arts organizations presenting the work of artists famous and not so The challenge for us is to identify even more ways and means we might be able to help artists and there are scores of projects and programs we have developed that try to do just that Still the solo artist remain siloed and must often rely on themselves to try to make headway most without any kind of budget And the same is likely true of our organizations as well This challenge is likely one of the single greatest challenges artists on their own and we who serve them face today To all you amateur and professional authors and artists and to all of the organizations working on their behalf keep doing it Tell your story whether in word paint dance voice music or otherwise Be your own marketers and pr people sell it yourself and learn and have fun in the process And may the fates smile on all of you And check out Clueless in Calcutta Wishing the Happiest of Holidays to everyone Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 12 43 AM 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

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  • Barry's Blog: Reflections from the Conference for Community Arts Education from Talia Gibas
    a clear understanding of what creative youth development is When the session concluded my best guess was that it refers to programs that a take place primarily outside of school b target adolescents and young adults c incorporate creative endeavors and d promote social change The subtleties of the definition are still being worked out and the role of social change appeared particularly contentious among session attendees To some framing CYD as a social change effort makes it distinctive and creates a home for arts organizations whose primary goals for youth are neither purely academic nor artistic To others the focus was unnecessarily exclusive A community music school for example may not see social change as part of its mission but believes it contributes to youth development Shouldn t there still be room for that school in the CYD movement We are an inherently welcoming and collaborative bunch and putting firm definitions on things is not easy CYD may evolve into a commonly accepted label for a small but vibrant subset of our sector or into a trendy term used to refer to pretty much any arts education program With all due respect to organizations who worry they will miss out if their missions do not align with the CYD framework I hope it is the former Arts educators have an important role to play both inside and outside our outmoded systems of K 12 and higher education Too many young people fall outside of or suffer through those systems Engaging with them to build new and different safety nets is vital Conversations about CYD are exciting but underscore the need to create constructive boundaries while maintaining a commitment to open exchange Other aspects of my conference experience all against the backdrop of the national sociopolitical headlines of the week reminded me how hard that can be From Rallying Cry to Next Step At the closing awards luncheon three young women from the wonderful local organization Get Lit delivered a powerful spoken word piece on the unconscious ugly truths we reinforce for students every day The performance punched us in the gut then the lights came up and the rules of luncheon dictated it was time for chitchat and salad My bewilderment in that moment reminded me of a late night years ago when I finished the first draft of a piece of fiction I d labored over for a month The piece contained turns of phrase I loved transitions I hated and a good deal of rambling I was at once anxious to keep working at it and at a near exhausted loss with where to start Staring at the pages I could only think But now what do I do I doubt I was alone in my impatience Given the state of our world impatience not to mention frustration or even anger is a given We know things need to be improved and we know those improvements are urgent How to reconcile urgency with pragmatism or thoughtful prioritization

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