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  • Barry's Blog: The Marginalization of Cross Silo Thinking
    idea you need to have lots of ideas Most creativity is choosing between ideas and approaches Why then isn t having more ideas better Why then do we not have some means to allow for the cross pollination of ideas from all quarters There is of course a time consideration You can t realistically make every decision by committee nor can you probably reasonably expect that people outside of one sphere will fully understand or appreciate all the factors let alone the nuances involved in a new idea in another area But arguably that very handicap might allow for new kinds of thinking that would not come from those who suffer the limitation of understanding too well their own sphere What is the impact on a thriving and truly creative open enterprise of this kind of discriminatory isolation How many good ideas are lost because we are all experts at one thing and access to offering ideas in other areas is nonexistent discouraged if not outright prohibited With increasing movement of people from one job area to another more eclectic resumes denoting broader experience gained and the sheer incalculable amount of knowledge out there why do we foreclose input by siloing our people into pigeonholes There must be some way we can have more open organizations without being paralyzed by too much input some way where cross fertilization of thinking across silos of expertise would yield better thinking Such a challenge involves two formidable obstacles 1 coming up with the internal mechanism itself which would allow people to think outside their areas and productively not disruptively contribute and 2 and more difficult a change in our culture and way of thinking about what we do and the territoriality of protecting and defending our expertise so that we might be more open to that kind of different approach The current systemic way we limit our consideration of our own people s potential creativity seems to me anyway to be confining and perhaps costly if not outright demeaning and insulting Have a good week and try to stay sane as the holiday chaos gains momentum Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 12 32 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

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  • Barry's Blog: Better to Give Than Receive?
    over the course of the year and encourage others to do the same and send the proceeds to you the following year or in six months or whenever A year long reminder to keep your organization in mind or even an annual ongoing fundraising tool an easy way for people to help you and a branding device too If you could get a local artist to use the piggy bank as a canvas remember the public painted Cows in Chicago or the Hearts in SF you could suggest your supporters send you the money and keep the collectible piggy bank art as a gift Maybe if it worked you could add a new collectible art piggy bank every year This idea is more in line with the freemiums strategy e g the appeal letter includes something like personal address labels note pads or holiday cards which theoretically obligates the donor to give because you have sent them something a hybrid freemium and pitch Some studies indicate that freemiums bring in new donors though those are small donors and they are difficult to turn into consistent donors What if that theory were taken to the next step a gift without the ask included or the ask comes later While it may be risky and at this point not timely to mount some huge experiment along these lines perhaps it might be worth a small pilot to test the hypothesis that increasingly asking for support has a better chance of success if we are on the giving as well as the receiving end The piggy bank idea or some variation thereof could go out anytime really There are lots of questions about whether or not quid pro quo gift giving works and lots of evidence to suggest it does and perhaps doesn t The evidence on freemiums is mixed Not much evidence on whether a no strings attached gift giving strategy might work More data would be helpful on all theories particularly about our donors when compared with other nonprofit donors How different are the behaviors of various donor constituent groups And what affect if any does geography education ethnicity income level gender age or any other classification have on that behavior For our sector as compared with other sectors I don t know We need to know This is yet another area of research that we ought to be undertaking And we need to consider and either embrace or reject a range of strategies based ideally on more data and reliable conclusions based thereon to compete in the current marketplace The tried and true rules of fundraising are doubtless changing Have a great week and may your holiday fundraising exceed your expectations Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 11 17 PM 1 comment Devra Thomas December 3 2012 at 9 07 PM I believe Seth Godin would say that gifts are what linchpin organizations do Reply Delete Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post

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  • Barry's Blog: Naming Rocco's Successor
    perspective to the post Maria Lopez de Leon a passionate and articulate voice for America s fastest growing constituency and a proven bridge builder Colleen Jennings Roggensack would articulate the Presenter s point of view and build bridges to at least a faction of the private sector Thank you for your consideration Oh and if you just can t find anyone to serve in the post call me I ll do it Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 7 28 PM 4 comments Ian David Moss November 25 2012 at 8 44 PM Nice set of names Barry I think the question of who has been effective in the position in the past is an important one and I don t think we ve answered it I readily acknowledge having incomplete information here but it seems like Rocco has got to be up there in the effective column relatively speaking He has set the agency on a more technocratic course pioneered new policy and perhaps most importantly and most fragile to regime change forged new partnerships and relationships across government and in the private sector increasing the NEA s relevance About the only thing we can fault him for is the fact that the agency s budget has not grown under his tenure But the best opportunity to make that happen during the stimulus discussions of 2009 took place before his appointment and since then it s been hard to make the argument for the arts in a recessionary environment I doubt many others could have done better Who else has been effective Certainly Nancy Hanks Dana Gioia worked magic at bringing an end to the culture wars though at the cost of making programming dramatically less interesting Everybody seems to respect Bill Ivey but he seems frustrated with his tenure in retrospect and I m not aware of any major policy breakthroughs under his leadership Frohnmeyer and Alexander seemed ill equipped to handle the controversies thrown their way Don t know much about Hodsoll Biddle or Stevens maybe you can fill me in Based on this it seems like the qualities that we d want in an NEA chair go something like this A good speaker A first rate communications jujitsu artist it s quite possible that the NEA will have more controversies and unhelpful publicity ahead of it A visionary who understands how the arts work in this country currently and how they could work better An open minded individual who is willing to listen and lean on the considerable expertise at his her disposal Someone who will represent the interests of the American people not arts nonprofits That s a pretty short list but I think it about covers things The NEA is not a small institution it is in comparison with other arms of government but compared to most arts service organizations and funders it is huge If the Chairman doesn t have total command of one area or another there will be someone else either at the agency or in the field who does It s up to the Chair to figure out how to use these resources effectively I felt like Rocco was pretty good at that overall and he definitely had the right mindset So my short list would be Janet Brown I think she would be amazing rural state and advocacy experience combined with her current perch at the head of the most influential organization in arts funding Cameron has the speaker role down plus he knows a little bit about the field and Dworkin unless I m mistaken the NEA has never had a person of color in the top job and he would bring a great youthful energy Lynch is an obvious choice as well but the optics of hiring the head of the country s leading advocacy organization may be too much to overcome Another interesting name might be Gary Steuer experience at both Americans for the Arts and working for the government in Philly Finally I bet that your categories of private sector people artists and celebrities will get more serious consideration from the administration than arts administrators may initially think I suspect one of the reasons Rocco got the job last time was because he did not work for a nonprofit arts organization My personal preference would be to hire somebody with nonprofit organization management experience but if we are going to go with an artist or celebrity I d like for it to be someone who has a public track record of thinking deeply about these issues When the LA Times did a feature on If I Ran the NEA three and a half years ago playwright Jon Robin Baitz showed he fit that bill Reply Delete Replies Barry November 25 2012 at 11 29 PM Thanks Ian I agree with your assessment of Rocco s contributions I am sorry to see him leave Bill Ivey succeeded in convincing much of Congress that the Endowment served constituencies across the spectrum particularly geographically and in so doing put to rest the criticism that the agency favored the larger urban areas That was no small accomplishment and paved the way for Dana Gioia further moving the Endowment towards a nonpartisan stance I also agree with your short list of qualities we need and would add that we need someone comfortable being a political operative who knows how to build collaboration and consensus I think we also need someone who is a bit of a risk taker and who has vision about what is possible I don t want to see just a maintenance of the status quo I want to see some bold and innovative moves that rock the nonprofit arts world I like Janet Ben and Aaron as well The appointment might actually be a step down for Bob but in my opinion he would be excellent in that post I would be happy with any of my suggested names and

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  • Barry's Blog: Thankful for the Little Things
    stronger than the forces that pit us against each other 7 Dancers I love dancers Poetry set to motion to music Wow 8 Blue skies and big puffy white clouds bring a smile to my face and always make me grateful I am alive Sunrises are like that too beginnings And in the Spring when the daffodils first bloom life is again renewed Sweet 9 I get a smug feeling of satisfaction crawling into clean crisp sheets on a summer s eve And a good night s sleep is up there too 10 The tens of thousands of you out there who work in the arts and who never quit That makes me happy in a way I cannot even put into words It always makes me proud that I work among you And of course chocolate great wine Magnum ice cream bars bear claws Elizabeth George novels pecan pie and did I mention chocolate Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends family and loved ones Don t Quit Barrty Posted by Barry at 10 13 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 Advocacy full and half day sessions customized to

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  • Barry's Blog: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
    a similar option to attend an arts event I wish there were an Arts Bus that I and fellow arts attendees could take that would be relative inexpensive let me out right at the venue and pick me up afterwards It would make the whole idea of going so much more attractive And so I wonder if such an idea is workable Doubtless an Arts Bus would be an expensive proposition for any one arts organization to underwrite especially as such an enterprise would likely take time early on to catch on with people and thus would need to be subsidized But at least on weekends several performing arts organizations might share the management workload and cost The bus could simply make the rounds of a half dozen venues much like airport bus drop offs do at various hotels It might be interesting to ride in and back with people going to a different event that I might be attending on any given night and impromptu conversations might peak my interest in other offerings You could even have a docent on the ride in talk about the various events on the stops thus making the whole experience more attractive and more involving People going to one event might think about another event for the future It would also I would think help raise awareness of various arts offerings in the area and help with the branding of participating organizations And if such an idea were do able over time it ought to be a break even situation It might and I say might because there are a lot of unknown variables attract new people to our venues or at least serve well those who want to attend our events And we might target such a service at the sector of the population that simply is not part of our audience This may just be a silly idea impractical and impossible to mount Maybe there is a much better approach to addressing the convenience of travel challenge I am a person more inclined than the average arts attendee and I would love such an option It would make me attend more events We really ought to think more about how getting to and from our events is part of our audience development challenge and directly and substantially impacts our attendance figures There might be some kind of pilot project we could mount that would help in this area Just thinking out loud Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 7 39 PM 1 comment Anna Brady Nuse November 13 2012 at 12 14 PM I think this is a great idea I know that BAM in Brooklyn offers a shuttle bus service from points in Manhattan I always figured it was so high browed art snobs wouldn t feel too compromised going off the island But I m sure it makes the venue more accessible to many other people as well This idea would also align

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  • Barry's Blog: And You Were On My Mind
    and pray all the people affected by this storm including especially our people quickly recover and get back to some sense of normality It will take time While those of us in other parts of the country are grateful we are not the ones hit this time this kind of catastrophe ultimately negatively impacts us all Follow up on the election This comparison of the Presidential Candidates arts platforms from Americans for the Arts Congratulations to Victoria Hamilton first for San Diego s success in recent efforts to secure a Penny for the Arts plan that would more than double the percentage allotment of the TOT earmarked for the arts increasing the funding from 7 3 million in 2012 to nearly 18 million in 2017 That is a fitting farewell accomplishment for one of the sector s major leaders as she announces her retirement after 24 years as the only executive director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture I have had the great pleasure of working with Victoria over my entire tenure in the field and she is in a league with the very best and brightest Well done Victoria And thank you Thank you very much Have a great week Vote Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 2 56 PM 3 comments Mary Margaret Schoenfeld Coordinator National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response November 5 2012 at 7 53 AM Barry Glad to read your thoughts about Sandy and the arts sector The link you provide to resources available mentions the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response This is a diverse group of arts service organizations and public and private arts funding organizations that came together after Hurricane Katrina specifically to focus on creating useful disaster related resources for artists and arts organizations establish a communications network and examine the policy changes needed to ensure that those working in the arts have meaningful access to help from FEMA the Small Business Association and other organizations The resources range from preparedness tools to information helpful in the midst of relief and recovery efforts We ve been in regular communication since Sandy hit and continue to share information and strategize about next steps There is ample room for progress in this important work but I wanted to share this great example of arts response More information about the Coalition and Sandy response efforts is available on the Grantmakers in the Arts website www giarts org Reply Delete Tommer Peterson November 5 2012 at 3 52 PM See http www giarts org emergency readiness response recovery Reply Delete Rick Stein Arts Orange County November 17 2012 at 2 12 PM Re Victoria Hamilton A hearty ditto Barry hope your Don t quit doesn t also mean Don t retire 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

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  • Barry's Blog: The Election and the Future of the NEA
    increased tax revenue at all levels Moreover the NEA s paltry allocation is less than a whole host of other government expenditures that are questionable on any level including the 445 million going last year no less indirectly to Liberty University the evangelical institution started by Jerry Falwell in the form of Pell grants or the 175 million spent in 2010 by the Department of Veterans Affairs to maintain hundreds of buildings it doesn t even occupy And the war in Afghanistan was costing us some 300 million PER DAY Twice the annual NEA Budget Assuming arguendo the damage was limited to an across the board 60 reduction of the Endowment s budget a 60 cut in the NEA would exceed even the cut made by Reagan by in 1981 that opens up several questions Would that cut be made across the board to the agency s budget of which 40 goes to the states on a per capita basis with the remainder allocated to the Endowment for its grants programs and operations or would there be a clamor for more of the money to stay as local allocation Remember that anything less than elimination of the agency by zeroing out its funding may be unacceptable to a core base of Romney s conservative Tea Party constituency and so the argument that this is money that goes back to each state and ultimately district may be more appealing to legislators than a blanket across the board cut to that revenue stream How much of the cut would come from the Endowment s staffing operations If money earmarked for state agencies was reduced would some state legislatures which had provided state support to match the Federal money required under the NEA rules and enabling legislation lessen or eliminate their contribution at least to the extent it was no longer required to meet the diminished Federal allocation match How much local funding would dry up because of leverage lost due to reduced Federal agency grant awards being smaller or non existent Would things like research disappear in favor of continuing granting programs or would the reverse be true Jobs would still be lost Programs would still be cut which ones would remain to be seen The NEA itself would need to operate on more of a skeleton crew What we do know is that Romney like virtually all Presidential candidates of the last quarter century has made promises to factions within his party that he simply cannot keep Too many variables are not within his control and too many promises were impossible to meet even before they were made Comes with the territory no matter who occupies the White House So the question is where on the spectrum of what to give up by way of apology and symbolism from a new President to his constituents do the arts fall I don t know the answer to that question but my gut tells me we are vulnerable What can we do The more cover or face saving means that we can provide anyone including a new President Administration or potentially supportive members of Congress the easier it will be for them to support some position that benefits us The best defense is to be on the offense The best kind of cover is demonstrable voter demand for our position If enough voters in a given district or state or across the country demand something politicians will virtually always meet that demand But it has to be a large number and the demand must be vocal So the best thing we can do is generate evidence of that kind of voter support We can do that by a massive contacting of the White House and Congress and by public support via meetings rallies demonstrations and flash mobs that generate media coverage These kinds of things Identify and engage Personal contacts with Romney his key appointees transition staff first lady Identify and engage Personal contacts with legislators in the new Congress especially key committee chairs Develop and deploy a Massive letter writing phone call email barrage of Congress and the White House Massive means tens and maybe hundreds of thousands of such letters and phone calls not just hundreds Raise and donate money to the Arts Action Fund others to hire real lobbyists Immediately Schedule local town halls public rallies flash mobs and the like Generate media coverage of local outrage Schedule meetings with newspaper editorial boards asap Get op eds aimed as much at Congress as White House Stakeholder mobilization PTA Teachers Chambers of Commerce Tourism industry Exploit the nationalistic pride appeal does America really want to be gthe only western power not to support a cultural agency Timing Normally the prudent protocol with a new incoming Administration is to amass your data and stories to make your case and present that case to key members of the transition team as the same begins to act But as the new President must present his budget for the next fiscal year October 2013 to October 2014 by the first Monday in February and because depending on the composition of the new Congress there may be a lot of pressure to eliminate the Endowment altogether we ought to begin to act to try to influence whether or not there are any funds in that budget for the Endowment at all when that budget is presented to Congress We need to think this week on how to begin to mobilize the entire field beginning at 12 01 am on November 7th to contact each member of the new Congress plus the White House with the insistent and consistent message to FULLY FUND THE NEA We do not want a budget submitted to Congress that has no provision for any funding to the NEA in it That will make getting funds axiomatically more difficult We ought to do all the things and more listed earlier to try to make our case and while we need to be

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  • Barry's Blog: Interview with Scott Provancher
    is there still work to do in this area If you see more work necessary what do you think needs to be done to make sure all our people have access to the training that will help them do their jobs Scott There are many examples of great programs at the local level but we are all working in a vacuum and not replicating our successes across markets I would love to see several local arts agencies and a group of funders collaborate on a Rosetta Stone like platform for teaching basic skills to the cultural workforce administrators educators and artists If Rosetta Stone can figure out how to teach a very challenging skill like a foreign language via an online platform we should be able to develop innovative ways to teach the skills needed in the cultural sector AND make it available and affordable to a broad audience Barry Do you consider the networking opportunities for you as a local arts agency to interact with other LAAs locally and across the country to be adequate Are the benefits to be gained by building more intersections for exchanges of information best practices advocacy strategies et al being fully realized and how might those be expanded to strengthen the field Scott I appreciate the work that Americans for the Arts AFTA does to gather LAAs together both at the conferences and in smaller groups The one downside of this being one of the only formal vehicles for collaboration is that the meetings are often spent on updates and broad topics and only involve the CEOs or senior leaders One of the ideas on my hot list is to work with either AFTA and or a group of LAAs to have a summit once or twice a year that is focused on one topic with each organization bringing 3 4 staff members For example a summit on the use of technology to grow audiences or donors would be excellent Barry If you could identify one single problem that seems to commonly stymie and frustrate arts organizations grantees for example and keep them from making forward progress what would that be Scott Time to think strategically Running an arts organization is like street fighting Our cultural leaders today only have time to decide whether to bring a gun or a knife to the fight They don t have time to step back and ask why are we fighting in the first place I remember that when I was Executive Director of the Louisville Orchestra I became so frustrated that I knew strategically what needed to be done but only had time to make calls for the next 25 000 to make payroll on Friday If we don t find a way to allow our most brilliant cultural leaders to be problem solvers and innovators we will be leading our sector right over the cliff This is something I have thought a lot about what about a think tank that would pay organizations to

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