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  • Barry's Blog: Question All Assumptions and Pass the Decision Wand Around
    of that asset Every organization should do some kind of internal assessment of the organization s decision making protocols and ask whether or not their approach is designed to take advantage of their collective staff talent and moreover whether those approaches are the best strategy to allow for calculated risk taking This report may not stimulate the same level of dialogue the equity report did last year but if it promotes any discussion and consideration as to the delegation of shared decision making authority as a key organizational dynamic and one plank in making an organization adaptable flexible and nimble enough to not only survive but potentially thrive it will be a good outcome Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 7 30 PM 2 comments Margy Waller March 6 2012 at 9 41 AM Really well said Arguably our greatest asset is our people and yet we have to ask ourselves if we are really geared to maximizing the potential of that asset Every organization should do some kind of internal assessment of the organization s decision making protocols and ask whether or not their approach is designed to take advantage of their collective staff talent and moreover whether those approaches are the best strategy to allow for calculated risk taking We need more calculated risk taking and we can get it if we listen more to the community rather than prioritizing the wishes of the few who seek to protect the status quo arrangements for their oh so precious art Reply Delete Rick Stein Executive Director Arts Orange County March 21 2012 at 11 03 AM Having a long career in the theatre producing more than 100 plays and directing a sizable portion of them I learned early on to be a risk taker and thick skinned There will be hits there will be bombs and there will be some shows that land in between Or as the NY Times Sunday Magazine s one page zine section now says meh The same can be said for the programs established to fulfill the mission of all sorts of organizations Among them is the arts council I now run There s no time to cry over spilt milk Some ideas you throw against the wall will stick and be successful Others won t Leaders of large and mid sized arts institutions rich in resources when compared to their smaller cousins tend to be so risk averse that they are actually endangering the future of their organizations without realizing it That s why Holly s work and the work being done by Alan Brown is so important right now There are a few deaf ears it s falling on unfortunately but I think most of the arts community has awakened to the clarion call At least I hope so 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

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  • Barry's Blog: Addressing the Big Picture Perceptions?
    to expanding access will only fuel the jokes about our being elitist and boring long into the future And that is a perception we simply cannot allow to continue Note I don t usually promote events too many worthy contenders to pick among but this one is organized by my next door neighbor and takes place in my own neighborhood http womenspowerstrategyconference com Have a good week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 8 42 PM 2 comments cartergilliespottery March 1 2012 at 8 06 AM Thanks for encouraging me to leave my comment Barry Here is the pared down version The truth behind that joke was that it played on a stereotype Stereotypes betray a limited perspective on things and an unwillingness to put ourselves in the position of others We simply can t see why someone else would do what they do The truth we know often fully circumscribes our curiosity Outside that circle of value we often simply don t care And so that joke thrives because too often we cannot see the values and virtue that other people have access to Its the capacity of an open mind that allows for a broadening of perspective And so its a cruel irony that the reason the Arts are sometimes downgraded or mocked is that the audience itself has lost some of its curiosity They fail to see as artists We don t understand the Arts because we ourselves have become alienated from our own creative capacity Its not just a desire to understand that is lacking but the underlying ability to still be curious As adults we mostly stand outside the creative process these days and encounter it as consumers rather than creators And its this unfamiliarity with our own creative powers that stalls our curiosity Its as if our curiosity has become damaged As children we approach the world as explorers We don t yet know enough to NOT be curious But as adults we learn our truths and the exploration often comes to an end We stop asking why and instead take what we are given We are not so used to doing our own digging or coming up with our own reasons and results As adults we so often trade the openness and creative self determination we knew as children for living out stereotypes according to the rules of society The deeper irony of that joke is that we ourselves become the stereotypes So it seems that the less we are creative in our own worlds the less curious we become and the more willing we are to simply be fed what to think and what to do Is it any wonder that trendiness and conformity play such large roles in our society The less curious we are the less we are open to unfamiliar and differing perspectives We bottle ourselves up inside the marketing dreams of an ad exec proselytiser or someone selling something Reply Delete cartergilliespottery March 1 2012 at

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  • Barry's Blog: Organizing the Chaos of the Mind
    tend to overwhelm most people to spend way more time on proactive tasks I suspect too that if we were just a little better at saying No that there would be far fewer items on our lists Arguably we might better control the scope and depth of all those reactive tasks that invade our space The Zeigarnik Effect Of course at the heart of most list making is that as human beings we tend to procrastinate and put things off List making is a reminder to ourselves of what must be done At least from the research I have seen it isn t that we cannot remember what needs to be done Nor do we seem to be deficient in our ability to successfully and correctly prioritize what must be done The problem is that most of us simply have too many things that might rightfully go on the list Too much to do and not really enough time to do it And somehow we have all internalized the wishful concept that there is no good reason to do something today that we might easily postpone until tomorrow One of the most interesting psychologically related phenomenons as to addressing the things that we need to get done is the Zeigarnik Effect defined as The tendency to experience intrusive thoughts about an object that was once pursued and then left incomplete The automatic system signals the conscious mind which may be focused on new goals that a previously left activity was left incomplete It seems to be human nature to finish what we start and if it is not finished we experience dissonance In short if we start something then don t finish it our sub conscious mind nags our conscious mind that we left something unfinished Our minds don t like that apparently I suppose this is some form of guilt Perhaps we should start fewer things I think there is an opposite effect but I don t know what one would call it that when we finally cross some major item off our to do list because we have successfully resolved it our mind wants to celebrate that victory more often than not with a little time off Alas for every item we can cross off the list two or three more seem anxiously waiting in the wings to take its place In that sense I suppose list making is the modern equivalent of Sisyphus pushing the rock up the hill an exercise in futility Thinking about all of this may or may not be of any value to how we more successfully organize ourselves in the attempt to better manage our time and get things done Maybe we should make up a list of ways to think about it all Item number one on my list for tomorrow will be not to make any lists for the next week I wonder how my unconscious mind is going to react to that little bit of anarchy Then too I

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  • Barry's Blog: Addendum to Craig Watson Interview
    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 November 4 October 7 September 6 August 4 July 10

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  • Barry's Blog: Interview with California Arts Council Director - Craig Watson
    their fleets to know they are part of something that can make a huge difference for the arts in this state The Arts Council is creating a campaign that can realistically aim towards the million plates goal We have an incredible list of high visibility ambassadors for the campaign that will be revealed in March using a variety of media platforms including digital billboards bus shelter signage social media radio and television Much of this donated by major media companies committed to our cause We are right now developing unique ordering systems that will allow easier ordering of the plates or the giving of the plate as a gift to clients friends and families Barry Do you think the agency should more aggressively and actively pursue the strategy of pushing for future reinstatement of state general fund budget monies or do you think the thrust of the CAC s efforts should remain in pursuing supplemental income strategies such as the license plate program and the income tax check off option Craig If we ever hope to see larger general fund allocations to the arts we should aggressively pursue stronger relationships with our Legislature and State government overall and better understand what motivates that audience In the short run we must be realistic and accept that the economy is not good and nothing will change our immediate funding position vis à vis the General Fund But we are committed to the relationship building that in time can improve the picture On a recent trip to Washington D C with WESTAF the Western States Arts Federation our California team was constantly and pleasantly surprised by how often the Congressional staffer we were meeting with had some direct engagement with the arts either currently or in the recent past perhaps as a student By speaking directly to those experiences we have begun to build a foundation with that office that can be built upon As elementary as it sounds that same work is now being pursued by our Council in California Our January Council meeting included an extra day in Sacramento allowing the members to fit approximately 14 legislative office visits into their time in the Capitol The positive response to those visits from both the Council and legislative offices reminds us that we have a great story to tell It is essential we not in any way abandon the perspective that the arts are a legitimate and essential part of the State s investment Barry How do you favor deploying the limited funds available to the agency As the former Director and the former President of the Assembly of Local Arts Agencies I was personally gratified and applauded the agency s efforts under Muriel Johnson to resurrect the State Local Partnership Program and offer support to local arts agencies in the counties across the state though I can easily see that those in other sub sectors might have made an equally convincing argument for more support in re establishing other past successful CAC programs that are now unfortunately dormant Which programs or general areas of need do you see as likely ranking high on the list to try to re establish and re introduce Craig Even with the massive cuts it sustained starting in 2001 2002 the Arts Council has done its best to continue with programs in three key areas infrastructure by supporting local arts agencies and statewide arts networking organizations arts education through its Artists in Schools program that tie together teaching artists and professional arts organizations with the Visual and Performing Arts educational standards for K 12 and arts for underserved rural or urban communities through the Creating Public Value program But the funding limitations necessitate a triage system and other areas that could be addressed if we had more funding include presenting and touring programs senior related arts programs arts in correctional settings arts specifically for at risk youth arts and health programs maintenance of the state s public art holdings assistance for entrepreneurial arts organizations and artists general operating support for quality arts organizations and so on and so on All these areas and more have been discussed by the Council at one time or another and will most likely be brought back for discussion as our funding increases These issues will be among the first things tackled as we announce next month some internal restructuring and also name a new head of Programs That individual will work with me to fully evaluate our current grant programs engage with the field regarding current needs and trends and review unique opportunities where the CAC can make a real difference Barry There have been considerable resources time energy and commitment dedicated in California as elsewhere across the country to the emerging leaders movement in the arts How specifically would you as the new CAC Director support and expand those efforts What might you do institutionally to make access to policy formation easier for that cohort of new leaders Craig I greatly admire the work that has been done in this area throughout the country concerning this question including the convenings and discussions that tackle the question of how to support and nurture young leaders Programs that get undergraduate students paid work in the arts field have a great impact like the Arts Internship Program from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as a companion to the Getty Multicultural Internship Program In my former position leading a large urban arts council we participated in both these programs I am delighted to say that we were able to hire one of our interns and she is now a full time and treasured staff member for the organization As the California Arts Council improves its own resource picture we will develop a more direct connection to these types of programs specifically building a component for them that exposes young leaders to the legislative and government policy process Americans for the Arts through their Creative Conversations program each October as part of Arts Month has encouraged young leaders to step out and lead important community dialogue around cultural issues Sacramento should be the site of a Creative Political Conversation Finally small as we are we ve placed a communication emphasis on our website and Facebook Twitter sites as a way to keep current with our arts community and use the tools that appeal to a younger demographic Shortly after I joined the Council I noticed that our Facebook page had just a little over 4 000 likes or friends And in looking at our State agency counterparts only Arizona and the D C Commission on the Arts had roughly the same numbers So in a friendly challenge to Arizona joined quickly by D C we kicked off a race to 10 000 likes We ultimately won that race maybe it wasn t a fair fight and in the process learned a great deal about what is of interest to our constituents and particularly those younger arts leaders we can call digital natives By the way during the contest the NEA offered the winner the prize of being featured for a week on the NEA s own Facebook page That week of California content will kickoff on February 21 st Barry One of the assets and opportunities available to the CAC Director is the bully pulpit and the power to convene How might you use those tools and for what purposes Craig When I was chosen by the Council to lead the agency it was clear that my beliefs aligned with the members desire for the CAC to become more visible throughout the state and not just with the traditional arts field but to include others in education business and industry and certainly government My first months as the Director of the Arts Council have been a whirlwind of conferences speeches presentations and meetings and I don t see it slowing down any time soon The heavy schedule has served to both bring me up to speed on the current status of the arts field but also to send the message that the California Arts Council is serious about making a significant impact on the creative fabric of California I also indicated to the Council that I would continue the good work the agency had started under my predecessor and with the tremendous efforts of the individual Council members The Arts Council was intricately involved in two key areas when I came on board the Educational Leaders Institute developed by the NEA led directly to the creation of California s CREATE the STATE consortium on arts education as mentioned previously and the California Cultural Data Project the tool organizations and funders use to streamline the report and grant application process that has the added benefit of providing consistent data about the arts field as well as financial and operating tools of use to the individual participating organizations Both of these projects will have a tremendous impact on the arts in California in my opinion and the CAC is using its bully pulpit to drive both efforts forward CREATE the STATE has already created significant dialogue between education experts elected officials and business representatives who want a dynamic and innovative workforce for the future and significant changes in education policy concerning arts education are expected in the future as a result And data from the Cultural Data Project has already been utilized by experts to analyze the nonprofit arts field of California and its impact on the economy and communities not to mention helping arts organizations with reports and grant applications This key information will only become more useful as more funders come on board with the Cultural Data Project as part of their grant applications and we expand the definition of who belongs in the pool of CDP users The CAC must use its relationships and leverage to close any significant gaps in this network Barry There has been some complaint that the current Council is far too top heavy with Los Angeles based members and that there is a regrettable dearth not only of geographical representation but also of younger leaders those with on line experience in arts organizations and in multicultural membership Will you be advising the Governor to try to address those concerns with his next appointments to the Council Craig The issues of geographic and multicultural membership of the Council has been discussed with the Governor s office and we expect will be kept in mind for future appointments But I d also point out that there is a great diversity of experience on the Council that lends itself to a dynamic governing body We have an arts education expert whose expertise has proven to be invaluable with the CREATE the STATE and other arts education efforts a chief administrator of a culturally diverse museum with strong ties to both the nonprofit community as well as state government a policy and business expert who understands and contributes to the analytical analysis needed by a governing body a former legislative staffer with years of background on other state boards a visual arts expert with marketing and legal experience including as the law relates to artists a young arts teacher who continues to work with at risk teens in after school and correctional settings an attorney and major arts supporter who has significant experience on performing arts organization boards especially with fundraising and personnel issues an arts advocate that heads a small foundation providing grants for arts organizations the head of a mid size arts organization with decades of experience in the performing arts and presenting arena and the parent of two children who has utilized her passion for arts education to become one of the greatest arts education advocates and experts the Council has ever seen I can t emphasize enough how hard these Council members work towards furthering the mission of the Arts Council and obviously without financial reward Their enthusiasm and hours of dedication alone make them great choices for the governing body of the Arts Council This is a working board more so then I ve ever seen in government before But additionally the job skills and expertise of these individuals are key to the future of the Arts Council as we look towards increasing the impact of the agency especially through an increase in non General Fund revenue And each one of these individuals recognizes the need for the Arts Council to reach all Californians in all parts of the state and many work on a day to day basis with youth young artists multicultural neighborhoods and individuals and arts experts from different parts of California the nation and the world Also the California Arts Council purposely sets its meetings in different locales in California specifically so we can hear from the field and obtain a greater understanding of the different geographic dynamics of our state Barry As you are the first Director to be hired directly by the Council and not appointed by the Governor you may lack the direct relationship with the Governor s office enjoyed by previous Directors Are you concerned about that lack of direct relationship Craig There will always be a direct relationship between the California Arts Council and the Governor s office and the Legislature nine of the 11 are appointed by the Governor and two by the Legislature The current Council has very good ties to the Governor s office and other executive branch staff including leaders of other agencies and departments Part of the good communication is due to the active nature of our current Council but I don t see the nature of the relationship between the Council members and the Governor s Office changing any time soon This Council is also dedicated to open communication with the members of the Legislature That may seem like a given but it has not been an ongoing practice of this Council The Council members recently spent an entire day in Sacramento meeting with key legislators and building or enhancing these relationships The positive impact of having multiple Council members and executive staff taking the time to meet with members of the legislature and their staff in Sacramento cannot be emphasized enough These meetings are in addition to the time the Arts Council Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver and I spent in Washington DC with members of Congress and their staff as part of a team from the Western States Arts Federation last fall Also the experienced staff at the California Arts Council has key connections to their counterparts in other agencies departments and legislative offices connections that are a result of their years in state service and their diligent work on behalf of the agency I m constantly amazed at how often one of the staff will say I know a person there or I know so and so here when we re in meetings strategizing projects These kinds of relationships are not easily built up by political appointees in temporary positions but by long term managers who develop these connections through hard work and time Often these staff to staff relationships are as or more productive than connections at the top I m actively working to develop similar connections and experience in my position as Director connections and experience that could be wasted if the person in the Director s seat departed on a regular basis just as the experience and connections could become more useful I will obviously keep the connections as strong as possible while I am in the Director s seat but the power of the Council members and the staff should not be discounted The California Arts Council works as a team and its connections are very strong I was hired after a national search and a gauntlet of interviews It is a benefit of that process that I have an effective and productive relationship with this Council There is a trust level there that allows me to lead the agency in new and exciting directions Barry There is no shortage of intelligent creative savvy experienced leaders in the California arts scene how will you organize all that talent to advise and counsel you as you transition into this new post Craig As I noted before I ve done my best to meet with as many people related to the arts world in California as possible from the S F Bay Area to San Diego from the Inland Empire to the Sierras from the Central Valley to urban Los Angeles where I m from I ve kept my eyes and ears open during this process and continue to meet with California s arts leaders throughout the state Also I was just elected to the Board of Directors for WESTAF and this will provide me a close up view of what my counterparts in the western states are up to and how their successes might inform new initiatives in California I m fortunate that not only do I have arts experience in my background and from different locales rural northern California from my early career and urban Long Beach in my previous job but I also have experience in the business world as a telecommunications executive If the arts are to grow in California we need support from government leaders and business executives Both have good reason to want to support the arts in our communities and schools the arts are integral to our creative economy and producing successful entrepreneurs and arts education is a key factor creating a dynamic and innovative workforce for the future I can use my ties in business to compliment the relationships with the arts field along with the background of our staff and Council to bring all parties to the table We are in the process of building much stronger ties to key advocacy and association groups in the state To name a few they include the California Alliance for Arts Education the California Arts Advocates Arts for LA California Council

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  • Barry's Blog: What Did You Say?
    the yes answer we need How do you tell the difference then between what might be a yes but ultimately will turn out to be a no And at what point do you conclude that it simply isn t worth pursuing the hoped for yes response anymore I don t know All situations are unique and the circumstances of each different I think it has to do with honing our listening skills so that we become more experienced and successful at reading the cues which might tell us which way the wind will blow in any given situation I m not sure but I would guess that there might be some training that could help us in that capacity I would love to see professional development opportunities for our sector expand to include such things as building listening skills as well as a host of other skill sets we never do anything to help develop in our people from time management and organization to how to motivate people but we do none of that Meanwhile it might be useful for each of us to think about how we might improve our listening skills our capacity to read cues from people and our ability to recognize a no answer as early on as possible I suppose we can start that process by doing a little self analysis as to the recent past and trying to zero in on when we might have misread cues Anything we can do to preserve the limited time we have to make things work is of value to us and there is little we do that wastes more of our time than the pursuit of a no response to something Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 6 07 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

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  • Barry's Blog: Merchandising and the Arts
    of marketing standard merchandise items i e tee shirts should be branded as fashion items and seen as hip for certain target demographics More thought should be put into at least the basic clothing items we might successfully brand and market We are simply operating on a primitive level in terms of the way we approach the limited merchandising we do Second we need to figure out ways to expand the distribution of our merchandising catalogs at all purchase points including at performances online via normal retail outlets etc As part of such expansion we need to talk with each other as to how we might cooperatively market our merchandise so that we might benefit from the economy of scale There is no reason every city that has a Disney store ought not to also have an Arts store merchandising a range of items from a wide variety of organizations We ought to be able to develop at least a limited line of high end fashion apparel brands that might be created in conjunction with major designers and then carried by high end retailers from Macy s to Nordstrom s to Neiman Marcus etc Third we need to think about how to more aggressively market standard and new merchandise We need to learn how to sell the idea that a branded arts product is essential to own in the same way products are marketed not only by the music film and sports industries but by mainstream companies from fashion designers to Proctor Gamble Fourth we need to do some specific demographic target marketing Thus for example while tee shirts may be a hard sell to an older Opera demographic fashion tee shirts aimed at the kids of that group might do very well with their parents In fact we ought to have a whole segment of our merchandising industry directed at kids from toddlers to teens to college kids Certainly fashion clothing and accessories but also beyond that to such things as arts mobiles for baby cribs We ought to also target niche markets including multicultural groups and the LGBT community This approach ought to be a natural for us Fifth we need to zero in on specific holiday marketing from Valentine s Day to the Fourth of July from Christmas to New Year s including certain multicultural holiday niche markets Sixth we need to put more thought into how to celebritize our major artists particularly performing artists such as dancers musicians and playwrights as part of a wider effort to brand the arts as hip and cool We need to target multicultural niche groups here too There is no reason African American Latino and Asian dancers composers musicians actors playwrights and visual artists should not be seen as heroes in their and the larger communities Doing so will open opportunities for greater merchandising Finally we need to begin the process of thinking about tie ins for our merchandising efforts Of course this kind of thinking will be anathema to

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  • Barry's Blog: Wanted: Warm body with big checkbook
    to me we have been moving away from paying more attention to our boards less emphasis on who we want and how we get those people let alone what professional development we provide them not only at the beginning of their tenure but during that tenure as well and the problem there of course is that most board members do not want to make that kind of time commitment and though we want them to there is no making such involvement mandatory for fear the potential member will simply bolt In that regard we have paid little attention to why people join boards in the first place perhaps because we intuitively know many if not most of them do so for the wrong reasons Everything from the number of members on any given board to the frequency of meetings is often an arbitrary and random decision with little thought into it Alas too many decisions about our boards are given short shift No there are few boards who would ever turn down someone willing to accept the invitation and write a check no matter how un qualified they may be in every other respect We really ought to pay more attention to what a board ought to be how it ought to function who we want on our boards v who we will accept and what we expect of them once they agree to serve beyond showing up with their checkbook not as a sector but as individual organizations We have moved too far away from understanding their role and maximizing their effectiveness Have a good week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 7 19 PM 2 comments Richard Stein January 25 2012 at 9 43 AM A timely post for me since I raised some governance related matters at my Executive Committee meeting yesterday While there is no question that arts boards in our community have minimum giving requirements at levels that vary by their size and nature I can t think of a single one of them that doesn t embrace the goal of having active and engaged board members and some succeed at that The problem is not that Board prospects of sufficient means are unavailable but rather that their more precious commodity is time which they are increasingly unwilling to give Working people are putting in long hours and seek to preserve what little spare time they have for themselves and their families I once heard a former arts exec speak at a TCG Fall Forum about an organization he and his wife serve as board members that organization encouraged couples to serve so that they would not have to sacrifice family time in order to do so Retired people are traveling When boards meet bi monthly as does ours or quarterly as many others do much of our effort involves just keeping them up to date on the breadth and depth of our programs and services at least they can fulfill the role

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