Minneapolis Bridge Collapse and the School Bus

The content for this post comes by way of Daniel Adolphson, United Arts Workforce Campaign Director at COMPAS in Minneapolis.

It's a late night here in the Cities....we are totally shocked and numb here at what has happened.

The Art of Negotiating

Researchers, like Linda Babock, have found that men and women are indeed often different when it comes to opening negotiations. The American Association of University Women released a study in April 2007 shows that the pay gap for women starts at around 80% out of college but widens to 69% after ten years.

The Picture Hanging above Your Couch

Find me a sofa without a picture hanging above it. It might not be original, fine art bought in a white-walled gallery. Most of us choose to hang a framed print of people kissing in Paris, or a reproduction of an Impressionist master picked up as a museum souvenir, or a poster of beer bottles from around the world held in place by thumb tacks. Whatever the medium, whatever the image, we all put something on that blank stretch of wall that runs between the furniture and the ceiling.  What unites all of the different things we put there is that we choose them; we want to hang them there.



At last month's Americans for the Arts convention in Las Vegas, Victoria Saunders facilitated two morning meetings around mid career. A summary of the key issues raised in these conversations is below.

Do these points resonate with your experience? Some more than others, perhaps?

Defining mid career is not as straightforward as, say, defining emerging leader. The age range can be anywhere from maybe 35 years to 55 years. Much depends on when someone entered the field and how long they've been in it.

Are you an army of one?

You are the executive director, marketing manager, fundraiser, event planning guru, board and volunteer coordinator, and finance expert. Sound familiar? You are not alone. Well, sort of...

Many arts organizations, particularly those in small communities or rural areas, are run by one person. If not one, a few people. Small staffs are so common in the nonprofit arts that talk of wearing multiple hats has become a cliche. And yet it's the reality for most of our members. 


Arts Action Fund member, now what?

I am a new Americans for the Arts Action Fund member, now what?

On behalf of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, welcome and we appreciate your support.  Within 4-6 weeks of joining, you will receive in the mail a Welcome packet including your personalized membership card and unique membership ID#.  You can begin to take advantage of your Arts Action Fund benefits including:


The Washington Post "subway experiment" and Joshua Bell

Apparently, the Washington Post article I profiled in April (Would you stop and listen? ) is still getting a lot of downstream play. Staff at Polysemy  captured two interviews with Joshua Bell and his recent experiment as a street musician in a busy Washington, DC subway entrance. World-class musicians aren't supposed to be  street performers - or should they? Who was impacted the most?


What are you excited about seeing and doing at convention?

I recently asked members of the Emerging Leader and Student listservs which convention sessions, speakers, and events they were most excited about. Below are their responses.  Does their list match yours? Add a comment now!
NOTE: Registration for convention has closed, but we will be accepting on-site registrations in Vegas.


Creative Genius ~ lessons learned from the MacAuthur Fellowship

The MacArthur Fellowship can be seen as America's equivilent to the Nobel Prize. Now in its 27th year, the Harvard Business Review profiled the work of its Program Director and asked him questions about the distinction between creatve individuals and business innovators. Excepts from his reponses are below. The full article can be found in the May 2007 issue, p 121-126 (subscription required) at www.hbr.org

Work/Life - A Happy Medium - Act II

The flip side of work/life debate begs the question: What is the relationship between fulfillment and workload?  Personally, I readily confess that I am an uber-achiever. Always have been; wired that way. There have been times when I have been at my happiest when working really hard, which is why I really enjoy the work on "flow" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced, as I understand it, chic-sent-mee-highly). He contructs the "Creative Personality" along 10 dimensions of complexity.  Each statement embodies a contradiction.

Vegas baby!

We at Americans for the Arts are having some fun about the office getting really excited about heading to Las Vegas for the Risk & Reward Annual Convention , so we started to kick around a list of "must see Vegas movies" to watch between now and the end of the month. Of course "Lucky You" is currently showing in a theater near you, but maybe you want to rent some of the movies below  {in no particular order....}


Work/Life - A Happy Medium - Act I

In today's working culture, there is a lot of pressure to be accessible all the time, to deliver on your action items, to prove your value to your organization. Multi-tasking and working cross-departmentally is the norm. Then, there are those workers who brag about the hours they pull (I used to be a high school teacher and every job I have had since has a light workload compared to that job). The culture of complaint can be the norm around the water cooler. How can we structure policies so that people are working smart, as opposed to just working hard?

Citizen Membership or Professional Membership

Did you ever wonder why you received something in the mail marked as Arts Action Fund when you are already a member of Americans for the Arts? Or receive a renewal notice from Americans for the Arts when you thought you had already renewed? The membership team is here to explain the difference between the two memberships.

Would you stop and listen? Or would you walk by too?

The occasional street performer is a part of the cityscape of most urban areas, but can art transcend the monotony of our daily commute? Washington Post wanted so see whether commuters at one of the District's busiest metro stations would stop and make time for art in their lives. Specifically, they placed Joshua Bell, violin virtuoso, who two days before filled Boston's Symphony Hall at $100 seat, could rise above the din of the daily grind.



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