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Is American Modern Dance a Pyramid Scheme?

March 02, 2015 · 1 Comment

Two million arts graduates in the United States have bachelor’s degrees in the visual and performing arts, though fewer than 10 percent make enough money to live as working artists. Most arts graduates work in non-arts fields — the ubiquitous “day job” that they are encouraged, rightly, not to quit, especially given the cost of an arts degree. Are we perpetuating a myth, or a pyramid scheme, by continuing to promote and accept students into dance and performing arts departments? Read Sarah Anne Austin’s article for more.

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1 CommentTags: Commentary · Education

LEADERSHIP CORNER: On Legacy Keeping and Leading from Within

March 02, 2015 · 1 Comment

With this interview, From the Green Room innaugurates a new series, the Leadership Corner, featuring one-on-one conversations with top leaders in the dance field. Katherine Brown is executive director of New York City Ballet, and in that capacity oversees the management and administrative functions of the ballet and the David H. Koch Theater and manages a budget of approximately $77 million.

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1 CommentTags: Artistry · Arts Administration · Development · Leadership Corner

Company Spotlight: Winifred Haun & Dancers

February 24, 2015

The first in a series on Dance/USA’s From the Green Room focusing on member dance companies and their model programs. This month we look at Chicago’s Winifred Haun & Dancers, a small company that has evolved to make long-term, larger projects reflecting the choreographer’s artistic curiosity.

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Tags: Artistry · Company Spotlight · From The Studio · Mind of the Artist

When Tragedy Strikes in the Workplace

February 19, 2015

Guidelines for managers on how to deal with tragedy in a dance company setting.

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Tags: Arts Administration · Special Report

Helping Employees React After a Tragic Event

February 19, 2015

What to tell company members and staff about the death of a colleague? Read these tips shared on how to break untimely and tragic news.

 

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Tags: Arts Administration · Features

Preparing for the Unthinkable

February 17, 2015

How does an organization plan for a tragedy? You really can’t. You plan for your organization’s response to one by putting into place the information, guidelines, training, and materials needed to help company leadership and staff deal with a most difficult and often chaotic time.

Writer Steve Sucato contacted Sarasota Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Culture Shock Dance Chicago, and Chicago Dance Crash about those company members they lost recently. Their insight and advice may prove useful in preparing your organization for the unthinkable.

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Tags: Arts Administration · Features

Articulating What Matters

February 02, 2015

Management expert Kathryn Martin wrote that, “Some of the most transformational moments for an organization may come when it is in a moment of transition; acutely aware of pressing issues and knowing it is not in status quo mode.” While this statement ignited a conversation about leveraging leadership transitions, it also posed a question about the reverse scenario: How can an organization remain a priority in the minds (and checkbooks) of donors even when it is in a normal, non-crisis, status quo mode?

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Tags: Development

How Much Arts Journalism Is Too Much Arts Journalism?

January 26, 2015

Anecdotal and other reports note the obvious: classical dance audiences are aging and declining, and new work seems to have a hard time gaining consistent audiences. Many of us agreed on the need to develop audiences, and out of those conversations author Robert Bettmann, who founded a small arts magazine, Bourgeon to help artists develop audiences. But the question arises: are publications like these part of hte problem or solution in engaging new and existing audiences.

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Tags: Advocacy · Commentary · Criticism

Ten Steps To Enhancing Dance Writing in Your Community

January 13, 2015

Want to jump-start dance writing opportunities in your city or region? Check out these 10 tips from founder of thINKing Dance in Philadelphia.

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Tags: Criticism · Mind of the Artist

Upping the Ante on Writing About Dance

January 13, 2015

Good dance writing informs potential audiences about interesting dance in their midst, helps acquaint presenters and funders with artists’ output to frame artists’ work within a wider cultural, artistic and socio-political context. With shrinking space for dance coverage at traditional media outlets, new forms are taking hold. Learn how a collaborative community-based effort to publish high-quality dance writing is taking hold in one city. Lisa Kraus, founder of thINKing Dance, reports.

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Tags: Criticism · Engagement · Mind of the Artist


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