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Leading Change

Much of our work introduces frameworks meant to help arts leaders improve their organizations. Putting those frameworks into action requires change, but how does one lead change in an organization? We developed this online video catalog of arts leaders talking about just that. These video “snapshots” from arts and culture leaders reflect the wisdom of a broad and diverse field.

How should cultural institutions approach change?

Aaron Dworkin, Dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, discusses the importance of thinking about oneself as a social entrepreneur rather than an arts administrator.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, discusses the importance of organization-wide involvement and buy-in when creating change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Cheryl Sobas, Head of Exhibitions at Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, discusses how education helps staff have a more strategic approach to their work, including increased decision-making, collaboration, and awareness of impact.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Howard Spector, Executive Director of P.S. ARTS, discusses the importance of having the right people, providing learning opportunities, and maintaining mission focus to successfully lead an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Charmaine Jefferson, Executive Director of the California African American Museum, discusses leading organizations through two types of change – problem-solving in times of crisis and continual assessment and evolution.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Jon Moscone, Artistic Director of the California Shakespeare Theater, shares how his approach to leading change has become increasingly collaborative over the course of his career.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Jocelyn Hale, Executive Director of The Loft Literary Center, discusses the needs for a clear vision and stakeholder engagement when leading change in an organization, especially as a new leader.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Ben Donenberg, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Shakespeare Festival/LA, shares how his approach to leading change has shifted from being unilateral to collaborative over the course of his career.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Terence McFarland, Executive Director of the LA Stage Alliance, discusses how critical listening is to creating a compelling vision and leading an organization successfully through change.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Dr. Michael Hager, President and CEO of the San Diego Natural History Museum, shares his experience leading his organization through a major shift in mission and culture.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Rachel Fine, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, shares her experience leading her board of directors through the development and adoption of explicit board expectations.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Sean McManus, Senior Director at Film Independent, discusses responding to and leading change in the constantly changing film industry.

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