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Community & Collaboration

What is the place of cultural institutions within their communities?

Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, suggests that to be truly relevant an organization must be “in, of, for and about” its community.

How do cultural institutions balance being global and local?

Mikel Ellcessor, general manager of WDET, Detroit, warns that social media can give us a false sense of connection. He also gives a suggestion for how to make meaningful connections in one’s community.

How Shared Consumer Data is Redefining an Organization and Helping the Field

Terence McFarland, LA Stage Alliance’s CEO, has united a broad community in the search for understanding of the region’s audiences through a project called Arts Census. He and his team have broadening their service to welcome all arts disciplines. They are living their mission “to empower artists and engage audiences.”

Becoming an Equal Partner in Community Development

Deborah Cullinan, former Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts, shares the experience of becoming part of the 5M Project.

How do you effect change in your community?

Shirley Sneve, Executive Director of Native American Public Telecommunications, talks about the importance of big goals.

How should cultural institutions approach visitor engagement?

Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, talks about how her organization invites people to engage.

How do cultural institutions invite interaction in a way that protects exhibitions?

Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, discusses how the museum cultivates a balance between increased participation and stewardship.

Reinventing a Museum as a Community Organization

Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, details how the organization’s financial crisis enabled them to take risks and explore a new model that would help them garner support and build relationships to turn around their finances and establish the museum as a community organization.

How is social media changing your definition of community?

Sean Malone, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, discusses his connection to the San Francisco Ballet despite never having seen them in person.

What does competition mean for nonprofit cultural organizations?

Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, suggests that thinking about competition on a more global scale brings greater opportunities.

What does the convergence of consumer interests, markets and industries mean for cultural organizations?

Abhijit Sengupta, Artistic Director and CEO of Fontana Chamber Arts, wonders whether developing new audiences is becoming more of a question of urban development.

How does an increased focus on community identity affect cultural organizations?

J. Mikel Ellcessor, general manager of WDET, Detroit, talks about how the inherent local nature of radio influences their work.

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