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Advice for Those Starting Out: Pace Yourself

Ann Williams, Founder of Dallas Black Dance Theatre founder, offers advice to artists starting out.

Leadership Development

A conversation with Dallas Black Dance Theatre founder, Ann Williams.  

Find Your Circle, Find Your Journey

  A conversation with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance founder, Cleo Parker Robinson.

One Spirit, Many Voices

  A conversation with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance founder, Cleo Parker Robinson.

Role Models

  A conversation with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance founder, Cleo Parker Robinson.

Knowing About the Business

  A conversation with Debbie Blunden-Diggs from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Building a Future for Black Dance

  A conversation with Philadanco! founder, Joan Myers Brown.

Necessity of Grit

  International Association of Blacks in Dance board member, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, talks about her experience…

Picture this:

You’re interviewing for your dream job. You are ready to showcase the 5 things any employer must know about you. But the interviewer never asks the questions you prepped for.  What do you do?

Negotiation & Relationships

Often we initiate a negotiation with personal pleasantries and then abruptly switch into negotiation mode. Shirli Kopelman, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about what can be gained from thinking of your negotiation as a part of your relationship.

What does “sustainability” mean in the arts and culture field?

Scholar, lecturer and teacher, Diane Ragsdale, asks some important questions about sustainability in the arts – what it means for organizations and for the field.

What is the role of arts organizations in society?

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, stresses the importance of art as a connector and being true to your mission.

What is the role of an arts and culture leader in today’s society?

Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty, suggests that arts leaders are best equipped to shape the future.

What role should the arts play in civil society?

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blog posts from Fellows and panelists…

What value does the arts create and how do we articulate it?

Deirdre Prins-Solani, an independent heritage and cultural expert in South Africa and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty member, talks about the interaction between the sacred and public spaces and how that tension creates value.

Just be valuable.

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of posts from guest bloggers discussing topics…

What are some lessons from your experiences leading change?

During his tenure as Director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Charles Desmarais led the organization through the design, construction and relocation to a new facility designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Desmarais reflects on the lessons from that period of radical change.

How does a leader effect change?

Mary Lou Aleskie, Director of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, talks about the importance of balancing data and passion.

What effect does an organization’s dominant logic have on programming?

Peggy Sloan, Director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, talks about the challenge and importance of questioning your assumptions.

As a new museum director, what are your main goals and priorities?

Eric Shiner, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, talks about the importance of a realistic, pragmatic approach to change.

How do cultural institutions, particularly established ones, manage change?

Horst Abraham suggests that organizations must be able to reinvent themselves at the pace of the change around them.

How can cultural leaders find opportunities within the new competitive reality?

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, discusses the need for leaders to also be cultural consumers.

What are the elements of a successful visitor experience?

Patricia Mooradian, President of The Henry Ford, discusses the key elements necessary to build a great visitor experience — from resources and research to curriculum and web presence.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Patricia Mooradian, President of The Henry Ford, discusses the importance of a passionate leader, a deep knowledge of the organization and a clearly communicated plan when leading an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Kenneth Fischer, former President of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, shares his experience leading change at UMS and stresses the importance of getting smart, experienced, passionate people involved and staying out of their way.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Julie Stapf, Director of Marketing for the Hartford Stage Company, discusses the importance of building an environment of trust and fostering a sense of ownership when leading an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Joanna Naftali, Executive Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago, discusses the challenges of leading change in a small arts organization as a new executive.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Kelly Ruggirello, President of the Pacific Chorale in Orange County, California, discusses how to approach organizational change as an opportunity for relationship building with constituents.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Tom Scharf, Executive Director of the Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, shares his three critical steps to leading change in an organization.

What are the qualities of a strong arts leader?

Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant, discusses what makes a successful arts executive.

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?

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?

Tracy S. Harris, NAS board member, talks about the need for vision, benchmarks and collaboration to create an organizational culture that embraces constant change and improvement.