close

Resources & Insights

Kill Your Darlings!

Working in the arts for over a decade has been a continual exercise in projects…

It’s About Defining Your Values

I think that defining your values is far more important than defining your career path.…

Get A Mentor

Find a mentor. If this doesn’t come naturally to you, join a formalized program or research how others find mentors. Get a small group of dedicated mentors. You will quickly realize the results of your (and their) efforts.

It’s Not A Career. It’s A Lifestyle.

I am a classically trained violinist who started my studies at the age 4 and…

Your Career Plan: It’s not always a straight line!

Even though I am not an arts administrator, I have had to wear small versions…

Feeling Alive

My time, a huge portion of which I spend working, is limited. Seth’s death and…

The Career Knapsack

By focusing on values of all sorts in each of the places I’d been, I began to see the big picture for what it is — a matching game.

Training Today

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

How to Get Lucky (It’s Not What You Think)

We’ve talked about lots of different elements that factor into a career path. We’ve shared words of wisdom, scholarly articles, tools and frameworks. But I think we’ve yet to talk about what is arguably the biggest factor in one’s career… luck

Is it all about grit?

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

Fastest Route from Point A to Point B, Not Always a Straight Line

Ok. Let’s say you’ve done some soul searching, consulted your family and your most trusted advisors. You can now safely say that you know: 1) where you are and 2) where you want to be. Now what?

Finding Your Career Strategy

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

Identifying Skills

Trying to determine what your strengths and weakness are as you assess the next step or new step in your career? When making a change to this degree, we can often take for granted our most powerful skills.

Business Model You

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

A Map of Your Mind

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

A Career Path Matrix

An easy to implement matrix that can help you determine where your personal objectives are best met when it comes to making career decisions

Designing Your Life

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

Moon Shot: Charting Your Path

Charting your path simply comes down to four questions: Where am I now? Where do I want to go? What are the obstacles in between? How do I overcome those obstacles?

Seeking wellness in the workplace? Have an impromptu Taylor Swift jam session.

Within only a few weeks of working at NAS, I’d taken notice to some pretty…

Beyond Semantics: The Aesthetics of Working With Communities

While at the Creative Communities Fellows Impact House, we were learning about design thinking. We were into day one of this part of the curriculum, and one of the fellows likened himself to that of a service provider and said that we all provide the communities we serve with different creative services. I raised my hand and said, “I am not a service provider, and I don’t work for communities, I work with them.” There was much debate about this. Several people said that this was a case of semantics, that it was just a different choice of words. For me, this is beyond semantics. The way we talk about our work gives insight into the intention and aesthetic choices we make when working with communities. There are aesthetic differences in working for or with communities.

When there is a problem, there is a solution

Md. Harun Sheikh (father) and Sahara Md. Sheikh (daughter) who participated at “Doodle with Dad”…

Finding (my) Place

This month has been about all things place. Where is my place in this fellowship?…

Move ahead smartly?

I was fortunate to be in community this past week with so many other creative…

How to Eat an Elephant

Thank you, I believe I am ready to order.  I will have the elephant, please.…

We’re Better Together

HowlRound is a commons by and for theatremakers. No one owns a commons, it exists…

The Commons

The commons model is all about inclusivity. Carl honors and encourages this through her work at HowlRound.

The Ethics of Process

I think about the types of values that we promote when we celebrate an outcome…

The Willingness to Unlearn

You’ve heard from Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director of Free Spirit Media, now Andrea Hart,…

It’s a work in progress, but it’s crucial work

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director of Free Spirit Media, shares how the values of the organization surround human dignity and the people their programs serve.

Clyde Valentin: Values

Clyde Valentin, Director of the SMU Meadows Arts + Urbanism Initiative shares how values appear…

Jess Solomon: Values

I created a graphic about how my values, work and every-day decision making coalesce. As…

Ari Weinzweig: Congruency & Values

We promised a video this week featuring Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s and here it…

Taking Down the Hedges

Respect. Access. Inclusion. Transparency. Authenticity. These are the values held deeply by Hope McMath, Executive…

The Definition Game

As leaders of organizations, it is essential that we not only uphold the values of…

A peek into Zappos

Wait. There’s more on Zappos. We told you it was a favorite. In January, Tim Cynova,…

Zappos: Testing for Core Values

We can’t have a conversation about values without mentioning Zappos. They’re one of our favorite examples.…

Core Values & Cupcakes

An Ideation Summit is a process that transforms stakeholders with divergent interests into collaborators. It…

Better Late than Never!

When asked to choose a problem for this Creative Community Fellowship, I chose an environmental issue. Living in an agricultural valley, ranchers buy hay that is bound by plastic twine. This twine accumulates quickly and the closest recycler of this material is 980 miles away (one way). Consequently, this plastic twine is everywhere: wrapped around farm equipment wheels, in burn piles, piled in corners of fields, in birds’ nests and left in ditches. Eventually, it ends up in landfills, burned into the atmosphere or just left out in the fields.

Marginal Thinking & Our Personal Boundaries

Clayton Christensen eloquently takes the conventional business idea of marginal thinking and applies it to personal…

Values: A Part of the Everyday

Our personal values relate to decisions we make every day. Even the most mundane according…

Do Your Values Actually Mean Something?

In this Harvard Business Review article, Patrick M. Lencioni discusses how constructing organizational core values…

Values and What We Do

It’s pretty easy to identify the values of a cultural organization or initiative. Most mention…

I never meant to run anything

In the spring of 2011, I was working as a Teaching Artist for the San…

Why Creative Community Fellows?

I have somehow stumbled across a group of people who, like me, are crazy enough…

A purposeful entry point / Why I’m here

Farming metaphors guide my creative mind Each spring, there’s a practice in growing stone fruit…

Building Community By Hand

Not too long ago in our past, though, you knew your community. They were faces you’d…

Cooking, peaches and tasting the arts

    I am a product of the slow food movement. Kind of. Maybe Diane…

What I Talk About When I Talk About Open (Education)

In late April, NAS attended the Open Education Global Conference 2015 in Banff, Canada. We…

What is the place of cultural institutions within their communities?

NAS produces publications, videos and other management tools to inspire those working in the field…

Growing the Pie Together: Fostering Giving Networks in the Arts

Over the past nine months, I’ve witnessed something truly remarkable take shape: a network of…