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Case Studies

Placemaking: Leverage, Alignment and Moving Mountains

A video case study on Irrigate the Arts featuring Laura Zabel, the Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Stories from the Field: The Loft Literary Center

The drivers for organizations extending their programming online vary: some pursue new audiences for whom…

Stories from the Field: The Walters Art Museum

How does a museum whose model is still about long-term planning and execution of big exhibitions take a page from the tech sector?

Motivated by Convergence Not Crisis: Finding Flexibility in a System Filled with Constraints

Oregon Public Broadcasting has chosen to compete in a different way. This shift has changed the way they make decisions, allocate resources, invest in staff and even in the physical space they inhabit.

Stories from the Field: Boston Children’s Chorus

Frederick Douglas once said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken…

Mission-Driven: Aligning an Organization to Create Social Impact

The mission of the Boston Children’s Chorus informs its programming, logistics and operations. They are very aware of the way race and culture not only affect Boston, but the greater community. Their vision ensures that the mission is reflected in every aspect of the organization.

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

Terence McFarland, LA Stage Alliance’s former 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.”

Stories from the Field: LA Stage Alliance

Talking to Terrence McFarland about the Arts Census: a way to collect, analyze and access quality data no matter what size our budgets.

Stories from the Field: Intersection for the Arts

Video case story of Intersection for the Arts’ embrace of risk; an in-depth look at some of the challenges, lessons and triumphs of managing change

Reinventing a Museum as a Community Organization

How the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s financial crisis enabled them to take risks and explore a new model that would help them garner support and build relationships

Creating a Sustainable Management System

After years of incremental efforts to reduce energy use and be more sustainable, the Denver Zoo decided to take a more strategic approach.

What’s a Children’s Chorus Leader to Do?

A case study on board leadership and organizational growth, featuring a response by NAS CEO Gail Crider.