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Interviews

What is a cultural asset map?

Ian David Moss, Research Director for Fractured Atlas, discusses his work on the Bay Area Cultural Asset Map for The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

A fascinating animated talk by Daniel Pink about the surprising things that do (and don’t) motivate people.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Edward Nichols, President and CEO of History Colorado, discusses the need for a clear vision and staff involvement to create change in his organization.

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.

How does the increasing focus on community identity affect arts organizations?

Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, talks about the effects of increased localism on Australian arts organizations.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, discusses the need for vision, patience, and staff alignment and engagement to successfully lead change in an organization.

What are the effects of globalization on the arts in Australia?

Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, discusses her views on how Australian arts organizations deal with globalization.

How should arts and culture organizations approach succession planning?

Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, talks about what boards should be thinking about when planning for succession.

How do you find the right talent for your organization?

Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, shares her experience in finding the right person for the job.

What are the qualities of a strong arts leader?

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

What are the three most interesting trends in the arts and culture field?

Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, discusses trends in arts organizations.

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 his organization?

Peter Poulos, Senior Director of Communications and Sales at the Detroit Historical Society, discusses the need for leaders to articulate a clear vision and create an inclusive process to successfully implement change in an organization.

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.

What advice would you give to someone rebuilding an arts organization?

Ab Sengupta, Director of Artistic Planning at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, talks about arts organizations finding ways of sharing resources that will reinforce each others’ missions.

What one financial question should leaders keep in mind at all times?

Tracy S. Harris, Chief Financial Officer of The BondFactor Company and NAS board member, talks about the importance of leveraging resources.

What effect has the economy had on the overall capacity of the arts and culture field?

Tracy S. Harris, NAS board treasurer,  talks about the aftermath of the economic downturn.

What does economic recovery look like for the arts and culture field?

Tracy S. Harris, NAS board treasurer, talks about economic recovery for arts and culture organizations.

Do arts institutions need to change their business models?

Tracy S. Harris, Chief Financial Officer of The BondFactor Company and NAS board member, discusses the need for innovation in arts and culture organizations.

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.

How can we broker relationships between people and the arts?

Diane Ragsdale warns that attracting and retaining new audiences may require arts organizations to stop “selling excellence” and start brokering relationships between people and art.

How do we build a slow arts movement?

Diane Ragsdale compares the issues facing the arts with those that faced the restaurant industry, sparking the Slow Food movement. She suggests that an answer to the mounting challenges for arts organizations might be to start a Slow Arts movement.

What elements of the slow food movement are relevant to arts organizations?

Diane Ragsdale compares the issues facing the arts with those that faced the restaurant industry, sparking the Slow Food movement. She suggests that an answer to the mounting challenges for arts organizations might be to start a Slow Arts movement.

What is a slow arts movement?

Diane Ragsdale compares the issues facing the arts with those that faced the restaurant industry, sparking the Slow Food movement. She suggests that an answer to the mounting challenges for arts organizations might be to start a Slow Arts movement.

Trends in arts and culture organizations

Diane Ragsdale talks about the top three trends that she sees in arts and culture organizations today.