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Why we do it

And why you should too. When you’ve been around for as long as we have,…

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Continuing Education Program

Should I go to graduate school? Is there an online program I can do while…

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…

Placemaking: It’s About Addressing the Disconnect

This week continues our conversation on creative placemaking where we asked our Creative Community Fellows…

Making the Argument for Leadership Development

Linda Wood, Senior Director of the Haas Leadership Initiative at the Evelyn and Walter Haas,…

Evaluating to Increase Impact

The story that I share today is about how one organization followed their curiosity and learned not only from the evaluation data but from the process itself.

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: Boston Children’s Chorus

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

What is the role of arts organizations in society & their place in the community?

Whether introducing an international form of movement to the dance scene, putting a modern spin on Mozart or Bach, or providing a visual interpretation of the effects of war, the arts can provide thought-provoking commentary and innovative perspectives on a vast array of global ideas.

How do you connect a local community to a global event?

The London Olympics present enormous opportunities – as well as some challenges – for local youths. Steve Moffitt, CEO of A New Direction in London, describes how he and his team have worked to localize and truly global event.

If you were to rebuild your organization today what would it look like?

Linda Ames Key, Education Director of the Vital Theatre Company, discusses her vision for a new theater model with education as its primary focus.

Disrupting College

Clay Christensen and his team at Innosight Institute apply Christensen’s model of disruptive innovation to…

Should cultural institutions be in the business of “romance” or “precision”? Ask your newcomers

Alfred North Whitehead posits that learning naturally proceeds in three stages: romance, precision and generalization. Are you in the business of romance or precision?

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 do organizations create partnerships between education and the arts?

Kenneth Fischer, President of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, talks about his organization’s experience working with its academic neighbor to create more engaging and meaningful performances.

How should arts organizations react to the decline in arts education?

Douglas McLennan, Editor of ArtsJournal, suggests that the current arts education debate is missing the opportunity to make real change.

Advocating for Arts in the Classroom

Mark Bauerlein has made a truly splendid argument for the real and important intrinsic value of the arts in our education system.

Agnes Gund: Taking the Arts Seriously

The piece reminds one that the construct of “the arts” marginalizes artistic and creative activity. It makes the end product the focus of attention, rather than the role artistic activity is playing in society, the process of creating and participating in art, and the affect on people engaged through the work.

Monitor: The net generation, unplugged

An interesting article challenging the oft-received wisdom that millenials/gen y need to learn in a fundamentally different manner than their predecessors: “…there may be ‘as much variation within the digital native generation as between the generations.’ ”

Mission Unaccomplished

A paper on the role of education in defining the purpose of the arts in society.

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.