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Financial Sustainability of Recycling and Upcycling

The question of how an organization financially sustains a plastic baling twine recycling program in a rural community has been nagging me. Facilitating up-cycle exhibits featuring this material helps to raise awareness, but it doesn’t begin to address the problem.

Cleaning Out Our Closets

Recently I was cleaning my closet and came across several  items that no longer fit…

Holding Up the Arts: Can we sustain what we’ve created? Should we?

A transcript of Diane Ragsdale’s speech in which she examined the meaning and implications of sustainability and the life cycle of organizations, including the idea that death is a necessary part of the arts ecosystem.

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.

How can cultural organizations work with their communities rather than for their communities?

Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia, discusses how widening your definitions can broaden your understanding of community.

How does an organization manage the succession of its founder?

Andrew Walker, Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, stresses the importance of establishing strong communication with the board and with the community.

How do multiple programs function as tools in service of one mission?

Jessica Robinson Love, Senior Director at Arabella Advisors, discusses how viewing programs as tools allows her organization to focus on outcomes.

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.

The New Nature of Money

Changes in the environment – economic, demographic and social – may challenge the health of…

Is Opera a Sustainable Art Form?

Diane Ragsdale shares an excerpt from her keynote address on the topic, “Is Opera a Sustainable Art Form?” from the Opera Europa conference in February.

What does sustainability mean for arts and culture organizations?

Laura Zabel, Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts, suggests that an organization is simply a tool in service of the mission.

Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit

Sustainable performing arts organizations understand their audiences.  Sustainable museums understand their visitors. Audiences and visitors…

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer

A short read—an essay really—this piece adapts the principles of Good to Great to the nonprofit sector.

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization

Airport bookstores are filled with the latest answers from management gurus. None have enjoyed anything…

Designing for Growth

Jeanne Liedtka has been a hugely successful faculty member of the Getty Leadership Institute’s flagship…

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.

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

Kim Sajet, President and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, talks about the importance…

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

Beth Boone, Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project, talks about their process of…

What advice would you give to someone starting a theater company?

Anthony Moseley, Executive and Artistic Director of Collaboraction in Chicago, discusses finding the right models…

If you were to build an arts organization today on what aspects would you focus?

Abby Marcus, General Manager of The Playwrights’ Center, talks about the importance of flexibility in arts organizations.

If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more

A post on the choice facing so many arts and cultural organizations today- whether to change to continue to be relevant.