#TBT Commencement Season

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It’s that time of year when colleges are sending their recent crop of graduates into the great unknown and that means commencement speeches. Based on experience, I try to avoid commencement speeches but every now and then, something really special turns up. Case in point, I posted something back in 2012 about Neil Gaiman’s Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts: Make. Good. Art. Fortunately, there’s an excellent quality video …

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When Sanctity Risks Becoming Sanctimonious

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The 5/19/18 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer published an article by David Patrick Stearns that reports on a Philadelphia Orchestra concert being disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the orchestra’s decision to carry out their upcoming tour of Israel in the wake of deadly violence along the Gaza border. What caught my eye was Steans’ account about how the orchestra’s music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, handled having the concert disrupted when protesters interrupted …

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What I’m Looking Forward To At The 2018 Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference

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Think fast: what’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions an Arts Administration Educators Conference? I can’t speak for anyone but me so to that end, I wonder about how connected arts admin educators are to real-world implementation. Moreover, if any gulf exists, are there noticeable gaps between those with full-time teaching positions and those who teach in addition to working a regular arts admin job. As such, …

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If You’re A WordPress User, You’ll Want To Make Sure Not To Miss The Most Recent Update

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Just a quick geek-oriented post today: if you’re a WordPress user and run one or more sites, you probably noticed the recent 4.9.6 update. This one’s a little different than typical updates in that it includes a few key changes that help you make your site compliant with the European Union’s (EU) new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations. I published an article at ArtsHacker that covers those changes along with instructions on …

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Lack Of Inclusion Reaches All The Way Up To Big Money Donors

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If you’ve had a heart-to-heart with a fellow nonprofit performing arts manager that operates in the Silicon Valley area, you probably got an earful of cathartic grumbling about how disengaged the tech sector is from philanthropic giving. The 5/14/18 edition of The Atlantic published an article by Alana Semuels provides one of the most comprehensive examinations to date on why this is such a problem. This article does a superb job …

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