Regulars to the cultural blogosphere are likely familiar with Joe Patti’s blog, Butts In The Seats; musings on practical solutions for arts management. It has been one of my favorite blogs ever since its inaugural post nearly three years ago and I am pleased to announce that Joe has agreed to make Butts In The Seats part of InsideTheArts.com…
I’ve known Joe for a number of years and in 2006 he was gracious enough to be a contributor to the 2006 Take A Friend To Orchestra initiative. His two-part contribution detailing his experience gathering a group of friends and taking them to an orchestra concert became so well known to the musicians in his local orchestra that they dubbed then "The Patti Papers" (part 1 and part 2).
Joe’s blog is one of the few arts management blogs that isn’t timid about shedding some light on some of the otherwise dank aspects of arts management. At the same time, there’s nothing tawdry about the way Butts In The Seats approaches its subject material; rather, it examines everyday challenges (otherwise known as problems) all arts manager comes across at one point or another in the course of doing business and presents solutions based on direct experience. Of course, Joe does a better job of summing up what Butts In The Seats is all about in his blog description:
The title of the blog is no mystery to most arts people. The perennial effort of most arts organizations is to get butts in the seats–people attending your event. I am currently the theatre manager of a presenting house. I thought it would help me coalesce my disparate musings into viable ideas if I started writing my theories and thoughts down. My hope is that readers will provide a sounding board of feedback and recollections of their own experience. Ultimately, I hope to assemble that advice and make this a source of practical advice for arts organizations.
I know Joe’s blog does indeed serve as wonderful source for practical advice and it is exciting to have him join Inside The Arts.