Who Says The Arts Aren’t Influential?

Adaptistration People 001Sure, our field does a fine job at handing out recognition awards internally but it is always good to see when groups outside the field identify arts administrators for recognition. To that end, Palm Beach Opera Director of Communications and ArtsHacker contributor Ceci Dadisman has been nominated as a 2015 Movers & Shakers of Palm Beach County and since it is open voting, everyone should take a quick moment to stop by and cast a vote.

I can certainly confirm that Ceci is an exemplary arts admin but in the end, every time an arts administrator comes out on top in something like this, it’s a win for the entire field by pushing back against the stereotype that nonprofit performing arts managers are some sort of second class professional.

Voting closes 9/30/2015 and you can vote once a day so put it on your morning to-do list for the next week!


Vote for Ceci Dadisman, Director of Communications at Palm Beach Opera, as Palm Beach County’s People’s Choice Mover & Shaker

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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