Expanding the Horizon

Over the weekend, I finally had the time to roll out a number of new improvements at ArtsHacker.com. Since its launch in December, 2015 the site has grown a great deal and all of the new content and features needed an enhanced layout and design in order to make it easier for users to find everything.

ArtsHacker new mega menu
The new mega menu makes it possible to showcase content like the special features series.

The biggest improvement is the addition of a mega menu, which provides much needed improvement to overall user experience. The menus also make it easier to provide direct access to the growing number of featured topic series, such as the Instagram for Arts Orgs, Guide To Podcasting, and Guide To Transactional Email series. The mega menu also provides direct links to each contributor’s article archives, something site visitors have been looking for, but weren’t always finding it.

ArtsHacker.comThe category navigation has also been enhanced to make it easier to include several new categories that have cropped up over the past few months, such as articles about legal and governance concerns. You can expect each of those parent menu items to include more child items over the next few months!

In addition to design updates, some visitors may notice something different in the menu bar. This enhancement is still in development but it’s going to make it much easier to do a few things we have in store.

And since we’re teasing ideas, you can expect the release of a brand new initiative in October. All I can say at this point is its big and it will go a very long way toward filling a void inside arts administration. Stay tuned…

In the meantime, head over to the updated ArtsHacker.com and take a look at what’s new!

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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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