I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight a post from Joe Patti this week that includes a reminder from NEA director of the Office of Research & Analysis, Sunil Iyengar, about the need for arts organizations to remain focused on a post-Covid environment that strives for parity.
Given that it’s all too easy to get caught up in the here and now of concessions during the pandemic, boards and executive administrators need to realize that expecting those changes to be a new normal isn’t the way to go. I like the way Patti characterizes Iyengar’s words by boiling it down to a straightforward maxim.
“While arts administrators have expressed hopes of a rebirth and re-visioning of the arts will result from the Covid enforced pause, any solution that does not improve conditions for artists and protect their interests and prerogatives will ultimately fail to achieve ambitions for change and revitalization.”
I highly recommend everyone read both articles for a good grounding on this topic: