The Members Project

Posted by Gary Steuer, May 21, 2007 0 comments

Some of you may have noticed an email Americans for the Arts sent our a while ago about "The Members Project," a new intiative being launched by American Express.  Well, if you are like me, the e-mail may not have registered with you. Now that the project's Web site is active and the initiative is underway, I wanted to bring it to your attention because I think it is pretty cool and innovative.  Basically, American Express has combined an array of components - social networking sites, reality TV shows with public voting (like American Idol), growing public interest in philanthropy and voluntarism - into a single initiative. Here's how it works: American Express cardmembers register to participate and recommend or nominate project ideas - new programs or initiatives that will make the world (or their community) a better place. Cardmembers have a few weeks to nominate, as well as to review ideas posted by others.

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The Master of Fine Arts Degree is Now the New MBA

Posted by Chad Bauman, May 18, 2007 0 comments

It seems that every couple of months I run into an article somewhere with the above title.  This time it was in the San Diego Business Journal.  It has long been rumored that the MFA degree would be the "new" MBA degree as our industrial economy shifts to a creative economy.  This always makes me chuckle, mostly because as having an MFA degree, I wish that I were paid anywhere near what most MBA alums are currently making.  If the MFA degree is the deus ex machina of the new economy, one would think the value of having one would increase tremendously.  I can only hope.

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Vegas baby!

Posted by Americans for the Arts, May 16, 2007 2 comments

We at Americans for the Arts are having some fun about the office getting really excited about heading to Las Vegas for the Risk & Reward Annual Convention , so we started to kick around a list of "must see Vegas movies" to watch between now and the end of the month. Of course "Lucky You" is currently showing in a theater near you, but maybe you want to rent some of the movies below  {in no particular order....}

If the list below gets you excited, you will want to make sure you are registered for Convention before it closes this Friday, May 18.

  • Casino. (1995). Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci. Martin Scorcese (Dir.) 
  • The Cooler. (2003). William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin
  • Viva Las Vegas. (1964). Elvis Presley. Gotta see The King in Vegas!

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