Have you ever taken a rental car to the car wash?

Posted by Chad Bauman, Jun 09, 2007 0 comments

Again I am writing from Minneapolis where Theatre Communications Group is holding their national conference.  Today was the last day of the conference, and I am starting to get a little tired (mostly because I had one day of rest between our Annual Convention and this conference).  Thankfully I convinced my body to get up and going after a couple of cups of coffee, and I headed off to the morning plenary session entitled "Visions of Tomorrow's Theatre: A Roundtable Discussion."  On the panel this morning were the following people: Kristin Marting (HERE Arts Center), Clove Galilee (Trick Saddle), Joseph Haj (Playmakers Rep), Ruben Polendo (Theatre Mitu), Dan Rothenberg (Pig Iron Theatre), and Sean San Jose' (Campo Santo).

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Why is Molly Smith talking about Second Life?

Posted by Chad Bauman, Jun 07, 2007 1 comment

I am writing from Minneapolis where I am attending the Theatre Communications Group National Conference.  This evening I had the pleasure of listening to keynote speaker, Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Washington, DC's Arena Stage.  I wholly expected Molly to discuss artistic issues in the theater since she is a director--issues such as copyright, unions, visas, co-productions, etc.  So when she started off by asking the audience how many people have heard of Second Life, I was shocked.

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Post Convention - Next Steps for Leadership

Posted by John Arroyo, Jun 05, 2007 2 comments

With the convention over, it's nice to part with the chaos that is Las Vegas and apply some of the advice and models offered during the leadership track sessions. During convention there were many conversations, but now it's time for the action. I think this is most important considering the arts is a sector that is criticized for commissioning many reports, but not leveraging more action beyond the thick reams of paper. Furthermore, many think that these reports only remind of what what we already know.

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Ra Ra Ra...Rha Goddess!

Posted by John Arroyo, Jun 03, 2007 0 comments

With a title theme like RISK AND REWARD, I can tell that the convention has really challenged administrators to move out of their comfort levels and challenge the "norm."  Rha Goddess' inspirational speech on identifying and sustaining emerging leadership was no exception.   I've been pretty faithful to the Leadership Track but in  my interest in attending some other non-Leadership sessions on the program schedule, I almost missed Rha Goddess.  I'm so glad I didn't. Her ideas really resonated with my post on cultural leadership.  She stated that "If your art is not your center, leadership IS NOT happening" and challenged us to handle ourselves and "hold space."

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Who ever said cheating was a bad thing?

Posted by Tom DeCaigny, Jun 03, 2007 0 comments

After considerable Vegas stimulation and conference information overload, I'm still thinking about yesterday's Arts Education Innovator and Culminating Forum session with Sir Ken Robinson.  I first saw him speak in Lisbon, Portugal at the UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education and then lucked out months later by catching his address to the National Governor's Association on C-Span late one night. 

Sir Ken Robinson is an excellent storyteller. He's witty, concise and manges to expose deeper meaning through simple narrative. (Check out his new book:  "Out of Our Minds"). He makes a strong case for the potential of arts education to address global economic changes and the growing antagonisms between international cultural groups.  His discussion yesterday of a "climate crisis in human resources" struck a particular note since some colleagues and I had experienced a related phemenonon at lunch the day before. 

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