Monthly Archives: July 2009

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what motivates donors to give to the arts, and how their giving patterns relate to their core values – both inside and outside of the arts. In partnership with Helicon Collaborative, we are … Continue reading

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You may be familiar with N PR’s WORLD CAFE®, a program of diverse musical expressions, but the WORLD CAFE® I’m writing about is something quite different. It is sometimes linked with “appreciative inquiry,” an academic approach to organizational development popularized … Continue reading

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Arts education for youth has been recognized as a long-term strategy for developing cultural participants of the future. Because of my own personal interest and my involvement in projects here at WolfBrown, I have an eye out for research on … Continue reading

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If you want to put a room full of artistic and managing directors to sleep, start talking about evaluation. While most of them care deeply about the impacts of their programs, talk of evaluation reliably produces anesthesia. Why? Some say … Continue reading

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Our research also looks beyond the cultural sector to other kinds of nonprofits. Recently, I spoke with an education research and evaluation organization and a venture philanthropy investment group. A common theme stood out: the process of gathering information for … Continue reading

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As part of our research, we have been speaking with executive directors and development directors of state arts agencies and cultural organizations. For most of these people, evaluation and assessment is taking a back seat to the more urgent work … Continue reading

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Of all the foundation presidents active today, Paul Brest of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is one of the most respected. He has written extensively on evaluation and accountability, most recently in his book, Money Well Spent, co-authored with … Continue reading

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Back in 2002 James Allen Smith addressed the Museum Trustee Association and Getty Leadership Institute and asked “What do economics have to do with culture?” He noted the “pressure we are under to justify our work in instrumental or utilitarian … Continue reading

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