A sense of direction: Michael Kaiser's advice during his 'Arts in Crisis' tour
In his book "The Art of the Turnaround," and on his 50-state "Arts in Crisis" tour, Michael M. Kaiser espouses some guidelines for economic recovery and stability in the arts. Among them:
-- Do not reduce programming. Trim behind the scenes on discretionary items, such as staff travel.
-- Plan ahead for four or five years, and then let the public know what's on the drawing board so it will be clear that the organization plans to be around.
-- Planning should be done by both large and small groups.
-- Develop collaborations with local artistic groups, museums and schools.
-- Find and train entrepreneurial managers.
-- Develop new streams of revenue.
-- Make the board members ambassadors for the work being presented, as well as fundraisers.
-- Jacqueline Trescott