Leadership in the Arts: An Inside View

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AuthorHouse, Mar 13, 2008 - Education - 348 pages
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A must read for anyone considering a career in arts management

 

A how-to manual on creative and effective leadership in the arts

 

Moral support for people already engaged in this activity

 

An inside view of the artistic environment

 

A wealth of advice and hard-earned wisdom

 

Laced with real-life anecdotes

 

This book tells it like it is.

 

This book is written for those who have headed an arts program, those who are presently doing so, those who think they’d like to do it, those who want to know more about the people who do this sort of thing, and for those who just need a good laugh. 

 

A complex organizational structure is like a bowl of Jell-O; you can’t touch any part of it without setting the whole substance into reactive motion.

 

People who need to do one thing at a time, and finish it perfectly before going on to the next task—well, this is just not the place for them.

 

Our greatest challenge as arts executives is to dig out of the day-to-day details of the implementation process, to find sufficient time to exercise our leadership abilities—to step back and reflect, to actually see where the institution is headed and to make sure this is really where we want to be going.

 

You can learn whatever you have to learn as you need to learn it. Jump off a cliff, and you will soon find your feet.

 

You can give your organization no greater gift than to instill in it a readiness for change.

 

The bigger the risk, the more likely you are to succeed, because huge risks have such enormous consequences, you can't afford to fail.

 

The only way to ensure staying within your budget is to have more money than you actually need—good luck on that one.  

 

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Contents

WORKING WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS
1
SUPERVISING THE STAFF
10
CHAPTER 2 BECOMING A LEADER
27
CHAPTER 3 TAKING CHARGE
71
MINIMIZING BUREAUCRACY
87
IMPLEMENTING CHANGE
95
CHAPTER 4 HANDLING THE FINANCES
113
RAISING MONEY
133
CHAPTER 6 COMMUNICATING
193
IMPROVISING IN PUBLIC
220
CHAPTER 7 HANDLING PERSONNEL ISSUES
237
COPING WITH LEGAL ISSUES
262
CHAPTER 8 WORKING WITHIN THE SYSTEM BEYOND
271
EPILOGUE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE FUTURE OF
305
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
327
Copyright

CHAPTER 5 MAKING DECISIONS IMPLEMENTING THEM
153

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About the author (2008)

Marilyn Taft Thomas is Professor of Theory and Composition in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, and an active composer with works for orchestra, choir, brass band, piano, voice, and chamber ensembles. For the past twenty years, she has been unable to avoid leading various arts organizations, from the Headship of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, To the Executive Directorship of the River City Brass Band, with a number of non-profit organizations sprinkled in here and there. A prolific writer, it is this depth of administrative experience that has led her to author a book on Leadership in the Arts: An Inside View. Dr. Thomas resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband Harry. Together, they have three grown children and six very active grandchildren.

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