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Summer/fall tour for “arts turnaround artist”

Was interested to hear yesterday a nice profile from Susan Stamberg on National Public Radio of Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center and his national tour to help arts organizations facing economic doom.

There are upcoming dates across the Midwest (Cleveland, 7-22; Kalamazoo, 7-23; Indy, 8-11; Louisville, 8-12, etc.)–you can find out about the tour and arts organizations can also apply for specific help from Kaiser and the Center’s Arts In Crisis project.

While the work applies directly to arts groups, many a nonprofit can learn something from his mantras of what worked for him–collaboration, longterm strategy, and of course savvy marketing and communications. His core idea: do not try to cutback to escape from fiscal troubles. The idea that an arts org can “save it’s way to health… is wrong, dangerously wrong,” he says in a Huffington Post article.

In addition to the Arts in Crisis site, a nice, more in-depth piece about it is on Nancy Schwartz’s Getting Attention blog, too (have you entered your org tagline in her contest yet? it’ll take you about 2 minutes, go  learn more/do it here!).

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