The Debate Around Life and Death in the Arts

In response to the internet about why “We Should Allow Failing Arts Organizations to Die”

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But I believe that a “failing organization” will have failed their community by not responding to their needs (producing art that doesn’t resonate with them, doesn’t confirm and challenge their beliefs, doesn’t inspire them, doesn’t reflect their composition), will have failed their artists and administrators by not responding to their needs (being unable to pay them a living wage, unable to provide opportunities for their creative and professional growth), and/or will have failed their art form (by not preserving the history of the form, or pushing it forward into new arenas).

I believe institutional funders are the best choice,
among the options we have.

Institutions may fail, but the benefit that we’re seeking from
the “arts industry” will live on.

I’d rather fund a thousand individual artists in Detroit,
than prop up an institution that has infrastructure
too large and expensive for its now much smaller community.

On the value of influencers over channels.

As of 10pm EST of July 1.
as of 10pm EST on July 1.

Here’s to preserving success over punishing failure.

PDX small business owner, statistics nerd, reluctant consultant, avid vagabond, arts & #nptech. Co-founder @measurecreative — strategy for progressive causes.

PDX small business owner, statistics nerd, reluctant consultant, avid vagabond, arts & #nptech. Co-founder @measurecreative — strategy for progressive causes.