• Labor, Life, and the Pursuit of Happiness for Arts Alumni
    Happy 100th Birthday to the U.S. Department of Labor! Our rotund and reluctant mid-wife, President Taft, on his last day in office, signed legislation creating and delivering the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), giving workers a direct seat in the President’s Cabinet for the first time. DOL’s mission: “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare […]
  • Branding Your Neighborhood, Town, or City
    How do you utilize the arts to foster civic identity, cultivate tourism, and brand your city, town or neighborhood? Four arts leaders. Four diverse markets. Four distinct audience segments. While the cities and circumstances may differ, their authentic and creative approach to problem solving, consensus building, and collaboration did not. Here are their key insights […]
  • The Congressional Meat Grinder Cranks to Life
    Ever since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) authorization formally ended in 2007, Congress has been trying to reauthorize it, but with very little success. You remember NCLB? It passed Congress with whopping margins of 381-41 in the House and 87-10 in the Senate and President Bush signed it into law with big smiles […]

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