Friday, September 18, 2009

A book all about you

"There are hundreds of eager young leaders ready to take the reins of the arts"

From Ian David Moss' blog Createquity, September 17, 2009

Edward Clapp's 20UNDER40 anthology, a publication that will feature twenty chapters from emerging leaders in the arts under 40 years of age, has received an eye-opening 304 responses to its recent call for proposals from 343 authors on five continents. This is, frankly, a pretty astounding yield for a project with no history, financial reward, or major institutional backing. From Clapp's email this afternoon:

Given the number of proposals before us, publication in 20UNDER40 can be equally compared to the acceptance rates of the world's most elite academic and cultural institutions.... I feel it is important for all of us-whatever our age or experience-to pause and reflect for a moment on the surge of interest from young arts professionals. What does it mean, what does it tell us that such a massive response has ensued from a simple, grassroots call to voice geared towards young and emerging professionals at this juncture in the evolution of the arts?

My answer: Clearly, the field has spoken. There are literally hundreds of eager young leaders ready to take the reins of the arts for the purpose of redirecting the field in a positive new direction-one that greatly differs from the methods of policy and practice we know today.

Young leaders have asked to be heard, and through this project and the residual conversations and actions that will emanate from its expanse, they will no longer be ignored. Clapp has set up a Facebook site to discuss the implications in more detail.

-Reprinted from "You've Cott Mail"

Thursday, August 27, 2009


There's been a lot of emphasis on the positive during these tough times in a tough field - and that's fine. But sometimes, our cheery spin on dark matters works against us. Here's a great article on how nonprofits starve themselves out of existence by under-reporting overhead and creating false expectations among funders by painting pictures several shades rosier than reality.

It made us think of how all the discussions about solutions and innovations lately have squeezed out our Constitutional right to complain about work.

Some times your job sucks. That's alright. We are here to listen. Please feel free to post comments about how your work is burning you out. Try to be relatively civil, and feel free to remain anonymous.

We'll give out a prize for the complaint with the best high-minded moral.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Job site

I'm a little over-tired. My planning horizon went from months to weeks to days - right now, I pretty much have about 6 hours mapped out at a time. I just sent out a message to our members on Facebook related to this post that sounded like a pitch for Nigerian Horny Goat weed.

Here it is in (hopefully) more articulate form: found a site that custom searches arts jobs and emails them to you: Work in the Arts. I haven't tried it, and there is a fee, so if you check it out, please let us know what you think.
-Chris Casquilho

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Repost from Mission Paradox

Interesting comments on personal capital and founderitis at Mission Paradox.