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September 26, 2011


Don Hall

Adam -

You go ahead and march. It works for you.

Some of us believe that art is NOT a job. It's an ART.

Contrary to your assertion, writing reviews of art is NOT the art itself. Neither is publicizing it. Neither is finding ways to sell it. Neither is grant writing. Neither is administration.

All necessary components of the BUSINESS but completely UNnecessary for the ART.

I know you have a hard time distinguishing the difference between the two but the difference exists nonetheless.

So YOU shut up and march. You're good at that marching stuff (not so good at the shutting up part but we can't have everything, right?) Some of us are more interested in creating something unique and interesting rather than selling something tried and true.



Yes, all of that is UNnecessary to create art, but is necessary if you want to connect that art to the marketplace and/or generate revenue from it. Some folks want to try and do that. I want to help them in that attempt.

Adrienne Sweeney

I read every one of your blogs. I often print them out and post them in my cube. More often than not I forward them to the rest of my company. But this one really blew my mind. I work for a small professional theatre in a rural town of 788. We're in our 23rd season. There are 14 of us who live in town and run every aspect of the company. And while we call ourselves artist/administrators, we do, literally, everything from directing and acting to cleaning toilets and the butts out of the ashtrays. You could not be more right -- some days, most days, you just gotta march. And what's wonderful, what keeps you going, are the days when you get to march a bit less and skip a bit more (those days when you get a standing ovation from an appreciative crowd, or a little girl comes up to you after the show to tell you how much she liked the show and that she's an actor, too!) Almost every failed artists or arts organization I've seen have behind them a commonality -- an unwillingness to embrace the WORK it takes to create and share their art, an unwillingness to march. As always, thanks for the reminder.

Sil in Corea

Yes!!! It takes Work to create Art, and Practice, Practice, Practice! {That's how you get to Carnegie Hall, you know.}

Don Hall

* double sigh *

I really have no issue with your desire to help those who want to make money by selling theater. I DO bristle when, in an effort to paint your picture, you downgrade anyone NOT interested in selling theater for big profit margins.

If you take the time to notice, I only get up in your blog when you position those interested in commerce as somehow nobler as those who are not.

Lose the bias and you're giving sound business advice to theater administrators. Keep the bias and you're insulting artists.

Not that difficult to figure out, really...

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