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Fractured Atlas Director of Membership holding Community Arts Forum

Adam Natale, director of membership for Fractured Atlas, will be in Orlando from Aug. 25th - Aug. 31st

Fractured Atlas is
-a non-profit organization that provides services and support to artists and arts organizations.
-a community of over 50,000 artists and arts groups from every discipline across the country and around the world.
-an innovator in the use of technology and 21st century business models to empower the community we serve.

Adam is holding a "Community Arts Forum"
Date: Tuesday, August 25th
Hours: 7-9:00 pm
Location: Maitland Art Center- Germaine Marvel Bldg.
210 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland, Florida
Cost: FREE- open to the entire arts community

Fractured Atlas wishes to learn
-What makes the Orlando artist community unique? What local service organizations are helping artists like you?
-What artist services are sorely needed in your area? How is the economic recession impacting you as an artist?
-Do you communicate/network with other local artists?
-If Fractured Atlas were…

Professional Identity: who are you?

Ooh! Such a great post and self-survey from Fractured Atlas. Read this this preview then go take the survey: "Consultants report that the hardest part of helping artists and arts managers create a strategic plan is getting them to answer the questions: ‘Who Are You?’ and ‘What Do You Do?’

Why is that? Why can’t we tell our audiences, patrons, customers, funders, or collaborators who we are in five sentences or less? Because we are complex, creative, multi-skilled people that have frequent transformative experiences.

“If I am so expansive and mutable, why do I have to define myself in such limited terms?” Because people who don’t know you will only give you a five sentence opportunity to explain yourself; before they turn their attention to the next headshot in the pile, the next poster on the wall, the next proposal on their desk, the next email in their inbox, or the next artist in the gallery. Also, if you don’t create a brief description of yourself and clearly communicate it, o…

Non-profits: Risk, Reward, and the Agency Problem

Interesting post on the Fractured Atlas blog about non-profit success. Here's what the writer says about non-profits:"1) Employees can’t own stock, so they don’t benefit from financial success. Yet they’re still vulnerable to financial failures (i.e. they can lose their jobs or suffer career setbacks). To a lesser extent, the same is true for non-profit Board members. When someone’s got no stake in the upside but is still exposed on the downside, the rational response is extreme conservatism.

2) The culture of the non-profit sector is such that managers go to absurd, herculean efforts to avoid admitting failure, mostly in an effort not to embarrass themselves in front of funders.

3) Non-profit organizations are chronically under-capitalized. By failing to build reserves or hoard surpluses, we end up in a situation where each budget is a tightrope. A single serious misstep is enough to pose an existential threat to the organization."