Stars of Google Reader

I came across a number of interesting posts on blogs I follow on my Google Reader account and starred them for later review. Thought I would share a few…

Ken Davenport addresses some myths and rules to consider before investing in a Broadway show.

He also provides some interesting insight about wanting your first big project to be the Great American “X,” citing the examples (and advice) of Hal Prince and Stephen Spielberg.

Given the recent story about a mystery donor giving millions to different schools across the country with the provision the schools will not try to find out the donor(s) identity, the Non-Profit Law Blog entry about formulating a policy about what sort of donations you will and won’t accept seemed rather timely. Some recipients of this anonymous largess have checked with Homeland Security to ascertain the funds were obtained legally.

About Joe Patti

I have been writing Butts in the Seats (BitS) on topics of arts and cultural administration since 2004 (yikes!). Given the ever evolving concerns facing the sector, I have yet to exhaust the available subject matter. In addition to BitS, I am a founding contributor to the ArtsHacker ( website where I focus on topics related to boards, law, governance, policy and practice.

I am also an evangelist for the effort to Build Public Will For Arts and Culture being helmed by Arts Midwest and the Metropolitan Group. (

My most recent role was as Executive Director of the Grand Opera House in Macon, GA.

Among the things I am most proud are having produced an opera in the Hawaiian language and a dance drama about Hawaii's snow goddess Poli'ahu while working as a Theater Manager in Hawaii. Though there are many more highlights than there is space here to list.


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