Still Wondering How We Got Into This Mess

One entry I have consistently linked back to over the past 5 years is a summary I did of John Kreidler’s “Leverage Lost: The Nonprofit Arts in the Post-Ford Era.” Kreidler’s piece provides a great history of how the example of the Ford Foundation shaped the way the current model of funding of non-profits emerged.

Read my reflections in How Did We Get Into This Mess and maybe you will want to take the time to read Kreidler’s longer piece.

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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