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I'd Like to Speak to the (Arts) Manager

I'd Like to Speak to the (Arts) Manager

By Kathryn Wene

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced creative and heartbreaking decisions from arts organizations across the world. Tune in for interviews from staff members of orchestras, museums, opera companies, and more to learn how their organizations are adapting and changing to stay connected to their audiences.
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Bonus episode with Jackson Cooper
Bonus episode with Jackson Cooper
In this special episode, I was joined by Jackson Cooper, Major Gifts Officer for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. While we do talk about covid and its impact on PNB and development, we spend some time talking about the impact that the pandemic has had and will continue to have on those getting ready to enter the workforce. With more importance being given to having remote-friendly workspaces, what does that mean for the arts and negotiating those terms of hire? What leverage do new hires have in this changing environment? Tune in to hear Jackson's take on all this and more!
57:48
May 06, 2021
BONUS EPISODE TRAILER - Jackson Cooper
BONUS EPISODE TRAILER - Jackson Cooper
Jackson Cooper of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and I discuss all things Covid and the challenges and opportunities faced by students getting ready to graduate from college this spring.
00:44
April 29, 2021
Episode 7 - Lisa Shames and Fran Jeens
Episode 7 - Lisa Shames and Fran Jeens
In the last episode of season 1, I talk with Lisa Shames and Fran Jeens of the Jewish Museum London. Lisa, Fran, and the entire museum team have been doing some incredibly innovative work during the time of quarantine in England, and I was so excited to catch up with them to learn how they're adapting to "the new normal." The Jewish Museum is located in Camden Town on the north side of London and features an extensive collection of Jewish culture and heritage artifacts. Before lockdown, they offered school tours to thousands of students each year from across London and a number of community events such as neighborhood walks and family days, and they have gone to great lengths to stay connected to their community and audience.
41:05
December 01, 2020
Episode 6 - Tyler Murphy
Episode 6 - Tyler Murphy
This week I talk with Tyler Murphy, Gifts Officer for the Fort Worth Symphony in Fort Worth, Texas. Tyler and I have been friends for a long time, going all the way back to our days with the Houston Symphony, and I was really excited to talk to him about his new job, new city, and our new normal.
49:20
November 24, 2020
Episode 5 - Mandy Stone
Episode 5 - Mandy Stone
In this week's episode, I talk with Mandy Stone, Vice President of Earned Income and Guests Services at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, KS. In addition to housing what she describes as an encyclopedic art collection, the Nelson-Atkins also has become famous for its visit from the Kansas City Zoo's penguins.
39:05
November 17, 2020
Episode 4 - Celeste Fetta
Episode 4 - Celeste Fetta
In this week's episode, I talk to Celeste Fetta, Director of Education for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. The VMFA was fortunate enough to transition many of their education offerings to a virtual platform during lockdown and has since successfully reopened its galleries. Celeste and I were also joined by her children who were home from school while she worked remotely for the day.
44:22
November 10, 2020
Episode 3 - Jeanette Shires
Episode 3 - Jeanette Shires
This week's episode features, Jeanette Shire, the Executive Director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center located in Niceville, Florida. The MKAC is not only an arts presenter with several performance spaces and a gallery but also is an extension of Northwest Florida State College with classes and an extensive education component. Because it has these two different components, they have had to face some unique challenges and to come up with equally unique solutions.
38:49
November 03, 2020
Episode 2- Carol Keeney
Episode 2- Carol Keeney
Carol Keeney is a Tessitura and CRM Project Manager with BKeeney Software in Lenexa, Kansas. She has been working with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as a contract employee, and I was able to talk with her about her son's move back to college in Chicago, life as a remote employee, and how she stayed sane and connected to her team while the museum was closed.
30:29
October 27, 2020
Episode 1 - Steve Brosvik
Episode 1 - Steve Brosvik
In my first episode, I talk to Steve Brosvik, President of the Utah Symphony Utah Opera. It's fitting that Steve is my first guest because he was also my first boss when I went to work for the Houston Symphony after graduating from college. We talked about the challenges of performing live music at high altitudes, moving across the country during a pandemic, and how the USUO is adapting to "the new normal" of life during Covid-19.
38:42
October 20, 2020
Season 1 trailer
Season 1 trailer
I'd Like to Speak to the (Arts) Manager is a podcast featuring one-on-one conversations with arts managers across the country to provide insight into how their organizations have been impacted by Covid-19. Guests include Steve Brosvik, the President of the Utah Symphony Utah Opera; Jeanette Shires, Executive Director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, Florida; and Tyler Murphy, Gifts Officer for the Fort Worth Symphony in Fort Worth, Texas. Our conversations are frank and showcase the changes experienced by these organizations and how they're adapting to a world that so desperately wants to come back together for live arts but still feels a need to socially distance.
02:04
October 13, 2020