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Should Media Pay For Using ‘Citizen News’ Photos And Video?

April 19, 2015 - 12:30pm

“News stations benefit financially from videos like Santana’s, so why shouldn’t the people who shot them?”

A Day In The Life Of A Los Angeles Graffiti Buster [VIDEO]

April 19, 2015 - 12:00pm

“Larry Bender has spent 20 years covering up graffiti in and around the L.A. area. He’s a professional ‘graffiti buster,’ splattered in paint, who drives around the city on the lookout for tags.”

What Will Donor Al Taubman’s Death Mean For The Detroit Institute Of Arts?

April 19, 2015 - 11:45am

“Taubman gave tens of millions in cash to the DIA as a lead contributor to three major fund-raising campaigns. … The DIA will certainly be a beneficiary in his will, though even some among the museum’s top leadership said Saturday that the nature of his ultimate gifts to the DIA remained unclear.”

Second Stage Buys The Helen Hayes Theater, Ending Months Of Discussion And Worry

April 19, 2015 - 11:30am

“Carole Rothman, the artistic director of Second Stage, said the theater would be used for plays by contemporary American writers, with a particular emphasis on works by women and minority members. She said having a Broadway stage should enable the company to pay higher salaries to writers and actors, to run shows for a longer period of time, and to attract a wider audience.”

Picking The Wrong Day Job Can Ruin A Writer

April 19, 2015 - 11:00am

“The main question no one wants to ask but everyone wants answered is quite simple: How are you supporting yourself? Is there a husband? A day job? A trust fund? If you write literary fiction, do you teach? If you’re in your 20s, do your parents pay your rent?”

Can ‘Pirates Of Penzance’ Save The English National Opera?

April 19, 2015 - 10:33am

“Artistic director John Berry is far from the first ENO captain to face the prospect of budgetary collapse – it has always been next to impossible to balance the costs of the huge auditorium with the funding requirement to produce risk-taking, accessibly priced work.”

The Dance World Is Suffering From A Shortage Of Tutu Makers (For Real)

April 19, 2015 - 10:00am

“Many opera and ballet companies employ stitchers on a freelance basis, making it an unattractive career choice for fashion graduates. And unlike general tailoring, which leading fashion houses now outsource to China, tutu-making is so specialised that it can’t be done on the cheap on the other side of the world.”

The Guy Who Became The Most Famous Musician In Children’s Music

April 19, 2015 - 9:30am

“Polisar went home and wrote a song about a mean teacher. Then teachers at other schools heard about the mean teacher song and asked him to come sing it. Then he wrote some more songs. Then more schools called. And so it went, until he had enough music to make two albums by the time he graduated and enough gigs to forget about teaching and try music for a living.”

That Time An Artist Published Pictures Of Her Children, And The NYT Almost Destroyed Her

April 19, 2015 - 9:00am

“In my arrogance and certitude that everyone must see the work as I did, I left myself wide open to journalism’s greatest hazard: quotations lacking context or the sense of irony or self-­deprecating humor with which they were delivered.”

Remember Q, The CBC Program That Used To Star Jian Ghomeshi? It’s Been Rebranded As q

April 19, 2015 - 8:30am

Marketing expert: “Personally, I think that that’s probably not enough of an effort.”

Kenneth Branagh Sets Up New Theatre Company With Judi Dench, Lily James, Rob Brydon

April 19, 2015 - 8:00am

Also, the guy who plays Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. “The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company will take up residency at London’s Garrick Theatre for a year in October. The Cinderella director said he wanted ‘to have a creative home where you could do a programme of work, rather than just one-offs'”

Poptimism = Uncritical Raves (Get Famous Enough And You Won’t Get Bad Reviews)

April 17, 2015 - 6:20pm

“Now, when a pop star reaches a certain strata of fame — and we’re talking Beyoncé, Drake, Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire levels here — something magical happens. They no longer seem to get bad reviews. Stars become superstars, critics become cheerleaders and the discussion froths into a consensus of uncritical excitement.”

Why Did Somebody Steal Einstein’s Brain?

April 17, 2015 - 2:37pm

“While Einstein’s bones (and most of the rest of his body) were cremated and his ashes scattered at a secret spot on the Delaware River, in accordance with his wishes, his gray matter took a different course. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who performed Einstein’s autopsy at Princeton Hospital in New Jersey in 1955, took a bone saw to Einstein’s famous cranium, then a chisel, and snipped out the century’s most famous brain. Then he kept it.”

Shock Move: London National Theatre Executive Director Suddenly Quits Six Months Into The Job

April 17, 2015 - 2:25pm

Announcing her resignation, Tessa Ross said only one person should be in charge. “It has become clear to me that the new leadership structure, with a separate role of chief executive, is not right for the NT at this time,” she said.

The Words Used On Food Packaging Are Orwellian At Worst, Misleading At Best

April 17, 2015 - 2:16pm

“Food-packet rhetoric, like most advertising, is mainly in the business of selling nice feelings. Especially on-trend these days is an ersatz, kitschy friendliness. On a bar of chocolate, for example, the manufacturers boast that “we use only the finest quality organic beans from our friends in the Dominican Republic”. (Isn’t it nice that they are friends?)”

Two New Books Claim Le Corbusier Was An Active Fascist

April 17, 2015 - 2:10pm

Both books—Xavier de Jarcy’s Le Corbusier, un fascisme francais (Albin Michel, 2015), and Francois Chaslin Un Corbusier (Seuil, 2015)—claim the architect was active in several fascist groups in France beginning in the 1920s, but did a good job of keeping his involvement under wraps.

Associate/Senior Associate – Slover Linett Audience Research

April 17, 2015 - 2:07pm

The Associate/Senior Associate will work in partnership with one or more of our researchers (all of whom are PhD social scientists from various disciplines) to design and implement qualitative and quantitative research projects and occasionally to design and lead planning and facilitation processes for our clients. Our research and evaluation studies are sometimes part of a larger, multi-mode effort designed to inform strategic change in an organization across multiple departments and audiences, and are sometimes single-phase, single-mode studies designed to explore a particular issue in depth. The new Associate/Senior Associate will report to the Vice President, who will be involved to a greater or lesser extent in the Associate/Senior Associate’s projects depending on the needs and nature of the project.

ABOUT US
Slover Linett Audience Research Inc. is a nationally recognized social research firm for arts, culture, and informal science organizations and the funders, service organizations, and public agencies that support them. Based in Chicago, we help museums, performing arts organizations, public media enterprises, and other cultural and community nonprofits across the US take a fresh look at their relationship with their audiences and communities through qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation, as well as co-creative processes. We also help staffs and boards turn those insights into new strategies for engagement through planning or visioning sessions designed to articulate compelling principles for engagement and service.

Founded in 1997, we are a growing, intellectually creative consultancy that has developed trusted relationships with leading institutions of culture and public engagement. Our clients include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Roundabout Theatre Company, the MacArthur Foundation, Dance/USA, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, the Getty Trust, the Field Museum, the James Irvine Foundation, and Seattle Opera, among others. For more information please visit our website at SLaudienceresearch.com.

JOB DESCRIPTION
We currently have an opening for a new Associate/Senior Associate based in Chicago. This is a growth position, not a replacement, and we are open to hiring at either the Associate or Senior Associate level, depending on the candidate’s experience.

The Associate/Senior Associate will work in partnership with one or more of our researchers (all of whom are PhD social scientists from various disciplines) to design and implement qualitative and quantitative research projects and occasionally to design and lead planning and facilitation processes for our clients. Our research and evaluation studies are sometimes part of a larger, multi-mode effort designed to inform strategic change in an organization across multiple departments and audiences, and are sometimes single-phase, single-mode studies designed to explore a particular issue in depth. The new Associate/Senior Associate will report to the Vice President, who will be involved to a greater or lesser extent in the Associate/Senior Associate’s projects depending on the needs and nature of the project.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience with research and evaluation studies in the nonprofit arts, culture, informal learning, and/or foundation sectors. Specific responsibilities include:

  • serving as the lead staff member in client relationship management and project management;
  • helping the client organization identify research and evaluation objectives in a complex, evolving context;
  • collaborating on innovative, rigorous research or evaluation protocols (instruments, sampling and recruitment plans, etc.) to achieve those objectives;
  • occasionally participating directly in multiple modes of data collection;
  • conducting and collaborating on thoughtful, in-depth analyses of the qualitative or quantitative data;
  • developing and communicating relevant and cogent implications, conclusions, and recommendations;
  • writing, editing, and managing the creation of research reports in both presentation and narrative formats;
  • leading client meetings and/or presenting the research;
  • managing project budgets and timelines;
  • traveling as necessary for project work and conferences;
  • cultivating and maintaining strong, consultative relationships with clients and others in the field;
  • collaborating effectively with the team’s VP and researcher throughout each project, as well as with other internal personnel, freelancers, fellows, advisors, and multiple levels of client staff;
  • continuing to strengthen our firm’s expertise in the arts & culture sector, including being part of the national dialogue about issues, trends, and emerging practices;
  • designing and leading facilitated planning and ideation processes for our clients.

The Associate/Senior Associate will also work closely with the firm’s vice presidents and partners in areas such as:

  • developing new engagements with current and past clients;
  • writing proposals;
  • helping determine firm strategy;
  • presenting at conferences.

There will be frequent travel (approximately 1-2 trips/month) for project work, conferences, and symposia, including client meetings and on-site research fielding.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
This needle-in-a-haystack candidate will have proven expertise in three key areas:
1. In the cultural sector, broadly defined
2. In research (social research, audience research, market research, and/or evaluation)
3. In consulting (i.e., working directly with clients, facilitating client sessions)

The ideal candidate will be a smart, energetic, and positive-spirited person with excellent client management, project management and presentation skills. A Master’s degree and at least 8 years of work experience is strongly preferred. S/he will also:

  • take an entrepreneurial approach and relish new challenges;
  • be flexible and comfortable adapting to change;
  • have a passion for cultivating relationships with clients and a strong commitment to outstanding client service;
  • have excellent writing and editing skills, particularly in creating client-focused reports;
  • be able to maintain a big-picture view of each project and draw insights and implications from the research findings;
  • be experienced at presenting research findings to clients and at conferences;
  • have a strong interest in helping build and grow our practice;
  • be extremely well organized;
  • have experience managing multiple priorities and negotiating conflicting priorities;
  • enjoy working with others in a highly collaborative, collegial team environment and be a positive, enjoyable, and supportive colleague to others;

HOURS
This is a full-time position located in Chicago. Although hours can be somewhat flexible, we work during regular business hours and occasionally in the evenings or on weekends as needed (for instance, to attend focus groups, meet project deadlines, or attend events in our sector).

COMPENSATION
Salary will be commensurate with experience. In addition, we offer a competitive benefits package of vacation, holidays, sick days, health insurance reimbursement, disability insurance, and profit sharing.

TO APPLY
Please e-mail a cover letter (within the body of the e-mail) and resume to Cheryl Slover-Linett atjobs@slaudienceresearch.com. We are not seeking writing or report samples at this time. Please, no phone calls. We look forward to hearing from you.

Do We Have Too Many Music Festivals?

April 17, 2015 - 1:58pm

They are a rite of summer, a reminder of the changing season and of the changing sound of young America (and sometimes older America). But how much festival is too much festival?

Could Artificial Intelligence Help Make Us More Intentional In Our Decisions?

April 17, 2015 - 1:55pm

“Can technology—especially AI—help humans reverse eons of irrational behavior and bad habits that seem hard-coded in our DNA? Ariely believes it can, and believes that it will start with AI-oriented software and tools that can create what he calls an “intention genome” for every individual—tools to help align our unlimited aspirations and goals with our very limited time on earth.”

Morgan Library Gets A New Director

April 17, 2015 - 1:20pm

The Library “looked West to bring back a longtime New Yorker as its new director, choosing Colin B. Bailey, who has served since 2013 as director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco but was for many years before that the chief curator at the Frick Collection.”