The contemporary world faces unprecedented upheaval and change forcing institutions of all types to rethink how they are designed and how they must now function if they are to survive into an uncertain future. The performing arts are no exception; in an era of constant change and technological transformation, arts organizations and their leaders face significant organizational challenges if they are to maintain their relevance.
Arts Leadership: Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations provides a contemporary overview of the field of arts leadership, focused on the performing arts. It examines what these challenges are, how they are affecting the performing arts and arts organizations in general and proposes creative ways to reimagine, build and lead sustainable arts organizations in this uncharted environment. With a global perspective drawn from his extensive experience advising arts organizations around the world and based on his own work successfully leading important performing arts organizations in the United States, Foster proposes an innovative approach to organizational design, systems, and structures for arts leaders in the 21st century that is based in ecological thinking and the creative process that is intrinsic to the arts.
In disrupting conventional arts leadership practice, the book provides an exceptional tool to understand a unique sector, and is essential reading for students and practitioners across the creative and cultural industries.
'An expansive "why-to" book. It’s a call to action to become proactive practitioners of social change, to be energized by challenges, and to forge the future of arts leadership with a renewed sense of purpose.' — Dan Froot, Performance Artist and Professor of Creative Process and Business of the Arts, UCLA, USA
'A thoughtful, comprehensive, and inspiring book that offers valuable perspectives on the arts, arts makers, and leadership. Kenneth Foster draws from the creative process to provide practical and thoughtful insights about leading arts organizations.' — William J. Byrnes, author of "Management and the Arts"
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE: THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT
CHAPTER TWO: REVERBERATIONS OF CHANGE
CHAPTER THREE: SYSTEMIC CHANGE
CHAPTER FOUR: WHY PERFORMANCE MATTERS
CHAPTER FIVE: ART IS LIFE: ECOSYSTEMS, RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
CHAPTER SIX: FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS
CHAPTER SEVEN: CREATING A SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION
CHAPTER EIGHT: IDEAS INTO ACTION
Creative and cultural industries account for a significant share of the global economy and working in these sectors is proving increasingly popular for graduates across a wide array of educational institutions. Business and Management skills are a vital part of the future of these sectors, and there are a growing number of degree schemes reflecting this.
This series provides a range of relatively short textbooks covering all the key business and management themes of interest within the creative and cultural industries. With consistent production quality, pedagogical features and writing style, each book provides essential reading for a core unit of any arts / cultural management or creative industries degree and the series as a whole provides a comprehensive resource for those studying in this field.