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.
Table of Contents
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
Kenneth Foster has more than 30 years experience as an arts organization leader. He is currently Director of Arts Leadership at the University of Southern California. His first book, Performing Arts Presenting; From Theory to Practice was published in 2007.
'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"