Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

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TED talk

Lone Nut -> Leader

Leadership just may be overrated. It takes guts to be a follower. As Sivers says, “the first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. It takes guts to stand out like that. The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader. So show some hutzpah and be one of our first benefit ticket buyers.

You Don’t Have to Save the World. Change it.

Can art change the world? French street artist inspires. Enjoy his accent and sweet shades. Take his ideas and SPREAD your artistic-brain-wings, go forth, be inspired. Join up

About This TALK from TED:

JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at

Is beauty adaptive?

As arts managers we’re in the business of beauty. Aesthetics are important to us. Preserving them, understanding them, honoring them, honing them, creating them, accessing them… we may not all agree about what is beautiful, but we certainly know much of art, whether it is making cultural commentary or seeking shock value, gives us pleasure to behold.

Denis Dutton speaks in this incredible TED talk (with help from the absolutely amazing Andrew Park. If you haven’t seen it already, his latest video of Iain McGilchrist’s “The Divided Brain” is amazing) about beauty and the incredible history of the artistic need for creating and celebrating beautiful art objects. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s a gift, according to Dutton, deep within our minds handed down from ancestral celebration of human intelligent skills and an emotional connection that pre-dates language. As arts managers we are important, arguable essential, in the preservation and innovation of beauty.

As an arts manager what do you think of Dutton’s Darwinian theory of beauty? How can we use this understanding of beauty and it’s connection to our emotional center to protect and advocate for our arts organizations?

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