As the economy continues to struggle, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs released a report stating what should be obvious – corporate gifts to arts organizations are down. The same report also offers suggestions for making beneficiary organizations more efficient and advice to donors on how to leverage their contributions more effectively.
What strikes me most about our local arts community is how conservative organizations are when the very essence of art is the creative process. Established organizational paradigms that are at the very least outdated persist. And donors continue to demand the same product, presented the same way for their money. Regardless of whether others want the same thing. It’s a curious arrangement, one resembling the American auto industry more than that of a community where ideas, creative freedom, and experimentation are the principles binding organizations to art.