Chapter 3

Structures for Change: Recommendations for Renewed Institutional Practices to Support Leadership Qualities in Young Arts Professionals

By Edward P. Clapp and Ann Gregg

ABSTRACT: In order to capitalize on the talents, skills, and unique generational perspectives of younger arts professionals, the authors make several recommendations for change in organizational practice, management, and culture. Based on findings from a 2007 pilot study investigating the current workplace experiences and future interests of young arts professionals, these recommendations include: valuing all individuals as leaders and agents of change; viewing individual leaders as instruments of greater, common purpose; fostering a polymathic approach to practice; addressing a need for omni-directional mentorship, and; investing in time for experimentation, exploration, and play.

Edward, I found your chapter to be very interesting. The findings are key not only to the art sector, but to organizations universally. Your point of acceptance of play, is one of the hardest pills for leadership to take. History proves this as the game changers in most sectors are outsiders, who have no barriers to their creativity. My take away from your findings is that leading with humility and integrity promotes a culture of relentless reflection. With your approach of Omni-Directional Mentorship, respect all promotes a forever improving organization. Great job. As a non-art sector guy over 40 I am enjoying this book and taking notes for how to better approach the young talent I interface

Tony Mittiga 11.30.10 / 4pm

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