Chapter 4

Redefining “Artistic” Administration

By Sue Landis and Jessica Rivkin Larson

ABSTRACT: How may artistic strategies be harnessed to enhance administrative practice? In this chapter the authors report on a study of what leading artists and arts administrators address as key aspects of successful practice. Artists in their study identify questioning, critical listening, focused vision, and intelligent risk-taking as significant aspects of their work. Leading arts administrators agree that these characteristics are critical to success in the field. The authors conclude that by adapting these capacities young arts leaders may become truly “artistic” administrators capable of the greater innovation necessary to move the arts sector forward.

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