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Ben Cameron on Change, Transformation, and Renewal in the Arts

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 18, 2009 at 9:07 am

On February 24, 2009, the Illinois Arts Alliance held its 2009 Members’ Meeting and Reception at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. Close to 300 arts leaders and supporters attended to network with other arts advocates and discuss issues of importance to the cultural sector in Illinois.

Keynote speaker Ben Cameron, Program Director of Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and nationally renowned speaker, former theater professional, and arts activist, explored the devastating plunge in our national economy and the vast array of challenges facing the arts community.

“Like it or not, change is the ever accelerating constant that guides our lives today, and like the famous line in Alice in Wonderland, we must run as fast as we can to stay in the game – and if we want to get anywhere, we must run twice as fast as that. Nimbleness, flexibility, responsiveness, creative opportunism: all will be valued as never before,” said Ben Cameron.

If you would like to download Ben’s entire speech click here, otherwise take the time to watch his presentation below.

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Inside The Giving Side

In WEBSITES & BLOGS on February 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Are you familiar with philanthromedia.com?

This site offers some rare glimpses into the world of nonprofit funding. Philanthromedia have begun a video series that will feature interviews with program officers from leading foundations.

“For the vast majority of folks who seek philanthropic dollars – be they nonprofit staffers, board members, or your average Jane with a great idea for making the world better – the world of funders is a seemingly impenetrable mystery. Even for those who have worked in or closely with foundations, the ways of funders are often hard to understand.”

“While myriad books, websites, panels, seminars, certifications, undergraduate and even graduate programs have emerged to guide grantseekers through an increasingly competitive environment, few and far between are opportunities to hear directly from grantmakers themselves.”

This interview with Ben Cameron, program officer for the arts at Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, was one of their Philanthromedia’s first attempts to go “inside the giving side” with web video. It is great to see foundations finally beginning to think about innovation in the arts. All this good news just keeps my heart singing.