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In an age of profound change, how must arts administrators evolve so our organizations stay relevant and thrive?

It starts by asking tough questions.

Erik Gensler, the President of Capacity Interactive (CI), a digital marketing consulting firm for the arts, speaks with thinkers and leaders inside and outside of the arts about leadership, marketing, organizational culture, and innovation. If you’re an arts administrator, you don’t want to miss these conversations created to spark your imagination and encourage you to think and grow in new ways.

Please join us to CI to Eye.

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    • 5.0, 84 Ratings

In an age of profound change, how must arts administrators evolve so our organizations stay relevant and thrive?

It starts by asking tough questions.

Erik Gensler, the President of Capacity Interactive (CI), a digital marketing consulting firm for the arts, speaks with thinkers and leaders inside and outside of the arts about leadership, marketing, organizational culture, and innovation. If you’re an arts administrator, you don’t want to miss these conversations created to spark your imagination and encourage you to think and grow in new ways.

Please join us to CI to Eye.

    Capitalism, Race, and the Evolution of American Theater: Robert Barry Fleming

    Capitalism, Race, and the Evolution of American Theater: Robert Barry Fleming

    Robert Barry Fleming is the new Executive Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville. A native Kentuckian, this is his first year at Actors Theatre after serving as Associate Artistic Director of the Cleveland Play House and Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage. He previously worked as a producer, director, choreographer, performer, and teacher. Tune in to his weekly podcast, Borrowed Wisdom, which asks what we can learn from one another.

    • 44 min
    Executive Producer of the Apollo Theater: Kamilah Forbes

    Executive Producer of the Apollo Theater: Kamilah Forbes

    Kamilah Forbes is an award-winning director and producer and serves as the Executive Producer of the World Famous Apollo Theater.

    In this episode, Kamilah and Erik speak about the Apollo's historic and current foundational role in American culture and the global Black community. They also discuss the Apollo's planned physical expansion and their evolution from a presenting house to a curatorial and residency non-profit venue working to develop a broader American canon.

    • 40 min
    Perspectives on Anti-Racism from Six Leaders

    Perspectives on Anti-Racism from Six Leaders

    In this episode, we reflect on the wisdom of six CI to Eye guests who have shared their thoughts on racism and inequity in the arts and suggested steps to ensure cultural organizations are becoming more equitable institutions.

    • 35 min
    Lessons in Audience Development from a Shameless Drag Queen: Jackie Beat

    Lessons in Audience Development from a Shameless Drag Queen: Jackie Beat

    Drag superstar Jackie Beat has been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and in Europe for over thirty years with her razor-sharp comedy and hysterical song parodies. Jackie has written special material for the likes of Rosie O’Donnell, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Coolidge, Elvira and more.

    • 35 min
    A Fundraising Masterclass: James Langley

    A Fundraising Masterclass: James Langley

    James Langley is the President of Langley Innovations, a strategic consulting and training firm,  which he founded to help institutions advance a philanthropic revolution. Over his career, James has worked with institutions across the country at different levels to help raise over $3 billion.

    In this episode, Erik and James discuss his humanistic view on philanthropy, which prioritizes long-term relationship-building over short-term results.

    • 43 min
    Ideas that Unlock the Future for the Arts: Seth Godin

    Ideas that Unlock the Future for the Arts: Seth Godin

    Seth Godin is the author of 19 books that have been bestsellers around the world. He has five TED talks and is involved in projects that spread his wisdom and generosity, like the altMBA, The Marketing Seminar, and his podcast, Akimbo. His blog is one of the most popular in the world.

    In this episode, Seth Godin—one of Erik's heroes—shares his ideas for arts leaders in crisis and beyond. Please listen to these ideas carefully, think about them, and share them widely to unlock the future for the arts.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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84 Ratings

84 Ratings

A.L.Davis ,

Awesomeness!

Thank you for making this content accessible. It’s served as an aid on my journey at my organization, and it’s made me a better marketer. Make time to listen to this podcast a “hell, yes!”

MRO__1 ,

A must for arts administrators

Such a great episode and general overall podcast.
CI gives well-rounded insight to all aspects of arts administration, not just marketing. I am a graduate student preparing to write my thesis for this field and I will be referring back to episodes for reflection and inspiration.

Kathleen C Texas ,

Absolutely necessary for all artistic leaders

Don’t be fooled by the awkward intro music (which sounds like perfect background for a herd of elephants comically making their way to a watering hole on a lazy afternoon). This podcast has inspired me, taught me, and motivated me to make myself and my organization better in unexpected ways.

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