Creative Identity Series: Half-Brained Leadership & Religiosity True Culprits of Arts Crisis

August 13, 2014 5:17 PM

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Creative Identity Series: Half-Brained Leadership & Religiosity True Culprits of Arts Crisis

Truth is, most arts organizations and most artists do not need more funding. They need more creativity. When one of the world's most recognizable orchestras is routinely, though quietly, ridiculed as being one of the worst sounding and most boring and one of the world's top music schools is noted more for having the most mean-spirited orchestra than the most impassioned performances, when young pianists trot out the same recitals and the same recordings of the same music as if it were mandated, when graduate schools still require dissertations that will never be read, when Gershwin still represents the bulk of orchestral pops programs and presenting Motown hits is a musical organization's answer to diversity, I think it's safe to say we're in the middle of a creativity crisis, not a funding one.

In Mark Batterson's writings on the role of the right-brain in effective church leadership, he emphasizes the main task should be "keeping what is sacred from becoming routine." It's the major task we face in the arts world and in life in general. We should be running from what he calls "routinizati...

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