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Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!

Roughly 10% of my job at Fractured Atlas is straight-up IT support. I help the members of our staff keep their computers running. My purview includes two dozen or so PCs running Windows, Ubuntu and OSX, two local servers, a couple of EC2 instances, two printers and a very small rack of networking gear. Fairly [...]

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What is Open Source and Why is It Important?

Fractured Atlas is currently developing an Open Source arts management system called ATHENA. Our first version will focus on ticketing and donor/customer management and plans are in the works to tackle marketing campaigns, finances and management of class and workshop programs.
Big whoop, you say, more software. Sure, it’s cool that they all work together, but [...]

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[Video] Interview with National Arts Strategies

Since January, I’ve been helping Fractured Atlas develop an integrated cultural asset mapping software suite for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. What is cultural asset mapping, you ask? For us, it means the aggregation of multiple sets of data about the arts and cultural sector to better illuminate who is making art, who is [...]

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Creative Rights & Artists

This week, Fractured Atlas is partnering with our friends at ArtsJournal, Future of Music Coalition, and the National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture to host a discussion about artists’ creative rights and arts policy / advocacy more generally. Fractured Atlas’s Director of Technology Programs, Justin Karr, and I are two of the 22 featured bloggers. If you’re [...]

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Working With Technology Vendors

I’ve worn a lot of technology hats in my day. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of lines of code, started and run a boutique software development firm, overseen large scale open source development projects, and made minor contributions to other people’s open source code. I’ve been hired to advise large organizations and small ones.
Thanks no doubt [...]

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Accounting 101 - A New FREE Course!!

We are extremely excited to announce our latest addition to the FREE online courses available at Fractured U. - “All the Accounting You Need to Know” by longtime Fractured Atlas member and fiscal sponsee, Grace Testani.

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The Future of Leadership

(My thanks to Jean Cook of the Future of Music Coalition and Fractured Atlas’s Adam Huttler for their contributions to this piece.)
We hear a lot of talk about the coming leadership transition in the arts. Baby Boomers are nearing retirement age, and Gen X’ers and Millennials are itching to take on increased responsibility. It’s important [...]

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Surviving the Dip, or Are We in the Typewriter Business and Do We Need a Manhattan Project?

I was in DC yesterday for a presentation/discussion of the NEA’s 2008 Survey on Public Participation in the Arts. The report is accessible and worth a quick read, but I can summarize its findings in one sentence: public participation in the arts is seriously in decline. This is true across essentially all audience demographics and [...]

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Featured Member: Underworld Productions Opera Ensemble

Set aside all the stereotypes that you have about opera, including that it’s three-plus hours of passive listening. New York City’s Underworld Productions creates operas that speak to 21st-century audiences and demystifies opera so that all may enjoy it. Among the ensemble’s aims are the elimination of opera’s “trial by length” and the dissolution of the separation between cast and audience.

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Download + Practice + Upload = Carnegie Hall? Maybe…!

In only the last week I’ve heard about several innovative ways that musicians are using the internet to not only connect with one another, but to collaborate and produce finished pieces of music despite limitations of distance, time and physical space. Good ideas are meant for sharing…

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