Don’t Be Too Quick To Paint That Mural

One of the ways communities are using arts and creativity to revitalize buildings and downtown districts are murals on buildings. However, not all surfaces are suited for murals. The best intentions of contributing to a more attractive, welcoming streetscape may result in the building owner regretting their decision. The Historic Preservation Commission for Loveland, CO has created a webpage and downloadable publication warning about the damage and potential structural issues that may result in painting the old brick of historic buildings. Many of the issues painting brick structures creates are related to … Read more

War Cemeteries Are The Most Entertaining Places In The World, Just Not In The Way You Define It

Did you know according to surveys conducted a few months ago, the most entertaining performance based organization in the world is the Sydney Opera House, followed by the Hollywood Bowl and the most entertaining exhibit based organization in the world is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial followed by the Gettysburg National Military Park? If you are thinking, geez, people have a pretty morbid conception of what is entertaining if they are listing two military cemeteries ahead of The Louvre (#3 on the list), according to Colleen Dilenschneider and her colleagues at … Read more

No One Knows You’re A Non-Profit (Sometimes Even After You Tell Them)

While it has sort of been generally known that visitors to arts and cultural organizations aren’t fully aware of whether the organization is a non-profit or not, Colleen Dilenschneider recently posted research that qualifies just how few visitors are able to make that distinction, (subscription required) what the implication of that lack of knowledge is, and how to reverse that perception. Basically, even the disciplines with the best levels of awareness of non-profit status don’t even get close to 50% awareness. Overall, only 38.6% of US adults believe that nonprofit exhibit-based organizations … Read more