Podcasts on Arts

Keeping up with news from the art world is important for art administrators, so we constantly look for ways to get information. We seek out the latest news and most intriguing stories from a variety of sources, including art-focused news sources, arts/culture sections of major newspapers and magazines, and social media. Podcasts are another way to discover new stories and unique insights on art. This list is just the tip of the iceberg—there are hundreds of arts and culture podcasts to explore!





 The National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works podcast engages listeners in rich conversations with artists and arts administrators from the performing arts, visual arts, and literature. For shorter bursts of inspiration, NEA also features Shortcuts—quick snippets like drummer Antonio Sanchez’s reflections on live performances and recording. (iTunes)

Capacity Interactive’s CI to Eye is a great addition to an arts administrator’s toolbox. Erik Gensler, the President of Capacity Interactive discusses marketing, development, management, and more with leaders throughout the field. (SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play)

Hyperallergic just launched a new weekly podcast, Art Movements. This is not Hyperallergic’s first venture into podcasting—catch a fantastic conversation between editor Hrag Vartanian and Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. (iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, Stitcher)

TEDTalks Art captures insights of artists from around the world. Lecturers span visual and performing artists and administrators. (iTunes)

Visual Arts

Tyler Green’s The Modern Art Notes is a vast collection of interviews with contemporary artists, art historians and administrators. Green ties many episodes to current exhibitions. (iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Google Play)

What do museum visitors think about the art on the walls? On the Lonely Palette, Tamar Avishai highlights museum visitors’ perspectives on art works. (Google Play, iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher)

Last year, WNYC and MoMA supported a ten-episode series, A Piece of Work, hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson. It’s deeply informative, but also funny. (iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play)

Museum Archipelago tackles issues museums are facing by discussing them with administrators around the world. And, as host Ian Elner promises, the conversations are never longer than 15 minutes! (iTunes, Google Play)

Interested in tracking the economics of the global art market? Check out Artelligence, which looks at galleries, dealers, art fairs, collectors and more. (Soundcloud, iTunes)

Artsy’s podcast examines issues in commercial and non-profit art worlds, and looks at current events and history. (Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher)

Performing Arts

The Library of Congress’s 2009 to 2011 series Music and the Brain features conversations with scientists, composers, performers, theorists, physicians, psychologists, and other experts who explore the connections between the mind and sound. (iTunes)

That Classical Podcast hosts Kelly and Chris gives history and insights on classical music while having fun. Their laughs are infectious! (iTunes, Stitcher)

The Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast provides hours of opera history. It often links with Met productions, including Met Live in HD broadcasts. (iTunes, SoundCloud)

TodayTix and Theater People (another great podcast!) present Broadway Backstory, which examines the trajectory Broadway productions take from development to opening night. (SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher)

The Premier Dance Network is home to a dozen podcast series on the world of dance and ballet, including the Stage Rightside with James Whiteside (Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theater) and Balancing Pointe. A few series explore dancers’ lives, while others tackle issues facing the field.

Sources (and further reading)

Erikson, B. (2017, November 07). 12 Top Art Podcasts to Add to Your List. Retrieved July 23, 2018, from https://www.artistsnetwork.com/artist-life/12-art-podcasts-inspiration/

Galer, S. S. (2017, August 07). Culture – The 25 culture podcasts that will blow your mind. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170804-the-25-culture-podcasts-that-will-blow-your-mind

Johnston, Z. (2018, July 03). The 26 Best Art Podcasts To Listen To Right Now. Retrieved July 20, 2018, from https://uproxx.com/life/best-art-podcasts-to-listen-to-right-now/6/

Wingenroth, L. (2017, March 09). Your Guide to The Latest Ballet Podcasts. Retrieved July 20, 2018, from https://www.dancemagazine.com/guide-latest-ballet-podcasts-2307024255.html

Reflections on the Culture Business Conference in NYC

A post crafted by Caitlin Green, ARAD ’19

Agenda, a consulting agency based in Paris, hosts conferences around the world to connect leaders in the arts and culture with each other to share the best ideas. They launched their Culture Business conference in after the 2008 financial crisis to reenergize fundraising professionals and find ways to confront new challenges. Agenda has hosted Culture Business around the world, including in Paris, Madrid, Sydney, and Melbourne. Last month, the conference came to New York. ARAD students and recent alumni attended the two-day conference at the Jewish Museum and Museum of the City of New York. Here are their reflections:


Nadia Kyne ‘18

As a Canadian, I was especially fascinated to hear the international perspective that the Culture Business Conference’s speakers brought to their discussions of organizational advancement. For example, one standout panel featured Silvia Melchior of the English National Ballet, Hanne Støvring of the American Friends of the National Gallery of Denmark, Daphne Butler Birdsey from the Metropolitan Museum, and Alison Wright from the National Gallery of Australia. It was fantastic to hear these four dynamic leaders speak candidly about the challenges and successes of their own fundraising work, and more broadly discuss the philanthropic trends that they are observing in a global context.


Carolina Cambronero-Varela ‘19

Several presenters mentioned the need for arts organizations to be emphatic about the artistic value that they can provide while also maximizing fundraising efforts from that perspective. For example, Ms. Sonia Higgins from Vievero Consulting explained that we need to build partnerships (not monetary exchanges) with shared agendas, combined resources, risks and rewards. We are not building commerce but rather social impact!


Emily Lin ‘18

I am inspired by Elizabeth Dobrska from TUGG to think of new ways to engage new audiences through corporate sponsorships. Like board members, corporations are not only able to provide financial support, but they can also connect organizations to communities that they otherwise lack resources to reach out to. It was suggested that organizations be more flexible in designing programs, in collaboration with corporations, that cater to the needs of specific communities.




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Evy Li ‘18

During the World Café session, the discussion for “how do you bounce back from a ’No’?” was very inspiring. There are several steps:

  1. Re-check the content and format of the applications
  2. Check the feedback
  3. Keep the communication open, always ask the next question
  4. Invest time in communicating with the personal assistant of CEO/manager – personal assistants are the most important gate keeper of the application (People at my tables, who are all very experienced, all strongly agree on this point)
  5. Every “No” is a step closer to “Yes”

During the panel for Art of International Giving, I was very inspired to hear the situations about patron trips. The Met approaches international patrons by personalizing conversations. Instead of saying, “you can make a bigger contribution”, they ask “which curator do you want to meet next?” Eventually patrons will make contributions. Trips don’t need to always be art-related. Instead of going to Basel, they arrange trips to local hospitals, creating meanings for patrons that are not to be bragged about, but are truly meaningful and memorable.




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Caitlin Green ‘19

One of the themes that became clear to me is that fundraising is about more than just focusing on the donor. Gary Stoppelman of Newfields explained how changing their mission to being people-focused and growing overall attendance inspired their core supporters. They were excited to see community members enjoying the organization they loved so much. Kendra Foley (an ARAD alumna!) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Garrett Gin of Bank of America showed that corporate donors can become engaged with innovative programs that had a tangible impact.




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Agenda has posted many of the presentations here and made available notes from the conference.

Select photos courtesy of agenda.com

Audrée Anid ‘17 brings her perspective to NY’s art world with new exhibitions

AANIDprofileimageAudrée Anid ’17 is Lebanese-American mixed-media artist and independent curator whose work spans photography, painting, and printmaking. Audrée was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in the Bronx, New York. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She has exhibited at Photoville NYC at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Humble Arts Foundation, Equity Gallery, Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery, Gallery at BRIC House, and Space Womb Gallery, among others. International exhibitions include Arts Suzhou in Suzhou, China and The Beirut Contemporary Global Art Fair in Beirut, Lebanon.  She was recently selected as an artist in the Artist on Art Program at Olana State Historic Site, in Hudson, New York in partnership with IAIA I Institute of Arab and Islamic Art in New York. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

We caught up with Audrée to learn more about her work and upcoming exhibitions:

Tell us about what you are working on now.

As far as my art practice goes, I’m working on a few different projects simultaneously in my art studio in Bushwick. I’ve been working on a body of oil paintings entitled Formations, since last August. The paintings depict fragments of media imagery culled from online coverage of the ongoing Civil War in Syria.  I’m interested in the ways in which we decode and process digital information, examining what we chose to ignore and what we pay attention to. I’ve also been exploring text and language by printing and painting on paper. I’ve made over 100 of these works on paper since October (these will be shown in Chelsea on July 12th).

I recently launched RATA Projects, a curatorial initiative with independent curator, Rachel Tretter. RATA Projects grew out of a need and desire to give emerging artists a voice in the very competitive arts landscape of New York City.

How did it come together?

RATA Projects came together after Rachel and I (who both work at commercial galleries) wanted to pursue our own curatorial vision and found an engaging space to do so. The gallery itself is a unique space that comes equipped with a discreetly hidden speakeasy. We approached the owners of the space with a clear vision and proposal of the show, including a list of artists we would pursue. Since our first meeting, we’ve been focused on planning, outreach, and organizing, applying our collective knowledge toward the inaugural show, Skip/Salvage.  

Can you share more about the messages for these exhibitions?

Skip/Salvage focuses on collage and sculptural constructions, with works comprised of domestic remnants, byproducts of manufacturing, and fragmentary objects from daily life recontextualized to create new meaning. The pieces in the show denote a specific place and time, often borrowing from the landscape of New York City as well as the artists’ personal memories. All of the artists in the show are based in New York and incorporate elements of the city into their work.

Eminent Domain is a flash exhibition of intersectional feminist art in Chelsea where I will be showing a 5-foot installation of works on paper. The painted words and phrases stem from personal interactions, text-message exchanges, and fragments of phrases borrowed from apologies that have been issued and circulated by the media by influential figures in society. The guerilla/flash format of this exhibition is intended to disrupt the norm of the white-box/blue-chip nexus of galleries in Chelsea. I think it’s incredibly important to give women a platform to showcase their work, especially since women make up such a small percentage of representation on gallery rosters. The artists in this exhibition are diverse; they include established feminist pioneers like Marilyn Minter, to more emerging voices (like myself).

How did ARAD prepare you for projects like these?

While in grad school, I honed my ability to multitask and prioritize responsibilities and I’ve certainly applied this work-ethic to my current projects. The extensive writing and analysis my courses encouraged have served me well in crafting proposals, press releases, and other written media.  My professors always challenged me to push my thinking further, shifting my ideas out of an abstract realm and into a clear material one, which I think my art practice has benefitted from.

Congrats to Audrée! We look forward to checking out Eminent Domain and Skip/Salvage.


Catching up with Chad Rabago, Spring 2018 Microgrant Recipient.

Chad Rabago attended Service Unites in Atlanta, GA this June with funding from the ARAD Spring 2018 Microgrant. We were eager to hear about his experiences! 


Service Unites is the largest service-related conference for non-profit, government, business, and civic leaders. Hosted by Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service and mobilization, Service Unites brings thousands together to collaborate and share knowledge, resources, and connections to awaken the power of people to change the world. I have wanted to attend the conference since learning about it during my year with AmeriCorps, and through a grant from the Arts Administration program I was fortunate to be able to attend for the first time!

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This year’s theme was “Igniting Civic Culture,” challenging attendees to cultivate a culture in which civic engagement is the norm, and every person is inspired, prepared, and mobilized to make a difference. Throughout the conference, I attended workshops on topics like branding through social media, engaging millennial volunteers, rethinking volunteer recognition and training, developing audiences without overspending, and forming college partnerships. I heard from professionals in various sectors, including higher education, consulting, museums, PR, and corporate philanthropy. At the conference’s opening assembly, we heard from various activists, politicians, artists, and celebrities, including Brooke Shields, Adam Rippon, Jesse Williams, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, theatre producer Alia Jones-Harvey, and students from Parkland, Florida.

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In addition to attending the workshops and learning from so many experienced professionals, part of what made the conference so great was being surrounded by people who were all interested in working with volunteers in so many different ways. I met and connected with students, current service members, and professionals from various fields, including non-profit management, corporate social responsibility, human resources, venue management, start-up businesses, arts administration, government, and policy, and I am looking forward to following up with people for informational interviews and thesis research! It was really humbling and thrilling to share stories and resources with people who have similar career experiences. Whether it was the house manager at a folk music venue in Michigan who works with volunteers every day, or a specialist with AARP who coordinates volunteers digitally all over northern California, their unique perspectives enlightened my own experience of working with volunteers, as well as the career possibilities in this field.


Being in Atlanta for the first time, I also had the opportunity to visit The Center for Civil and Human Rights, World of Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and Fox Theatre. I also did a whirlwind tour of Montgomery, Alabama, where I saw the former homes turned museums of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Dr. King, Rosa Park’s bus stop, and the abandoned movie set of one of my favorite movies, Big Fish.

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It’s my hope that I will be able to attend future Service Unites conferences. Thank you to the ARAD Program for giving me this opportunity!