One reason that technical people like me should never belong on the Board of any arts organization is that we can't swing the Buzzwords with confidence. People like me are mucking around amongst the node fragments, like the poor people in this redundant Arts Alliance they speak of, rather than trying to coordinate the shattered nodes like iron filings around a magnet. Language like this strikes us as all icing; no cake. And I suppose I'm probably more a part of the problem than the solution:
Creative Albuquerque, the renamed and repurposed former Arts Alliance, has selected a new executive director.
Regina Chavez will work with the board to lead the rebranded organization on its mission to be a hub for the creative economy in Albuquerque. The group’s motto is “economic development through art, education and culture.”
The arts and cultural industries bring in $1.2 billion in revenue annually to Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, according to a 2007 report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of New Mexico. Chavez was one of the primary forces behind that study when she was with the city of Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department.
...The former Arts Alliance did many good things, but it ran its course, Chavez said.
“My job, with the board, is to create a new vision,” she said. “The creative economy is about expanding beyond the arts to include film and digital media, social networking, the humanities. It’s all about ideas and innovation. And that’s a big task, but people are doing it everywhere and it’s time for Albuquerque to get on board with that.”
The BBER study found that the economic potential of the arts and cultural industries sector was hampered by its highly fragmented nature.
“I see Creative Albuquerque as a network management organization to be able to develop a network between these different segments, different nodes, so they can better support each other, share ideas, create jobs, create more interesting jobs,” Chavez said. “That benefits everyone.”
The organization should also be a convener, she added, with events such as quarterly lunches with speakers from around the country.