Ten Things in the Arts That Should Die

Y'all. It's 2017. I'm just going to be honest. After being in this field for a hot second, there are just some things that I think are impeding our ability, as an industry, to become more self-sustaining, attract new and younger audiences, and make the arts experience much better for the audience and/or consumer. These [...]


America the Creative

This post appeared in the March 28, 2017 Greenville News as a Guest Column. It was originally written for the SC Arts Alliance and is also available on their website. America the Creative. This past Tuesday, our executive director, GP McLeer, led a team of eleven advocates from across South Carolina to Washington DC to join [...]

Make Room

I keep a folder on my iPhone along the bottom row for the apps that I use the most aside from email, phone, and text. The folder title is always the "theme" I pick for the upcoming year every New Years. For the past 12 months, that folder's name has been "Go Get It". I [...]

When the Floor Creaks

It's a typical series of events. Scooby-Doo and his gang of meddling teenagers enter a dark and gloomy house late at night. They make their way through spider webs, pass a few mysteriously lit candles amongst a deserted dinner table, and slowly make their way around the house in search of the truth. At some [...]

Spread Joy

At a recent meeting in DC, I sat at a table with nine other colleagues from around the country. Our topic for the day was "The Future of Arts & Creativity in America." Conversations throughout the day wavered from the impact of the election on the arts to cultural shifts in community arts initiatives, to [...]

Change Your World

  Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead Hello. It's been awhile. But today is Election Day, and I need to give you an important message. This election has been a pitiful showcase of American democracy and [...]

Change in the Air

On July 1, I will become the new executive director for the South Carolina Arts Alliance. Below is the release from the SCAA. More information will be coming soon. I will not be moving, the SCAA office will relocate from Rock Hill to somewhere in the Upstate of SC (exact location TBD). I will be [...]