How I Think about Programmatic Excellence at Colburn

Last week, I wrote this post about ways to tip the scales towards programmatic excellence. Here are five reflections on how I set up programming at Colburn: Give your program time. I was fortunate to be given a year to identify the needs of the Los Angeles community and see how Colburn was best suited to help. Tip: Start …

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5 Tips for Tipping the Scales Towards Excellence

On the left is a photo of me at age three, on the right, my daughter at the same age. I loved the violin and had supportive parents to guide me. Both artists, they had the cultural affluence to make certain I practiced every day and they expected excellence from the start. Now, 37 years …

Community Engagement: Part One—Organizational Foundation

Downtown Los Angeles

It turns out that Los Angeles is a difficult nut to crack when it comes to designing a deep, meaningful community engagement program.  What an amazing and rewarding challenge the last year has been. The time has come to start a deep discussion—via this blog—about the strategies I've adopted in the construction of the program.  …