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Found 13 cases in the category Arts and Culture

  1. This case can be used to help students learn about the politics of tax initiatives as a tool for funding important community projects.

  2. Formed in 1995, the Laotian Organizing Project builds trust and leadership among Laotian refugees in Richmond, California. Richmond is home to a growing number of Laotian refugees from tribal groups that do not have a history of interacting and for whom getting involved is both new and scary. But, faced with over 350 industrial facilities and issues such as a lack of affordable housing or living-wage jobs, community members are speaking out and challenging traditional tribal conflicts and beliefs.

  3. Members of the Gwich'in Nation, which means "caribou people", number only in the thousands. But they are united, even reborn in pursuing their steadfast goal: to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is their home and the calving grounds of the caribou, upon which the Gwich'in rely for food and a way of life. Over the course of 15 years they have effectively organized themselves and built strategic alliances with environmental groups, young people and others. Spokesperson Sarah James, describes how they have operationalized the following:

  4. The Village of Arts and Humanities has initiated a collaborative community planning process entitled Shared Prosperity in North Philadelphia. This initiative engages neighborhood residents, business owners, community groups, and other organizations in revitalizing North Central Philadelphia by recognizing and strengthening the communities existing assets and leadership. The Shared Prosperity model radically refigures the expert/client relationship.

  5. This case is a good example of the roles of boards and commissions and the role of a new manager in affecting their behavior and agenda. In Part A, manager Robert Felix is presented with an ultimatum by members of the Arts Council, who threaten to resign if he does not fire a key staff member. Should he capitulate? Should he stand firm in what he believes? What are the long and short-term implications of either strategy? Part B presents Felix's decision, stimulating further discussion about relative roles, courage, and judgment.

  6. Junebug Productions, founded in 1980, enables artists, community members, and students to share their experiences of the Civil Rights Movement. Junebug uses its widely replicated storytelling model, called "story circles," to build understanding and relationships among people affected by this historic time. The story circle process creates opportunities for African Americans in the black belt south to engage in art and social change activities to improve their quality of life.

  7. The story of the Welcome Pole controversy at the Port of Olympia provides a window on effective public leadership, addressing such themes as management in an intercultural context, crisis management, boards and commissions, and public contracting. This case will allow participants to look at an instance where a smart and capable public manager, Nick Handy, found he was unable to rescue a situation. Althouth, the case does not show him in the best light, this was an exception in a notable government career. This case can sharpen the administrator's eye for cues and clues.

  8. This case focuses attention on the fundamental question, "What is the purpose of a budget?" The case recounts a conflict in a voluntary, nonprofit theater organization that is having difficulty paying its bills. The Board of Directors is split evenly between two groups. The "accountants" want to use the budget as a planning and management tool to put the organization's financial affairs in order. The "artists" view the budget as a threat to creativity and achieving the organization's mission.

  9. The Major League Soccer announced plans to bring a team to Salt Lake City, Utah, and originally the organization announced plans to build a soccer stadium in downtown. The plan was to have the stadium be a joint venture between RSL and Salt Lake City and would be partially funded with public monies.

  10. This case is about the events that led to the bankruptcy of the San Antonio Symphony. It also reviews the recommendations of the Mayor's task force reports that addressed the financial problems the Symphony has faced. It gives students the opportunity to discuss how to address competing objectives of nonprofits: (1) having a sound business model and (2) supporting the artistic and cultural integrity of the organization.