For some reason, my comment wasn’t approved on his blog. I’m hoping it was a technological glitch, otherwise it looks like he is only taking soft comments that agree or do not go against his post too much.
To catch some of you up, Michael Kaiser wrote a post entitled: Where Are the Senior Arts Managers? It was in fact a nice piece basically saying that we need to give the younger generation a chance.
I didn’t think my comment was that bad to warrant a shut out. Here was my comment as best as I can remember with a little expansion:
The reason there may be a lack of senior arts managers is due to the passing over the GenX generation (mainly the older segment of this generation). During the time I was in college, there were not many arts management degree programs. Instead, we were the generation that gained the experience without the arts management degrees. These days, many jobs at this level are requiring Masters degrees in arts management. I attempted to go back to school for my Masters. The very first class was a waste of time and money for me. While all the younger students were contemplating “What is art?,” etc., I realized that I have already been through this process. I only truly need a few classes to complement my close to 20 years of on the job experience. If you want smart, talented, senior management candidates, perhaps you need to consider changing some of these Masters programs to accommodate the more experienced learner. Why not have Masters programs for this age group that assess their job skills and knowledge and allows them to qualify for credit for what they already know? This way, it will not be a waste of time and money, and instead, these candidates can fill in their gaps on a case by case basis. Or, perhaps, you need to relax a little on the degree requirements for some of these positions and evaluate based on the years of on-the-job experience.
Now really, was my comment that bad?