We are at a critical juncture in the field of arts management as Baby Boomers consider retirement and GenXers are now Mid-Career. The transference of leadership and knowledge are confused by a generation gap that highlights the differences in management styles, career expectations and grasp of new technology - regardless of our shared vision for sustaining the arts.
I have been selected as a Fellow for Americans for the Arts to research the Mid-Career Leader perspective on this transition. Over the next several months I will be conducting focus groups and one-on-one interviews with Mid-Career Leaders so that I can articulate a situation analysis based on their aspirations and leadership development needs. My final report will include recommendations for how AFTA can support this delicate leadership transition in terms of programs and services for Mid-Career Leaders. Additionally, I hope to publish a paper that advances this vital discussion across the field.
The most significant article on this topic, my inspiration, is Leverage Lost written by John Kreidler. It is an essential read for anyone in the field of nonprofit arts management.