I thought these two articles offer opportunities for engaging discussions this month.

A Community and Its Orchestra

The Oakland Symphony, Youth Orchestra, and Chorus are good examples of the power of programming connected to the community. This is an organization that is delivering on its mission and vision of accessibility. Discussion questions can center around how other orchestras could emulate the Oakland Symphony’s success. What have cultural organizations been doing in your community since the summer of 2020 to address access and inequities? What are some success stories? How has the pandemic affected these efforts? Have virtual concerts, performances, or exhibits been used to diversify programming?

The 2021 Office?

The second article offers students a chance to reflect more deeply on how arts managers may be engaging differently in their organizations as pandemic restrictions are lifted. Some of the ten ways office work will change are more applicable than others to arts organizations, which might be a good starting point for discussion. Which ways are not likely to change? Are smaller organizations less likely to continue to have most people working from home? Are arts organizations in your community planning to bring everyone back into the office? Why or why not? Will office work really “never be the same?”

Thanks again for subscribing to these updates and happy spring.

Bill Byrnes

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For the Oakland Symphony, supporting social justice is an old habit

By Jasmine Liu | March 24, 2021 | oaklandside.org

As the classical music world reckoned with its whiteness and exclusivity this past summer, the Oakland Symphony offered an example of change.

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10 ways office work will never be the same

By Rani Molla | March 23, 2021 | Vox.com

From where we work to how our work is measured, office work will be permanently different after the pandemic.