Generations, Arts, and Entrepreneurism – An Interview with Babs Carryer
Jillian Brinberg recently explored the question of generational shifts with Babs Carryer, an artist, educator, and former theater director. Carryer has some compelling thoughts to share on the subject of how changing generations are shaping the arts scene, and in particular she focuses on the increasing spirit of entrepreneurism that ever more characterizes the age. “I think we’re at the beginning of what I’d call the age of entrepreneurship,” she says, and in this age artists can benefit from seeing the connection between the creative energy of art making with the creative innovation that characterizes the entrepreneur.
Join Brinberg as she explores these questions with Carryer in a most intriguing dialogue, ” Generations, Arts, and Entrepreneurism – An Interview with Babs Carryer.” (click to read full interview)
We know that different generations have different habits and social patterns, and inevitably these shifts affect the arts — in habits of patronage, ways of participation, and means of communicating about the arts. Elyssa Jechow explores the emergence of Millenials, the new twentysomethings, and how their way of viewing the world will shape interactions between this generation and arts organizations.
She writes, “I have met plenty of arts administrators who are still frustrated with the fact that they’re having trouble continuing to attract the dreamed-about big dollar donations, but I think that maybe we need to come back down to reality and focus our efforts a bit more where they are going to start mattering the most. How do we begin to attract and leverage this newly-of-age generation of enthusiastic (yes, we really are) donors and patrons?” A good question indeed, and with this article we launch a new series in The Muse Dialogue, looking at changing demographics and the hard questions that lay ahead.
Click here to read the full text of her article, “Generational Shifts.”