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Artists on Creative Administration

A Workbook from the National Center for Choreography

237 pages
University of Akron Press
Brilliant artists share stories on artistic life and business, full of lessons we can all learn about living a creative life. Featuring the voices of thirty artists and arts workers, Artists on Creative Administration: A Workbook from the National Center for Choreography provides first-hand accounts of creative administration in action. The book pairs big topics with actionable tactics, addressing themes like equity, activism, design thinking, leadership, collaboration, family, ethics, and care. Provocative, candid essays and interviews expand our view of what creativity and leadership can be, as each chapter closes with experiments for the reader to try and adapt to their own thinking, work, and life. Artists on Creative Administration emerged from the National Center for Choreography-Akron's acclaimed Creative Administration Research program. As editor, Tonya Lockyer shares: "This book is for anyone looking for paths forward; for anyone who believes we are in an exceptional moment of change-change is happening and needs to happen."
Author Bio
Tonya Lockyer, widely praised as "a key cultural changemaker" (Seattle Times), is an award-winning artist and cultural strategist. Her work as a groundbreaking artist, arts leader, and curator has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, Princeton University, NPR, the Canada Council, and the City of Seattle. Lockyer was the transformative director of Seattle's Velocity Dance Center (2011-2018), and she has collaborated with some of the most innovative artistic experimentalists of our time. She is an adjunct professor in Arts Leadership (MFA/BA) at Seattle University.