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Not So Secret Agents

Art Pro Net Podcast

Release Date: 08/03/2020

Expect the Unexpected show art Expect the Unexpected

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This episode looks at some of the basics you should take into account when planning new installations and looking at your existing collections.  Remember that just because the work is huge does not mean it is indestructible. Outdoor works need regular care, maintenance, and planning for every aspect...especially the unexpected.  Let us know if we can help you look closer at your outdoor collection needs, and how to solve them at connect@artpronet.com.

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Doing More with Less is Not the Way to Success show art Doing More with Less is Not the Way to Success

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Long before COVID caused a full stop, museums were pulling back on staffing and ramping up on programming. In the last few years, there have been protests by museum workers, union organizing, and massive drops in morale at museums everywhere. There has to be a new way forward and it means stopping the culture where the expectation is to always do more with less. In this episode, I explore what I see as some of the biggest issues with old strategies and how I think we can start finding a new direction.

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So You Want To Be A Manager? show art So You Want To Be A Manager?

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Our industry will need more qualified managers soon, and many art pros are interested in stepping up to the next level.  The truth is, you can be a rockstar in your niche but it does not mean you are ready to manage.  Realize that your role will change in many ways, and you need to be ready.  In this episode, we look at the soft skills, and changes you need to know about to become a team leader.

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Not So Secret Agents show art Not So Secret Agents

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Many of our spaces are closed down for the foreseeable future and those of us still involved in collections are maintaining and caretaking for our facilities. It is a good time to remind ourselves of the 10 Agents of Deterioration, and how they can inform our planning and prioritizing.  The last time I worked for an institution that had to shut down for a long time was after a natural disaster, and I was an intern. Safeguarding against these agents is the only way to responsibly manage our collections.

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Searching for a Diverse Perspective show art Searching for a Diverse Perspective

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On this July 4th weekend I'm taking stock of where we are in the museum community.  The intersection of layoffs and the fight for social justice has given me a lot to consider, and I see that in all of this change we have a massive opportunity. Now is the time to make our art institutions a place where people from all backgrounds and communities want to be.  It is up to us to make the change.  Be well and be safe.

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Interview with the Art Services Worker Safety Coalition show art Interview with the Art Services Worker Safety Coalition

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Check out my interview with Meg Colbert of Box Art, and Derek Jones of Atelier.  We talk about the new coalition they have organized, the Art Services Worker Saftey Coalition.  This amazing new group and website are dedicated to the protection of art pros in this COVID world. They have come up with a standardized set of guidelines to help make our work safe.  You can check out their site at https://www.artservicesworkersafetycoalition.com/  and it is free to join. 

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Creating Instead of Waiting show art Creating Instead of Waiting

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In this episode, I talk about different ways to develop and promote yourself professionally so you can keep or create opportunities for the future.  Reaching out and networking can help you become a known asset for skills you have, certifications you can get, and new talents you can develop.

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Handle with Care show art Handle with Care

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In this episode, I discuss how to stop splitting your focus and concentration, and feel more whole working from home.  Multitasking has taken on a new form for many of us who used to accomplish tasks on the go that are now having to learn to work from one spot.  Gaining control over my time again has helped me feel that my contributions are focused and adding value. 

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From The Inside Out show art From The Inside Out

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There are a lot of discussions out there about when museums will open back up to the public.  We are at the dawn of a “new normal.” I think we should take a beat, and focus on getting art pros and the museum's staff back first.  In this episode, I discuss some of my strategies for making a post-COVID plan with a focus on how to get everyone back to work with their buy-in.

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Where Do We Go From Here? show art Where Do We Go From Here?

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Alice once told the caterpillar in Wonderland, "It's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then."  I truly understand what she meant.  We are all looking toward the future and trying to figure out how we get back to work in a post-quarantine world. We discuss the told considerations I have used in creating a new plan for my team.  I look at concepts like who to work with on making a plan, and what information you can use as a basis for making new protocols to keep your staff sa

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Many of our spaces are closed down for the foreseeable future and those of us still involved in collections are maintaining and care taking for our facilities. It is a good time to remind ourselves of the 10 Agents of Deterioration, and how they can inform our planning and prioritizing.  The last time I worked for an institution that had to shut down for a long time was after a natural disaster, and I was an intern.  Through those nine months of closure, I learned how important it is to utilize this list.  It categorizes the subjects and focuses that will cause irreparable damage if not managed correctly.  Safeguarding against these agents is the only way to responsibly manage our collections.  Also, in this time of devastating layoffs, institutional knowledge is irreversibly lost to those art pros left to take on the work.  Make sure to listen through to #10 which, in my opinion, is one of the most important ways we can help build a stronger legacy for future art pros.