Mapping Social Networks -- Present, Past, Future

Mapping Social Networks -- Present, Past, Future

Mapping and networks feel modern and hip.  In today's increasingly connected world, we assume that social networks are real-time, technologically relevant, but networks of influence far precede our internet-focused era.  Significantly, mapping networks offers an understanding of how ideas travel.  Visual and performing art historians, professional dramaturgs and curators all know that mapping people, objects, or ideas across time and space can broaden an understanding of an art piece or process. Administrators can also benefit from studying networks.

Tweet Seats at the University Musical Society

Tweet Seats at the University Musical Society

There's been a lot of chatter lately about Tweet Seats. The NEA hosted a series of blog posts about #2TweetOrNot2Tweet, we brought up possible legal issues last week, and before I leave you all for the weekend, I'd like to point you towards a great post from ArtsFwd. If you, or anyone you know, is considering Tweet Seats, you should really read this post.

Time of Transition


Does something seem different? Did we get a haircut? New pair of glasses? Start working out? Can’t quite put your finger on it?

Technology in the Arts recently embarked on the beginning of a yearlong journey to assess our role in the world of arts management and technology. Externally, you may notice changes to the look of our site as we continue to update our WordPress infrastructure. Internally, we are engaging in a strategic planning process to reposition and rebrand Technology in the Arts to better serve our audiences.

Part of that effort is to learn more about YOU. Throughout the coming months we will be polling our users to find out what challenges, triumphs, needs, and desires are lurking in the professional niches you inhabit. We invite you to participate, submit comments, and check back to see what we’re finding. What types of content would be most helpful to you? What questions do you have? What excites you? Where do you see arts management and technology intersecting? Where don’t you?

Transitions are afoot. Let’s begin!

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Happy New Year from Technology in the Arts!


Welcome to the new year! Technology in the Arts had an amazing 2012, and we're looking forward to an even stronger 2013! There's always room for improvement, and the staff was kind enough to share their tech resolutions for the coming year. Check them out on the right!

In 2013 I resolve to...stay off my sisters' Facebook accounts (maybe) and to make my daily photo blog an ACTUAL daily photo blog! - Elizabeth


In 2013, I resolve to use Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram more frequently than Chinese social media.
I will develop a good habit to reply every important email within one day.
I resolve to regularly read about latest technology.
I will convoy my exciting new findings of the world to others via social media.
- Vivi
I resolve that my 2 year old son doesn't start figuring out how to use a new tech tool before I do. - Kathryn
Publish an e-book on Gamification in the Arts, learn how to use my new smart phone (my first one oddly), and find an employer that loves technology and the arts as much as I do. - Andre
I will master prezi
I will be a better Facebook friend
I will spread creativity at least once a day
And, of course,
I will  read, like, tweet and follow technology on the arts! - Brett
This year I develop concrete social media campaigns and finally upgrade to a new phone! - Rachael

We had many great articles here on Tech in the Arts in 2012 - here's but a small sampling of our fantastic pieces:


Data vs. Message: Which wins arts patrons? 

Pinterest 101 for Arts Organizations

How Google Art Project Benefits the Public

Planning for when things fail

Wanted: Arts Managers

Gaming or Gamification: A Tool for the Arts

Looking at the Land: The Crowdsourced, Digital Exhibition (Part 1) (Part 2) 

Take off your fundraiser hat! Kickstarter Tips with Stephanie Pereira

Redefining Participation: Notes from the Newspaper Industry

Telemarketing is Dead - and I killed it

SFMOMA Families App Drives Away Gallery Fatigue

Interview with Terre Jones



As 2013 begins, we can't help but be excited about the future. What technologies are you excited to learn or master in the coming year?

Wanted: Arts Managers


Those who have been following Technology in the Arts (TiTA) for some time may be aware that in the past TiTA, in collaboration with the CMU Master of Arts Management program, hosted a website devoted to job opportunities in the arts management field: Since its inception, an abundance of free online arts job resources have emerged, and so, this month we say adieu to our companion site. In its place we present here a host of resources that come with high recommendations as you pursue or advance a career in arts management: National Listings

American Alliance of Museums

Americans for the Arts Job Bank

Arts Education Partnership

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Association of Performing Arts Presenters


Museums and the Web

National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

National Guild for Community Arts Education

New York Foundation for the Arts

Regional Listings: East/MidAtlantic

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Imagine Pittsburgh

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Emerging Leaders of New York Arts

Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington (D.C.)

Regional Listings: Midwest

League of Chicago Theatres

Chicago Artists Resource

Arts Wave (Cincinnati)

Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan

Springboard for the Arts (Minneapolis/Saint Paul)

Regional Listings: South

Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina)

Regional Listings: West

California Arts Council

Northern California Grantmakers

Oregon Regional Arts & Culture Jobs

Seattle Cultural Job Site

Western Arts Alliance

International Listings:

International Arts Manager

International Society for the Performing Arts


Where We Are and Where We've Been - Annual Report

It has been almost a full year since I joined Technology in the Arts, thanks to the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. As we enter another school year and prepare for a new group of research associates, we’ve got a look back at the past year. Research Associate Terry Boyd prepared this Annual Report with our highlights, summaries, and where we have room to improve.

If you're a fan of metrics, be sure to check out the report. Here are some of my favorites:


  • Staff size! We added 5 authors last year!
  • Page views jumped by 63%
  • Visitor total increased by 78%
Social Media
  • Even though our Facebook page is only 2 years old, Facebook is our largest traffic source
  • Over 7,000 clicks from Facebook posts led to our blog posts last year.
  • Our Twitter account saw an increase of followers by 28%

There's plenty of room for improvement (always!) and we hope readers will join us in the next year! We also have a friendly, non-flash version of the report here.

What the upcoming election mean for the arts

What will happen to arts, arts education, and arts agencies after the coming election?  If you are registered to vote then you hold part of the answer in how you decide to cast your ballot.  The coming election could very well decide whether or not there are numerous municipal, statewide, and national agencies that help support arts infrastructure and education. Americans for the Arts collects information on elected candidates based on their voting record and stated policies.  At the top of the ticket President Barrack Obama has gotten good marks from Americans for the Arts.  He has proposed and supported increasing funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has come out against cuts to arts education funding and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Mitt Romney on the other hand has pledged to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Support for the arts, arts funding, and arts education doesn't split strictly on party lines though and it is incumbent upon us as voters to understand where our national, statewide, municiple and local elected officials stand on support the arts, education, and the creative economy.  Americans for the Arts has a handy tool that you can use to look up the positions of elected officials at all levels.