Perceptions Matter – How Welcoming Are Cultural Organizations?

Cultural organisations as “places for people like me”

Younger audiences are more likely to think that cultural organisations are not ‘for people like for them’, says Colleen Dilenschneider in this KYOB post.

“There’s a lot to the ‘negative attitude affinities’ conversation. It’s wrapped up in diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as age, physical ability, interest, income, being a parent or not, and self-identity. And because people are many things, there is no single magic bullet,” she argues.

The solution (and challenge) – an organisational culture that is consistently welcoming and to people of various different backgrounds and needs.

4 trends to keep in mind if you want to develop and sustain new audiences

Do you want to develop and sustain new audiences? Then cross-functional collaboration is essential.

Here is a great post from Know-your-own-Bone about it:

4 Trends That Cannot Be Delegated To Departments Within Cultural Organizations

These trends are:

1) Integrating market research is not up to the Marketing Department

2) Achieving diversity and inclusion is not up to the Human Resources Department

3) Underscoring your mission is not the sole responsibility of the Education or Programs Departments

4) Securing philanthropic support cannot be achieved solely by the Development or Membership Departments

I am sure you can name more examples – leave a comment if you have any thoughts.