Friday, September 29, 2006

Hamilton Building Video

I've added a short video taken on my cell phone yesterday at the Hamilton Building to the previous post. It will give you a sense of the angles of the walls, and the exterior materials.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

New Denver Art Museum Wing

The Frederick Hamilton Building is engaged in previews of the space right now. Today was a member's only day. WESTAF invited a bunch of original State Arts Agency original ED's to Denver for a meeting/brainstorm over today and tomorrow. Anthony (WESTAF's ED) managed to get the group tickets to the new building.

The building was designed by Daniel Libeskind. It is gorgeous to look at on the outside, completely clad in titanium.

The interior is stunning as well. The angles are just wonderful with an suprisingly open space. The walls have a installed piece of permanent art that displays digital numbers in the midst of circular mirrors.

They will have a challenge hanging temporary exhibits. The lack of 90 degree angles will pose difficulties that traditional spaces will never have. The lighting was a little weak, but that could have been due to the fact the facility isn't officially open or due to the fact they desire that the art speaks for itself.

More of the collection will be on display, which is very good. I hope that the building will draw many more patrons to the facilities.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Another Net Neutrality Rant

It is hard for me to comprehend how the Internet ceasing being a level playing field will affect the arts industry in the United States. Most arts organizations have become increasingly dependant on Internet based services and software. These range from a Web site that has a theatre's season to grants applications for grant makers. If the field becomes un-level every one of these organizations models suddenly are at risk. Small organizations could be terribly affected.

An election is on its way in the US. Using social networks, clever Web sites, and a little money great candidates with little or no money can actually compete. In the last election, MoveOn played a strong roll in moving political figures forward. Removing net neutrality would give big businesses to power to reduce or remove this least unless the party or person pays protection money.

Techsoup has a terrific article looking at this issue from the prospective of the non-profit community.

Unfortunately, the general populace isn't aware of what would happen if Congress were to allow the flat nature of the Net to evaporate. So, do us all a favour. Talk to one person every day about Net Neutrality and our need to keep the Internet a level playing field.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


One of my favourite non-profit resources is TechSoup. The site boasts articles, links, forums, and best of all free or near free software. The business is run by Compumentor. Compumentor has been around since 1987.

They have managed to solicit many companys, including Microsoft, to donate software. They provide the software to other non-profits for a service fee. It is a win-win situation.

If you are a 501(c)3 and you don't make use of Compumentor/TechSoup, you really should.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Feedburner and Email Subscriptions

I've started playing with Feedburner to experiment with RSS feeds. Blogger has an atom feed, but using Feedburner I can track the number of feeds that are drawing content from this blog. In addition I've added an email subscription tool on the right hand side of the page that is driven by Feedburner.

Lists are the lifeblood of many non-profits. Over years collection of names, addresses, and recently email provide a way to contact subscribers, donors, applicants, and many other individuals essential for the viability of an organization.

The Feedburner subscription tool allows csv or xls downloads of all subscribers and will flag subscribers who have had 10 or more unsuccessful send attempts. It automatically deactivates those subscribers.

A Directory of Non Profit/Foundation Leaders' Blogs

Nancy Schwartz has put together an annotated list of non profit leaders and foundation CEO's blogs.

She is looking for email referals for additional blogs to add to the list.

Getting Attention

Her blog is well worth taking a look at, not just for the list but for tips and ideas for promoting your non-profit.

I'll be adding her site to my right hand links.

A Quick Lunch Time Paula Ankle Post

Today Paula was back in the orthopedic office for more x-rays, stitch removal, and followup. She is free from the doctor for one month!

The x-rays are slightly different views than previous.

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