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The Formula for a Successful New Dance Company

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer I had a glorious weekend. One of those weekends you aren’t even aware you need until you are in the middle of it and the tension melts away and your soul fills with joy. My typical … Continue reading

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Get Creative So you Don’t Lose Your Day Job

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By Wendy Liscow, Program Officer Last week, Steven Slater became the new poster boy for every stressed, overwhelmed, and harried person in America when he activated the literal and metaphorical emergency slide to escape his job as a JetBlue steward.  … Continue reading

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I Owe Dale Busch a Thank You

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer I owe Dale Busch a long-deserved thank you; it’s a thank you 30 years in the making. Aside from my parents, I would have to say that Dale Busch, and her husband Ted, are responsible for … Continue reading

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When I Put On These Shoes…

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By Wendy Liscow, Program Officer When I put on these shoes this morning I knew they were going to be painful, and that I was in for a tough day. The end of the day delivered. I was at my … Continue reading

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Notes from the Road: Teaneck Creek Conservancy

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Wendy Liscow,  Program Officer The conversation with Dodge Foundation grantees about our new guideline themes Creativity and Sustainability has stimulated a wonderful investigative journey, but the real satisfaction has come from experiencing the two concepts coming together in action. As … Continue reading

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Gifts That Will Keep on Giving

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer I don’t know about you, but as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are crammed into the refrigerator, I start to think about two things: sending year-end donations to my favorite nonprofits and tackling my holiday gift … Continue reading

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Board Power! One Conversation at a Time

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer I have been attending the introductory workshops of the Dodge Foundation’s Board Leadership Series over the past several weeks, taking copious notes and itching to share tidbits of wisdom I am learning.  It would be impossible … Continue reading

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Creating Leaders…It Doesn’t Happen By Accident

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer I remember distinctly the moment I knew that the moniker “leader” could apply to me.  I was a sophomore in high school, and I had signed up to help with costumes for a musical review at … Continue reading

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An Experience That Changes Lives

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer One warm, crystal clear morning in August, I was lacing up my hiking boots with great anticipation. Not only was I going to get to leave my more formal foundation program officer uniform at home, but … Continue reading

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Xtreme Book Club Idea Makes Connections

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By Wendy Liscow, Program Officer Last week I wrote about the importance of recognizing and instilling public value for the arts. So how do we do this? Are there things you are doing as an organization or as an individual … Continue reading

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What is the Value of the Arts to the Public?

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By Wendy Liscow, Program Officer My mama frequently said, “It could always be worse.”  That advice was little consolation to the Arts Community when the New Jersey State Council on the Arts announced in July a 25% cut in their … Continue reading

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Get Laughing New Jersey!

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer Lately, I have been in need of a good laugh.  It seems like everywhere I turn, there is something serious to consider, some dire situation that needs attention, some problem to be solved.  Now I am … Continue reading

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Singing the Praises of Harmonium Choral Society

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer I was still hearing Harmonium Choral Society’s haunting and powerful May concert in my head when we received the good news: Chorus America, a non-profit service organization dedicated to building a dynamic national choral community, awarded … Continue reading

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Nurturing the Artist in the Art Teacher

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By Wendy Liscow, Program Officer Fly: Giver of Life and Light by Judith Harzer Can you remember your first experience with art and feeling creative?  I can still close my eyes and smell the green thick paint that my kindergarten … Continue reading

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Understanding Social Media is Just a Click Away

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Wendy Liscow, Program Officer I did it again.  I just spent an hour surfing the web.  My intention was to write a blog about some of my favorite technology and social media bloggers, and before I knew it, I was … Continue reading

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