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Omaha Under the Radar: Localizing an Experimental Arts Festival


Omaha Under the Radar is an experimental arts festival that seeks to empower leading-edge performers in Nebraska’s largest city and educate local audiences through avant-garde programs. The early success of the summer festival has rested on its innovative programming, venue partnerships, and community education. In addition to the local artists it promotes, Omaha Under the Radar solicits performers from around the country to contribute to the festival. This study examines how the festival organizers continue to focus on the local community in the face of increasing national interest from outside performers. The case concludes with a scenario involving a large, unrestricted gift that could challenge the organizational priorities of the festival.

Author: Phil Pierick
Published: Volume 3, Summer 2017
Details: PDF Download – 8 pages plus Appendix
ISSN: 2475-4994

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Case Study Methodology

Eastman Case Studies for classroom use have three key attributes:

1. They offer an issue encountered by management in music administration, which demands a resolution or action.

2. They put the student into the business situation, creating an immersive experience that will sharpen student judgement and acumen for similar circumstances.

3. They are presented as chronologically compact scenarios, keeping to facts that bear on the case, and minimizing long histories and extraneous stories about musical arts organizations. The cases shine a light onto particular business problems and are packaged concisely for student learning.