featured books & podcasts

Arch Street Press and the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement and Development have recently launched The Philadelphia Channel, hosted by Robert Rimm and featuring leaders and organizations across a wide range of collaborative and diverse fields, including education, philanthropy, technology, family life, healthcare, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, the arts and more.


Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Seawell Ballroom, in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Photo Steve PetersonIn this Innovate podcast, Managing Director Robert Rimm engages in a wide-ranging dialogue with Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician, receiving bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, and master’s degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Chairman Chu holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.


Timothy Rub photoThis Philadelphia Channel podcast features Managing Director Robert Rimm in conversation with Director & CEO Timothy Rub of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors. Serving at one of the country’s largest art institutions, he discusses his role as the director of a major urban museum and provides an outstanding model for advocating for the power of art to grow communities, educate and engage the public, and enhance the vital role of art in our society.




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Better to Speak of It: Fostering Relationships & Results through Creativity by Robert Rimm in collaboration with Clive Gillinson

Why is creativity so often pushed to the front of the auditorium yet to the back of the classroom? This question can validly be asked across a wide swath of society, from relationships to careers. People seem ever reluctant to break out of the accepted norm (or perhaps more accurately, the accepted mold) to explore fresh alternatives and perspectives. Yet when applied with integrity and respect, creativity can open up a wide range of possibilities and opportunities. Ask questions. Be curious. Engage the classroom. Innovate. Take that well-considered risk. The enabling resources are rarely far behind.

Better to Speak of It focuses on core management and personal values in collaboration with Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. The book offers specific, first-hand experiences from the leaders of key nonprofit, corporate, educational and cultural institutions, including the NYC Department of Education, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library and Juilliard, and major performing artists such as Joyce DiDonato, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jessye Norman and Michael Tilson Thomas. It also examines pervasive management practices that can all too easily lead to stagnation and failure, particularly relevant in times like these when whim often leads to decree.


Excess of Being

Excess of Being by Lera Auerbach

Lera is a Russian-American poet, composer, musician and visual artists. She has published more than 120 works for opera, ballet, orchestral and chamber music, and performs as a concert pianist throughout the world. Her work is championed by leading artists, conductors, stage directors and choreographers, with recent works staged by the San Francisco Ballet, Stanislavsky Theater, Hamburg Opera, Theatre an der Wein, National Ballet of China, Finnish National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Semperoper and Staatskapelle Dresden, and New York’s Lincoln Center. The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, selected Lera in 2007 as a Young Global Leader and in 2014 as a Cultural Leader, where she lectured on borderless creativity. In Excess of Being, she revitalizes the form of aphorisms. Her writing is provocative, dark, ironic and humorous, perceptively addressing life’s kaleidoscopic questions. This is her first book published in English.