ARTS CONVENTION DOCUMENTARY - Helping Artists Make A Living
Aggie Almanac Program #99
Airs 1/29/09 at 7pm 1/31/09 at 5pm 2/1/09 at 11am
Southern New Mexico has a lot of artists, but many of them struggle to survive. On this week’s program, we take you to the first ever Arts Convention at NMSU where students are reaching out to the art community to find ways to make art in this region profitable Click here for documentary Video
... The convention won’t be limited in its scope of art. David Boje, a professor at New Mexico State University and facilitator of the What’s Art Convention, said he wants the convention to include as many different types of artists as possible.
“When you’re trying to grow a creative economy, you want that circle to be big and as inclusive as possible,” he said.
For example, Chef Maurice Zeck, of the NMSU School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, will cater the banquet. Zeck will also be leading an ice sculpture workshop for culinary artists.
... Art Lucero and NMSU Recycling will provide receptacles and a trailer to haul away recyclable materials at end of the day. There will be an art project that will use crushed can cubes. The project will be recycled at the end of the day.
[Virginia Maria] Romero said this won’t be just another art show, but something that can make a real difference.
“I think the vision is really solid and we’ve got a lot of support for it,” she said. “If everyone does their part, it could really put Las Cruces on the map as something that represents the future of art.”
Cover and feature article on Boje in Las Cruces Magazine, October 2009 issue See pdf version of the article; Online web address http://www.lascrucesmagazine.com/html/2009fall/feature1-4.html"David Boje
We could all learn a few things from Dr. David Boje, including the results from years of research that taught David how to take a narrative which is negative, distorted or unfair and find a more truthful and affirmative alternative.
What David discovered has impacted businesses, entrepreneurs, students and public administration in an increasingly positive way.
“As a university leader, I am provocative, and try to stand up for the underdog,” says David, who holds an Endowed Bank of America Professorship within the College of Business at New Mexico State University. “I do what is called critical storytelling, where I seek to balance the official narratives of power with the living stories of the little people – often left out of history.”
David’s research and work is vast, creative and utilized around the world and his reputation in academia and industry is widely known throughout the United States and internationally. As an international scholar in the areas of narrative, storytelling, postmodern theory and critical ethics of answerability, David has published nearly 100 articles in journals, including Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and the International Journal of Organization Studies. David has also been awarded prestigious titles, including an Arthur Owens Professorship in Business Administration in the Management Department at NMSU, University and College Teacher of the Year four times at Loyola Marymount and a Creative Scholar Award at NMSU in 2008.
“My greatest honor is riding my horse, Silverado, and staying in the saddle,” David says. When he is not riding, he is researching, learning and teaching with the same wit and humor that motivates his students and colleagues.
David created an ‘antenarrative’, or a bet on what is shaping the future before it becomes one more fossilized narrative.
“An ante is a bet and it’s a before,” David explains. “My focus is storytelling, how it shapes the past and future in business, public administration and arts entrepreneurship.”
David got involved in his profession when he noticed in his quantitative research there was a need for stories to make sense of the data, and to make an interesting write-up.
“As I started treating storytelling as a methodology of inquiry I discovered it is really applicable to qualitative and quantitative. You need storytelling to put facts and metaphors, or models, together into a theory.”
David’s recent book, Storytelling Organizations, explores the stories people tell themselves and others at work. Instead of focusing on understanding stories about what happened “once upon a time, a long time ago” within an organization, David takes a different approach by seeing what people are telling themselves about the future. His interest focuses on how stories interplay with needs to stay within ethical and emotional comfort zones, and how multiple narratives emerge and evolve in rapidly changing situations.
“At age 61, I notice I spend more time helping other faculty and students around the world develop their storytelling methods, theory and research projects,” David says. “My biggest influence was to look at how storytelling is a telling between the lines, where the reader is expected to fill in the blanks. Instead of once upon a time telling, looking at the complex collective dynamics of many storytellers has been my main contribution.”
To David, a company’s motto, architecture of corporate headquarters and even the business strategy all become part of the organizational story. Studying the story then becomes a new and fertile way into understanding strategy. Once a story is understood, David looks at ‘restorying’ or a way to take a narrative which is negative, distorted or unfair and find a more truthful and affirmative alternative. This simple but effective technique can be used by businesses and organizations to change the future of their story.
David is actively involved in Talking Stick, a project three years in the works that shows collective storytelling processes are being used to improve the creative economy of the arts and culture organizations in Southern New Mexico. David also actively worked on a What’s Art? Exploring the Creative Economy of Southern New Mexico Conference held October 2nd and 3rd, 2009 at Alma de Arte Charter School and the Pioneer Women’s Park in Las Cruces.
David, who met Professor Grace Ann Rosile at a conference, applied to NMSU so the two could pursue their careers and raise their Arabian horses. Currently, David is working on a new book, Storytelling the Future of Organization: Antenarrative Handbook.
“It’s an amazing challenge to theorize and study ‘storytelling the future’. Most narrative work has been about the past, and using that to extrapolate what the future might be. But such linear projections are not very accurate. We are looking at some alternative ways to story tell the future,” David says.
Union The Round Up > News Faculty members seek to gain a voice by rallying for a union By Kristina Medley Published: Monday, November 2, 2009. Click here for copy of article
April 29 2010 - Round up article from Mgt448/548 team's work on developing media coverage for artist George Mendoza. Article is titled, "Seeing is Believing" (p. 9-10).
May 6 2010- NMSU’s Boje is Chosen Keynoter for Brazilian Academy of Management
As this academic year winds to a close, some are already looking forward to next year. For David Boje, Professor of Management and Daniels Ethics Fellow, 2010-2011 promises to be another banner year. Boje has been invited to be the international Keynote Speaker for ANPAD, Brazil’s version of the Academy of Management. He has also been asked to conduct a seminar for doctoral students in Sao Paolo while he is in Brazil for his talk at the end of September. These honors come close on the heels of the announcement that the April, 2011, 20th Anniversary meeting of the Standing Conference for Management and Organization Inquiry, has chosen to make their conference theme a celebration of Boje’s contributions to organizational storytelling, narrative, and antenarrative.
Boje’s antenarrative concept has a forward-looking emphasis on prospective sensemaking, and offers proactive possibilities for using story to shape the future. Antenarrative opens the door to organizational change before a story is hardened into a narrative. This approach has generated so much interest that Routledge has a book of readings edited by Boje currently in press. Storytelling and the Future of Organization: An Antenarrative Handbook, is expected to be out later this year.