Woodruff Hacked, Shareholders Don’t Like Bands, and Nude Mona Lisa

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Breaking: Woodruff Center Hacked

ArtsTie’s IT team first alerted us of a prolonged downtime of the Woodruff Arts Center’s website over 10 days ago. As of today (5/6/2019), their systems are still not back up.

Their website states that:

“We recently experienced a network security incident from an unauthorized third-party that resulted in a significant IT outage and is affecting many operations and systems.”

Some believe that this could be a case of ransomware.

The Woodruff is a visual and performing arts center in Atlanta, Georgia. It houses three non-profits: the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art.

We frequently provide lots of confidential data to our beloved arts organizations. It is unsettling to think what may have happened if their donor records had been hacked. It appears that this is not the case, but this extended period of time without any additional information does not help build trust. Remember, their entire website has been taken down for almost two weeks.

If you have any tips about this evolving situation, share them by email at info@artstie.com or send an SMS to (865) 630-0626.

CEO Extracurriculars

When you are in the heat of battle, it is easy to forget that Art is not beholden to a specific organizational type.

In principle, there is nothing that gives nonprofits the monopoly over life-changing art.

One would imagine, though, that CEO’s of both for and nonprofit organizations have an artistic background and there is a tacit understanding that it is OK for them to continue with these side pursuits to “keep the flame alive.”

Unfortunately, if you are a public corporation’s CEO some of your shareholders may not share the same view and they could sue you:

Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan Sued for Making Too Much Money, Spending Too Much Time With His Band

JD & the Straight Shot “travels and performs extensively domestically and Internationally,” according to the complaint. “In 2017, for example, the band performed 50 times in six countries and 41 U.S. cities, an increase from the 32 shows it performed in 2016. In late 2017, the band released its sixth album, and is in the process of recording a seventh.”

“Nude Mona Lisa” AKA Leonardo da Vinci’s 500 Anniversary

Monna Vanna

Studio of Leonardo da Vinci, Monna Vanna, c. 1503. Image by Emiliano M. Aguilera, via Wikimedia Commons.

If the above title didn’t make this message go straight into your spam folders, then you can start getting up to speed on the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death on Artsy News.

Leonardo-mania is sweeping the world as we enter the 500th anniversary year of the Renaissance master’s death. As museums around the world are preparing blockbuster exhibitions to coincide with the milestone anniversary, insights into the artist’s life and practice have begun to surface left and right, from his ambidexterity to his rendering of the “nude Mona Lisa.”

Congrats to…

Michael Pastreich, new CEO at Washington Ballet. Lloyd Tanner, for new role as Festival Mozaic exec director. Jason Smoller, now director of development at NY City Opera. Geoffrey Corbin, CEO @ San Bernardino County Museum Association. Margaret Lawrence, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech’s new director of programming. Robert Martin, founding director of Bard College Conservatory of Music for stepping down from directorship. Anne del Castillo, NYC’s Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Taneshia Nash Laird, CEO at Newark Symphony Hall. Julie Goodman, President and CEO at Arts Council of Indianapolis.

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