Wei: "The article along with the following comments provides an interesting image of how different forces---arts administration, foundation and artists, impact each other. In my view, more than innovation, Todd actually raised a cruel but critical question to the arts industry: who actually has the most powerful saying about art? It is not uncommon now that theaters as well as other kinds of arts organizations set goals of programming partly based on the expectations of foundations. For example, if foundations expect to see education, the organizations may provide more educational shows/programs. It might be true that foundations have somewhat impact on the decision making of mission statement or benchmarks of programming for arts organizations. What I see from this relationship is that artists’ voice drowned in nonprofits’ reliance on unearned revenue. However, when thinking it from the perspective from arts administration, it makes sense that we do programming partly to attract donations so that we can invest more resources into cultural institutions or artists. Also, it is the philanthropic dollars that makes shows cheaper to be accessible to more people. To be honest, I have no idea how to deal with these relationships, but what I learned is that an arts manager should shift more attention on protecting artists’ innovation than catering to foundations’ interests. When most arts organizations have similar missions and programs, it kills art’s innovation in some way. An arts manager needs to be sensitive when setting artistic goals while balancing relationships with artists and foundations. More importantly, I saw a trend of rethinking the scope of foundations. In stead of saying, “you, as a theater should make innovation”, it would be better say “your theatre should allow innovation to happen”. To my knowledge, I believe that both founders and arts managers play a role of serving the community and artists rather than set rules for arts. Let arts happen freely, and cooperate to help art find its community. That’s one way, in my view, of protecting and inspiring innovation…"