Seeking innovative leader

The National Flute Association (NFA) was founded in 1972 as a common ground for flutists to exchange ideas and inspiration and has expanded in the decades since to include a quarterly magazine, an annual convention, and a dynamic assortment of scholarship programs, commissions, and member-driven initiatives. Approximately 3,000 people from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are NFA members, including leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult ama...
Tags: Art, Board of Directors, Jobs, Chicago Illinois, NFA, Committee Chairs, National Flute Association NFA, NFA Board, Executive Director the National Flute Association, Management and Financial Administration

How Learning Pods Are Picking Up The Education Slack

San Francisco has set up free hubs. So far, 1,100 students are enrolled in the free hubs, where community groups provide full-time academic support and activities at 55 city sites, including recreation centers, libraries and other locations. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Issues, 10.20.20

Study: Why It’s Tougher To Make It Big In Older Age

An older person might be extremely passionate, but lacking conviction that he’ll ever be any good; or a septegenarian might maintain fire in her belly, but find her passion waning. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.28.20

Arts Festival Sues San Francisco Over COVID Rules

Originally posited as a “suit over artistic freedom,” the case quickly turned into a question of equal protection (performances vis-a-vis church services and political protests), and then into a debate over logistics. – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.26.20

Winter is coming: These are most in-demand cold weather amenities

As homebuyers and owners prepare to settle in for what may be a long COVID-19 winter, they're looking for amenities to keep them warm and provide them with experiences and entertainment in a world where going out is still on pause.
Tags: Design, Winter, Lifestyle, Radio, Home Office, Agent, Nashville, Compass, Pool, Santa Fe, Hot Tub, Rvs, Boise, Marin County, Keller Williams, Select

Spotify Defends Promoting Alex Jones On Podcast

In public, Spotify is staying quiet about an appearance by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones yesterday on its flagship podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, despite banning Jones’ own podcast last year. But in an internal email sent from a top executive, the company is defending the booking. – Buzzfeed News
Tags: Art, Spotify, Media, Jones, Alex Jones, Joe Rogan, 10.28.20

Where Music Comes From, According To Anthropologists

In warfare, rhythm and melody allow tribal groups to signal their strength, numbers, and coordination across far distances, to both allies and foes. This is not unlike how animals commonly use vocalizations to signal their territory or scare off others. “If we study music in traditional societies, we see it used consistently to form political alliances.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Music, 10.27.20

How Crisis Leadership Works

Swarm intelligence in people occurs when all the members of a group come together to create a synergy that magnifies their individual capabilities. It’s the kind of unselfish behavior that one sees on the battlefield, when soldiers know that they depend on one another for their lives. Swarm intelligence is more instinctual than coöperation, in which people work deliberately together to achieve a common goal; it’s an emotional and reactive behavior, not a plan that can be written out on a flowch...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.27.20

Nico Muhly’s New Piece For San Francisco Symphony Would Be Impossible To Perform Live

With no live concerts since March and no prospect of restarting them soon, the orchestra commissioned Muhly to write a work specifically for virtual performance. The result is Throughline, “a piece of big-girl music that has big-girl stuff in it” (as Muhly put it) that involves the orchestra and all eight of the creative partners Esa-Pekka Salonen engaged when he was appointed SFS music director. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Nico Muhly, Esa Pekka Salonen, San Francisco Symphony, Muhly, 10.28.20

‘Unmitigated Disaster’: Why Vice Media Appears Headed Toward A Bad End

“After being perceived as the red-hot center of Millennial-based media culture for the past decade or so, Vice’s place is harder to pinpoint now. Some of it is still edgy and provocative. But increasingly the impact of its work feels more like the proverbial trees falling in the forest. … Top executives at Vice tell you the present is pretty damn fabulous, while the best is yet to come. Former employees — or at least those willing to speak out despite confidentiality provisions in their contrac...
Tags: Art, Media, 10.24.20

What Will The Opus 3/San Francisco Conservatory Deal Mean For Classical Music?

Any such acquisition would be without precedent, but the size and history of Opus 3 makes the announcement headline news not only in the world of music and art but also among business executives and attorneys. Few details are contained in the original announcement and the source of financing what must be a multimillion-dollar acquisition remains confidential — at least for the time being. – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, Opus, 10.20.20

15 Past Presidents of AAMD Sign Letter Calling for Baltimore Museum to “Reconsider” Planned Sales

Can you stop a speeding freight train before it crashes? (Update: in this case, turns out the answer is yes.) – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, AAMD, Baltimore Museum, 10.28.20

Why Comedy Should Be Treated As The High Art It Is

“Crafting laughs is the most high-stakes form of creation. It is intrinsically difficult, as ‘funny’ varies from person to person in a way that ‘sad’ or ‘romantic’ just doesn’t. Plus, it is a medium that demands success, because a failed gag is excruciating, like OK-ish results in other artforms never will be.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.26.20

Who Gets Credit For Art Created By AI?

Researchers at MIT Media Lab and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development are wondering how people decide who gets credit for art that was created using artifical intelligence. After all, there would have been many different people involved in producing and selecting the original art used as the AI’s training data, in creating the program, and in curating the final output. In a recently published paper they showed that who gets credit for AI-generated art all depends on how we think and t...
Tags: Art, Visual, MIT Media Lab, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, 10.27.20

Brussels Re-Closes Its Museums As COVID Cases Surge; Other European Museums To Follow

Museums and galleries around Europe are bracing for further restrictions as the infection rates rise to their highest levels yet. Institutions in Wales have been closed as the country implemented a two-week national “firebreak” lockdown that began October 24. Meanwhile, museums and galleries in Northern Ireland were asked to close on October 16 for four weeks. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Europe, Wales, Northern Ireland, Brussels, Visual, 10.27.20

Poet Diane di Prima, Feminist Beatnik, Dead At 86

“[She] dropped out of college to join the poetry swirl in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1950s. She arrived in San Francisco in 1968, too late for the North Beach Beats, but she established herself as a singular force, a feminist in a poetry culture that was overwhelmingly male. Her publishing career spanned more than 60 years and 40 books.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, New York, San Francisco, People, Diane, Greenwich Village, 10.26.20, Prima Feminist Beatnik Dead, North Beach Beats

Check Out This Exclusive Peek at Simon Stålenhag's Journey Into The Labyrinth

Tales From the Loop creator Simon Stålenhag has a knack for playing on our greatest hopes and fears, combining the innocence of youth with science fiction’s fascinating, yet terrifying, unknown. Now, the storyteller is back with a new art book, The Labyrinth, and io9 has an exclusive look inside the maze.Read more...
Tags: Art, Books, Science, Climate Change, Exclusive, Simon Stalenhag, Tales from the Loop, Free League Publishing, The Labyrinth

The World’s Whitest White Is Here, And It Can Help Fight Climate Change

In the past few years we’ve seen the debuts of the world’s blackest black (several times) and pinkest pink. Now comes a white acrylic paint, developed by engineers at Purdue, that reflects 99.5% of light and stays cooler than the ambient temperature even in the brightest sunshine. Meanwhile, artist Stuart Semple (who created that super-hot pink) has developed his own Whitest White, which (he says) reflects 99.6% of light. – Artnet
Tags: Art, World, Visual, Purdue, Stuart Semple, 10.27.20

Why hasn’t the Apple Watch design changed? We asked an expert

Earlier this week, I wrote about the future of Apple Watch design. In it, I asked a simple question: why hasn’t the Apple Watch design changed much? The device has remained strangely static, especially when compared to something like the iPhone. I had some ideas about this, but it was simply opinion. Wanting to dig a bit deeper, I got in touch with Ben Stanton, a Senior Analyst at Canalys. One of his areas of expertise is the smartwatch market, so I put to him the same question: why hasn’t the A...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Design, Apple Watch, Ben Stanton, Plugged

A Brief History Of Fights Over Museums Selling Off Art

“Deaccessioning is hardly new in the art world, however, and neither are the debates surrounding it. Below, a look back at some of the most notable deaccessioning plans from the past five decades.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.26.20

What Carlos Acosta Wants For Birmingham Royal Ballet

Well, besides getting through COVID (and he has things to say on that, too). “I want to challenge the perception that ballet is for white people, this is for old people. … We are in Birmingham, with its own demographic, and we have to keep that in mind when commissioning. I want to highlight how important the city has been to the U.K. Heavy-metal music was born here, Led Zeppelin came from here — we’ll do those ballets! But this art form was born centuries ago, and we have a responsibility to c...
Tags: Art, Dance, Birmingham, Zeppelin, 10.27.20, Carlos Acosta Wants For Birmingham Royal Ballet, U K Heavy

Everyone Should Be Able to Use the Public Restroom: When ADA Is Not Enough

Kal Cobalt is a disabled trans man. Relying on accessibility devices when out in public means using accessible bathrooms, which means that Cobalt knows all too well that so-called accessible bathrooms are sometimes only “technically” accessible.Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Disability, Ada, Bathrooms, Egineering, Kal Cobalt

How One Artistic Director Came To Grips With Equity

In 2012 after the murder of Trayvon Martin my only employee at the time, a Black male, called to tell me that he was scared to leave his home, but didn’t want to let me down by not showing up to work. I told him to please take care of himself and to not worry then hung up. That conversation was a turning point for me. – WESTAF
Tags: Art, Trayvon Martin, Issues, 10.27.20

"I Voted" stickers redesigned by 48 artists

For the I am a Voter campaign, 48 artists created new "I Voted" stickers. New York magazine has special print editions with the cover as a sheet of 12 stickers with the images. View this post on Instagram More Americans than ever are voting by mail this year. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Politics, News, New York Magazine, Election 2020, I Voted

Hay Festival Director Suspended Following Employee Grievance

“Peter Florence, the founder and director of the Hay festival, has been suspended from his position after allegations of bullying from a staff member. … Finance director Tania Hudson has been appointed interim chief executive of the festival in Florence’s absence, alongside international director Cristina Fuentes La Roche.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Finance, Words, Florence, Peter Florence, 10.26.20, Tania Hudson

COVID Roars Through The Ranks At La Scala And San Carlo

In Milan, 18 choristers and three woodwind players have come down with the coronavirus, even as La Scala has shut down again. At the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, 12 employees, among them management, chorus singers, orchestral players and ballet dancers, have tested positive for COVID so far. – AP
Tags: Art, Music, Milan, Naples, La Scala, Teatro San Carlo, 10.27.20, La Scala And San Carlo

A Third Of U.S. Theatres Surveyed Fear They’ll Go Out Of Business In 2021

“Only 23 out of 60 are confident that they will not need to close before the pandemic runs its course. You read that correctly: Almost as many theatres surveyed think they’ll need to close next year as think they will not need to consider closing at all.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.26.20

Jon Stewart Is Returning To Television

“As part of an expansive, multiyear deal with Apple, the Emmy-drenched former writer, producer and host of The Daily Show is set to front an all-new current affairs series for the streaming service. The show, which will run for multiple seasons, puts Stewart back in the anchor’s chair as he explores a host of topics at the center of both the national conversation and his own advocacy work.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Apple, Art, Media, Stewart, 10.27.20

Wole Soyinka to publish first novel in almost 50 years

Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth will be released this year, with the 86-year-old author also planning fresh theatre work after ‘continuous writing’ in lockdownWole Soyinka has used his time in lockdown to write his first novel in almost 50 years.The Nigerian playwright and poet, who became the first African to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1986, published his widely celebrated debut novel, The Interpreters, in 1965. His second and most recent novel, Season of Anomy, was releas...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Nigeria, Africa, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Wole Soyinka, Soyinka, Anomy

These sculptures almost disappear when viewed head-on

Hoyoon Shin creates art made of razor-thin metal, paper, and plastic. From the side, they look solid, but from the front they reveal their emptiness. In an artist's statement, he explained his philosophy: I who get more interested in social phenomena approach the essence of them, realizing that the nearer I approach, the clearer there is no essence. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Design, News, Sculptures, Hoyoon Shin

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