Executive Director – 4A Arts

Position Summary The Executive Director will support and implement the vision and goals of 4A Arts. This person will be responsible for administration, fundraising, marketing, outreach, and strategic plans for 4A Arts. Responsibilities Include: ● Create and implement a robust business plan which outlines growth targets and strategic priorities and the timelines and strategies to achieve them● Responsible for fundraising and developing earned income (membership) necessary to...
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End Of Times – Identifying The Anthropocene

In the face of such debilitating immensity, we cannot merely shrug and take a selfie. We cannot allow the scale of the crises we are already living through, and of those to come, to trump their urgency. – Boston Review
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Nope: Tolkien Estate Blocks Crypto Coin “JRR Token”

The developer said in response that JRR Token was intended to reference “a unique form of digital currency”, rather than the late fantasy author, and that the fact that the domain name “brings to mind” the name JRR Tolkien is parody rather than bad faith. – The Guardian
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Kafkaesque US Visa System Wreaking Havoc With The Arts

The amount of paperwork required by the USCIS (United States Citizen and Immigration Service), says Nicki Harper, Los Angeles Opera’s director of artistic operations, plus all the other requirements to obtain an artist’s visa can take on Kafkaesque proportions. – San Francisco Classical Voice
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Our Ancient Attraction To Glass

In a world filled with the buff, brown and sand hues of more utilitarian Late Bronze Age materials, glass — saturated with blue, purple, turquoise, yellow, red and white — would have afforded the most striking colors other than gemstones. – Knowable Magazine
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The Spanglification Of Languages

It is becoming clear that the mixed nature of Spanglish represents a general phenomenon. Among people born in and growing up in neighborhoods like Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach — where it’s common to hear Russian and Ukrainian spoken — lots of English words are mixed in. – The New York Times
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How The Temple Dancers Of South India Fought Back Against “Moral Reform”

In the 19th century, prompted by the disapproval of Protestant missionaries who wanted Hindu temple dancing banned, some Tamil reformers campaigned for the performers, called devadāsīs, to become like nuns, as they supposedly were in a purer golden age. Starting in 1911, some devadāsīs argued back. – JSTOR Daily
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The Real Threat To Academic Freedom Isn’t Cancel Culture, It’s This…

With the privatization and commercialization of higher education, universities are run like businesses, in which a degree becomes a product, students become customers, and the world’s most populous country becomes the biggest overseas market. – The Atlantic
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This Virtuoso Horn Player Works The Valves With His Left Foot

Felix Klieser, 30, was born without arms. Even so, he graduated from a German conservatory and made a recording at age 22 that won him an ECHO Klassik prize. His fifth CD came out in March, and he’s currently the Bournemouth Symphony’s artist in residence. – BBC Music Magazine
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Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Theatre

The Theatre Program of Columbia University School of the Arts invites applications for a scholar to be hired at the rank of tenure-track assistant/associate or tenured associate professor effective July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will play a key cross-disciplinary role in a complex and multi-faceted MFA program with concentrations in Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Theatre Management and Producing, and Stage Management. The Program aims to attract dynamic and dedicated teacher...
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ABT Taps Beyonce Entertainment Exec As Its Next Executive Director

Janet Rollé, general manager of Parkwood Entertainment, Beyoncé’s media and management company, will in January assume the role of chief executive and executive director of Ballet Theater, one of the nation’s most prestigious ballet companies. – The New York Times
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School Protests From A Century Ago Set The Tone For Today’s Controversies

Telling parents you don’t want their kids to have the best possible public schools is never good politics. A full century ago, the most effective school-ban campaign in American history set the pattern: noise, fury, rancor, and fear, but not much change in what schools actually teach. – The Atlantic
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Using Medieval Mystery Plays To Revive The Cornish Language

This year was the third full production in modern times of the Ordinalia, a cycle of three 14th-century mystery plays originally written in the Celtic language once native to the far southwest of England. – Atlas Obscura
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The Problem With Piling Prosthetics On Actors To Make Them Look Like The Famous Real People They’re Playing

“These inspired-by-real-life prosthetics are meant to bring authenticity, but they have a perverse way of achieving the opposite. … Playing people as heavily televised as Bakker and Ball seems to make prosthetic tweaks irresistible, yet the result usually lands the actor in the uncanny valley.” – New York Magazine
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African Diaspora Music Project Collects 1,200 Symphonies By Black Composers

Louise Toppin is on a mission to recalibrate who, what, and how we program our concert seasons to enable a more equitable representation of music from composers of African descent. She is seeking a sustained and systemic cultural shift. – Classical Voice North America
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He Was A Child Laborer, Then A Homeless Migrant. Now He’s A Prizewinning Filmmaker Who Could Get An Oscar.

P.S. Vinothraj worked in a flower market at age nine and a sweatshop at 14. At 19 he ran to the big city (Chennai) and slept on the streets. Now his first feature is a festival hit and India’s official submission to the Oscars. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, India, People, Chennai, Vinothraj

Japan’s Grand Old Man Of Anime Is Making One Last Film

Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli said in 2013 that he was retiring. Now, aged 80, he’s back at work, the film titled How Do You Live? “I am making this movie,” he says “because I do not have the answer.” – T — The New York Times Style Magazine
Tags: Art, Japan, Media, Hayao Miyazaki, Ghibli

Anderson Cooper Visits Caligula’s Pleasure Garden

A gay silver-fox fantasy come to life? Nope, sorry. In 2006, workers excavating for an underground parking garage found what archaeologists determined was a garden designed for the notorious young emperor, and they’ve been working there ever since. 60 Minutes sent Cooper to have a look. – CBS News
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True Crime: Manhattan’s Art Theft Police

The unit has impounded more than 3,600 antiquities, valued at some $200 million. They’ve raided art fairs on Park Avenue, and Christie’s in Rockefeller Center. They arrested a dealer at the five-star Mark Hotel and seized statues on display at the five-star Pierre. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Manhattan, Visual, Christie, Park Avenue

Italy’s “Netflix For The Arts” Is Now Open Across Europe

“ITsART … was rolled out across 26 European countries on Tuesday, with plans to expand into the U.S. and China next year. … Prices range from €2.90 ($3.25) for a movie to €9.90 ($11.10) for an exclusive live opera.” – Variety
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Britain’s Collins Dictionary Declares “NFT” Word Of The Year 2021

It’s hard to believe now, but it was only this March that Beeple sold his original non-fungible token artwork for $69 million, setting off the NFT madness. Collins reported that it’s one of the few words that’s “broken through the COVID noise,” with usage up 11,000%. – The Guardian
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How Right-Wingers Tried To Turn Thanksgiving Into A Celebration Of Free Enterprise And Rejection Of Socialism

This was not some scheme dreamed up by Fox News or Rush Limbaugh or even the Cato Institute: this particular intellectual endeavor goes all the way back to the New Deal and FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech. (The Pilgrims, in this view, were proto-socialists mugged by reality.) – Slate
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This AI Algorithm Could Help Us Figure Out Shakespeare

No, not his actual identity, we’re afraid. But, if not the definitively correct version of the text of a play or poem, at least the most likely version. This is thanks to software developed by a Canadian startup called Cohere. – The New York Times Book Review
Tags: Art, New York Times, Words, Shakespeare

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