40 hours/week – Full-Time Position Summary: The Major Gifts Officer is an integral member of the development team at Playwrights’ Center. This position requires a strong understanding of fundraising practices and principles, knowledge of the twin cities arts funding community, and the ability to be flexible, take initiative, and work both independently and collaboratively. The organization is currently in the midst of a multi-year campaign and this position would be a member of the team ...
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Has America Lost Its Imagination?

Americans used to go to movie theaters to watch new characters in new stories. Now they go to movie theaters to re-submerge themselves in familiar story lines. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas

If Democracy Is Institutions, What Institutions Are Democracy?

Political institutions differ considerably from one purportedly democratic society to the next. Voting procedures, representation schemes, conceptions of free speech, and judicial arrangements are not uniform across societies that are widely regarded as democratic. – 3 Quarks Daily
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The Universal Story (But Why?)

From one point of view, it’s obvious that, despite exceptions, most stories portray “goody-baddy” dynamics—from nursery rhymes to juicy gossip, from ancient folktales to Holy Scripture, from lowbrow reality shows to award-winning documentaries. The question is, why? – Quillette
Tags: Art, Words

The Art World Power 100 List

NFTs (and with them cryptocurrency and all that comes with it) have upended the art market, bringing contemporary art and millennial meme culture crashing together.  – ArtReview
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Italy Shows Britain (And The Rest Of Us) How To Return The Parthenon’s Looted Friezes

“The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports has announced that Italy will return a fragment of the Parthenon Frieze, which has been on loan as part of a cultural exchange.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Britain, Italy, Visual, Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, Parthenon Frieze

One Of Canada’s Top Contemporary Groups Calls It Quits

“We have been here for 35 years. We have made 300 creations, several international tours, 11 Canadian tours, and 70 concerts across the country. Before, the word “fatigue” was not even a reality for me, but time does its work.” – Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Music, Canada

A Playwright-Turned-Librettist Considers Opera’s Centuries-Long Penchant For Adapting Pre-Existing Properties

Adaptations from well-known sources go right from the beginnings of opera as a distinct genre circa 1600 (Peri’s Euridice and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo) to the remarkable flowering of new opera (especially chamber opera) in the US today. And there are good reasons for that. – Van
Tags: Art, Music, Featured, US, Peri, Monteverdi

Why Orchestra Percussion Sections Aren’t Diverse

At minimum, percussion students need a room to practice in — usually in a large single family home and not an apartment — over $10,000 for instruments, and $6,500 per year for lessons. And this is to say nothing of other crucial training opportunities, which come at an additional cost. – I Care if You Listen
Tags: Art, Music

Female Filmmakers Are Rethinking And Reworking The Western

“These female-made Westerns are really tackling toxic masculinity and the ways in which men’s attempts to prove themselves as men can backfire, rather than glorifying the myth of the cowboy as the older, traditional Western did.” – BBC
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Why The World’s Best Chess Players Are Too Good To Win

Accurate is the word of the match so far. Inevitably, the string of draws is the main narrative out of Dubai; no one has won a regulation game in the world championship in more than five years. But wins at this rarefied level most often come thanks to an opponent’s mistake. – FiveThirtyEight
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“The Russian Proust”, Who Died At Auschwitz, Will Have A Novel Published In English For The First Time

Yuri Felsen (né Nikolai Freudenstein), born in St. Petersburg in 1894, fled to Paris after the Revolution and was considered by Russian émigrés to be a near-equal of Nabokov. His first novel, Deceit, published in Russian in 1930; will see print in English next spring. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, St Petersburg, First Time, Auschwitz, Nabokov, Nikolai Freudenstein, Yuri Felsen

The Rise Of The Media “Comfort Creator”

“With the terror of a global pandemic sending anxiety sky high and rendering TV one of the few safe entertainment outlets, the desire for comfort has become particularly noticeable.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Audience

Sweating the Big Stuff for Small Nonprofits – Plus New Jobs Numbers

In the first few months of the pandemic, I often heard speculation about the extent to which shutdowns, event cancellations, social distancing, and a reluctance to travel would affect the finances of different arts organizations. Some contended that only the largest organizations, with their steady endowments and loyal patron lists, would power through. Others pointed to the inflexible cost structures of those organizations and argued that smaller and nimbler entities would recover faster over ...
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Hashing It Out: Is “West Side Story” Worth Doing In 2021, Or Is It An Outdated Basket Of Harmful Caricatures?

As the Steven Spielberg/Tony Kushner film arrives, New York Times critics Jesse Green and Isabelia Herrera, playwright Matthew López, theater historian Misha Berson (author of a history of the show), and writer Carina del Valle Schorske (emphatically not a fan) have at the question. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York Times, Issues, Matthew Lopez, Jesse Green, Misha Berson, Carina del Valle Schorske, Steven Spielberg Tony Kushner, Isabelia Herrera

It’s Been Ten Years Since Robert Battle Took Over Leading Alvin Ailey Company

“The knee-jerk thing is to overcorrect,” he continued. “But sometimes you need to double down in your mission. Sometimes you have to think about what doesn’t change, what shouldn’t change.” – The New York Times
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After 31 Years, A New Hint In The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft

A retired Boston jeweler says that, shortly after the 1990 heist, an acquaintance brought in a gilded bronze eagle for him to appraise — a piece that he recognized as stolen from the museum. – MSN (The Boston Globe)
Tags: Art, Featured, Boston, Msn, Visual

Dominique Morisseau On Why She Pulled Her Play “Paradise Blue” From The Geffen Playhouse

“I felt in this situation that everybody’s wellness was not considered. The theater makers that were causing the harm were being centered over the people who were being harmed — and those who were reporting harm were told to wait it out and endure it.” – Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Dominique Morisseau

A special time of year…really.

Row X blog by Hannah Grannemann Your audience circled December on their calendar last spring. They didn’t want to miss the holiday show this year. Seeing something earlier than December was possible…they’d have to feel it out…but they would really try to get back to their holiday show. The holidays just weren’t the same last year without a trip to the theater to see their favorite production. Anticipating the show this year would be a little light shining for them through all the unc...
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After 30 Years, Director Of Australia’s Flagship Indigenous Dance Company Is Stepping Down

Stephen Page became artistic director of Bangarra Dance Theatre in 1991, two years after its founding, and has led it to awards and acclaim throughout Australia and overseas. The 56-year-old Page will depart at the end of 2022, succeeded by company member Frances Rings. – The Guardian
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If Boris Won’t Make British Audience Members Mask Up, Then Venues Will

When performances started up again in the UK over the summer, masks weren’t made mandatory (much to the alarm of some visitors from abroad). But with Delta and Omicron coronaviruses continuing to sicken people, venues are starting to insist that patrons wear face coverings. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, UK, Delta, Issues, Audience

Turner Prize 2021 Goes To A Mockup Of A Belfast Bar

Array Collective has become the first Northern Irish artist(s) ever to receive the award. The winning work, titled The Druithaib’s Ball, is a full-size replica of a shebeen (that’s Irish for speakeasy) festooned with protest flags and slogans. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Belfast, Visual

Alvin Lucier, Pathbreaking Avant-Garde Composer, Dead At 90

“During a career spanning six decades, Mr. Lucier moved from a respectable position as a traditional composer … to the near-personification of experimentalism in music, … writing pieces for brain waves, birdcalls, electronic devices, resonant bowls and, every so often, standard classical instruments.” – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, People, Alvin Lucier, Lucier

Pantone Develops a Color Palette to Promote the Beauty of Finland

Finland is known, alongside the rest of the Nordics, as a place that is surrounded by natural beauty, which drives much of its tourism. To convey what visitors can expect, Pantone has created a color palette to evoke its look alongside a connected picture gallery of photos taken by its citizens. Developed by mobile technology...
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Museum rivalry could make Dutch Vermeer show last of its kind

Rijksmuseum aims to bring together all the works by Girl with a Pearl Earring painter that are fit to travelAmsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has announced a “first and last” exhibition of all the paintings by Johannes Vermeer that are fit to travel, as its director claimed growing museum rivalry makes such international cooperation unlikely in the future.Vermeer, whose most famous work is Girl with a Pearl Earring, dating from around 1665, is thought to have painted 35 masterpieces, of which 23 were show...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Netherlands, Exhibitions, Johannes Vermeer, Vermeer, Pearl Earring, Mauritshuis, The Hague Continue, Dutch Vermeer

La Parentesi de FLOS plus proche que jamais de l’idée originale de P. Manzù & A. Castiglioni

Il est d’usage de considérer bien des éditions spéciales, desquelles les éditions anniversaires font partie, comme de simples opérations marketing. On est heureux de voir que cette Parentesi 50 déroge à la règle, offrant un morceau d’histoire à elle seule !   C’est ce fameux tube coudé, esthétiquement très fort, qui a instinctivement permis de baptiser la Parentesi (comprendre parenthèse, en italien). L’idée d’une lampe qui pourrait glisser verticalement et pivoter à 360° est issue d’un croqu...
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