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How Performing Arts Centers Are Evolving For The 21st Century

‘We really see that we have a role in creating pathways for creative people who are local and who are in the community to create work, have their ideas and get their work onto a stage – pathways for their work to find its way out into the wider world. And then the other way is pathways into this region, bringing work from the rest of the world to Geelong to keep us excited about what the arts are. That’s one of the ways that we’re starting to think about it for ourselves.’ – ArtsHub
Tags: Art, Issues, Geelong, 01.18.19


New Multi-Million-Pound Regional Cultural Fund To Compensate For Local Funding Cuts

Administrators in the UK culture ministry took proposals for specific projects of up to £7 million. The first five winners, to share £20 million, are the Thames Estuary, Wakefield in Yorkshire, Worcester in the English Mindlands, Grimsby in northeast England, and Plymouth in the southwest. — The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, England, Plymouth, Issues, 01.18.19, Thames Estuary Wakefield, Yorkshire Worcester


How Did The Catholic Church Go From Being A Major Patron Of The Arts To… Meh

For centuries, the Catholic Church was one of the world’s most important collectors and patrons of art, but in recent decades, the Vatican’s holiday nativity scene has often been one of its most high-profile artistic contributions. This shift didn’t happen overnight—or even in a generation—but across centuries, and it is inseparable from the evolution of modern European nations, the secularization of public life, and the rise of the art market. – Artsy
Tags: Art, Vatican, Catholic Church, Issues, 01.10.19


UK Think Tank Report: Restrict Access To “Low Value” Arts Degrees

Low value? The right-leaning group says that some arts degrees offer poor income prospects for graduates and little economic return for the government that supports such degrees. This thinking, of course, assumes that “value” is purely economic… – The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, 01.15.19


Universities Are “Moneyballing” Students To Figure Out Who Will Succeed

The dropout rate at American universities has been high. What to do? Use mountains of data to find better ways of predicting who will do well when they get in. And no, it’s not just looking at whether you got good grades (duh)… – Politico
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.16.19


‘Uncomfortable Art’ And #QueerMuseum: Alternative Museum Tours Are Catching On In Britain

Dan Vo leads groups on #QueerMuseum tours of Cambridge museums and the V&A, pointing out things like an Antarctic explorer’s scandalized notes on male-on-male penguin sex and a “gender-fluid” statue of Lucifer. Alice Procter’s “Uncomfortable Art” tours through the likes of the British Museum point out the ways colonialism pervades the collections. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Britain, Cambridge, British Museum, Issues, Antarctic, 01.16.19, Dan Vo, Lucifer Alice Procter


American Alliance Of Museums Launches Program To Diversify Museum Leadership

“The project, ‘Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion,’ will be supported by $4 million in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alice L. Walton Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The funds will go toward training and resources over the next three years that will help museum leaders better reflect the communities they serve.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Ford Foundation, SJ, 01.16.19, Advancing Museum Board Diversity Inclusion


Comedian Excluded From Performing At Montreal Club Because His Hair Style Is “Cultural Appropriation”

Even if the person wearing dreadlocks is not racist himself, the group says, the chosen hairstyle “conveys racism.” It calls cultural appropriation “a form of passive oppression, a privilege to be deconstructed and in particular a manifestation of ordinary racism.” – Toronto Star (CP)
Tags: Art, Montreal, Issues, 01.15.19


The Disney Princess Body Proportion Issue

“Disney princesses have extremely small waist-to-hip ratios that are nearly impossible to achieve naturally,” write anthropologist Toe Aung of Pennsylvania State University and independent researcher Leah Williams. They argue that such characters “might heighten or reinforce our preference for lower waist-to-hip ratios, and the perception that physically attractive individuals with lower waist-to-hip ratios possess morally favorable qualities.” – Pacific Standard
Tags: Art, Disney, Issues, SJ, Leah williams, 01.16.19, Toe Aung of Pennsylvania State University


Orange County Has Changed Politically. Its Stages Don’t Seem To Have Kept Up Demographically

“While our political transformation was reflected emphatically at the ballot box in 2016 and even more so in 2018, the effects of O.C.’s increasing diversity haven’t been felt everywhere. The local theater scene, for example, reflects only part of the new demographic reality.” – Voice of Orange County
Tags: Art, Issues, SJ, 01.15.19


Critics Talk About The Pleasures And Pains Of Extremely Bad Reviews

“Who are Extremely Bad Reviews written for? What do they hope to accomplish? Are they spiteful acts of vengeance, or more principled demands for justice? Are outright slams more prevalent now, or more effective now, or both, or neither? The answers change with the medium, and the target, and the reviewer in question.” — The Ringer
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.10.19


Anonymous Was A Woman And Its No-Longer-Anonymous Funder

“Last year, 77-year-old artist Susan Unterberg revealed that she’s the patron behind this grantmaking outfit” — which selects ten female artists over 40 each year for $25,000 grants — “though the nominators and final award panel members will remain shrouded in mystery. … While supporting creative women constitutes a grantmaking niche, its focus on equity aligns well with the ongoing social justice trend in arts funding.” — Inside Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Issues, SJ, Susan Unterberg, 01.11.19


Can Onerous Grant Reporting (We’re Bored Already) Be Made More Meaningful?

Often, reporting results after a grant can be long, arduous and ultimately not of much use. To anyone. So now there’s a new initiative to see if reporting can be made more useful and less cumbersome. After all, we all hope that grants make an impact, right? – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.11.19


Diversity? Fine. But How Are We Defining It?

Historically, diversity is something America fights, or accepts begrudgingly with remorse and reservations, or fights anew when it challenges economic dominance. In a country born of the original sin of slavery — to keep labor cheap; to ensure high profits for the richest one percent (sound familiar?) — this shouldn’t be surprising. What is surprising is how we keep being surprised. – Clyde Fitch Report
Tags: Art, America, Issues, 01.10.19


In L.A. County, Using The Arts To Help Keep Juvenile Offenders Out Of Jail

“A one-year, $750,000 grant from the Ford Foundation’s Art for Justice Fund will help launch the Arts and Youth Development Project, intended to serve youth and families at risk of involvement or already involved with the juvenile justice system.” — Inside Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Issues, Ford Foundation, SJ, 01.14.19


Struggling Rural Universities Get More Focused By Eliminating Subjects Such as History, Humanities

Enrollments have been declining, and state funding has declined. So what to do? Respond to the market and try to offer courses (and majors) that can attract students and their tuition.
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.12.19, History Humanities


New Initiative To Extend The Arts With Technology

The aim is that by using devices such as mobile phones, Extended Reality (XR) headsets and streaming into live performance environments, or even in the home, audiences will be able to experience live performance in entirely new ways. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, 01.11.19


Will Anyone Buy Troubled UK Entertainment Chain HMV?

The chain, which accounts for a third of all physical music sales in Britain and a quarter of all physical DVD sales, had a terrible holiday season and is going under – but there are offers with those “hoping to buy the long-established music retailer, which employs 2,200 people, [given] a deadline of Tuesday to submit bids.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Britain, Issues, 01.13.19


Internet Protocol Mappers Led Police Back, And Back, And Back To This Random Couple’s House

So you think your phone, or tablet, or computer, was stolen and then landed at an address in South Africa? Er, no. This was all a big mistake. “John and Ann’s house must have just missed MaxMind’s cut-off for remediation. Theirs was the 104th most popular location in the database, with over a million IP addresses mapped to it.” – Gizmodo
Tags: Art, South Africa, John, ANN, Issues, 01.09.19, Random Couple 's House


Why In The World Would Anyone In Hollywood Hire John Lasseter Again?

Is it that other Hollywood guys simply don’t give a damn what kind of damage the former head of Pixar did with years of harassment? Uh, basically. “With Lasseter’s return, Hollywood can finally get back to the business of celebrating all those geniuses who just happen to be male because so many of the women have left the room to avoid being groped and/or ejaculated in front of.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Pixar, John Lasseter, Issues, Lasseter, 01.11.19


Estonia Is Worried About Russian Influence, So It’s Turning – Naturally – To The Arts For Resistance

Yes, it’s about soft power in the European Union’s farthest border to the east – a stone’s throw from Russia. “From a defense perspective, building a happy, prosperous community in our border area is crucial. … But from a human perspective, it’s the decent thing to do anyway.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Russia, European Union, Estonia, Issues, 01.11.19


Arms Manufacturer Shamed Out Of Sponsoring Museum Shows Changes Its Name To Leonardo

Jeez, talk about artwashing. A string of PR disasters, including demonstrations against Britain’s National Gallery of Art for accepting sponsorships, led the Italian defense company Finmeccanica to rename itself after the Renaissance genius (who did, after all, design weapons and war machines). But the tactic hasn’t entirely worked: just last summer, the Design Museum in London came under fire (ahem) for hosting a reception for the company, despite the new name. — Artnet
Tags: Art, London, Britain, Issues, Visual, Leonardo, Finmeccanica, Design Museum, 01.11.19


Royal Shakespeare Co., Punchdrunk, Philharmonia Orchestra At Work On New Immersive Virtual Reality Project

“The RSC-led performance project is a collaboration of 15 organisations, including Epic Games, the creator of online video game Fortnite. Other collaborators include theatre company Punchdrunk, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Manchester International Festival. … Public body Innovate UK is awarding the funding as part of its Audiences of the Future programme.” — The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, 01.10.19, Punchdrunk the Philharmonia Orchestra


Billion-Dollar Foundation Dedicates Itself To Racial Equity. Founder’s Heirs Protest

Some of the 340 heirs of John Andrus, who’s estate created Minnesota’s Surdna Foundation, back in the 1930s, are protesting the foundation’s funding of progressive causes and its decision to devote itself to racial equity. What would Andrus have wanted? – Chronicle of Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Minnesota, Issues, Andrus, SJ, Surdna Foundation, 01.09.19, John Andrus


Why Did All The Bells On Philly’s Avenue Of The Arts Stop Ringing?

In 1996, when a multimillion-dollar renovation of South Broad Street was completed, sound artist Robert Coburn attached 39 small bronze bells to lampposts along the newly-christened “Avenue of the Arts.” For a year or so, they played melodies fed from an electronic terminal, but they’ve been silent for two decades now. A reporter found out why. — The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Issues, Philly, South Broad Street, 01.09.19, Robert Coburn


US Is Now Out Of UNESCO For Second Time

As of New Year’s Day, the United States, along with Israel, officially left the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The trigger for this withdrawal, which was announced 15 months ago, was UNESCO giving World Heritage Site status to the ancient West Bank city of Hebron — as a Palestinian city. (The Reagan administration withdrew the US from the organization in 1984; George W. Bush brought the country back in in 2002.) — The Architect’s Newspaper
Tags: Art, Israel, US, Reagan, Unesco, United States, West Bank, George W Bush, Issues, Hebron, 01.07.19


Bolsonaro Eliminates Brazil’s Culture Ministry

“Just days into his tenure …, [new president Jair Bolsonaro] has folded it into the newly created ministry of citizenship, a portfolio that now includes social policy, sports, and culture.” And the chief of this new ministry has several controversies following him from the outgoing administration of Michel Temer. — Artnet
Tags: Art, Brazil, Issues, Michel Temer, Jair Bolsonaro, 01.09.19


Think Cultural Criticism Doesn’t Matter At A Time Like This? Think Again

Todd VanDerWerff: “We need cultural criticism not just to tell us which movies to go see and which ones to avoid, but to tell us things we already knew but didn’t know how to express. If reporting can explain the world to us, cultural criticism can explain us to us.” — Vox
Tags: Art, Issues, Todd VanDerWerff, 12.31.18


Cornelia Street Café, A Hub Of Greenwich Village’s Artistic Ferment, Shuts Down

For almost 42 years, the café’s basement performance space had offered a stage and support for jazz, theatre, and other offbeat and experimental artists, from the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra to Suzanne Vega to Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. But the rent is now literally 77 times what it was in 1977, and proprietor Robin Hirsch says he just can’t afford that much. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Eve Ensler, Greenwich Village, Suzanne Vega, Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, 01.04.19, Cornelia Street Cafe, Robin Hirsch


Edinburgh Fringe Festival Is Now Scotland’s Most Lucrative Event

It’s now worth £200 million. Organizers say the event’s value – which has risen more than £25 million since the last official research was done in 2015 – demonstrates how it has become “an economic powerhouse in its own right.” – The Scotsman
Tags: Art, Scotland, Issues, Audience, 01.07.19



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