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Arts Organizations Coping With A Changed Labor Market

As some arts organizations retool and expand their hiring, they’re finding that the upheavals of 2020 — the dislocation of the pandemic and a renewed interest in racial and social justice — have created a different pool of job applicants. – San Francisco Chronicle
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We’re Not Supposed To Call It The Brexit Festival, But Here You Have It…

Unboxed: Creativity in the UK – formerly known as Festival 2022 and derided by some as a “festival of Brexit” – draws on arts, science, engineering, technology and maths in a government-backed £120m celebration of ingenuity. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Issues


The High-Tide Flooding In Venice Is Only Getting Worse

Says the chief caretaker of St. Mark’s, which sits at the city’s lowest point, “I can only say that in August, a month when this never used to happen, we had tides over a meter five times. I am talking about the month of August, when we are quiet.” – AP
Tags: Art, Venice, Issues, St Mark


With His “Team TERF” Routine, Dave Chappelle Dishonors A Long Line Of Great Black Performers

Artists from Richard Pryor to Moms Mabley to Ma Rainey to Josephine Baker “took big risks to affirm LGBTQ people and be honest about their own sexuality. … Chappelle [is] doing something they never did — making a career of going after a group even more reviled than Black people.” – CNN
Tags: Art, Issues, Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, Ma Rainey, Chappelle, Josephine Baker


Interpol Says Illegal Excavations Of Cultural Heritage Sites Soared During Pandemic

“Africa saw an increase in offenses related to digs, up from 44 incidents in 2019 to 153 in 2020. The starkest increase occurred in Asia and the South Pacific, from 42 to 1,563. In total, more than 35,000 items were reported stolen across the world.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Asia, Africa, South Pacific, Issues, Interpol


The Mind-Boggling History That Shapes South Korea’s Popular Cultural Exports

Think about it: Parasite and Squid Game are pretty weird: intense drama, occasional shocking violence and dark satire jumbled with juvenile humor and an almost childish innocence. What does this strange mishmash come from? The difficult, disorienting past hundred years South Korea has lived through. – The American Scholar
Tags: Art, South Korea, Featured, Issues


The Wildly Popular Immersive Art Experiences Of The Late 1800s

“Never heard of cycloramas? Understandable, since they have all but vanished from memory. There are still a few around, though, reminders that, in their time, cycloramas were entertainment as popular as movies would become, if for some they offered experiences as disconcerting as bad dreams.” – MSN (Chicago Tribune)
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Culture Shift? America’s Workers Grab Control

In unionized industries, this takes the form of collective bargaining and, where necessary, voting for strikes. In non-unionized industries, which make up the vast bulk of the American economy, it shows up in workers leaving their jobs and looking for higher-paying ones. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Featured, America, Issues


Surprise: Graduate Enrollment At US Universities Increased In 2020

The CGS survey found that graduate applications increased by 7.3 percent and first-time graduate enrollment increased by 1.8 percent in fall 2020 compared to the year before. – InsideHigherEd
Tags: Art, US, Issues, CGS


How Environmental Art Brings Climate Change Awareness

In the past few decades, new practices of art, design and architecture in the public realm have helped raise awareness about ubiquitous waste, pollution and global warming, and their associated social injustices. – The Conversation
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Why This Jazz Drummer Finally Left New York

I lived there 19 years. As we were coming out of lockdown, it seemed incredible to me that New York was becoming an even more unsustainable place for musicians to live. If that were possible. – Jazz Times
Tags: Art, New York, Issues


John McWhorter On Campus Culture And The Bright Sheng Case: Radicalism Or Progressivism?

It’s not “the students’ fragility, it’s that their approach illustrates the difference between radicalism and progressivism. It’s an example of a strain of thought permeating campuses, one that blithely elides that difference in favor of preaching only “social justice.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, John McWhorter


The New York City Council May Remove The Thomas Jefferson Statue In Its Chambers

Black, Latinx, and Asian councillors have been asking for its removal for two decades. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Thomas Jefferson, New York City Council


But Wait: IATSE Members May Not Vote To Ratify Contract

Says one IATSE member who’s a dolly grip about the supposed changes, “The 10-hour turnarounds — that’s the same shit that’s already in my contract. Why would I be excited about that?” – Variety
Tags: Art, Issues, Iatse


Netflix Fires One Of The Organizers Of The Trans Walkout

The fallout from Dave Chapelle’s special continues. The employee is Black and pregnant; Netflix says they were “terminated on suspicion of leaking metrics to the press related to the Dave Chappelle special,” but other reports say the employee spoke out against the leaks. – The Verge
Tags: Art, Netflix, Issues, Dave Chappelle, Dave Chapelle


It’s Development Versus The Arts In Dublin

“Protesters have for several years argued that a proliferation of new hotel projects in Dublin crowds out other vital development, such as housing and space for the arts.” Developers, of course, argue that tourism brings jobs, and hotels bring tourists. – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Dublin, Issues


Tentative Agreement Reached Between IATSE And Hollywood

The membership hasn’t ratified the contract, so a strike could still be called. The details go to the membership for a vote. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Featured, Issues, Iatse


Inside The Battle For Britain’s National Trust

Many National Trust properties rest on profits from the labor of enslaved people. “The charity seems to have become a lightning rod for the boiling emotions of a nation in flux, racked by arguments over national identity, social justice, pride and guilt.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Britain, National Trust, Issues


Is There A Role For Art In A Post-Liberal World?

The liberal beliefs that underpin today’s international art world are only shared by a tiny minority of the global population. Yet the West’s art establishment continues to label as “bad” anything that does not conform to such orthodoxies. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Issues


Tracking Arts Unemployment: Still Grim

As of August 2021, the national rate had fallen below 6% while the sector rate increased to over 10% once again. – SMU Data Arts
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London Mayor Announces Plan For Huge New Cultural District

The former industrial district in Newham, East London, a big destination for new immigrants, will get film, music, and art studios as well as performance venues and community workspaces. The mayor says the project will create 35,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes over 20 years. – The Stage
Tags: Art, London, Issues, Newham East London


Spain To Give Every 18-Year-Old A €400 Culture Pass

The program budgeted for 2022 is similar to young adults’ culture passes established in France (€300) and Italy (€500). A key difference is that the money will be divided so that not all of it can be spent only on theater tickets or books or opera. – The Local (Spain)
Tags: Art, France, Spain, Italy, Issues, Audience


Wonder Why Your Favorite International Artists Are Canceling US Trips? Ask The Danish String Quartet

It takes months and months to apply for an get cleared for visas to come to the US. Hundreds of international artists have had to cancel gigs in the US. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, US, Issues, US Los Angeles


What’s The Best Artistic Leadership Model?

There are several, and coming out of the pandemic, it seems appropriate to reassess what works. – Nightingale Sonata
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Remembering The Black Artist Collectives Of The 1960s And ’70s

“Musicians and writers, artists and architects, photographers and filmmakers listening, arguing and creating with each other, … drawing inspiration from the collectivizing impulse of the Harlem Renaissance, … these groups explored a range of approaches to fostering culture and community.” – T — The New York Times Style Magazine
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The Right To Culture: Afghanistan Bans Music

The Taliban’s stance on music forbids people from enjoying and participating in cultural activities, and violates the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Afghanistan, Taliban, Un, Issues


Half The PPP Loan Money For Culture Went To Only 228 Institutions. They Still Laid Off A Quarter Of Their Workers.

The purpose of the Paycheck Protection Program was to let businesses hobbled by the pandemic retain their employees. An AFSCME study found that, out of 7,500 eligible cultural institutions, 228 large ones got $771 million, half the total — and let go of 28% of their staff. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Featured, PPP, Issues, AFSCME, Paycheck Protection Program


How Today’s Environmental Challenges Will Change The Art World

“These crises are emerging out of environmental challenges and social justice challenges that are very present. Going back to business as usual is going to sound unconvincing.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Issues


Some Early Good News From The WBEZ-Chicago Sun-Times Merger

In a Q&A, two senior executives at Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) say that they no plans to reduce the newspaper’s seven-days-per-week print schedule and that, far from imposing layoffs, they expect to hire 40 to 50 new staffers. – Medill Local News Initiative
Tags: Art, Issues, Chicago Public Media WBEZ, WBEZ Chicago Sun Times Merger


John Killacky: Arts As A Safe Space For Unsafe Ideas

It is a series of meditations on the social role of art, the sometimes dysfunctional structures of the cultural sector, and the effect that unexpected, horrific loss – and the necessity of moving past it – can have on a person, a community, and the art created in response. – ArtsFuse
Tags: Art, Issues, John Killacky



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