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NASDAQ Proposes Rule To Diversify Boards. Will It Accomplish Diversity?

The experience of some high-profile tech companies calls into question whether a diverse board leads to a more diverse workforce. Straight white men are a minority on the boards at Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google parent Alphabet. None of the four would have to make changes to comply with Nasdaq’s rule. But none has shown big progress in diversifying its workforce. – Wired
Tags: Google, Art, Nasdaq, Issues, Apple Microsoft Facebook, 12.02.20


Plans For ‘The Black Version Of Lincoln Center’ On Chicago’s South Side

“[Actor Harry Lennix] intends to build both a two-theater complex to house (among others) the Congo Square Theatre Company and a new, nationally focused museum dedicated to Black contributions to the performing arts. Everything from dance to film to music to theater.” – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Chicago, Lincoln Center, Issues, South Side, Harry Lennix, 12.02.20, Congo Square Theatre Company


The ‘Digital Magna Carta’: Section 230, The Law That Made Social Media And E-Commerce Possible

“Much of the modern internet exists thanks to a short section of a 1996 US law dedicated to moderating online porn.” That’s Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996: it protects websites with user-generated content — and that’s everything from Twitter and YouTube to Amazon and Wikipedia — from legal liability for that content. (It’s the creator that gets prosecuted or sued.) But Section 230 has been under attack from several sides, and the lawmakers that back them, for years — and ...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Wikipedia, US, Donald Trump, Issues, 12.02.20, Digital Magna Carta


The Arts’ COVID Losses By The Latest Numbers

How have things changed since the pandemic? A recent Brookings Institution report shows America’s arts and creative industries lost $150 billion in sales and 2.7 million jobs through July. The “fine and performing arts” alone (commercial and nonprofit) incurred losses of $42.5 billion and a whopping 50% of its workforce (-1.4 million jobs). – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, America, Brookings Institution, Issues, 12.01.20


Biden’s Cabinet Needs A ‘Dr. Fauci For The Arts’

Peter Marks: “Now, more than ever, we need a secretary of arts and culture. As President-elect Joe Biden rolls out his circle of close advisers, the notion is gaining momentum among leaders and advocates of nonprofit groups and for-profit companies: that someone should be named to coordinate arts funding, unite assorted agencies and underline the value of arts and entertainment to the nation’s financial, social and psychological well-being.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Joe Biden, Biden, Issues, Fauci, Peter Marks, 12.02.20


How Pittsburgh’s Arts Groups Adapted To COVID

“It’s bringing up the inequities that exist for folks who don’t have access to a laptop or all these technical tools or even technical literacy. For others in this time, it’s actually kind of equalized the stage. You just turn on your phone and there’s your stage.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tags: Art, Issues, Pittsburgh, 11.29.20


€2.1 Billion-With-A-B: Germany’s Culture Budget For 2021

It’s the federal government’s largest-ever package for supporting the arts, €155 million more than for this year, at a time of unprecedented need as the resurgent pandemic wipes out earned income. Among the notable line items is €85 million for renovating Wagner’s opera house at Bayreuth. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Germany, Issues, Wagner, 11.30.20


COVID May Have Changed Arts Criticism For Good — And For The Better

Philip Kennicott: “Freed from the obligation of keeping up with a regular calendar of exhibition openings, or a concert schedule or a weekly march of theatrical premieres, critics have written more about the personal experience of art rather than the specific content of art in particular. … This more reflective, more personal [approach] may widen the audience for arts writing. Because critics deal with art on a daily basis, they sometimes fail to communicate something more fundamental: the dail...
Tags: Art, Issues, Philip Kennicott, 11.29.20


In Virtual School Test-Taking, Surveillance AI Is Intruding On Students

“In the swift and chaotic pivot to virtual test-taking, companies like Respondus — along with competitors including Honorlock, ProctorU and Proctorio — have stepped in to help schools keep watch on students. Because the new digital tools are required in certain courses, students are being forced to subject themselves to surveillance inside their own homes and open themselves up to disputes over “suspicious activities,” as defined by an algorithm.” – Voice of San Diego
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.30.20


Cuban Government Agrees To Dialogue And Tolerance For Artists

It’s unprecedented in modern times, as Cuba has been quick to quash artistic dissent – but many of the protestors, who were demonstrating following a Thursday night raid of another protest, were actors, musicians, and others who long held governmental approval. – Seattle Times (AP)
Tags: Art, Cuba, Issues, 11.28.20


What Will The Biden Administration’s Arts Policy Look Like?

“The big idea was to create a White House office on arts, culture and the creative industries,” says Megan Beyer, the co-chair of the campaign’s Arts Policy Committee and a former executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under Obama. She compares this to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which was established by Congress in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the president on domestic and international policy that could be applied across ...
Tags: Art, Obama, Congress, White House, Issues, Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Biden Administration, 11.24.20, Megan Beyer, Arts Policy Committee


$1 Billion Overhaul For Melbourne’s Arts District

The newly announced government budget for the state of Victoria includes Aus$1.4 billion (US $1.03 billion) for the expansion and revamp of the Southbank arts district in Australia’s fast-growing second city. Phase One of the project will be the construction of the National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary (situated adjacent to the original NGV), planned to be the country’s largest contemporary art museum. Later phases will include improvements and additions to Arts Centre Melbourne, the main v...
Tags: Art, Australia, Victoria, Melbourne, Issues, Southbank, 11.25.20, National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary


France To Reopen Theatres And Museums On Dec. 15

“Starting on Nov. 28, small shops and religious sites will be allowed to reopen. On Dec. 15, theaters, cinemas and museums will reopen but a 9 p.m.-7 a.m. curfew will be restored. A 9 p.m. curfew was previously put in place in mid-October, before the country went into lockdown.” – Variety
Tags: Art, France, Issues, 11.24.20


As Philadelphia’s Arts Sector Closes Up For Second Time, Fears About What Might Not Survive

“After initial COVID-19 shutdowns in March, many organizations made significant investments in reopening this summer or moving activities online, … ‘and now it appears they won’t be able to reap any impact from that investment, at least for quite a while.’ … For groups that showed resourcefulness in moving operations online and making attendance safe for visitors, the new restrictions feel like a step backward. More critically, the new constraints threaten an already fragile sector.” – The Phil...
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Issues, 11.21.20


Many Arts Groups Are Getting More Donations Than Usual During Lockdown

In Seattle, arts organizations report that their fundraising is up — sometimes dramatically — over what they typically raise. – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Seattle, Issues, 11.21.20


City Of Seattle Creates A New Real Estate Company To Buy And Manage Arts Spaces

The city is taking the rare step of creating a “mission-driven” real estate development company so that it can create, purchase, manage and lease property for arts and cultural spaces — which could include a wide range of venues and organizations, including galleries, bookstores, nonprofit dance companies and cultural community centers. – Crosscut
Tags: Art, Seattle, Issues, 11.09.20


China Increasingly Targets Muslim Writers And Readers

One publisher, who has fled and has seen 40 family members and friends associated with him detained or jailed, says, “The state only wants its garden to have one type of flower … the red ones. Green, blue or white flowers: if they are not red, they will be cut down.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.21.20


Update: What Americans For The Arts Is Doing During COVID

The urgency of this vision has never been more apparent than in 2020—amid a global pandemic, heightened focus on social justice and racial equity, a huge economic downturn, and a contentious presidential election. These issues have impacted every community across the country and devastated artists, nonprofit and for-profit creative businesses, educational systems, healthcare, and trust in government. And because of long-term systemic inequities, these challenges have more severely affected peop...
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.16.20


Australia Gets Ready To Restart Live Performance As (Almost) Normal

“Live performance venues and events will be allowed to reach capacity of up to 75% in states that have recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus cases in 14 days. … In what has been labelled the ‘Covid normal’ of the near future, indoor events and seated outdoor events will still be ticketed only, and additional restrictions will still apply to large-scale multi-day outdoor music festivals.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Australia, Issues, Audience, 11.20.20


Beirut’s Cultural Community Struggles To Rebuild After Last Summer’s Explosion

“With no support from the government, a collapsed economy that has made financial hardship a normal part of life, and a spike in coronavirus cases that has overloaded hospitals, the Lebanese have been left to fend for themselves, rebuilding and reconstructing their beloved city with grit and determination.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Beirut, Issues, 11.18.20


Poland Freezes Its COVID Arts Bailout After Celebrities Are Caught Receiving Millions In Funding

“The ministry of culture released the names of more than 2,000 beneficiaries of its 400 million złoty ($106 million) support fund [last] Friday. Soon after, critics began scrutinizing the list, which included not only cultural foundations, orchestras, theaters, entertainment venues, and arts schools, but also several successful singers and actors.” A big backlash ensued, with accusations of corruption and cronyism flying. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Poland, Issues, 11.17.20


How War And Progress Are Linked

This skeptical, Hobbesian view of human nature, in which war is an “integral part of human experience,” may be unflattering to our species, but it at least keeps us on our toes. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.14.20


Report: Brexit Will Isolate UK Cultural Institutions For Two Years

Dr Charlotte Faucher, who oversaw the research, said the fear was that a lack of clarity on insurance, visas and travel restrictions, paired with potential complications caused by the global pandemic, would make European collaborations too risky. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.17.20, Charlotte Faucher


Creating A Museum Of Historical Smells

“Scientists, historians and experts in artificial intelligence across the UK and Europe have announced they are teaming up for a €2.8m project labelled ‘Odeuropa’ to identify and even recreate the aromas that would have assailed noses between the 16th and early 20th centuries.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Issues, 11.17.20, Museum Of Historical Smells, Odeuropa


How Will We Protect World Treasures Threatened By Climate Change?

Venice is just one example of the challenges of preserving iconic landmarks that are threatened by the effects of climate change, such as rising seas and recurrent, intensifying droughts, storms and wildfires. In my research as a social scientist, I help heritage managers make tough decisions prioritizing which sites to save when funds, time or both are limited. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Venice, Issues, 11.13.20


The Art Of The Trump Goodbye

Is Trump like King Lear, raging naked on the heath and desperately hanging on to the increasingly diminished trappings of power even as they are stripped from him? Or is he more like Bartleby the Scrivener, the inscrutable model of passive resistance who one day declines to do any more work or indeed leave the building, declaring: “I would prefer not to?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, King Lear, 11.16.20


Study: Americans Feel Positive About The Arts, But There Are Demographic Differences

“The extensive survey, coordinated by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’s Humanities Indicators project, … [found that] 80% of American adults hold a ‘very favorable’ or ‘somewhat favorable’ view of the arts … but only 11% of them said they visit art museums or attend arts events regularly, while another 29% said they do so ‘sometimes.'” Interestingly, Black and Latinx Americans are far more likely to attend poetry and literary events than are their white compatriots. – Hyperallergic ...
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 11.13.20


Assessing The Art World’s Performance During Trump

The arts exist as a smaller bubble within the larger bubble of liberal media culture. And doubling down on affirming the sense of enlightened cultural superiority has larger potential negative consequences. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.16.20


International Enrollment At US Universities Down 43 Percent

The survey provides a first look at how hard international enrollments have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey found that one in five international students are studying online from outside the U.S. Ninety percent of responding institutions reported student deferrals, collectively reporting that nearly 40,000 international students have deferred their studies to a future term. – InsideHigherEd
Tags: Art, US, Issues, 11.16.20, U S Ninety


What Are Our National Arts Support Organizations Doing For Equity?

“We look to service organizations like Americans For The Arts to help support us as we support our communities. However, we can no longer wait for them or organizations like them. These requests are not made to hurt the organization, but to serve the people it exists to serve: the entire national arts community.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.12.20



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