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Warning: Post-Brexit Border Policies Could Be “Disaster” For Creative Industries

“Although it is theoretically ‘points-based’, the reality is that it will be impossible to accrue enough points with a salary below £25,600 (without a PhD) unless the role is on the shortage occupation list; a list which excludes many highly-valued creative professions. In our sector, high skill levels do not always equate to high salaries. There must be recognition of sector-specific means of assessment including auditions, work experience and portfolios.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.20.20


Report: Arts Drive Tourism In Australia

Australians took 12.3 million daytrips and 13.4 million overnight trips within Australia that included arts activities in 2018 – an increase of 14 percent and 20 percent respectively since 2014 – with increases found across visiting museums and art galleries, attending performing arts, visiting art or craft workshops or studios, attending festivals, and experiencing First Nations arts and craft. The report also flagged an increasing interest in First Nations arts tourism. – Limelight ...
Tags: Art, Australia, First Nations, Issues, 02.18.20


Study: Freedom Of Expression… Except For Arts Workers

More than eight out of ten survey respondents agreed that “workers in the arts and cultural sector who share controversial opinions risk being professionally ostracised”. The overwhelming message that comes across from more than 1,000 free text comments – running to 60,000 words – is neatly summed up by one person, who said “I often feel pressured to self-censor for fear of being ‘cancelled’ or bullied for not conforming to the orthodoxy”. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.20.20


Study: Arts Sector Digital Efforts Stall In Trying To Attract Audiences

Research from Arts Council England (ACE) and innovation foundation Nesta has revealed “a widening gulf” between large and small organisations’ capacity and capability to adopt – let alone maximise the potential of – digital technologies ranging from cameras and phones to distribution software and digital art. Some organisations may already feel “too far behind the adoption curve” to test new technologies, the authors say. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Nesta, Arts Council England ACE, 02.20.20


Attendance Isn’t A Good Enough Metric, So This Museum Is Trying To Measure Its Social Impact

“Working with a group of social scientists, the [Oakland Museum of California] devised an innovative plan to take stock of both its ability to connect with visitors and to foster connections between visitors themselves. The idea came after previous data collection efforts revealed a more thorough snapshot of the institution’s audience, which is one of the most diverse in the country.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Oakland Museum of California, 02.19.20


Salt Lake City’s Arts Funding Rewards Largest Organizations At Expense Of Small. Should The Formula Change?

That system sometimes “reward[s] bad behavior. We reward those who keep spending without regard” and sometimes “penalize organizations that take thoughtful, correct and prudent cuts to their budget and then they get less as a result.” – Salt Lake Tribune
Tags: Art, Salt Lake City, Issues, 02.19.20


How The Arts Could Reform Business Education

It’s not the liberal arts vs. corporate education. And it’s not soft skills vs. hard skills. It’s both a dichotomy and a lexicon we must eliminate. First, the dichotomy: the education needed for today and the future is one that blends the two instead of treating them as separate and distinct. Second, the lexicon: terminology like soft vs. hard skills inherently undermines the importance of the poorly named “soft” skills while the words “liberal” and “arts” are a poor brand name for an o...
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.19.20


Which Presidential Candidate Would Be Best For The Arts?

“The question … is far more complicated that it first appears. (What does ‘best’ mean? What does ‘the arts’ mean?)” There isn’t all that much evidence to look at, but Chris Jones surveys what’s there. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Issues, Chris Jones, 02.19.20


Study: Does A Company’s Political Advocacy Affect Consumer Behavior? Yes. But…

That a company engaged in conservative or liberal political activity did not affect Republicans’ opinions of that company, but it did for Democrats. (As previously reported, Democrats didn’t care one way or another if a Jones Corp engaged in liberal activities.) That means the 33% drop in opinion when Jones Corps engaged in a conservative agenda was entirely driven by participants who identified as Democrats. – Harvard Business Review
Tags: Art, Jones, Issues, 02.17.20, Jones Corp


Arts Council England Warns Organisations: Get More Diverse Or Give Up Government Funding

“Arts organisations and museums in England are being warned they will lose public funding unless they meet ‘stretching’ targets to create and attract more diverse workforces and audiences. … ACE has been publishing diversity data for five years but has often been accused of merely talking instead of taking strong action. The language this year is significantly more robust.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, England, Issues, 02.18.20


For South L.A., A Sort Of African-American High Line

It’s not an elevated park, and it’s not on disused train tracks (in fact, it’s tied in with a new light rail line), but Destination Crenshaw (as it’s called) will be a 1.3-mile-long public space along Crenshaw Boulevard, with landscaping, murals and other public art, and plazas — all intended as community gathering places to affirm the area’s African-American identity as the pressures of gentrification increase. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, CRENSHAW, Crenshaw Boulevard, 02.17.20


Ten Trends That Will Impact The Arts Says Americans For The Arts

The arts advocacy group says these are the trends that will inform its work over the next few years. – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.18.20


End Of The Big Glamorous Cities?

Since 2010, urban inner rings, including central business districts, accounted for barely 10 percent of population growth in the nation’s 53 largest metropolitan areas. More revealing still, the country’s three largest metropolitan areas — New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—are now losing population. Since 2012, suburbs and exurbs, which have seven times as many people as the core, are again growing faster. Suburbs are also seeing a strong net movement among educated people, those earning o...
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, New York Los Angeles, 02.18.20


California’s New Freelance Law Is Playing Havoc With Artists

“Since AB5 took effect on January 1, hundreds of thousands of Californians are finding their businesses in tatters. Musicians can’t join bands for a one-night gig, chefs can’t join forces with caterers, nurses can’t work at various hospitals, and writers must cap their submissions per media outlet to 35 per year.” – City Journal
Tags: Art, California, Issues, 02.13.20


Let’s Talk About This ‘Classical’ Architecture Thing, Strongmen, And Fascism

Dear United States, this isn’t new – but it is alarming. “For centuries, autocrats, authoritarians, and dictators have held a fascination with using architecture as a political tool to glorify their regimes, often while also dismissing modern architectural styles as lowbrow, cold, or weak. The current crop of far-right world leaders with authoritarian impulses is no different—and that now appears to include President Donald Trump.” – Slate
Tags: Art, United States, Issues, 02.14.20


Some Writers Are ‘Secretly’ Working With Fired Agents

And the Writers Guild is ready to crack down on their wayward members. The WGA president wrote, “‘For any writers breaking the rules there must and will be accountability.’ He added: ‘We know that some agents are harassing former clients to work with them in secret under the false premise that ‘everyone else has come back.’'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, WGA, Writers Guild, 02.14.20


Has Fan Culture Gotten Out Of Hand? Should They Have So Much Influence On The Art?

The last decade or so has witnessed huge changes in the awareness, perception and tools of fandom. In terms of television and film, the enormous successes of Game of Thrones and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have introduced geek culture – and its brand of participatory fandom – to the mainstream. At the same time, the internet – and more specifically social media – has amplified fans’ voices, while also breaking down the boundaries between them and the artists they love/hate. – BBC
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, 02.14.20


The Need For Civic Protest

Protest is meant to bring a reality that lurks beyond the sight lines of most people crashing down in front of them. When resistance to the current order arises, citizens are put to the test. We are forced to reveal where our allegiances lie. What are we willing to support, or do, in the pursuit of rightness and justice? – Maclean’s
Tags: Art, Issues, MacLean, 02.13.20


These Two Made Millions On Scamming Online Arts Tickets

Peter Hunter and David Smith tricked selling sites over two-and-a-half years, buying £4m worth of tickets that they sold for £10.8m. They targeted events including Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift gigs and Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Leeds Crown Court heard. – BBC
Tags: Art, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Harry Potter, Issues, David Smith, Peter Hunter, 02.13.20, Cursed Child Leeds Crown Court


Coronavirus Is Devastating The Arts In China

“Movie releases have been canceled in China and symphony tours suspended because of quarantines and fears of contagion. A major art fair [and a performing arts festival] in Hong Kong [were] called off, and important spring art auctions half a world away in New York have been postponed because well-heeled Chinese buyers may find it difficult to travel to them.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, New York, China, Issues, 02.13.20


Threatened By Gentrification, Berlin’s Nightclubs Seek Same Legal-Cultural Status As Theatres And Opera Houses

“A group dedicated to protecting the German capital’s nightlife took its campaign to parliament on Wednesday, urging more protection as more venues are closed to make way for new-builds and as growing numbers of residents file complaints about noise. About 100 clubs have closed in the past 10 years, and a further 25 are under threat.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Berlin, Issues, 02.12.20


How Bad Is California’s New Freelance Law For Performers? Let Them Tell You

“To learn more about AB5’s effect on artists, The Times asked readers to write in. We received more than 120 responses from artists across California — jazz and classical musicians, directors of arts nonprofits, magicians, costume designers, actors, a burlesque dancer and freelance food stylist, among others.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, California, The Times, Issues, 02.12.20


The Problems With Re-Enactments Of Slavery And The Underground Railroad

Over three decades, “millions [of Americans] have undergone an experience that can range from a board game to an immersive nightlong ordeal, complete with horseback-riding paddy rollers and an armed Harriet Tubman. … Do fugitive lives belong to everyone, as models and martyrs of democracy? Or are they victims of appropriation, their stories warped by repetitive reconciliation myths and kitsch entertainment? Can ’embodying’ the past empower the living, or does it trivialize history and traumatiz...
Tags: Art, Issues, Harriet Tubman, 02.10.20


First Major Arts Venue To Make All Its Performances ‘Relaxed’

Starting this month, London’s Battersea Arts Centre is making all its events “relaxed performances” — at which audience members may enter, leave, move around, and sometimes make noise, and first developed for neurodivergent patrons. – The Times (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Times, Issues, Audience, Battersea Arts Centre, 02.06.20


Entire Hong Kong Arts Festival Is Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Epidemic

“Due to officially open on February 13 with a concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the month-long festival was to have featured more than 120 performances of dance, music, theatre and opera. Last year’s festival drew a combined audience of nearly 90,000 people.” – South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Tags: Art, Issues, Boston Symphony Orchestra, South China Morning Post, 02.10.20


Post-Brexit UK Will Deport All Foreign Workers Making Less Than £17,000/Year. Artists Are Worried

From 6 April all skilled workers from outside the EU who have been living here for less than 10 years will need to earn at least £35,000 a year to settle permanently in the UK. Some jobs, such as nurses, are exempt but Alyson Frazier’s is not. Frazier – who has a first class MA from the Royal Academy of Music and is the co-founder of Play for Progress, a therapeutic music programme for refugee children – only earns £17,000 a year. Unless she gets a higher-paid job, she will be deported i...
Tags: Art, UK, Eu, Issues, Frazier, Royal Academy of Music, 02.09.20, Alyson Frazier


Media Outlets Calling Antonio Banderas A Person Of Color Are Upsetting People In Europe And The US

Banderas may be a Spanish speaker first, but the actor “is from Málaga, Spain, and does not identify as a person of color. There are nonwhite Spanish people, but this isn’t the case for him.” And whew. Media outlets lumping him in with Cynthia Erivo to give the Oscar acting nominees some diversity are not being accurate. (But many white Spaniards’ responses aren’t great either.) – NPR
Tags: Art, Europe, US, Antonio Banderas, Issues, Malaga Spain, Cynthia Erivo, Banderas, 02.09.20


Some Problems With The U.S. Administration’s Plan To Make Architecture Classical Again

Aside from obvious comparisons to fascist Italy, it’s just not great to take direction from a fringe group of neo-classicists, some of whom aren’t architects. Then there are the safety requirements for federal buildings, which leave little money for “classical” elements. And, as any architect knows, “classicism and modernism are not opposites; they exist on a continuum, and choosing between them is unnecessary.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Italy, Issues, 02.08.20


This Particular Moment: A Culture Of Meanness

“Our contemporary moment is a culture of meanness. It’s not based on facts. It’s not based on conversation… it’s destructive to our democracy and our institutions. Notice the bags under my eyes? That’s what it’s about.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.07.20


If The British Arts World Doesn’t Want BP Or Sackler Money, Should It Really Be So Dependent On The National Lottery?

“Our sector relies on the gambling industry for over a third of its public investment in a country where an estimated 430,000 people have a serious problem with gambling. And we seem to take active pleasure in that fact.” – ArtsProfessional
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.06.20



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