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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

Training A New Generation Of Arts Critics To Engage With Issues

The Seattle program empowers teens to thoughtfully engage in the arts and performance scene. Teens apply to be a part of the five-week PCI program on As a group, the kids attend shows, write reviews, and meet with local professional arts critics for workshops on the critic’s prospective arts discipline. After edits and discussions, the teens’ work is published on the TeenTix blog. The program was recently revamped to include a more intentional social-justice lens, with a goal of “...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Seattle, SJ, TeenTix

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

Opera Roles Are Classified By Voice Types. Also Gender Types. Is This A Problem?

“Imagine a soprano who has just changed her voice type from mezzo-soprano to soprano. She’s immediately at a disadvantage if she lists every role that she’s performed on her resume, because it will immediately cause the review panel to question the legitimacy of her soprano-ness. The next inevitable step is that they’ll question her ability to sing the role for which she’s currently auditioning. This isn’t a gender issue any longer, but rather an issue of the current classification system’s inab...
Tags: Art, Music, SJ, 01.07.19

A New Phase In Art And Dance Made By Artists With Disabilities

This new wave “is a consideration of the aesthetic possibilities of disability. It’s not about adaptation or accommodation. It’s about how unique bodies, minds, senses and phenomenological experiences of disability and impairment—along with the political aspects and intersectional identities—can create new work.” – Vice
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, 01.08.19

Fractured Atlas Committed Itself To Racial Equity. Here’s How It’s Going

The arts service organization produced a thoughtful (and well-documented) declaration of its principles a few years ago. Now FA reports on what it’s done and how it’s going… – Fractured Atlas
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, SJ

Why The 87-Year-Old Founder Of Philadanco Dance Wants To Start A New School

Joan Myers Brown: “We started talking about how children are no longer interested in training. They see So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars and want to do ‘trick, trick, trick,’ rather than putting in the hours honing proper technique.“We wanted to change the system of teaching dance in their schools.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, Philadanco, 01.08.19, Joan Myers Brown

What Does It Mean To Be A “Teaching Artist”?

Eric Booth: “Teachings artistry lives in the hybrid zone, where two essential human realms meet—art and learning—to enrich one another and create the most fecund human space. Indeed, there is a tidal element to a teaching artist’s career as it ebbs and flows between the two kinds of projects.”
Tags: Art, Issues, SJ, Eric Booth, 01.03.19

Creating Ability-Positive Theatre for Children

“Stories that are ability-positive center around real or fictional characters with different ability statuses, not for dramatic reasons, like an abled character experiencing a new struggle, but simply to show humans, in all their complexities, who make up the fabric of our world.” Tim Collingwood, an actor-playwright-activist who identifies as having Asperger’s syndrome, writes about how he was inspired to meet the ability-positive ideal with an adaptation of The Ugly Duckling. — HowlRound
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Asperger, SJ, Tim Collingwood, 01.02.19

In Brazil, Female Readers Band Together To Support Female Writers (And They’re All Going To Need Each Other Now)

Book clubs with names such as “Read Women” have been growing in Brazilian cities, pushing for including more work by women authors in publishers’ lists, bookstores’ inventory, and even school curricula. Now those writers and their supporters worry about whether the new president, Jair Bolsonaro, and his far-right followers will undo the progress of recent years. — Public Radio International
Tags: Art, Brazil, Words, SJ, Jair Bolsonaro, 01.03.19

Artist Ai Wei Wei On The Need To Strengthen Human Rights

“If we truly believe in values that we can all identify with and aspire to – a recognition of truth, an understanding of science, an appreciation of the self, a respect for life and a faith in society – then we need to eliminate obstacles to understanding, uphold the fundamental definition of humanity, affirm the shared value of human lives and other lives, and acknowledge the symbiotic interdependency of human beings and the environment.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, Ai Wei Wei, SJ, 01.02.19

Indigenous Performing Artists From All Over North America And Australia Gather In New York (Just In Time For APAP)

“In drawing attention to the breadth of contemporary Indigenous performance — with works spanning dance, theater, performance art and genres in between — the [First Nations Dialogues New York/Lenapehoking] are something rare for New York, if not unprecedented. Describing what to expect is not easy and not intended to be.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Australia, North America, Issues, APAP, SJ, 01.01.19

Huntington Library Reimagines Its Collection In Social Relevance

The series initiated in 2016, when the Huntington invited scientists from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to build a sound installation that represented the movement of the International Space Station. The next year, the Huntington’s hushed halls filled with the tumult caused by artists affiliated with the Los Angeles–based Women’s Center for Creative Work. For that exhibition, Jheanelle Garriques responded to the Huntington’s Anglomaniac bent by curating a bluestocking storytelling, let...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Nasa, HUNTINGTON, Huntington Library, SJ, Ybarra, Women 's Center for Creative Work, Jheanelle Garriques, Kiki Loveday

Using Theatre To Provoke Debate

“Wise Fool, founded in Santa Fe almost 20 years ago as both a performing arts and social justice advocacy organization, combines clowning and circus artistry with storytelling in its popular productions, some of which have become holiday traditions — such as the Circus Luminous show held at the Lensic Performing Arts Center each year on the weekend after Thanksgiving.” – Santa Fe New Mexican
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Santa Fe, SJ, 12.29.18, Lensic Performing Arts Center

Contrarian View: Has Social Justice Focus Gone Too Far?

When I was young, we knew what offensive music was like. It was like the Fugs – a filthy-mouthed band once described as “the most vulgar thing the human mind could possibly conceive” in FBI files. Times change. So do our our ideas of filth – and not necessarily in ways one might expect. – The Globe & Mail (Canada)
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Fbi, SJ, Fugs, 12.28.18

How Children’s Art Shapes Activism

“The idea that our political values might express themselves in how we think about children shouldn’t be surprising to us. In the wake of World War II, philosopher Theodor Adorno collaborated with a group of psychologists at the University of California at Berkeley to trace how early childhood experiences might make people more susceptible to either developing or revering what they described as ‘the authoritarian personality’.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, University of California at Berkeley, SJ, Theodor Adorno, 12.27.18

The Year In Socially Conscious Art (Oregon)

More and more artists across all media are addressing pressing social issues in their work. “What struck me in compiling this year-end reading list on socially engaged art in Oregon is the extent to which artists strove not simply to see and interpret, but to peel back layers, to reveal what is largely hidden — either by design or by accident — by institutions, by geography, and even by the telling of history.”
Tags: Art, Oregon, Uncategorized, SJ, 12.17.18

‘Building A More Inclusive American Theater’: The New Director Of The Long Wharf In New Haven

Jacob Padrón: “When I’m thinking about what plays to put on stages I ask: one, does the story reflect the community I am in and, two, is the story in conversation with the world? Those are the two big questions that will guide a lot of my thinking at Long Wharf.” — Connecticut Magazine
Tags: Art, Theatre, SJ, Long Wharf, 12.21.18, Jacob Padrón

Through Venezuela’s Chaos, Dance Company For Disabled Carries On

“Caracas-based AM Danza works with 50 young Venezuelans who are pursuing their passion for dance despite limitations like broken spines, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or blindness.” — Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Dance, Venezuela, Caracas, Danza, SJ, 12.25.18, Chaos Dance Company

The Ruins Of A Street – Turned Into A Museum

“We came to Greensboro to attend a group exhibition presented by a cohort of artist residents whose blend of style and performance provoked laughter one minute and tears the next. Their work offered insights into a network we knew little about, and through them, we discovered a poetic intersection that is worth revisiting: the nexus of art and travel.”
Tags: Art, Visual, Greensboro, SJ, 12.23.18

Steven Spielberg Is Expanding His Shoah Foundation To Cover Genocides Beyond The Holocaust

“The Holocaust cannot stand alone. We decided to send our videographers into Rwanda to get testimony. From there we went to Cambodia, Armenia — we’re doing a critical study in the Central African Republic, Guatemala, the Nanjing massacre. Most recently, we’re doing testimony on the anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar and the current anti-Semitic violence in Europe. We’re expanding our scope to counter many forms of hate.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Media, Myanmar, Steven Spielberg, Issues, Rwanda, Nanjing, SJ, 12.18.18, Cambodia Armenia, Central African Republic Guatemala

An Artistic Approach To Helping People Understand Dire Issues

“When I asked Olafur Eliasson about the impact of the work, he said he thinks that fear-based narratives tend to be unpersuasive, and he prefers to create a meaningful encounter with the environment to encourage change. London’s deputy mayor for culture, Justine Simons, expressed confidence that the work will change attitudes, saying at the launch that Ice Watch ‘will bring the stark reality of climate change to thousands of people in a very direct and very intimate way. It will undoubtedly ins...
Tags: Art, London, Issues, Olafur Eliasson, SJ, 12.14.18, Justine Simons

Inside The Refugee Theatre Company That Created ‘The Jungle’

The Good Chance Theatre was founded in the Calais refugee settlement known as “The Jungle,” where the touring piece by that title was created. Now that the Calais camp is gone, Good Chance has moved on to Paris, where, each week, migrants attend a workshop and create a theatre piece which they perform for visiting Parisians. Writer Verity Healey has a look. — HowlRound
Tags: Art, Theatre, Paris, Calais, Jungle, SJ, 12.13.18, Verity Healey

My Challenges: Mental Illness And Theatre

Jacob Juntunen: “Being a mentally ill theatremaker comes with its own specific challenges. Different mental illnesses require different care, but the majority are exacerbated by lack of routine, insufficient sleep, alcohol use, lack of access to health care, and undue stress—all elements of most theatre careers. Mental illnesses are chronic, requiring a redefinition of self after diagnosis, a lifetime of management, and the navigation of a complicated healthcare system.” – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, SJ, Jacob Juntunen

Mental Illness And Theatre

Being a mentally ill theatremaker comes with its own specific challenges. Different mental illnesses require different care, but the majority are exacerbated by lack of routine, insufficient sleep, alcohol use, lack of access to health care, and undue stress—all elements of most theatre careers. Mental illnesses are chronic, requiring a redefinition of self after diagnosis, a lifetime of management, and the navigation of a complicated healthcare system. – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, SJ

Meet The Guy Who Makes Sure The Guthrie Theater’s Shows Are Accessible To Folks With All Sorts Of Disabilities

Says one of many admiring advocates and clients, “If a school is supposed to make programs accessible to students with disabilities — say, blindness — they might put things on tape and say it’s accessible. They don’t say to the person: What would be your preference? Hunter [Gullickson] does that. And he’ll get the program on tape, but also in Braille.” — The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Star Tribune, SJ, 12.09.18, Hunter -LSB- Gullickson

Boat People Of The Mediterranean Form A Theater Company In Sicily

Founded in 2013, Liquid Company, a troupe made up entirely of refugees and migrants from Africa and the Mideast who survived the dangerous sea crossing, has developed, scripted, and performed four plays about their journeys, the asylum system, and human trafficking. — Public Radio International
Tags: Art, Africa, Theatre, Sicily, Mideast, SJ, 12.05.18

Can Art Help The Families Of Opioid Crisis Victims? This Museum Is Finding Out

“The Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire has created an unprecedented program that uses art as a healing tool for those affected by the epidemic in a state that’s ranked third in the nation for drug overdoses.” — Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, New Hampshire, Audience, Visual, SJ, Currier Museum of Art, 12.06.18

Embedding Artists In The Municipal Bureaucracy

This past summer, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission began a program that assigns artists-in-residence to work in county government agencies (to start with, the Registrar-Recorder’s Office and the county library system). Pauline Kanako Kamiyama writes about what she and LACAC learned from the programs’s preparation and launch. (For example, “‘Trust the artist-driven process’ does not easily translate to non-arts staff nor governmental management styles.”) — Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Issues, SJ, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, 12.05.18, Registrar Recorder s Office, Pauline Kanako Kamiyama

What Happened When A Maasai Delegation Visited An Oxford Museum To See Where Their Sacred Belongings Ended Up?

“The Pitt Rivers has more than 300,000 objects in its collection, many of which were ‘acquired’ by colonial functionaries, missionaries and anthropologists in the heyday of the British empire. … Keenly aware of its problematic origins, the Pitt Rivers, like many museums, engages ‘originating communities’ – in the museum-world lingo – to allow them to reclaim the narrative around their objects. Last month, [elder Samwell] Nangiria, with four other Maasai from Tanzania and Kenya, and help from the...
Tags: Art, Oxford, Kenya, Tanzania, NGO, Visual, SJ, Pitt Rivers, 12.04.18, Nangiria

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