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Roberto Bedoya On Expressing Oakland Creatively

Bedoya describes the culture of the city as “the embodiment of forms of knowledge and wisdom people have gained through their different lived experiences.” Another way he expresses this idea is that culture is the frame within which the arts provide “the power of shared sensibility and memory… kindling the emotions that make us aware of our shared humanity.” – Reportage From The Aesthetic Edge
Tags: Art, Issues, Bedoya, 02.27.20, Roberto Bedoya, Oakland Creatively

The Rise Of ‘Relaxed Performances’

“What does make a theatre feel like home? Negotiating mobile phones, sweet wrappers and chatty Kathys is a well-documented headache for theatre staff and spectators alike. The academic Kirsty Sedgman … notes: ‘We may say we want audiences to feel at home in the theatre, but we are still not willing to go so far as to let them act like they are at home.’ So can you make everyone feel at home?” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Kirsty Sedgman, 02.26.20

Eight Trends That Are Changing The Non-Profit Sector

There has also been unprecedented leadership turnover across the classical performing arts sector. “Furthermore, the pipeline for leadership is not there to meet the demands. Changing tastes, an oversupply of product and the delta between the availability and demand for leadership will lead to bankruptcies and dissolutions of many of the classical arts organizations.” – Hunt Scanlon Media
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.27.20

The Newseum Does Still Exist, In A Diffuse Sort Of Way

“Pop-up shows at Washington’s two airports and an immersive display in a 12th-floor suite at the Hamilton Hotel offer the first glimpse of its future. The suffrage-themed displays represent a significantly diminished footprint for the long-struggling museum of journalism, which last year sold its building, laid off 88 employees and moved the remaining staff of about 40.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Washington, Issues, Hamilton Hotel, 02.26.20

The Experience Economy – It’s More Than The “Product”

“The experience of the product is bigger than the product itself,” said Donald Chesnut, who became Mastercard Inc.’s first chief experience officer in 2019. “It’s everything around it. How well does it work? How does the product feel?” Some 89% of companies employed a chief experience officer or an equivalent role in 2019, up from 61% in 2017, according to research and advisory firm Gartner Inc., which surveyed nearly 400 large companies in the U.S., Canada and U.K. about their customer expe...
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, MasterCard Inc, Gartner Inc, Donald Chesnut, U S Canada and U K, 02.25.20

Arts Venues Is Britain May Be Required By Law To Protect Against Terrorism

“Home Office officials are to launch a consultation on legally forcing organisations to increase physical security at venues and train staff to respond to terrorist attacks, as well as putting in place incident response plans – and how failure to comply would be enforced.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Britain, Issues, 02.24.20

Even Great Journalism Isn’t Enough To Fully Understand #MeToo. We Need Fiction.

“It’s a truism to say our society doesn’t do well when faced with competing stories about what happened; that’s what ‘he said/she said’ has become a shorthand for. … To overcome that reflex, … we need to practice on something with lower stakes than the literal lives of accusers and accused. We need Me Too fiction and metatexts that help us understand this problem outside of a news cycle. And recently, we’ve been getting them.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.20.20

Italian Arts Venues Close And Venice Carnival Is Cancelled As Measures To Contain Coronavirus

Across northern Italy from Venice to Milan, theatres, cinemas, museums, and opera houses (including La Scala) have been ordered to stop operations for a week as cases of the disease spread. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Milan, Italy, Venice, Issues, La Scala, 02.24.20

Rio Carnival Taboo Broken: First Trans Woman To Lead Parade

Camila Prins says she first realized she wanted to be a woman at a Carnival party at age 11, when, like the other boys, she was allowed to dress like a girl as part of the burlesque festivities. Now, in the final minutes of Saturday, she became the first transgender woman to lead the drum section of a top samba school in either of the renowned Carnival parades put in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. – Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Carnival, Issues, Sao Paulo, 02.22.20, Camila Prins, Rio de Janeiro Washington

Trump Administration Is Moving National Archives Out Of Seattle. Native Americans Are Furious

“The U.S. government made us paper Indians — our ancestors are here,” Jack proclaimed last week at Sand Point. To close and remove the archives is to physically remove the ancestors (word is the contents of these warehouses would probably be transferred to facilities thousands of miles away in Missouri and in Southern California). – Crosscut
Tags: Art, Missouri, Seattle, Jack, Issues, Trump Administration, 02.21.20

Adèle Haenel Says France Has ‘Missed The Boat’ So Far On The MeToo Movement

Once Haenel publicly accused film director Christophe Ruggia of harassment and “inappropriate sexual contact” that began when she was 12, women in France began speaking out in large numbers. “My story was like the last gram in a chemistry experiment that made everything fall out of solution,” she said. She’s clear about the problem: “Many artists blurred, or wanted to blur, the distinction between sexual behavior and abuse. The debate was centered on the question of [men’s] ‘freedom to bother,’...
Tags: Art, France, Issues, Haenel, MeToo Movement, Adele Haenel, Christophe Ruggia, 02.24.20

Is This Pliny The Elder’s Skull?

Over the last few years a pool of Italian biologists, anthropologists and geochemists conducted a series of forensic tests on the skull and accompanying lower mandible, which were unearthed 120 years ago on a shore not far from Pompeii. On Jan. 23 the scientists presented their findings at a conference in the museum. The skull, they concluded, squared with what was known about Pliny at his death, but the jawbone belonged to someone else. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Pliny, Issues, Pompeii, 02.22.20

The Auschwitz Memorial Says Amazon Prime’s Show ‘Hunters’ Is Dangerous And Foolish

The objection: “The series depicts fictional atrocities taking place in Nazi death camps, including a game of human chess in which people are killed when a piece is taken off the board.” And factual inaccuracies simply aren’t a good idea at this point: “Inventing a fake game of human chess … is not only dangerous foolishness and caricature, it also welcomes future deniers. We honor the victims by preserving factual accuracy.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Nazi, Issues, 02.23.20, Auschwitz Memorial Says Amazon Prime

Holocaust Educators Want Amazon To Stop Selling Nazi Propaganda

Yes, in recent months, Amazon has removed sellers who are peddling Nazi imagery on ornaments and a beer opener. But these are books, and “Amazon takes a different approach with books than it does with home goods. ‘Amazon’s Offensive Products policies apply to all products except books, music, video and DVD,’ the retailer’s guidelines state.” – The New York Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Issues, 02.21.20

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

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

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