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How Non-Profit Arts Organizations Measure Their Impact

“The important idea here is this – there is a sharp difference between the meaning of the concept of art (which certainly doesn’t need you to be indispensable) and the meaning of the purpose of the art that your nonprofit performing arts organization produces. When your performing art makes its case by showing intentional measurable impacts, then it too will be indispensable.” – LinkedIn
Tags: Art, Issues, 08.11.20

Arts Indstries In U.S. Lost 2.7 Million Jobs To COVID: Brookings Study

“Examining the period between April 1 through July 31,” the Brookings Institution paper by Richard Florida and Michael Seman “estimates that some 2.7 million creative Americans were fired and more than $150 billion in sales of goods and services for creative industries nationwide evaporated.” – Forbes
Tags: Art, Florida, Richard, Brookings Institution, Issues, 08.11.20, Michael Seman

Canadian Artists Lead Drive For Basic Income

“We can all agree that systemic racism should be eradicated at all levels on all fronts (in every employment sector and other areas), but the arts presents a particularly challenging arena,” he wrote. “Only by ending the inherent funding disparities that have built up over many decades across the country can the not-for-profit arts sector successfully face the challenge that confronts it now.” – The Tyee
Tags: Art, Issues

Color-Blind Casting Is Not The Solution — We Need Color-Conscious Casting

That’s the argument being made by a growing number of nonwhite actors and observers such as critic Diep Tran: “Color-blind casting is dangerous in the same way the phrase: ‘I don’t see race’ is dangerous. It negates the very real structural hindrances that block actors of color from the same opportunities as white actors — like low pay in the theatre industry, a lack of roles that are ethnically specific that actors of color can play, and unconscious bias on the part of white theatres and casti...
Tags: Art, Issues, Diep Tran, 08.11.20

How Can Online Journalism Get Ad Revenue Back? Maybe By Tossing Its Cookies

That’s what worked — shockingly well — when Dutch public broadcaster NPO tried it: when it eliminated cookies, and thus the means to target ads to particular users, revenue soared. Here’s why contextual advertising (what NPO sold instead) brought in more money than targeted advertising — and why, says one American ad pro, this would not (yet) work in the United States. – Wired
Tags: Art, United States, Issues, NPO, 08.05.20

UK Report: Theatres With Proper Ventilation Could Be Safe To Reopen At Full Capacity

Ventilation is more effective at protecting against airborne transmission of the Covid-19 virus than social distancing or PPE – and “many performance venues have the capability to provide good levels of ventilation,” according to Government advisers. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, Audience, 08.10.20

What The Canada Council’s New Chairman Wants To Do

“The way I view work now within colonial structures and institutions is harm reduction. Ultimately, the goal for me is to reduce the harm the Canada Council causes, not just to my community but to any community that suffers under colonialism, which is really all of us on some level, and to make it somewhat easier to exist, work, live and participate.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Issues, Canada Council, 08.06.20

Reimagining How Theme Parks Work

Expect the cornonavirus era, say theme park experts, to accelerate a play-driven evolution that has steadily been increasing in parks — in part because they naturally lead to exploration, but also because they appeal to locals and regular park-goers, a demographic that’s more vital than ever if plane travel continues to dip. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Issues, 08.09.20

Call For “Radical Shakeup” Of UK’s Cultural Sector

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and the British Council published a paper ‘Heritage for Inclusive Growth’ which says the sector’s potential has been stunted by “outdated” views of what – and who – it represents. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, UK, Commerce, Issues, British Council, 08.08.20, RSA Royal Society, Heritage for Inclusive Growth

Can A Fictional Character Defame A Real Human?

Alan Dershowitz has sued CBS for a”defamatory” comment on the TV show The Good Wife. If the plaintiff were to win his lawsuit, it would be a real problem for TV writers and novelists. CBS’s lawyer: “As one might explain to a small child, the Series, its characters and the things they say are all make-believe. People don’t watch the Series for factual information about Professor Dershowitz or anyone else.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Cbs, Issues, Alan Dershowitz, Dershowitz, 08.06.20

Kristy Edmunds: Why We Need Artists To Help Fix Things

“With the calamities facing the world, rebuilding what has been is no longer our most pressing goal — reimagining the future moving forward is. The ever-changing present requires the arts to accelerate our well-practiced ethos of compassionate vision, intellectual honesty and moral ingenuity. These are urgently required for shaping the road ahead.” – KCET
Tags: Art, Issues, Kristy Edmunds, 08.05.20

What’s The Definition Of ‘Museum’? The International Council Of Museums Is Tearing Itself Up Over That Question

“In recent months, several people working on the committee to revise the body’s definition of what a museum is have resigned, and there have been accusations of ‘back-alley political games.’ The Council’s president has also quit her post. For some, these disagreements reflect a wider split in the museum world about whether such institutions should be places that exhibit and research artifacts, or ones that actively engage with political and social issues.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Council, Issues, Visual, International Council of Museums, 08.06.20

The World’s Nightlife On Hold. (And Yet…)

The problem is that urban nightlife — no matter how risky — isn’t something that just allows itself to be canceled. The need to socialize, relax, mingle, hear music and dance is a powerful force, especially among young people in cities. If regulated venues are shuttered, unregulated ones take their place. “In cities where there are no legal alternatives,” the VibeLab report concludes, “dangerous illegal alternatives are found.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, World, Issues, 08.05.20

Rethinking (And Reinvesting In) Our Public Spaces

While the pandemic has revealed the power of our shared public spaces, it has also magnified enormous disparities in quality and access to them. Demand has outstripped supply, in some cases leaving beaches and parks packed with more people than social distancing guidelines allow. – Medium
Tags: Art, Issues, 07.29.20

Stripped-Down Salzburg Festival Opens

While the 2020 Salzburg Festival may not have such a global audience, it has commanded the world’s attention by forging ahead against all odds. New regulations notwithstanding — including compulsory masks, half-full theaters and no intermissions — it often felt like business as usual: a bustling festival for a wealthy and elegant audience amid the grandeur of the Alpine landscape. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Salzburg Festival, 08.05.20

How To think About Leadership Transitions

“I mentioned that I work in real estate. When a listing is advertised with the line, “First time on market after 40 years of family ownership,” it almost always includes the phrase, “Bring your contractor and architect!” The work of restructuring an outmoded organization is not as physical as renovating a building, but the perils of deferred maintenance are just as dangerous. You can’t allow your house to fall into disrepair. You must keep up with changing codes, modern tastes, new ways of addr...
Tags: Art, Issues, 08.03.20

Well, England Didn’t Re-Start Indoor Performances On August 1 After All

“Indoor English venues were scheduled to open on 1 August with social distancing measures in place for audiences and performers – emulating the pilot run performed at The London Palladium last week.” But, with the novel coronavirus raging on, at noon on July 31, Boris Johnson told the nation, “Our assessment is that we should squeeze the brake pedal.” (The sensible Scots are waiting until October to reopen their theatres and concert halls.) – WhatsOnStage
Tags: Art, England, London, Boris Johnson, Issues, Audience, 07.31.20

The Rank Hypocrisy Of Threatening TikTok

The U.S. president’s TikTok flipout might not just be because of its security issues; indeed, there’s a lot more to it, including free speech … and Facebook. “It’s a rare feat to upturn two such fundamental democratic values—free speech and free markets—at the same time.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Issues, Facebook It, 08.01.20

Booker Nominee Arrested For Supporting Another Arrested Writer In Zimbabwe

Tsitsi Dangarembga, an activist and award-winning writer who was just chosen for the Booker longlist, has been arrested in Zimbabwe while she was protesting the arrest and imprisonment of investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono. “Dangarembga, 61, and another protester were bundled into a police lorry while carrying placards. The government has warned that participation in Friday’s demonstration is regarded as insurrection.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Zimbabwe, Issues, Tsitsi Dangarembga, 07.31.20, Hopewell Chin ono Dangarembga

As COVID Cases Continue To Rise, South Carolina Reopens Performance Spaces And Cinemas

“Venues newly allowed to reopen to customers include movie theaters, auditoriums, stadiums and performing arts centers. Those represent the last of the business restrictions not rolled back two months ago. However, they must keep capacity at 50 percent or 250 people, whichever is less.” – The Post and Courier (Charleston)
Tags: Art, Post, South Carolina, Issues, Audience, 07.30.20

Australia Is Raising University Tuition For Arts And Humanities Degrees And Lowering It For STEM Degrees

“Education Minister Dan Tehan said the government wanted to ‘incentivise students to make more job-relevant choices’. The next wave of graduates would have to power the post-Covid economic recovery, he stressed. ‘A cheaper degree in an area where there’s a job is a win-win for students.'” Many education professionals are skeptical (to say the least), and evidence suggests that the new pricing won’t change students’ choices. – BBC
Tags: Art, Australia, Issues, Dan Tehan, 07.28.20

MacDowell Artists’ Retreat Tries Virtual Fellowships

With the ongoing COVID epidemic making travel to its New Hampshire campus impractical at best, the no-longer-a-colony has invited this summer’s eight fellows to a four-week virtual residency that will include dinners and other events which the participants will join electronically. – AP
Tags: Art, New Hampshire, Issues, 07.28.20

Giving To Arts Is Down In 2020: Study

The latest COVID-19 Sector Benchmark Insight Report, released by TRG Arts and data specialists Purple Seven, “includes data from 105 nonprofit organizations of all scales in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. The report reveals that there has been no aggregate growth in donations, but some individual organizations, particularly ones with a lower ratio of contributed income, have seen substantial increases in gift revenue.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Canada, United Kingdom, Issues, 07.29.20

Reimagining Los Angeles’ Approach To Culture

Even in the best years, funding for arts and culture in our city does not meet the needs of the communities we serve. It is time to expose this hard truth and build the support needed to focus on culture and creativity as a primary driver of racial equity, create healthy communities, assure key economic recovery, and build vital long-term sustainability. – KCET
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Issues, 07.28.20

Watching Online: The Differences Between Audience and Viewer

Amid this deluge of performance art offerings flowing into my house, I realized two words marred my experience: remote and control. With remote clenched in one hand and phone in the other, it hit me: No longer a member of an audience, I had become merely a viewer now. – ArtsandCultureTexas
Tags: Art, Issues, 07.28.20

Here’s How The UK’s £1.5 Billion Arts Rescue Package Will Work

“Of the total amount, the government has currently released £880 million ($1.14 billion), which has been split into two funding rounds. The first round of £622 million ($805.3 million) will be distributed immediately, while the remaining £258 million ($334 million) will be reserved for a second round of funding later in the financial year to meet the developing needs of organizations.” – Variety
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, 07.28.20

What It’s Like Going To Disney World Right Now

The bus from the airport to my resort gave me plenty of time to contemplate my life decisions. An air-conditioned trip through a hot zone of the worst disease outbreak in a century will concentrate the mind, even if television screens and the voices of cartoon characters are constantly attempting to break that concentration. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Issues, 07.27.20, Disney World Right Now

For Most Of The 20th Century, To Be Chinese In Hollywood Meant Your Name Didn’t Matter

Victor Sen Yung started in Hollywood as a “Chinese peasant boy” in The Good Earth, and his last role was 43 years later, in The Man With Bogart’s Face. He was credited as Sen Yung, Sen Young, Victor Sen Yung, and Victor Young. And then there was Bonanza. “Between 1959 and 1973, Yung played the easygoing cook, Hop Sing, in more than 100 episodes of the long-running TV series, Bonanza. This, of course, is all a Chinaman can do on television: hop, sing, spout gnomic bits of wisdom, and die.” – Hyp...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Issues, Victor Young, Yung, The Good Earth, 07.25.20, Victor Sen Yung, Sen Yung Sen Young Victor Sen Yung

Time Is Running Out For Arts Advocacy

The Paycheck Protection Program is drying up, unemployment checks are about to stop (without a miracle from Congress), and 12,000 arts organizations in the U.S. say they may not survive at all. We need a figurehead. “Almost all our celebrities are artists, and though they have been generous in joining fundraisers, the benefiting organizations can only disburse small grants. You don’t save 5 million jobs that way. Where are their demands? Fancy people, the country’s op-ed pages await you.” – Vul...
Tags: Art, Congress, Issues, Paycheck Protection Program, 07.25.20

Kennedy Center Makes Additional Deep Cuts

The cuts are needed to address the financial challenges of the pandemic-related shutdown, Kennedy Center president and chief executive Deborah Rutter said in an interview. The arts center projects a $23 million budget shortfall for the 2020-2021 season. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Kennedy Center, Issues, Deborah Rutter, 07.24.20