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Are Trigger Warnings At Theatres Useful Context Or…

As part of his PhD research on theatre spectatorship at the University of Toronto, Scott Mealey interviews many audience members and says he’s “shocked” by the level of anxiety many of them “seem to feel as they encounter theatre, especially if it seems unfamiliar in some way. The more I talk about it the more stories people offer me.” – Toronto Star
Tags: AUDIENCE, THEATRE, Sj


Canadian Government Initiates A Review Of Museum Policies On Indigenous Culture

Canadian museums have not done a good job including indigenous culture in their collections or on their walls. Now a new federal government initiative aims to make a review of museum policies across the country to “ensure they line up with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and to make recommendations for best practices going forward.” – CBC
Tags: VISUAL, 04.17.19, Sj


Canadian museums set for policy review connected to TRC call to action

Canadian museums have not done a good job including indigenous culture in their collections or on their walls. Now a new federal government initiative aims to make a review of museum policies across the country to “ensure they line up with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and to make recommendations for best practices going forward.” – CBC
Tags: VISUAL, 04.17.19, Sj


Deaf actor makes RSC history by becoming first to understudy hearing role

Charlotte Arrowsmith, who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company last year to play Cassandra in Troilus and Cressida, stepped in for a colleague last week and played Vincentia in the RSC production of The Taming of the Shrew. (She normally takes the role of Curtis in the staging.) – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, SJ, 04.15.19


For First Time In UK, Deaf Actor Goes On As Understudy For Hearing Actor In Hearing Role

Charlotte Arrowsmith, who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company last year to play Cassandra in Troilus and Cressida, stepped in for a colleague last week and played Vincentia in the RSC production of The Taming of the Shrew. (She normally takes the role of Curtis in the staging.) – The Stage
Tags: THEATRE, 04.15.19, Sj


Using Ballet Classes To Help Break Through Peru’s Class Barriers

“The class led by Maria del Carmen Silva, a former professional dancer, is bringing classical ballet dancing to children from impoverished communities where leotards and shiny pink pointe shoes are seldom, if ever, seen. The 52-year-old teacher says her mission isn’t just to teach girls how to plié, but to prepare them for a future outside the boundaries of their poor neighborhood.” – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: DANCE, 04.15.19, Sj


Ballet teacher breaking class barriers with dance in Peru

“The class led by Maria del Carmen Silva, a former professional dancer, is bringing classical ballet dancing to children from impoverished communities where leotards and shiny pink pointe shoes are seldom, if ever, seen. The 52-year-old teacher says her mission isn’t just to teach girls how to plié, but to prepare them for a future outside the boundaries of their poor neighborhood.” – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, 04.15.19


Censorship In Prison Libraries — How Far Does It Go?

“The public doesn’t really know the extent of censorship in prison libraries, and it seems that prisons don’t want us to know.” But Christina Cerio took a stab at figuring it out. – Melville House
Tags: Art, Words, SJ, 04.18.19, Christina Cerio


When Theatre Turns Audiences Into Activists

Tita Anntares writes about two recent productions — one depicting a U.S. immigrant’s deportation hearings, another the monologue of the ghost of a young Black Panther shot by Chicago police in 1969 — that actually moved their audiences to into taking actions on those issues. (Having activists on-site as the show ended helped.) – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Audience, SJ, 04.10.19, Tita Anntares


UK Theatre Industry Says It Has A Gender Wage Gap Because There Are So Few Women Doing Tech

“Participating employers” — those with more than 250 employees, among them Ambassador Theatre Group and Delmont Mackintosh as well as the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre and the RSC — “identified technical departments as the biggest driver of pay inequality between men and women in the sector, with many pledging to explore flexible working initiatives and offer better support to parents as a way of balancing the workforce.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, Royal Opera House, SJ, Ambassador Theatre Group, 04.12.19, Delmont Mackintosh


Sir David Adjaye On His Design For DC’s African American Museum And How Architecture Can Shape Issues

“I believe that good design can provide a critical inquiry into social responsibility and civic consciousness. Spaces should provide access to a collective consciousness, reflecting the times we live in now. People are constantly affected by, responding to, and reshaping their built environment, and I believe designers have a responsibility to steward these dialogues.” – GQ
Tags: Art, Dc, Visual, David Adjaye, SJ


Ballet Memphis’s New Choreographers’ Residency Aims To Create Uniquely Memphis Dance

During the company’s two-week New American Dance Residency, which starts up for the first time next week, “the dancemakers will visit important Memphis cultural sites … and meet with local experts on Memphis music history, Southern literature and social justice. The goal is to both help develop new choreographers and to encourage the pursuit of research-driven, community-oriented work.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Memphis, SJ, 04.11.19


Ballet Memphis’s New Choreographers’ Residency Aims To Create ‘Research-Driven, Community-Oriented Work’

During the company’s two-week New American Dance Residency, which starts up for the first time next week, “the dancemakers will visit important Memphis cultural sites … and meet with local experts on Memphis music history, Southern literature and social justice. The goal is to both help develop new choreographers and to encourage the pursuit of research-driven, community-oriented work.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, 04.11.19


How Social Impact Philanthropy Is Impacting Arts Such as Theatre And Dance

A case study: “First, its focus on social impact theatre provides another illuminating example of a funder embracing the red-hot field of socially focused arts programming. And second, its work underscores the growing influence of institutional funders operating in fields like dance and theater that traditionally lack robust individual and government support.” – Inside Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Issues, SJ, 04.10.19


‘The Jungle’ — Dramatizing A Crucial Period In The Life Of The Notorious Calais Refugee Camp

The play, written by two young Englishmen (Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson) who went to live for several months in the camp and set up a makeshift-but-busy performing arts center there, shows what happened in the winter of 2016 after French authorities issued an order that the southern half of the camp — by that point, home to 3,500 people, several mosques and churches, restaurants, and a school — was to be evacuated and destroyed. – The New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, Theatre, SJ, Calais Refugee Camp, Joe Robertson, 04.09.19, Englishmen Joe Murphy


These Depression-Era Murals About George Washington Feature Some, Er, Fraught Imagery. Should They Be Removed?

“In the debate over the 13 murals that make up The Life of Washington, at George Washington High School [in San Francisco], one side, which includes art historians and school alumni, sees an immersive history lesson; the other, which includes many African-Americans and Native Americans, sees a hostile environment. … [The muralist] depicted Washington, accurately, at a time when that was rarely acknowledged, as a slave owner and the leader of the nation that annihilated Native Americans.” – The ...
Tags: Art, Washington, San Francisco, Visual, SJ, George Washington High School, 04.11.19


This Director Made A Film About Young Lesbians In Kenya, And Her International Career Is Soaring. At Home, She Gets Death Threats.

Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki won raves at Cannes and beyond, and she’s now become the first African woman to get a major Hollywood studio deal. In Kenya, “Kahiu has been trolled on social media, threatened with arrest and suffered endless offensive comments, sometimes from members of her own family. ‘I have seen the vilest of comments come out of people I love,’ she says.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Kenya, Cannes, Rafiki, SJ, Wanuri Kahiu, 04.12.19, Kenya Kahiu


These Depression-Era Murals About George Washington Feature Fraught Imagery. Should They Be Removed?

“In the debate over the 13 murals that make up The Life of Washington, at George Washington High School [in San Francisco], one side, which includes art historians and school alumni, sees an immersive history lesson; the other, which includes many African-Americans and Native Americans, sees a hostile environment. … [The muralist] depicted Washington, accurately, at a time when that was rarely acknowledged, as a slave owner and the leader of the nation that annihilated Native Americans.” – The ...
Tags: Art, Washington, San Francisco, Visual, SJ, George Washington High School, 04.11.19


Baritone Lucia Lucas Becomes First Transwoman To Sing Lead Opera Role In U.S.

Lucas, who is based in Germany and has her career largely in Europe, began rehearsals this week for the title role in Don Giovanni at Tulsa Opera. And this is not her first time playing Mozart’s antihero. – Tulsa World
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Lucas, Mozart, Don Giovanni, SJ, Tulsa Opera, 04.09.19, Lucia Lucas


Keeping Endangered Mexican Languages Alive On A California Radio Station

“Radio Indígena (indígena means indigenous in Spanish) is one of the first indigenous Mexican radio stations in the United States. The community-run station [in Oxnard] boasts 40 hours of original programming every week, broadcasting music and talk shows in a handful of indigenous languages, as well as Spanish programming too. The station is a welcome cultural lifeline for thousands of farm workers who speak Mixteco or other indigenous Central American languages.” – NBC News
Tags: Art, Media, United States, Oxnard, SJ, Mixteco, 04.08.19, California Radio Station


‘No More All-White Seasons’ — Activists Slam One Of Philly’s Largest Nonprofit Theatres

“Titled ‘No More All-White Seasons,’ the [open letter on Facebook] praises the [Philadelphia Theatre Company’s] current 2018-19 season for its diversity — then condemns a lack of it in the theater’s upcoming 2019-20 season [of three plays]. In the process, it points to the sometimes acrimonious diversity debate underway at local and national theaters.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Facebook, Theatre, Philly, SJ, Philadelphia Theatre Company, 04.10.19


Hip-Hop Playwrights Turn Their Keyboards Toward Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Justin Bieber, And ‘Pygmalion’

A Q&A with Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, author of P.Y.G., or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle (two black rappers are Henry Higgins to Bieber figure’s Eliza Doolittle), and Psalmayene 24, who wrote Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son (Wright as Jay-Z and Baldwin as Kanye). – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Jay Z, Theatre, Wright, Bieber, Baldwin, SJ, Eliza Doolittle, Henry Higgins, 04.10.19, Richard Wright James Baldwin Justin Bieber, Dorian Belle, Psalmayene, Les Deux Noirs


Amazon Prime India’s New Series Goes Where No Bollywood Saga Gone Before

“Centered on Karan (Arjun Mathur) and Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala), two friends who run a wedding-planning business, [Made in Heaven] takes on a wide array of issues that a burgeoning generation of South Asians is facing, including class, homophobia and sexual harassment. At the helm are three acclaimed Bollywood directors and screenwriters, who also happen to be women.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Bollywood, SJ, 04.09.19, Amazon Prime India, Karan Arjun Mathur, Tara Sobhita Dhulipala


FBI Needs Help To Return Huge Haul Of Indigenous Artifacts Captured In Raid

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s art crime team is seeking help to return thousands of objects, works of art and Native American human remains that it seized in 2014 in Waldron, Indiana, from the property of the late ethnographic collector Don Miller.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Fbi, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Visual, SJ, Don Miller, 04.10.19, Waldron Indiana


What Pricks The Conscience (And When): The Ethics Of Whose Money You Take

I understand the logic of “We’ll take everyone’s money” and the logic of “We won’t take any ethically impure money.” Those are pure. What I question is the efficacy of cherry-picking the ethics of the donors to your arts organization. Do you choose to receive or not to receive donations from particular corners of the philanthropic universe because of the nonprofit’s core belief or your own personal core beliefs? Is your collective conscience bothered before you choose to accept the gift or aft...
Tags: Art, Issues, SJ


Yes, Returning Native American Artifacts From Museums Really Does Help

Chip Colwell, senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, in a New York Times Op-Ed: “Repatriation can turn museums from places of colonialism into mediating spaces that confront and then move beyond their own pasts. If my grandfather took something from your poor and powerless grandfather — and your community continues to suffer because of it — then I am presented with the chance to make things right.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Issues, SJ, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Chip Colwell, 04.04.19


Yes, Returning Native American Artifacts From Museums Really Does Help Heal The Wounds

Chip Colwell, senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, in a New York Times Op-Ed: “Repatriation can turn museums from places of colonialism into mediating spaces that confront and then move beyond their own pasts. If my grandfather took something from your poor and powerless grandfather — and your community continues to suffer because of it — then I am presented with the chance to make things right.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Issues, SJ, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Chip Colwell, 04.04.19


Meet The Woman In Charge Of Dance Theatre Of Harlem

“On this episode of Women in Charge, Allison Benedikt talks to Virginia Johnson, artistic director and founding member of Dance Theatre of Harlem. They talk about how she shifted from principal dancer to founding member to artistic director. Johnson also shares stories about what it meant to grow up as a black ballerina and what progress is being made in the dance culture now.” (podcast) – Slate
Tags: Art, Dance, Johnson, Harlem, SJ, Virginia Johnson, Allison Benedikt, 04.08.19


Not A Revolution, Exactly: James Baldwin Talks To Robert Penn Warren About The Nature Of The Civil Rights Movement

“It is a very peculiar revolution because, in order to succeed at all, it has to have as its aim the reestablishment of the Union. And a great, radical shift in American mores, in the American way of life. … The hope has to be to create a new nation under intolerable circumstances and in very little time and against the resistance of most of the country.” – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, People, Civil rights movement, James Baldwin, Robert Penn Warren, SJ, 04.04.19


Our Arguments Are Getting Fiercer, More Nasty. Might A Little Dose Of Scientific Method Help?

“More and less sophisticated arguments and argumenters are mixed and with plenty of idea exchange between them. Add anonymity, and knowing people’s intentions becomes harder, knowing what they mean becomes harder. Treating other people’s views with charity becomes harder, too.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, SJ, 04.07.19