“Our purpose here is to consider preexisting conditions that made the arts sector particularly vulnerable to the recession, as well as to evaluate actions taken by arts leaders – first to stabilize their organizations, then to experiment with new approaches to delivering their missions.”
“We’re all aware by this point that political polarization is a persistent issue to a forehead-slapping degree, but we feel it in the arts, too. I recently taught a playwriting class to teenagers, and found that many of their plays were written from the extreme right and left perspectives.”
“If so much of what we do on the Internet is harmful to us, and harmful to one another, perhaps we should do less of it. But that turns out to be not so simple. There’s no clear boundary between a hard-to-quit behavior and a compulsive one.”
“Not a single person on the board of trustees has links to Bradford, or indeed the wider region. We cannot have decisions about our city and our region being made by the ‘great and the good’ in London.”
“Maya Widmaier Picasso, who is the artist’s daughter with his French mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, issued a statement through her lawyer Thaddeus Stauber on Friday saying she sold a 1931 plaster bust of her mother, ‘Bust of a Woman,’ to a New York dealer, Larry Gagosian, in May. The dealer subsequently sold it to Mr. Black for roughly $106 million, a record-high price for any Picasso sculpture.”
Islam Gawish, a 26-year-old satirist with 1.6 million Facebook followers, was arrested last Sunday, ostensibly for running a website without a license. Following a swell of online protest, authorities released him the next day with the statement that he was found not to have any links with terrorists.
Judge John Darrah’s ruling Thursday means construction will at least be delayed and the legal proceedings could end up killing the project in Chicago.
“The official population of Morundah in NSW is 76 but Councillor David Fahey says only 24 people ‘actually live in the village’. … But the first time the local Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee put on an opera in 2006, it sold 1100 tickets in three hours. … Since then the tiny Riverina town has become a regional cultural hub serving not only the Urana Shire population of about 1200 but also drawing regular tourists from around Australia.”
“After engaging more than 4,000 citizens for input over the course of 10 months, the 34-member arts plan steering committee announced in January that a draft of the plan is ready, with eight overarching goals, both short- and long-term, and 63 strategies designed to help achieve these goals.” (The plan was approved by the City Council that day.)
“The starving artist myth is a limiting belief that’s been passed on from generation to generation and it’s about time we put an end to it. Not only is it disempowering to artists trying to promote themselves and their work, it’s also a barrier for many talented teenagers and young adults who will not pursue a career in the arts from fear of not being able to support themselves and later on in life, their families.”
“There are 60 cultural organizations now in the Brooklyn Cultural District, and there’s been a 149% increase in the number of Brooklyn cultural nonprofits since 2005. Local cultural institutions attracted $300 million in economic activity and 4.5 million visitors in 2013. So we are big business.”
“Ideally, university administrators, business executives, foundation directors, policymakers and many others—both in the private sector and in state and federal government—can and should benefit from the knowledge and wisdom embedded in the humanities. Unfortunately, these people are increasingly alienated from studying them in our colleges and universities.”
“The Sydney Theatre Report 2015 identified a severe shortage of affordable, suitable theatre venues in Sydney. There are currently no venues available for hire with less than 100 seats or under $2000 per week in rental.”
“Creativity may be hard to nurture, but it’s easy to thwart. By limiting rules, parents encouraged their children to think for themselves. They tended to “place emphasis on moral values, rather than on specific rules,” the Harvard psychologist Teresa Amabile reports.”
“Criticism needs no defending. It’s a job because people (sometimes) pay you to do it, and many more people pay attention to it. Write whatever you want to me about the irrelevance and superfluity of critics when you’re complaining that my top-10 list left off your favorite novel; you’ve just proved you care enough about critics to gripe to and about one.”
“The news that the French President, François Hollande, cancelled a lunch Thursday in Paris with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani … because the Iranians insisted that no wine be served at lunch, is generally being treated in the spirit of what I used to call the Sacre Bleu! Division of the Oh-Là-Là! School of Foreign Reporting from France.” Yet, writes Adam Gopnik, “the dispute touches on a real issue, worth pursuing: what is owed to guests who see the world differently?”
From Charlie Chaplin to Burns and Allen to Mae West to Redd Foxx to What’s Opera, Doc? to Phylllis Diller to Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine to Carol Burnett’s Went With the Wind to Richard Pryor to Seinfeld to The Simpsons to the greatest film comedy ever made …
“The long-established Bechdel test, first proposed by the US cartoonist Alison Bechdel in a 1985 comic strip, requires two women to talk to each other about something other than a man to prove its egalitarian values. Dargis said her ‘DuVernay test’ would merely require ‘African Americans and other minorities [to] have fully realised lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories.'”
“By disproportionately supporting large institutions, which reach a tiny slice of the American population, mega-donors and corporate foundations use the arts to serve the one percent. Which is why a strong and robust NEA, and increased investment in public funding for the arts nationally, is needed today, more than ever.”
“‘This will diminish the opportunity for the arts to be present on a continuing basis in the central part of San Diego,’ he said. ‘And that’s the kernel of the issue. Let’s not forget that.'”
“I had a terrific and unheard-of contract that said that all I had to do was push the button, and the network would have to give me 30 one-hour variety shows. Yeah. And I told them that that’s what I wanted to do. But they said ‘Carol, no no no no, look. All the comedy variety shows are hosted by men. Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, now Dean; comedy variety is a man’s game.’ Mm-mm. No.”
“‘Ticketing is a fixed game,’ Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement. ‘My office will continue to crack down on those who break our laws, prey on ordinary consumers and deny New Yorkers affordable access to the concerts and sporting events they love. This investigation is just the beginning of our efforts.'”
“Published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the report also shows that the creative industries as a whole grew at almost twice the rate of the wider economy last year.”
Housed in the handsome (and enormous) old Buenos Aires central post office, with up to 50 performance spaces, a full modern art museum, a brand-new 1,800-seat concert hall called “the Blue Whale” and resting on concrete pillars, no signs, and way too many staffers, the Centro Cultural Kirchner has divided opinion as sharply as the couple themselves did.
“‘Hello, I’m a fat person, fat, fat, fat.’ A 6-year-old girl giving voice for the first time to curvy Barbie sings in a testing room at Mattel’s headquarters. Her playmates erupt in laughter. When an adult comes into the room and asks her if she sees a difference between the dolls’ bodies, she modifies her language. ‘This one’s a little chubbier,’ she says.”
The survey found that New York City’s cultural work force is 61.8 percent white, 35.4 percent minority groups, and 53.1 percent female, while the city’s residents are 33 percent white and 52 percent female, according to the 2010 U.S. census.
“Talent, royalty fees and sets for some of Canada’s biggest productions often come from south of the border and are contracted in U.S. dollars. But with the Canadian dollar dipping below 70 cents last week, those contracts are now looking a lot more expensive than when they were initially negotiated.”
“Today wine consumers do not need help finding new wines. Wineries need help finding new consumers.
Instead of admitting their failure as sales people, the wineries have succeeded in convincing the consumers that they are doing something wrong.”
“It’s tempting to interpret the increase in access that technology has provided to aspiring artists of all kinds as an unqualified boon for society. But to the extent that the opportunity to have a public identity as an artist has translated to expectation of public success as an artist, we may be looking at a system that, in the aggregate, punishes people for pursuing their dreams – a creator’s curse of sorts.”
“Bad weather is always a risk for arts organizations, but the monster storm was especially damaging because it hit on a weekend – when more shows are scheduled – and lasted several days. It also scuttled several popular performances, making rescheduling patrons much more tricky.”