Stanford Live is one of the most well-respected university-based arts presenters in the United States, and the Bing Concert Hall, which opened in January 2013 and cost more than $110 million to build, is Silicon Valley’s most prominent classical music venue.
“Given the economic costs and risks, why do museums, stadiums and other “concrete culture” receive such a privileged place in urban development? After spending the past 10 years conducting research on the topic, I’ve found that this privilege should end; as an alternative, cities should champion music festivals as a cheaper, adaptable way to bolster urban communities.”
“A school like Oberlin, which prides itself on being the first to have regularly admitted women and black students, explicitly values diversity. But it’s also supposed to lift students out of their circumstances, diminishing difference. … They move their lives to rural Ohio and perform their identities, whatever that might mean. They bear out the school’s vision. In exchange, they’re groomed for old-school entry into the liberal upper middle class. An irony surrounds the whole endeavor, and a lot of students seemed to see it.”
From the start, there was a disconnect between the “Let’s imagine” approach of the outside consultants and the “Let’s be real” attitude of local artists and administrators who are in the trenches making art flourish every day.
“The southern Italian regions of Sicily, Calabria and Campania have failed to spend hundreds of millions of euros in European Union (EU) culture and tourism funding,” which Brussels has now taken back.
“Newsstand sales and subscriptions were stable. But this could not offset declining revenues from advertising on the Internet, much less ensure the survival of the magazine.” [This article is in French; the translation comes via Google Translate.]
“The issues at the heart of this conversation stretch well beyond ‘The Mikado’ and highlight a movement taking place, at varying speeds, across a number of artistic media.”
“Some of the music industry’s leading players are demanding that ticket touting be made a criminal offence for all UK concerts, plays and sporting events.”
“The two sites – the Carnegie library in Herne Hill, south-east London, and the Minet library nearby – closed their doors on 31 March before planned works to turn each one into a “community hub”, a combination of a largely unstaffed library and a private gym. The council said this was the only option to keep both libraries open amid massive central government cuts to local authority budgets.”
“New services and platforms are great for consumers, but our weak laws have allowed them to siphon revenue away from the underlying music, leaving songwriters, performers and the whole industry choking on their dust.”
“In a 1983 essay, the writer Alice Walker coined the word to explain ‘prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.’ Simply: lighter is better. … Yet even as terms like ‘yellowface’ and ‘whitewash’ sink into our cultural vocabulary, there remains confusion on basic matters of colorism.”
Colleen Dilenschneider: “Data suggest that some types of cultural organizations are perceived as more welcoming than others. Here’s how we could do better.”
There have been demonstrations this week at several cultural landmarks in Rio de Janeiro, and “thousands of others have congregated at cultural institutions in the past week, most directly associated with the Ministry of Culture, in Brasília, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza, and other cities.”
“At one end of the mural that was destroyed was written, ‘Ideas are forever.’ At the other end was, ‘Writing is Sacred.’ Writing, in this case, meant graffiti, Rollins said. It was how the students were getting their voices heard.”
“Acting President Michel Temer, who took over last week after president Dilma Rousseff’s suspension for an impeachment trial, has cut the number of ministries from 32 to 23 in a measure he says will help streamline a bloated government. However merging the culture portfolio into the education ministry has provoked a storm of protest led by the country’s cultural elite.”
“More than half the applicants failed to receive organisational support from the Australia Council’s four-year funding round, and 65 previously-funded organisations no longer have funding.”
“The 70% reduction particularly hits artists such as writers and visual artists, who mostly work alone.
“Scandal has rocked a Queens-based arts charity that abruptly shut down on May 11. Healing Arts Initiative (HAI), founded in 1969, offered performances and workshops for the city’s poor, disabled, and elderly, but was brought down by a $750,000 embezzlement scheme that left director D. Alexandra Dyer disfigured after she was attacked with lye while investigating the organization’s finances.”
“The piece was made of materials including crude oil from the Gulf Coast, a teargas cartridge from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and 340 lines of black stones, which, according to a release from the group BP or Not BP?, ‘symbolizes how BP’s operations in Egypt are ‘surrounded by human rights violations’.'”
“By now, this is a familiar template: 1. Brand implicitly endorses a mainstream progressive cause. 2. Small band of monsters reacts predictably. 3. Right-thinking Americans rush to embrace and defend the brand. … No matter how the fracas plays out, everybody wins in the end: The trolls get attention, responders get the warm and fuzzy pleasure of combating hate, and the brand comes out looking like a crusader for justice.”
“History’s roster of morons, you begin to realize, bears a worrisome resemblance to its roster of geniuses. Whomever you happen to rely on for your present stable perch—John Oliver, Elizabeth Kolbert, the Freakonomics guys — you can’t help but begin to feel the chair-legs wobble. Wrongness, now and forever, is an equal-opportunity affliction.”
“Most ordinary fans simply don’t stand a chance. Within seconds of an event going on sale, the tickets are harvested in their thousands by a small but ruthlessly efficient army of touts, many using multiple credit cards to bypass the limit on the number of tickets that one person can purchase.”
“The situation for women in Turkey is, [Mustang director Deniz Gamze Ergüven] believes, now very grave, for which reason she is happy for her film to be regarded as a contribution to the increasingly muscular and conflicted debate surrounding their rights, their freedom.”
“In Hong Kong, the goal is not only to preserve the objects for posterity. Although the protests have disbanded, Mr. Wong said, the hope is to display the objects in a way that can revive the spirit of the movement.”
“The scale of the complaints took us by surprise. We were not trying to cause offence and we were always willing to engage in debate. But I accept that we did offend and we offended doubly. We offended those who thought the production was racist and those who thought we prevented freedom of speech when we made the decision on advice from the police to cancel the show.”
“Given the importance of non-European traditions in both the history of world philosophy and in the contemporary world, and given the increasing numbers of students in our colleges and universities from non-European backgrounds, this is astonishing. No other humanities discipline demonstrates this systematic neglect of most of the civilizations in its domain.”
“In a range of ways, a city that was deeply privatized in the postwar years, that was organized largely around the single-family house and the car and the freeway, is trying to rediscover and reanimate its public realm.”
“Studying 22 different constellations, William found that they matched the location of 117 Mayan cities scattered throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. When he applied his theory to a 23rd constellation, he found that two of the stars already had cities linked to them but that the third star was unmatched.”
“The square in the CSA’s satellite images is probably an abandoned field, and another spot may be a small dry lake or clearing in the jungle, says archaeologist Ivan Šprajc. Moreover, experts are skeptical of the claim that the Maya built their cities according to constellations. They did indeed have constellations, but there is no complete canonical list of them, so the theory is hard to test.”
“The plight of the Carr Center — the public face of the 25-year-old Arts League of Michigan — is a multilayered story whose meaning shifts depending on perspective. From one angle it looks like a tale of gentrification: A small cultural organization that moved into the neighborhood when property values were low can no longer afford to stay amid escalating prices in a downtown on the make. From a more global perch, the longstanding financial challenges facing the Carr Center, including annual deficits of about $200,000 on an $800,000 budget, are consistent with the troubles often affecting black and Latino nonprofit arts groups nationwide.”