“Here’s a wake-up call to government: Canada is now bleeding $700-million to $800-million in cultural spending every year – dollars that used to support, whether directly or, more often, indirectly, the creation of Canadian films, TV shows, recordings, books, newspapers and magazines. What’s to be done?”
“The emerging artists, audiences, and arts leaders of tomorrow do not reflect the majority of individuals who fund and lead the arts today – who, to be quite frank, are primarily wealthier white individuals (although arts leaders are not necessarily wealthy).”
“It tries to solve a problem it doesn’t understand, but it doesn’t need to understand the problem because it already knows the solution. … When Zuckerberg or Andreessen face criticism, they argue that their critics are being elitist and inhumane – after all, who could be against helping India develop? The rhetoric is rich with the White Man’s Burden.”
“The problem is that science is by nature a non-emotional process,” Felix says. “You have to be dispassionate. The data has to speak for itself. But that’s not what humans are like. Emotion is what drives us. And emotion is the raw material that artists use.”
“He honors the heights but gladly descends from them, all the while wondering anxiously whether something a little less sublime, a more easeful ideal of the engagement with art, does not shrivel him into a fan or a consumer. The anxiety is fully warranted..”
“Audrey Azoulay, currently President François Hollande’s cultural advisor, is to replace Fleur Pellerin as France’s minister of culture. … Pellerin learned that she was no longer the minister of culture and communication in the middle of a senate debate over her proposed ‘creation, architecture and heritage’ law.”
Richard Florida looks at a new study of New York City neighborhoods and organizations founded between 2000 and 2010: “Two thirds of new nonprofit arts organizations are located in neighborhoods with moderate to high levels of racial and income diversity.”
The chances that you’ll make any money making art are so few and far between that it is like, “Why give everyone false hope?” The main thing I try to encourage is that if you want to be an artist, don’t be realistic.
“You wouldn’t see it in most classrooms, you wouldn’t know it by looking at slumping national test-score averages, but a cadre of American teenagers are reaching world-class heights in math—more of them, more regularly, than ever before. The phenomenon extends well beyond the handful of hopefuls for the Math Olympiad.”
As part of an Atlantic cover story on how down-and-out-of-the-way cities and towns in the U.S. are reviving themselves, James Fallows writes, “Perhaps the topic on which I’ve most changed my mind through our travels concerns the civic importance of local arts, and the energy being devoted to them across the country. Almost every place we visited offers an example.” (scroll down to fourth boldface sub-headline)
When well-meaning white people say, “Help me define cultural appropriation so I know what to do and not to do,” what they are actually saying, even if they aren’t aware, is, “Help me understand how to continue in this system of privilege and oppression without feeling bad.”
“Websites like Sci-Hub and Library Genesis have a lot of support from the academic community, including from the authors whose work is being traded for free in shadowy corners of the Internet.”
Legislation to make the artist visa process more reliable and affordable was introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Act, S. 2510, would improve opportunities for international cultural activity by ensuring that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes artist visas on time.
“[That’s] despite accounting for just a third of the country’s cultural offering. … The report also reveals that the average funding per London organisation is £2.1 million, compared with £495,000 for organisations outside the city.”
“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?”