If Too Many Arts Professionals Come From “The Elites”, Well, Whose Fault Is That?

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“Judi Dench, David Morrissey and Julie Walters have all lamented [working-class folks’] absence. But, interestingly, they each talk about the opportunities for working-class kids that existed 20, 30, even 40 years ago, when they were establishing their careers. What has changed between then and now has nothing to do with the socially and ethically conscious people that largely make up our arts sector.”

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A Different Sort Of Mardi Gras Tradition: Exploding Sledgehammers

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“Brazilians celebrate the day before Lent with dancing samba in skimpy outfits. In New Orleans, revelers throw beads at Mardi Gras. In this dusty central Mexican town, they have a different kind of a blast. … Even amid the inexhaustible tally of quirky rituals that communities anywhere hold dear, the Fat Tuesday frenzy in San Juan de la Vega elicits awe.”

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John Holden Argues The Arts As An Ecology

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“It is more helpful to understand culture in terms of how it is organized, rather than simply stating what it does. The use of ecological metaphors creates a rich way of discussing culture, and different perspectives then emerge. New taxonomies, new visualisations, and fresh ways of thinking about how culture operates will help promote a rich, diverse and fruitful cultural ecology.”

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Where There’s A Backlash Against Valentine’s Day

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“Valentine’s Day has taken off across Asia over the past few decades, embraced by the continent’s booming youth population as well as chocolate and gift-card companies. But the holiday, a relatively recent import from the West, often clashes with conservative cultural forces and, increasingly, anti-capitalist sentiments. Below, a look at how some in India, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia are pushing back.”

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Now The Arts Are Getting Their Own Version Of The Coachella Festival

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In March, about a month before the big rock music shindig kicks off in the California desert, a new one-day event called the Festival of the Desert will debut in the towns around Palm Springs. Headliners include soprano Renée Fleming, ballet dancer David Hallberg, and music biz giant Quincy Jones; the artistic leader is conductor Philippe Jordan.

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The Worldwide Threats To Political Cartoonists

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“Just days ago, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, was arrested over a tweet he posted criticizing Malaysia’s judiciary. A cartoon he posted on his Twitter account showed Prime Minister Najib Razak as the judge in a high-profile case involving an opposition leader.”

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Museums Ban Selfie Sticks

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“One by one, museums across the United States have been imposing bans on using selfie sticks for photographs inside galleries (adding them to existing rules on umbrellas, backpacks, tripods and monopods), yet another example of how controlling overcrowding has become part of the museum mission.”

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“Outreach And Access” Will Be Conditions For Funding UK Arts Orgs If Labour Wins May Election

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Harriet Harman, Labour’s shadow culture minister: “The money that goes into an arts organisation is taxpayers’ money. Outreach and access are not options, they must be part and parcel. … Taxpayers will not be happy to finance something if they think it’s not anything to do with them, especially in hard times.”

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Copyright And Copywrong: A New Fair Use Guide Helps You Find The Line Between Them

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“Hoping to remedy pervasive and often crippling uncertainty among artists and art professionals over how and when to invoke fair use when dealing with copyrighted materials, the College Art Association (CAA) has released a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use … [which] offers very clear and concise guidelines for artists, scholars, instructors, curators, and editors whose work may involve using others’ artworks.”

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The Art Of Cowboys – Alive And Kicking

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“Ranchers, open-range cattle, and working cowboys are seen as creatures of a hazy, bygone era straddling the fence between history and fantasy, swallowed up long ago by the maw of industrial agriculture. Consequently, the art associated with them is often reckoned to be naive, little more than kitsch.”

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Jonathan Katz Talks About The State Of State Arts Agencies

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“I know that the arts are a symbol system (we can call it sensory imagery) of equal importance to literacy and numeracy. I know that if you don’t include and resource arts education as you do literacy and numeracy that a large portion of the student population will learn much less of all subject matter, and all students will not learn to their potential. But I don’t know what research substantiates this claim.”

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Why Reselling Tickets At An Inflated Value Hurts Us All

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“I am a Bollinger Bolshevik, apparently, because I believe I should have a final say in what my tickets cost, in order to manage audience expectation of the work itself, to control perceptions of my own apparent avarice and to make sure that money that is spent on me by punters reflects the cost savings I and the venue have cut corners to make, and the public subsidies the venue may have received, all of which are designed to make entry to the show viable, so that all sorts of people can come along and think I am shit together.”

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Shocking: Here’s What The US Government Spends On The Arts Compared To Other Countries

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“Federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), created by Congress to offer support and funding for art projects, remains static at $146.2 million a year, with a measly annual budget of $158 million. To put that into context, the government has disbursed over $245 billion bailing out banks and financial institutions.”

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Who’s An Artist Now?

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“Just as artists in the last century questioned the hierarchy of art above life, we have an opportunity to dismantle hierarchies that can make the arts seem inaccessible and elitist, that segregate the arts by class, race and gender and create a top-down dynamic between organizations and the artists they were created to serve.”

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Serial, The Longform Podcast, Wins One Of Its Subjects The Right To File An Appeal

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“‘In Episode 10 of the podcast, I reported that this appeal was alive by a thread,’ [podcast host an and reporter] Koenig wrote. ‘Now, I’d say it’s more of a … well-made string, maybe. Like the nylon kind. Because it means that the Court of Special Appeals judges think the issues Adnan raised in his brief are worth considering.'”

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The Hot New Performance Space? Your Living Room

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“Living rooms are just the best way to do that. It’s a space where a group of people can comfortably exist on its own terms – they can sit on chairs, if they want, or pig-pile on the carpet, which we prefer. People can clap when they want to, and play the air violin if they’re so inclined. There are no invisible institutional strictures that inhibit the way in which we want to participate.”

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Cultural Boycott Of Israel: Here’s Where It Is

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“Without taking sides, this document synthesizes information on the recent trend to boycott and includes summaries of notable recent incidents around the world of boycotts of contemporary art projects, some boycotting Israel while others calling attention to other causes.”

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Warning: Could London Become Unsustainable For Artists?

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“If I’m worried about anything about the future of the arts in this country, it’s the future of the arts in London. Because I think London is becoming unsustainable as a city for artistic creativity, because it’s so expensive. The amount of young directors, writers, actors I know who are moving to Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester… I think London could become like Manhattan: a very beautiful, empty place.”

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Andres Serrano On The Corrosive Effects Of Self-Censorship

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“Nearly 30 years later, in response to the Paris massacre, the Associated Press removed an image of Piss Christ from its editorial archives. We’ve seen the same impulse for self-censorship in the West before, as we see it in the refusal of many media outlets to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons at the heart of this recent tragedy. Given the seriousness of the violence, such self-censorship is understandable; it’s also a step backward at a time when we need to reassert the importance of free expression by artists, activists, journalists and editors alike.”

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