At Smithsonian, Food Service And Custodial Workers Are On Strike

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“The striking workers are all employed at companies that have federal contracts with the U.S. government. They include food service workers, cleaning staff and other privately contracted employees who labor on federal properties such as the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.”

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Elite Colleges In An Arts Arms Race

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“Elite campuses across the country have emerged from the recession riding a multibillion-dollar wave of architecturally ambitious arts facilities, even as community arts programs struggle against public indifference. … But the seeming boom also comes at a time of unprecedented criticism of how colleges teach and how they spend money, and amid a push to measure what students learn.”

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Stanford Univ. Is Building An Entire New Arts District

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“Construction of a $235 million arts district near Palm Drive, the grand tree-lined campus entrance, is well underway here. Last year, the $112 million Bing Concert Hall opened. This year came the $36 million Anderson Collection, a new American-art museum … Next up is the $87 million McMurtry Building for the art and art history department, to open in 2015.”

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Lincoln Center Buys Back The Right To Rename Avery Fisher Hall

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“Now, as the [New York Philharmonic] prepares for a major renovation expected to cost more than $500 million, the Fisher family has agreed” – in exchange for a payment – “to relinquish the name, so the Philharmonic and Lincoln Center can lure a large donor with the promise of rechristening the building.”

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How Do You Put On An Arts Biennale In The West Bank?

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“Putting on an arts biennale anywhere is complicated. Here, the festival, Qalandiya International, faced special challenges in catering to a Palestinian society that is highly politicized, physically fragmented, internally divided, partly autonomous but still struggling against Israeli occupation, and not given to displays of frivolity or celebration.”

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How Mobile Technology Could Transform Art

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“We’re already so accustomed to mobile technology that experiencing art through it feels as natural as any other interface. It can be hard to see just how categorically it changes (and could yet change) art. Think wearable tech: Google Glass, for instance, or Oculus Rift, both of which extend the possibilities even further to virtual or augmented realities and audiences existing within artworks, not simply looking on.”

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Using Culture To Combat Ebola

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In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where many local communities deeply mistrust central governments, pop songs and radio soap operas are proving to be useful tools for convincing skeptical villagers to take safety precautions.

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Richard Florida Looks At The Rural Creative Class

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“The upshot: Just as with the nation as a whole, rural geography is becoming more concentrated and spiky. The rural economy has the same fundamental drivers as the metro economy: access to knowledge institutions and the clustering and concentration of talent and skill. No longer can rural areas expect to prosper based just on natural amenities like ski mountains and national parks.”

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Humans Learn By Imitation – Or Else We Die

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“It’s time to retire the notion of genius and all the baggage that comes with it: the exaltation of big brains, the story of progress as a grand parade of exceptional thinkers, the myth that innovation happens with a lightning bolt of insight. We can stop worshipping at the altar of disruption.”

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What Can You Really Do With An Arts Degree?

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A lot, actually, even if the art part doesn’t end up earning you money. “The best programs develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, along with intellectual curiosity, creativity, and an amazing work ethic.”

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More Arts Funding For The Provinces? Why, That’s Just “Glib London-Bashing” (Sh** Boris Johnson Says)

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Quoth the Lord Mayor: “London is one of the great world cities for culture, attracting visitors in the millions which helps generate billions the economy of the whole country. Sacrificing this particular golden goose for a bit of glib London-bashing will do little to improve cultural provision in the regions and would be an act of sabotage for one of our country’s greatest assets.”

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Getty Trust President Argues Against Repatriating Artifacts In One Of The World’s Most Prestigious Journals

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James Cuno: “In the battle over cultural heritage, repatriation claims based strictly on national origin are more than just denials of cultural exchange: they are also arguments against the promise of encyclopedic museums. … Cultural property should be recognized for what it is: the legacy of humankind and not of the modern nation-state, subject to the political agenda of its current ruling elite.”

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What Will Amazon Look Like When It Grows Up (And Finally Turns A Profit)?

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“Amazon operates like ‘a charitable organization being run by elements of the investment community for the benefit of consumers.’ … Flummox is the perfect word to describe what Amazon does to its competitors, its owners, and even its grateful consumers. Amazon can make us uncomfortable both because it refuses to play by the rules that other companies must follow, and because it seems too eager to be all things to all people.”

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What Tuesday’s Midterm Elections Mean For The Nonprofit Arts

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“Once again we may have to respond by organizing a vocal and vociferous campaign to minimally keep the Endowments alive and their funding at the current level. The chances of our succeeding in that effort are, if history is any example, fairly decent. Of course, the effort will take time and energy we could better put to other endeavors, but we may have no choice.”

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Will CBC’s Q Media Panel Address The Ghomeshi Affair?

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“‘I think if the media panel is brought back, then it should deal with (the Ghomeshi situation),’ Cruickshank said. ‘At this point, I think the panel would be reflecting on the transparency of CBC corporate, because I don’t think anybody is satisfied that they’ve really put forward the whole story.'”

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Smithsonian Picks An Interim Leader

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“The Smithsonian Institution has appointed Albert G. Horvath, its current senior finance official, as its acting leader for the first half of next year, until the incoming secretary, David J. Skorton, can take up his position in July.”

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The Town That’s Discovering It’s Built Out Of Jewish Tombstones

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“Back in May, construction work for a new supermarket began in the center of Brest, a city in Belarus on the border with Poland. In a turn of events that wouldn’t seem out of place in a horror film, more than 450 Jewish gravestones have since been discovered in the foundations of the houses that have been demolished to make way for the store.”

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Cultural Workers In Turkey Prepare For Hunger Strike

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“In protest of their unemployment and its endangerment of the country’s vulnerable cultural resources [and in] reaction to the government’s broken promise to hire 50 workers among the thousands of unemployed cultural heritage professionals, the Association of Culture and Art Workers is taking desperate measures.”

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A Living Wage Comes To The UK’s Curzon Cinema Workers

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“The decision puts pressure on its rival chain Picturehouse, which is embroiled in a dispute over pay at its Ritzy cinema in Brixton. Picturehouse, owned by multiplex group Cineworld, agreed to the demands for the living wage, but then said 20 redundancies would have to be made to accommodate the rise.”

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