“Tim Gold, who co-chairs the board, said organizers looked north after learning the museum would not be eligible for tax breaks in D.C. and searching unsuccessfully for a location near the National Mall.”
“It is not clear whether an alternative agency will be formed or whether the arts will be folded into another agency. In either case, oversight of the arts will become political with changes in personnel and programs with each election.”
“A few studies suggest that introverted teachers—especially those who may have falsely envisioned teaching as a career involving calm lectures, one-on-one interactions, and grading papers quietly with a cup of tea—are at risk of burning out.”
“‘There’s a belonging problem in Hollywood,’ Ms. DuVernay said, ‘Who dictates who belongs? The very body who dictates that looks all one way.'”
“Shodan crawls the Internet at random looking for IP addresses with open ports. If an open port lacks authentication and streams a video feed, the new script takes a snap and moves on. While the privacy implications here are obvious, Shodan’s new image feed also highlights the pathetic state of [Internet of Things] security.”
“Despite her effort to backtrack, the damage has clearly been done. (Also: worst apology ever. Does Rampling even have a publicist? Perhaps that person is in a dark corner somewhere, curled up in the fetal position with a bottle of gin.)”
“While No Child Left Behind named the arts as a “core academic subject of learning,” gaps in access to arts learning persisted. In fact, despite the clear evidence of the value of learning in and through the arts, the U.S. Department of Education’s own research finds that the highest poverty schools in this country have the least access to arts education.”
“How many wonderful stories out there haven’t we heard because the person behind it didn’t have the right look, race, sexual orientation, or whatever else? How different might our worldview be if we were exposed to more realistic representations of society? To find that out, we need to see people with a wide range of backgrounds put in charge of programming and development.”
“Tolstoy College was an educational community based on the anarchist principles espoused, late in his life, by the author … It ran from 1969 to 1985, and was part of a project by the president of [SUNY] at the time, Martin Meyerson, to transform the Buffalo campus into the ‘Berkeley of the East,’ a quest for prestige and higher enrollments that required something of an image change for a university in a freezing steel town suffering the effects of a long economic decline.”
“Boston places near the top of 11 major cities across the United States in the number of nonprofit cultural organizations in the city and the revenue they earn. But the city’s wealth of arts organizations receive comparatively meager foundation and corporate support, are overburdened with facilities costs, and place dead last in per-capita government funding for the arts.”
“A recent poll by Cherwell, the university’s newspaper, found 54 percent of Oxford students were in favor of letting the statue stand. But Tuesday night’s vote suggests a majority of students stand behind Rhodes Must Fall. During Tuesday night’s debate, Professor Biggar argued that if “Rhodes must fall, so must Churchill, whose views on empire and race were similar. And so probably must Abraham Lincoln.”
Wellesley and Swarthmore Colleges had a serious rivalry over it. A Harvard professor collected measurements from female students all over the Northeast. Every few years a big-city newspaper announced a new Venus. There was even a full competitive event at Madison Square Garden.
“Photographing the day-to-day life of an African-American family, Parks was able to capture the tenderness and tension of a people abiding under a pernicious and unjust system of state-mandated segregation.”
“Extell sought the additional air rights to build a cantilevered section of its skyscraper 30 stories above the league’s roof. For a real-estate-rich, cash-poor nonprofit like the league, the sale represented an attractive source of revenue.”
“‘Diversity,’ the lack of it and need for it, has been discussed and debated ad nauseam. But diversity isn’t a civic duty, it’s an artistic necessity. For any art form to remain relevant, it must grow with the society it explores, questions, criticizes and represents.”
More than a third of all Oxford University students – and nearly half of its black and minority ethnic (BAME) students – believe the statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes should be removed from the building of Oriel college.
Yes, this year’s parade had some unfortunate displays of bigotry – even as, in other ways, it’s become more inclusive. “The Mummers represent a wild, exuberant, and frankly bizarre tradition that deserves to continue; where else can you see your electrician dance down the street as a sequined cow carrying a miniature umbrella?”
“If the administration or backstage crew at your opera or ballet company, or the audience for your symphony or theatre company, or the board of directors of your art gallery, does not demonstrate a “commitment to reflecting the diversity of your organization’s geographic community or region,” this will now affect the size of grant received from the federal arts council.”
The tax agency approves nonprofit status for a relatively circumscribed number of organizational aims: Only sports leagues, cruelty-prevention advocacies, public-safety organizations, and groups with a “charitable, religious, educational, scientific, [or] literary” purpose can secure a 501(c)(3) exemption.
The two cases turn out to be quite similar: shutdowns announced seemingly out of the blue and with little consultation; institutions, with challenges but no immediate financial crisis, in fields (opera, single-sex colleges) with lots of doomsayers. Here’s a look at four key factors in how these cases shook out.
“In recent weeks, the postings on Craigslist have taken on a desperate tone: ‘Looking for two tickets for … Jan 12th. Willing to negotiate price.’ … These hot tickets were for, of all places, the Franklin Institute – more specifically, Science After Hours, the museum’s monthly, no-kids-allowed science rave.”
“More than one in 10 museums intend to introduce entry charges this year, in moves that underline the vulnerability of cultural organisations to cuts in local authority funding. Since 2010, when the government embarked on widespread cuts as part of its efforts to reduce the deficit, some 44 museums have closed.”
“Americans have come to take funny very seriously, and funny has many different interpretations. We embrace the idea that comedy is a right: the right to taunt, to mock, to satirize, and to deride. But every laugh today produces a discomfiting echo.”
“The transition from one generation of leaders in our field to another is underway. It will likely take a decade or more to complete. We believe that the needs of both those leaving their positions and those who are moving into those jobs, along with the needs of the organizations experiencing this transition, and the field as a whole, and the issues raised, are important for the field to discuss.”
“The richest source of knowledge available, which underpin all college educations even if unofficially, was written completely outside the copyright monopoly context with no need for anyone to get paid.”
“These days, the Brotherhood Church of Stapleton … has just four residents, plus a friendly deaf cat, some chickens, and a large, lumbering cow.”
The national initiative Museums for All is one of several programs through which museums and other institutions offer free or nominal admission to families with EBT cards or similar forms of public assistance.
“In a remarkably tone-deaf interview, the executive officer of the festival, Franck Bondoux, claimed that there was a very simple reason no women were included among the nominees. Discrimination was not to blame, he said. Instead, it was because of a lack of qualified women. ‘The Festival likes women, but cannot rewrite the history of comics,’ he said.”
“According to Ferrick’s complaint, Spotify must notify the copyright holders before distributing reproductions of their compositions in order to obtain a license. Spotify has failed to do so in many cases, the suit alleges.”
“When it emerged that artist Ellie Harrison had secured a £15,000 Creative Scotland grant to enable her to live in Glasgow – and not leave – for a year, politicians and activists had plenty to say.”