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A Plan To Save The Internet Through TikTok

Frank McCourt thinks that if he takes control of TikTok, he could save the entire internet. - Wired

Report: Music Industry Grew ~11 Percent In 2023

The 10.74% YoY growth rate – representing an increase of about $600 million in raw dollar terms – is little more than half the increase seen the year before, when US music publishing saw a 19.25% YoY increase, or growth of around $900 million. - Music Business Worldwide

Music Publishers Accuse Spotify Of Charging More, Paying Less

The additional revenue from the higher Premium subscription costs may not go to the music composers. According to the FTC complaint, Spotify will pay about $150 million less in music royalties over the first year of these new bundled Premium plans. - Engadget

Reconnecting Lincoln Center To Its West Side

The design team needs to start by reimagining Lincoln Center as a full square. Currently, three sides of Lincoln Center welcome the public with the fountain, a landscaped plaza, picturesque views of performance spaces and seating for respite. On the fourth, the concrete wall that went up in the 1960s separates. - The New York Times

AI-Free — The New Organic?

Writers and media outlets are slapping disclaimers and “No AI” declarations on blogs and websites. A classical radio station in Omaha issued a “No AI” pledge, and the Perth Comic Arts Festival put out a statement banning AI-generated media from its event. - The Atlantic

AI Photography Contest Falls Apart When Winner Is Revealed To Be Human

A juried photography contest has disqualified one of the images that was originally picked as a top three finisher in its new AI art category. The reason for the disqualification? The photo was actually taken by a human and not generated by an AI model. - Ars Technica

Paul Jacobs: Why Doesn’t New York’s Geffen Hall Have A Real Organ?

Administrators opted to install another electronic (or 'digital') organ, a substitute for the real thing. This misguided decision, made hastily during the malaise of the Covid pandemic, was as baffling as it is unfortunate. The New York Philharmonic, a venerable, well-heeled institution, shouldn't present to the public a facsimile of a pipe organ. - BBC Music

Derek Jacobi Makes The Case That “Merry Wives Of Windsor” Was Really Written By The Earl Of Oxford

"Local geography and lore are faithfully reported, including accurate references to the nearby village of Frogmore, the laundry place at Datchet Mead and Windsor Castle’s Great Park. This, we suggest, is for good reason. The author … is drawing from personal experience of having once lived in Windsor." - The Guardian

In Praise Of Generous Critics

Generosity, commensurability, conversation—how calm, how dispassionate these words can seem. They do not, however, mean that the critic must be uncritical or mild-mannered. Far from it. - Yale Review

Former Director Of Uffizi Galleries Makes Runoff Election For Mayor Of Florence

Running as an independent candidate, Eike Schmidt came in second place with 33% of the vote, far ahead of most candidates but ten percentage points behind Sara Furano of the center-left Democrat Party. Florence leans center-left politically, so Schmidt isn't favored to win in the final round. - Artnet

Why Is Pop Music Doing So Badly This Year?

Making pop hits has always been a crapshoot. But today, with the world awash in content, TikTok rewriting labels’ playbooks and listeners burrowing deeper into their own personalized niches, even avid pop fans don’t recognize what’s in the Billboard top 10. - The Wall Street Journal

This Prison Newspaper Has Been Publishing For 137 Years

"The Prison Mirror (is) made by and for the people held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater. … Publications like this aren’t common, but in an era where many journalism outlets in the free world are struggling to thrive amid scores of layoffs, journalism behind bars is actually growing." - NPR

Amazon Added Ads To Prime Video. Now Online Ad Rates Are Cratering

Prime Video’s large ad-supported subscriber base means it has a significant amount of ad inventory that is affecting the negotiations that Netflix, YouTube, TV networks and other streamers are having with advertisers as they commit to buying billions of dollars in commercial time for the coming TV season.  - The Wall Street Journal

Top Ticket Prices In London’s West End Are Up Nearly 10% In Past Year

The average top-line ticket now costs £154.56 ($197.33), with Cabaret boasting the highest price: £303.95 ($380.05). For the first time, three different plays in the West End have top prices above £200 ($255). On the other hand, the cheapest seat now averages £24.58 ($31.38), down 3.4%. - The Guardian

“Just What Ballet Is Right Now Has Become Confusing”: Gia Kourlas

"Its branches seem to be growing at different speeds with different textures. Some are thick and sturdy, while others are wispy, frizzled at the ends. It sometimes seems as if live performances are just extensions of TikTok." - The New York Times

Why Is Hollywood So Focused On A Movie’s Opening Weekend?

"Especially in this dismal summer season, some box office watchers have questioned the need to pay attention to opening weekends at all. … (They say) negative headlines and unfairly judge the health of the movie theater business based on short-term fluctuations rather than trends over time." But that may not matter. - Variety

Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks State’s Attempt To Ban Books From School Libraries

"The (justices) in a unanimous decision said (state) superintendent Ryan Walters and the Department of Education overstepped their authority in trying to force Edmond schools to ban two novels. Local school boards retain the discretion to decide which books are in a school’s library based on their community’s standards." - Oklahoma Watch

Are Audiences Coming Back To The Metropolitan Opera? For Some Things, Yes …

Overall paid attendance for this past season was 72%, only three points below the pre-pandemic level. There was a record number of new audience members, and the average age of single-ticket buyers is down to 44 from 50 pre-pandemic. Are contemporary operas selling well? Yes, some of them. - The New York Times

Record-Breaking Heat Causes Greece To Close Acropolis

On both Wednesday and Thursday, authorities closed the landmark from noon to 5 pm due to temperatures that rose above 40°C (104°F). - AP

Three Museums Back Away From Kehinde Wiley Exhibitions In Wake Of Sexual Assault Accusations

The Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Pérez Art Museum in Miami have called off their presentations of the traveling exhibition "Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence" scheduled for this summer and fall (Miami) and winter-spring 2025 (Minneapolis). A separate show by Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum has also been postponed. - ARTnews

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A Plan To Save The Internet Through TikTok

Frank McCourt thinks that if he takes control of TikTok, he could save the entire internet. - Wired

AI-Free — The New Organic?

Writers and media outlets are slapping disclaimers and “No AI” declarations on blogs and websites. A classical radio station in Omaha issued a “No AI” pledge, and the Perth Comic Arts Festival put out a statement banning AI-generated media from its event. - The Atlantic

What We Lost When Art And Science Split

Today, it is generally assumed that the arts and humanities are more feminine than the sciences. Comparing the two eras shows that our 21st-century assumptions are just as wrong-headed as those of the 19th century. - Nautilus

Why Minor Annoyances Can Cost You More Than Big Things

These situations aren’t that bad, and so you don’t do anything about them, whether it be to take action or kickstart psychological processes to cope. - Psyche

Large Study: Internet Might Be Good For Our Wellbeing

We might look for clues in a new global study from Oxford University that spanned 16 years and surveyed 2.4 million people. The findings suggest that internet access and use may actually be positively associated with key measures of health and happiness, including sense of purpose, life satisfaction, and social well-being. - Nautilus

Warning: AI Is Eating The World

Leaders in all industries, terrified of missing out on the next big thing, are signing checks and inking deals, perhaps not knowing what precisely it is they’re getting into or if they are unwittingly helping the companies who will ultimately destroy them. - The Atlantic

Reconnecting Lincoln Center To Its West Side

The design team needs to start by reimagining Lincoln Center as a full square. Currently, three sides of Lincoln Center welcome the public with the fountain, a landscaped plaza, picturesque views of performance spaces and seating for respite. On the fourth, the concrete wall that went up in the 1960s separates. - The New York...

In Praise Of Generous Critics

Generosity, commensurability, conversation—how calm, how dispassionate these words can seem. They do not, however, mean that the critic must be uncritical or mild-mannered. Far from it. - Yale Review

Record-Breaking Heat Causes Greece To Close Acropolis

On both Wednesday and Thursday, authorities closed the landmark from noon to 5 pm due to temperatures that rose above 40°C (104°F). - AP

Five Books To Help You Get Past Your Creative Block

Blocks tend to crop up when we put undue pressure on ourselves to perform or to attempt lofty tasks. These books dispense practical advice on managing one’s ambitions, or describe feeling stuck with such precision and humor that they remind us that we’re not alone and the state won’t last forever. - The Atlantic

If Your Mind’s Eye Can’t Form Pictures As You Think…

If you ask me to describe someone I cannot see at that moment, or something, I have no idea how to do it since my mind forms no pictures. The idea that a mind could form pictures is, to me, science fiction. - Hedgehog Review

A City Audit Identifies The Problems Plaguing Nashville’s Arts Funding Agency

"Metro Arts violated multiple government policies in the last two years, according to (the) report. … The agency struggled for months to pay artists and arts organizations the grant money they were promised. The audit revealed numerous problems with grant distribution and employment practices that had not yet been publicly known." - WPLN (Nashville)

Report: Music Industry Grew ~11 Percent In 2023

The 10.74% YoY growth rate – representing an increase of about $600 million in raw dollar terms – is little more than half the increase seen the year before, when US music publishing saw a 19.25% YoY increase, or growth of around $900 million. - Music Business Worldwide

Music Publishers Accuse Spotify Of Charging More, Paying Less

The additional revenue from the higher Premium subscription costs may not go to the music composers. According to the FTC complaint, Spotify will pay about $150 million less in music royalties over the first year of these new bundled Premium plans. - Engadget

Paul Jacobs: Why Doesn’t New York’s Geffen Hall Have A Real Organ?

Administrators opted to install another electronic (or 'digital') organ, a substitute for the real thing. This misguided decision, made hastily during the malaise of the Covid pandemic, was as baffling as it is unfortunate. The New York Philharmonic, a venerable, well-heeled institution, shouldn't present to the public a facsimile of a pipe organ. - BBC...

Why Is Pop Music Doing So Badly This Year?

Making pop hits has always been a crapshoot. But today, with the world awash in content, TikTok rewriting labels’ playbooks and listeners burrowing deeper into their own personalized niches, even avid pop fans don’t recognize what’s in the Billboard top 10. - The Wall Street Journal

Are Audiences Coming Back To The Metropolitan Opera? For Some Things, Yes …

Overall paid attendance for this past season was 72%, only three points below the pre-pandemic level. There was a record number of new audience members, and the average age of single-ticket buyers is down to 44 from 50 pre-pandemic. Are contemporary operas selling well? Yes, some of them. - The New York Times

Opera As A Network Of Collaboration

Presented in Los Angeles by MOCA and the director Yuval Sharon’s company of operatic experimenters, the Industry, “The Comet/Poppea” was commissioned by the American Modern Opera Company. - The New York Times

AI Photography Contest Falls Apart When Winner Is Revealed To Be Human

A juried photography contest has disqualified one of the images that was originally picked as a top three finisher in its new AI art category. The reason for the disqualification? The photo was actually taken by a human and not generated by an AI model. - Ars Technica

Three Museums Back Away From Kehinde Wiley Exhibitions In Wake Of Sexual Assault Accusations

The Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Pérez Art Museum in Miami have called off their presentations of the traveling exhibition "Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence" scheduled for this summer and fall (Miami) and winter-spring 2025 (Minneapolis). A separate show by Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum has also been postponed. - ARTnews

The Case Of The Still-Missing Panel From The Ghent Altarpiece

The panel depicting the Just Judges disappeared in April 1934. There were months of delicately worded ransom negotiations, and then, that November, the thief made a deathbed confession. There was plenty of evidence to confirm his account, but to this day there has been no sign of the panel itself. - History Today

Vandals Deface King Charles’ Official Portrait

Members of the public have been free to visit the portrait of the monarch, which is on display at the Philip Mould gallery in central London until June 21. - CNN

Anti-Israel Protestors Vandalize Brooklyn Museum Director’s Home

"Red paint was splashed across the front door and windows of Anne Pasternak’s home. Unfurled between two columns was a banner that read: 'Anne Pasternak / Brooklyn Museum / White Supremacist Zionist.' Beneath that statement, in a smaller, red font, were the words 'Funds Genocide.'" - ARTnews

Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Theatre Reopens After Restoration

In Wright’s days, the venue would host weekly public movie screenings for 50 cents a ticket as well as concerts and other cultural events. However, the years were not as friendly to the theater as it had been to the Spring Green community. - Architectural Digest (MSN)

This Prison Newspaper Has Been Publishing For 137 Years

"The Prison Mirror (is) made by and for the people held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater. … Publications like this aren’t common, but in an era where many journalism outlets in the free world are struggling to thrive amid scores of layoffs, journalism behind bars is actually growing." - NPR

Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks State’s Attempt To Ban Books From School Libraries

"The (justices) in a unanimous decision said (state) superintendent Ryan Walters and the Department of Education overstepped their authority in trying to force Edmond schools to ban two novels. Local school boards retain the discretion to decide which books are in a school’s library based on their community’s standards." - Oklahoma Watch

Giant Publisher Wiley Shuts 19 Scientific Journals — They Were Paper Mills

The journals that were withdrawn were all owned by Hindawi, a company Wiley bought in January 2021, that was later discovered to have a paper mill problem at some titles. - Chemistry World

“Reading Dies In Complexity” — Research Shows Online News Consumers Want Headlines To Be Simple

"Over 30,000 field experiments with The Washington Post and Upworthy showed that readers prefer simpler headlines (e.g., more common words and more readable writing) over more complex ones. A follow-up experiment showed that (they) paid more attention to, and processed more deeply, the simpler headlines compared to the complex headlines." - Science Advances

In The Absence Of Support By Publishers, UK Authors Are Doing Their Own PR

According to independent events planners, publicists and marketers, more and more authors are seeking out their services to augment the efforts of their publishers’ in-house staff. - The Guardian

Florida School Board Bans Book About Banning Books

In a 3-2 vote, the Indian River County School Board in Vero Beach overruled its own book-review committee to remove "Ban This Book" by Alan Gratz. One member described the children's novel as "teaching rebellion of school board authority"; another called it "just a liberal Marxist propaganda piece." - Tallahassee Democrat

Amazon Added Ads To Prime Video. Now Online Ad Rates Are Cratering

Prime Video’s large ad-supported subscriber base means it has a significant amount of ad inventory that is affecting the negotiations that Netflix, YouTube, TV networks and other streamers are having with advertisers as they commit to buying billions of dollars in commercial time for the coming TV season.  - The Wall Street Journal

Why Is Hollywood So Focused On A Movie’s Opening Weekend?

"Especially in this dismal summer season, some box office watchers have questioned the need to pay attention to opening weekends at all. … (They say) negative headlines and unfairly judge the health of the movie theater business based on short-term fluctuations rather than trends over time." But that may not matter. - Variety

Leaked Google Search Algorithm Documentation Gives Clues To How Your Content Is Found

Some of the information revealed appears to contradict claims that the company has made publicly. One variable that Google Search apparently tracks is when and where users click, not just on Google’s core site but any page that is accessed within Google’s Chrome browser. - The New Yorker

Why Shari Redstone Backed Out Of The Paramount-Skydance Merger

"Redstone's change of heart, after months of drama and tensions spilling into the public, was the culmination of several forces that had been playing out behind the scenes, according to seven people close to the situation who were not authorized to comment on internal discussions." - Los Angeles Times (Yahoo!)

Now Edgar Bronfman Jr. And Bain Capital Might Buy Paramount Global

While they haven't made a formal offer yet, sources say that Bronfman, former CEO of Warner Music Group (and, before that, Seagram's, his family's business), and Bain (known for being co-founded by Mitt Romney) are reportedly assembling $2.5 billion to buy National Amusements, Shari Redstone's company, which controls Paramount. - Variety

As Iconic Cartoon Characters Come Into The Public Domain, There Will Definitely Be Slasher Movies About Them, And That’s Okay

"It (makes) sense that the movies are always horror, too, because that’s the genre with the most recognisable structures and beats. It’s far easier to understand the sudden arrival of a beloved character in a horror than in, say, a gentle coming-of-age drama." And next year are Popeye and Tarzan … - The Guardian

“Just What Ballet Is Right Now Has Become Confusing”: Gia Kourlas

"Its branches seem to be growing at different speeds with different textures. Some are thick and sturdy, while others are wispy, frizzled at the ends. It sometimes seems as if live performances are just extensions of TikTok." - The New York Times

Consider The Physics Of Breakdancing

The dancers competing at the Olympics in Paris this summer may not know the theoretical physics or mathematics on which their moves depend, but they have a thorough, intuitive understanding of friction, inertia, linear momentum, angular momentum, torque, and axes of rotation. - The Conversation

Puerto Rico Considers A Law Regulating Professional Dancing, And Some Dancers Are Very Worried

"PC2170 would make dancers pay a fee to receive a certification and be able to practice professionally. Its purpose is to make dance a more legitimate profession and improve the working conditions of dancers, who have struggled with unfair wages and poor working conditions." Not everyone is convinced. - Remezcla

Reviving London City Ballet, 28 Years After It Closed

Christopher Marney "wants a company of dancers that reflect the present: a diverse lineup in age, ethnicity, experience and body type, and … an environment that treats dancers like grownups. (Yet) it’s a company that’s staying connected to the past, with a specific remit to revive forgotten gems by genius choreographers." - The Guardian

Oregon Ballet Theatre Has A Record Season At The Box Office

I think that we have adjusted some of our programmatic models. You know, some of the data had been showing us that post-pandemic audiences have been really attracted to going to shows that are recognizable, that they know, that are the classics. - Oregon Public Broadcasting

What Next For American Ballet Theatre?

Susan Jaffe has some ideas, some plans, and some hopes. But “the challenges facing Ballet Theater, which begins its summer season at the Metropolitan Opera House this month, are daunting. Costs are rising, donations have declined and audience habits are rapidly shifting." - The New York Times

Derek Jacobi Makes The Case That “Merry Wives Of Windsor” Was Really Written By The Earl Of Oxford

"Local geography and lore are faithfully reported, including accurate references to the nearby village of Frogmore, the laundry place at Datchet Mead and Windsor Castle’s Great Park. This, we suggest, is for good reason. The author … is drawing from personal experience of having once lived in Windsor." - The Guardian

Top Ticket Prices In London’s West End Are Up Nearly 10% In Past Year

The average top-line ticket now costs £154.56 ($197.33), with Cabaret boasting the highest price: £303.95 ($380.05). For the first time, three different plays in the West End have top prices above £200 ($255). On the other hand, the cheapest seat now averages £24.58 ($31.38), down 3.4%. - The Guardian

USC Makes Its Acting And Playwriting MFA Programs Tuition-Free

"Starting with the 2024-25 academic year, incoming graduate students, as well as continuing MFA students studying acting and dramatic writing, will shoulder no tuition cost. … School officials (say) the tuition-free MFA programs allow the university to more competitively recruit extraordinarily gifted creatives." - Los Angeles Times (Yahoo!)

Ousted Directors of Zurich’s Municipal Theater Throw Themselves A Big Ol’ Woke Farewell Party

The contracts for Benjamin von Blomberg and Nicolas Stemann, who had jointly run Zurich's Schauspielhaus since 2019, were not renewed following a right-wing media campaign claiming the "wokeness" of their productions drove audiences away. So last week they threw a final soirée called "House of Wokeness." - The Art Newspaper

Overhauling “Suffs” For Broadway

"When (the) show ... staggered to its Public Theater premiere in April 2022, few people would have bet (on its) future. Yet here we are with Suffs on Broadway, where it received generally positive reviews and six Tony Awards nominations, two for Shaina Taub’s score and book. What happened?" - The New York Times

Houston’s Stages Theatre Picks A New Leader

When he moves to Houston in August to take on that role, he'll become one of the first Black men to lead a major arts organization in the city. Dereck Charles Livingston is taking over the role from current artistic director Kenn McLaughlin, who is retiring after 18 seasons in the role and 25 seasons...

Former Director Of Uffizi Galleries Makes Runoff Election For Mayor Of Florence

Running as an independent candidate, Eike Schmidt came in second place with 33% of the vote, far ahead of most candidates but ten percentage points behind Sara Furano of the center-left Democrat Party. Florence leans center-left politically, so Schmidt isn't favored to win in the final round. - Artnet

Exit Interview: Longtime Dallas Arts Reporter Jerome Weeks Retires

The Dallas Arts District is just a microcosm of the growth and expansion that's happened after the Dallas Museum of Art and the Meyerson Symphony Center. Who knew that within 25 years, we would have the Winspear Opera House, the Wyly Theatre, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Perot Museum and the Moody Performance Center?...

Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Fumihiko Maki Has Died At 95

"The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto is considered one of his classic designs, with floating forms of glass, metal and concrete. ... In the U.S., Maki’s projects included the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and 4 World Trade Center in New York." - AP

Actor Tony Lo Bianco, 87

"(He) brought a gritty realism to his portrayal of cops, boxers and all manner of tough guys, memorably playing a mobster in The French Connection and starring as one of his hometown’s most irascible mayors, Fiorello La Guardia, in a one-man show that he performed around the world." - The Washington Post (MSN)

Eric Vu-An, Ballet Star-Turned-Choreographer Who Directed Four French Companies, Has Died At 60

A very popular performer at the Paris Opera Ballet, he left after getting caught in the middle of a notorious battle between Rudolf Nureyev and Maurice Béjart. Following a very successful freelance career, he ran the ballet troupes in, successively, Bordeaux, Avignon, Marseilles and Nice. - ResMusica (via Google Translate)

Two More Individuals Accuse Artist Kehinde Wiley Of Sexual Assault, Which Wiley Vehemently Denies

Last month Ghanaian artist Joseph Awuah-Darko made public accusations against Wiley; now Black Lives Matter activist Derrick Ingram has accused Wiley of rape while they were dating for several months in 2021, and filmmaker/poet Nathaniel Lloyd Richards says Wiley groped him during a date in 2019. - Artnet

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People Are So Lonely, And Theatres Are In So Much Financial Trouble

Can funding struggling theatre help solve our disconnect? Sarah Ruhl: "We are facing a public health emergency—and we need funding from the National Institutes of Health immediately. Let’s treat theatre as a proven method to stem the tide of debilitating isolation in this country.” - American Theatre

Sacre Bleu! Why Are English-Language Books Filling Europe’s Bookstores?

"As English fluency has increased in Europe, more readers have started buying American and British books in the original language, forgoing the translated versions that are published locally. This is especially true in Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands and, increasingly, Germany.” - The New York Times

The Astoundingly Rapid Fall Of Conductor François-Xavier Roth

It took about two days for this lavishly-praised maestro to lose or cancel all his future engagements, and he'll likely be fired from his positions. Yet why was Roth's behavior (sexting musicians) treated so much more harshly than, say, Gardiner's or Barenboim's (screaming and hitting them)? - Van

Folks In Portland, Maine Can’t Agree On Whether Or How To Expand The Museum Of Art

The museum's director, backed by the city council, thinks it'll take the amenities in a new $100 million building to attract visitors back to pre-COVID levels. Others think such a building doesn't belong in Portland's historic district and worry the museum can't afford to operate and maintain it. - The Boston Globe (MSN)

Mitsuko Uchida Gets Testy With The New York Times (And Arguably Disses Her Colleagues)

Q: "Tell me what excites you about the Ojai Festival." A: "You think I go to Ojai because I get excited? No. I go because there is music that I might want to do ..., and I might do it for the people who are involved." - The New York Times

The Kind Of Job “Most Artistic Leaders Only Dream Of”

"The support (Barry) Diller has pledged to Little Island’s programming, millions of dollars with no end in sight, is the kind most artistic leaders only dream of. (Zack) Winokur does not have to spend his days courting (funders) or securing residencies; instead, he can provide money and space." - The New York Times

San Francisco Symphony Board President And CEO Give Their First Interview Since Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Resignation

“Last season, we were facing what would have been roughly an $11 million deficit on a roughly $80 million budget. … We’ve had a lot of conversation internally as we’ve been doing the planning for ’24-’25 and beyond, to make sure we understand what level of resources we have.” - San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)

Faculty Sue Philadelphia’s University Of The Arts Over Abrupt Shutdown

"The plaintiffs — a group of professors, department heads and administrators — say the school did not give them 60 days' written notice of its plans for mass layoffs, as required under federal law. … The lawsuit could be just the first in a wave of messy court battles to come." - The Philadelphia...

Temple University Is Considering Merger To Save Philadelphia’s University Of The Arts

“I’m working with their chair to see if we can put this genie back in the bottle,” said Temple board chair Mitchell L. Morgan. “Can we somehow figure out some type of potential merger? If it’s a win-win, we are interested.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer (MSN)

The Free Library Of Philadelphia Has A Much-Loved Author Events Program. Its Entire Staff Just Resigned.

"The former staffers said they offered their resignation due to what they described as a 'heartbreaking' work culture plagued by increasingly low morale over the past year, but they said their four-week notice was rejected and they were locked out of their emails by the afternoon." - The Philadelphia Inquirer (MSN)

Philadelphia’s University Of Arts Suddenly Announces It’s Closing This Friday

The suddenly unaccredited school has 1150 students and 700 faculty - and a ton of real estate along the Avenue of the Arts. One student said, "At 2:47 p.m. on Friday I got an email asking me to apply for graduation, and at 6:03 the Inquirer posted the story that my school was closing.”...

Can A Portland University Transform Its Campus – And Portland’s Downtown?

That’s the plan at the urban, fully blended into the city Portland State University, which is in the final stages of a design competition to “revitalize” Portland’s much-derided (mostly, but not only, by conservatives) downtown. - Oregon ArtsWatch
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