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Melissa Ngan talks about collaboration in the arts and diversity

Melissa Ngan, President and CEO of American Composers Orchestra, discusses the importance of collaborative leadership in a diverse world.

‘Runaway’: New Folio from Cold Turkey Press

Great beauty from great despair unbends the mind. In a pointless hostile universe that is every poet’s goal. ​

About that French Culture Pass…

The French government had the idea to give teenagers a 300 Euro credit (through a phone app) to spend on “culture”. A few limits...

Ten Years

This week marks the tenth anniversary of Engaging Matters. That’s hard for me to believe. In that time this blog has had a little...

Meddling with Medici (Part II): “Unattainable Perfection,” Viewer Disaffection

For many museum visitors, the “Medici” cited in the title of the Metropolitan Museum’s current show (subtitled: “Portraits & Politics, 1512-1570”) will evoke the names of artists from the golden age of Renaissance painting...

Taneshia Nash Laird shares the power of humanity in the arts

Taneshia Nash Laird, President and CEO of Newark Symphony Hall shares the power of humanity in leading arts organizations.

Dvorak’s Prophecy — “Essential Cultural History”

Kirkus Reviews, which previews books for booksellers, critics, and others in the know, has just previewed my forthcoming Dvorak’s Prophecy and the Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music.

Here and Now

The morning light takes its time  coming through the bedroom window.

Ready . . . or Not

In the Community Engagement Network’s May and June Conversations on Benchmarking Equity (See What Was Said) a good deal of time was spent on...

‘Writer Directory’ Offers More Than Information

Few books have come my way as generous and wise about writers and writing as this one. The

Art Tatum and the “Black Virtuoso Tradition”

On the heels of his film with Alexander Toradze (my previous blog), Behrouz Jamali has released another remarkable film essay dealing with the art of the piano: The Black Virtuoso Tradition.

On Propaganda Milton Glaser ♥ Information, Not Persuasion

The late Milton Glaser, most famous for creating the INY logo, had a strong dose of advice more than

Tehvon Fowler-Chapman talks about leadership principles

Tehvon Fowler-Chapman, Executive Director of the Washington Concert Opera, shares leadership principles informed by pandemic.

Lear among the spruces

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review Shakespeare & Company’s new outdoor production of King Lear, with Christopher Lloyd in the title role. Here’s...

Replay: Peter and Rudolf Serkin play Schubert

Peter and Rudolf Serkin play Schubert’s G Major Marche militaire for piano duet in a 1988 concert telecast. They are introduced by Van Cliburn...

Quick Study: An International Reckoning of Economic Losses from COVID-19 to the Arts

For this episode of the NEA podcast Quick Study, I discuss UNESCO’s report, Cultural and Creative Industries in the Face of COVID-19: An Economic...

Alexa Poems Must Be a Genre By Now

Alexa Dear Why am I getting that ad on my device? Alexa, I want a divorce. Did you hear me? I can’t spell it out for you....

Michelangelo’s middlebrow moment

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about how Irving Stone—and Charlton Heston—introduced Michelangelo to a generation of American readers and filmgoers. Here’s an...

Snapshot: Buffalo Springfield appears on The Hollywood Palace

Buffalo Springfield plays a medley of “For What It’s Worth” and “Mr. Soul” on an episode of The Hollywood Palace originally telecast by ABC in 1967

Equity and Engagement

As I mentioned in What Was Said, the report on the Community Engagement Network’s May and June Conversations on Benchmarking Equity, participants frequently commented...

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