Monthly Archives: January 2009

NEW YORK TIMES: FOUNDATIONS ASSETS INVESTED WITH MADOFF

“Most of the discussion of the Bernard Madoff scandal has focused on the impoverished zillionaires who are now mere millionaires. Yet much of the money invested by Mr. Madoff was money destined for charities, and so the losers will include … Continue reading

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CHICKEN LITTLE REPORTS ON THE ARTSFUND'S POLL ON NON-PROFITS ARTS IN THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Seattle Times reports on the ArtFund Poll, making the leap from non-profit’s responses on their expectations to present them as fact. The responses to the question, “Have you revised your attendance expectations” are reported in the past tense as, … Continue reading

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SHATTERING MYTHS ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF PHILANTHROPY

Like millions of Americans, many legislators still view our country’s commercial engine through a bifurcated lens. They believe that for-profit businesses drive the economy and create wealth, while not-for-profit organizations simply make grants, collect donations, and provide services. However, in … Continue reading

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CULTURE CZAR? YEA

Tyler Green on Arts Journal: “When it comes to the coordination of scientific research between the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department, or the impact of stem cell research on American policy and state and federal budgeting, there’s … Continue reading

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CULTURE CZAR? NAY

David Smith (Senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University) in the Wall Street Journal: But despite the severity of the troubles facing arts institutions, they’re nothing new. Nor is the call for a cabinet-level office for the arts. In … Continue reading

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CULTURE CAZR? NAY AGAIN

Comments of John Rockwell on the National Arts Journalism blog: “…the likelihood of this country shifting over to a major public financing model for the arts, as opposed to our current private philanthropy with tax deductions, seems improbable any time … Continue reading

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CULTURE CZAR? YEA

William R. Ferris (former NEH Chair) in the New York Times: “Over the years, America has developed an impressive array of federal cultural programs—in addition to the endowments for the arts and the humanities. These include the Corporation for Public … Continue reading

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CULTURE CZAR? YEA

Tim Smith in the Baltimore Sun: “It’s easy to imagine a cabinet post that oversees the NEA and other exisiting (sic) cultural organizations in the government and that uses the office to push for a renassiance (sic) of arts education … Continue reading

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CULTURE CZAR? NAY

Comments by Lee Rosenbaum’s Blog on Arts Journal: “I’ve got nothing against better coordination among government programs involving the arts and humanities. Regular meetings of representatives from the relevant offices and agencies could foment creative synergies. Perhaps a White House … Continue reading

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CULTURE CZAR? ONE MORE FOR THE NAYS

A. Barton Hinkle in the Richmond Times Dispatch: Let’s take a straw poll: All those in favor of putting Dick Cheney in charge of the nation’s arts and culture, please raise your hand. Anybody? Okay, how about Mike Huckabee? Pat … Continue reading

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