Monthly Archives: September 2009

HELP THE FEDS AWARD $4.35 BILLION IN EDUCATION FUNDING

“The U.S. Department of Education is seeking recommendations for reviewers for the $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund competitive grant program. This program presents an unprecedented opportunity to support far-reaching improvement in schools across the country. Therefore, we hope … Continue reading

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CONVERSATION WITH ELIZABETH STREB

Here’s an interesting conversation between Andrew Taylor, Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, and choreographer Elizabeth Streb. Streb discusses her work reimagining the ways that performers and audiences interact and … Continue reading

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

John McCann proposes consolidating the major arts service organizations for efficiency and a single voice. The efficiency part seems reasonable. The single “influential” voice part seems a bit at odds with the healthy growing trend of hearing and valuing the … Continue reading

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MICHELLE OBAMA ON WHY ARTS MATTER

“We believe strongly that the arts aren’t somehow an ‘extra’ part of our national life, but instead we feel that the arts are at the heart of our national life. It is through our music, our literature, our art, drama … Continue reading

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CASE STUDIES REPORT ON ARTS FOR ALL IN L.A. COUNTY

The first 11 school districts to join L.A. County’s arts education initiative, Arts for All, have made admirable progress in developing an infrastructure for arts education that carries the potential to be self-sustaining in time, according to case studies released … Continue reading

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NEW RESEARCH FROM THE PHILADELPHIA CULTURAL ALLIANCE

Cultural Alliance Releases 10 Key Findings on Cultural Engagement The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance today released a new report on emerging trends in cultural engagement in the region. Entitled Research Into Action: Pathways to New Opportunities, the report is based … Continue reading

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ROCCO ON YOSI

Statement from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman September 22, 2009 As chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, I would like to clarify the issues concerning an August conference call in which an NEA employee participated. Here are the facts. … Continue reading

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ADVICE FOR FUNDERS FROM COLLECTIVE ARTS THINK TANK

This thoughtful Letter to the Field was posted in August, and just came to GIA’s attention. “Most artists and arts professionals do what we do because we love the work. That is, we did not enter the field of contemporary … Continue reading

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ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR ECONOMIC TURMOIL AND CHANGE

In the Face of Fear Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times Edited by Barry Boyce Shambhala Publications ISBN 978-1-59030-757-1 “Most of us have never experienced such deep anxiety and uncertainty in the world as we are in these current times; this … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KAISER ON CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

Some may see other value in international exchange in the arts, but here is Kaiser’s take: While other countries have been active exporters of their arts — China and Great Britain come to mind — the United States government has … Continue reading

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