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TOP 10 U.S. ARTS POLICY STORIES FOR 2009

David Moss posts his New Year’s list of the top 10 U.S. arts policy stories of 2009. Yikes! GIA appears twice. Read More

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ANDREW TAYLOR ON "RENT, BUY, BUILD…"

A short post on the Artful Manager that addresses some big questions… When a for-profit enterprise wants to build its capacity to do something (manufacture a product, launch a new service, provide a new option for their clients, or the … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES THE BEST AND WISEST PARENT WANT?

Diane Ravitch suggests three simple ways to provide the kind of education a parent wants for their child. Seems so simple. Maybe it’s time to simplify our approach to education reform… Well, I certainly agree with you that all kids … Continue reading

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AN ARTIST'S FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON FAIR USE AND APPROPRIATION IN DANCE

What defines “fair use” in dance? Is it permissible to “borrow” choreographic devices if the movement is reinvented? If the dancers can’t execute the movement in the way it was originally intended, is there something interesting about that failure? If … 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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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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MICHAEL KAISER ON HUFFPOST

The Kennendy Center promoting its arts management program is a bit of a rehash, but the comments that follow Kaiser’s editorial are an eye-opener if you’re feeling isolated or out-of-touch with what the folks in the street are thinking. Read … Continue reading

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ARLENE GOLDBARD ON THE BIOLOGICAL METAPHOR

Here’s a wonderful essay…. When it comes to ambulatory life-forms, the developmental timeline is shorter, but the same principle pertains: it is a good idea for human beings to pay attention to systems and solutions that have evolved over time … Continue reading

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AGNES GUND ON OBAMA AND THE ARTS

In Act One of their administration – the well-lit, heavily reviewed and widely watched opening months – Barrack and Michelle Obama have positioned themselves actively in the arts. For the country, and especially for those of us interested in culture, … Continue reading

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