Why Arts? Making the Case

June 30, 2014 by admin
An American lady traveling to Paris in 1913 — the kind of American lady who will still be traveling to Paris in 2013 — asked Ezra Pound what he thought art was for. Pound replied: “Ask me what a rose bush is for.” Europe was on the edge of war. Do rose bushes matter in a war? What can art do for us now, in the likelihood of another war? Read More...
June 17, 2013 by admin
Bill Ivey. 2012, 192 pages, Counterpoint. In his new book we learn about many of the things Bill Ivey doesn’t like: banner ads smart phones the $6 billion yoga industry politicians who hide behind polling cable news $4,000 mountain bikes TV in general; cooking shows in particular And we learn about some of the things Bill Ivey does like: Leica cameras Read More...
June 21, 2012 by admin
He sat less than two feet away, with just the bare table between us. Everything seemed to be going well. We were talking about the value of creativity and innovation in education, commerce, and culture, and how incorporating creativity principles into curriculum development would improve school culture across his district. There were fervent nods of agreement, as we seemed unified in our conviction of the importance of creativity in developing twenty-first-century learning skills. Read More...
February 19, 2012 by admin
This play was commissioned by Americans for  the Arts and was first performed as part of the conference session, Too Progressive, Too Elite: Public Value and the Paradox of the Arts, at the Grantmakers in the Arts 2011 conference on October 11, 2011. The cast consisted of  Elise Hunt, Britney Frazier, and Sean San José. You can watch a video of this performance at the GIA YouTube channel. PLAYWRIGHT: Read More...
January 3, 2012 by admin
December 2011, 38 pages. National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20506, (202) 682-5400, www.ars.gov Download:    The Arts and Human Development (2.4Mb) Overview Read More...
August 9, 2011 by admin
2011, 416 pages, Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, IL Is a major shift in worldview taking place across the globe today? If so, what role can artists, arts organizations, and cultural creatives play in imagining and sustaining a future with more equitable lifeways? Read More...
August 8, 2011 by admin
May 28, 2011 Today more than ever, states that want to be competitive need a policy agenda that supports and nurtures the creativity and economic productivity of their citizens. With his veto of funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, Governor Sam Brownback has now declared his opinion that Kansas is too poor for that. The real poverty expressed in this action is not of the pocketbook; state arts agencies yield excellent return on investment in jobs and tax revenues. Read More...
April 15, 2011 by admin
Activities that are good in themselves are good for the economy, and activities that are bad in themselves are bad for the economy. The only intelligible meaning of "benefit to the economy" is the contribution — direct or indirect — the activity makes to the welfare of ordinary citizens. Read More...
October 26, 2010 by admin
All things in nature have a shape, that is to say, a form, an outward semblance, that tells us what they are, that distinguishes them from ourselves and from each other. Read More...