Readings

March 25, 2015 by admin
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.  — Benjamin Franklin Read More...
March 25, 2015 by admin
We used to go on journeys. A mile’s walk would end in green swamps of the bayou, or among its cemeteries’ angels. Another mile would get our little legs to blue downtown. Its silver glass, pink granite, gray marble. The building full of books that they would let us see and touch. The copper fountains raining copper pennies. Occasional stages with music, with dancers. And mazes underground we could explore alongside well dressed people just like you. And maybe you were there? Read More...
March 23, 2015 by admin
Sixteen years ago when venture capital frenzy was sweeping the country, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and its partners decided that our nation’s boldest, most inventive creative artists would also benefit from many aspects of the venture capital (VC) approach, such as providing comprehensive, flexible, and ever-evolving structures of support. They launched Creative Capital and hired Ruby Lerner as its founding executive director to lead what was touted at the time as a major new experiment in supporting individual artists. Read More...
March 23, 2015 by admin
In the late 1980s, several hundred people met twice at remote locations on two islands, one on the US East Coast and one on the West, to consider “the creative support of the creative artist.” Sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the first conference was held in May 1986 at Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island, New York, and the second in November 1988 on Orcas Island near the Canadian border in Washington State. Although I attended both, I am deeply grateful to have had sources with agile memories so I didn’t have to rely only on my own. Read More...
March 22, 2015 by admin
The following are notes from a presentation on Activating Public Space delivered in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Creative Time Summit, cosponsored by the Public Art Agency Stockholm, Friday, November 14, 2014. Read More...
March 21, 2015 by admin
The opportunities to connect communities through culture and to use that cultural engagement to educate one another are simultaneously compelling and challenging to cultural foundations and philanthropists. Recent reports and research provide strong arguments and preliminary insights into ways that culture can advance engagement across boundaries, both geographic and societal. But the most challenging efforts may be those intended to connect the United States to Muslim populations abroad. Read More...