(1-26-10) This is a personal New Year’s Eve story that has to do with connecting the dots. At a party in Los Angeles, I was introduced to a young couple who are both visual effect artists in the film industry. They were around 30. Both had undergraduate degrees in visual art from the Savannah School of Art and Design.
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(1-26-10) Katrina @ 5: Partners in Philanthropy is a special convening of the philanthropic community in New Orleans just a few months before the fifth anniversary of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The recent earthquake in Haiti is a harsh reminder that disaster can strike anytime and anywhere. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck our own Gulf Coast in 2005, devastating countless lives and communities in the region, and leaving an impact on the entire country that is still strongly felt today.
(1-25-10) Expressive Life - A conversation this week on ArtsJournal - Bill Ivey, Adrian Ellis, Alan Brown, Andras Szanto, Andrew Taylor, Bau Graves, Douglas McLennan, Ellen Lovell, William James, James Early, Jim Smith, Lewis Hyde, Marian Godfrey, Martha Bayles, Nihar Patel, Russell Taylor, Sam Jones, and Steven Tepper argue the value of heritage and artistic engagement in a world where how we use culture is rapidly changing.
(1-22-10) The book Outrageous Fortune, the Life and Times of the New American Play has stirred up a lot of attention among playwrights and theater folk. Prolific blogger Isaac Butler of Parabasis organized a chapter by chapter review by a handful of respected theater bloggers (an all boy band, curiously) that has generated some interesting discussion. Here are their takes
(1-22-10) The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) is accepting proposal submissions for its next symposium Open Dialogue XII: Building the 21st Century Agenda for Cultural Democracy, a symposium of local and national leaders discussing policies and programs which individuals, organizations, foundations, and policy makers are encouraged to strategize and organize around in order to further advance cultural democracy and cultural equity platforms AND programs in today’s new era of change.
(1-22-10) National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman gave a policy address today at the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). In his speech, the chairman addressed the role of smart design and artists and arts organizations as place-makers and announced the NEA Mayors' Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative.
(1-21-10) The study "Native Artists: Livelihoods, Resources, Space, Gifts" was published in December of 2009 and authored by Marcie Rendon and Ann Markusen. The report details a two-year study of the Ojibwe artists in Minnesota, focusing on artist training, access to resources and work-space, location, employment and self-employment, and other topics.
(1-20-10) Similar to reports such as The Conference Board’s tracking of consumer confidence, the Index views the arts as a dynamic system and provides reliable longitudinal information. It is unique when compared to other arts data systems in its scope, amount of data it presents, and annual publication. The Index is set to a base score of 100 in 2003. Every point difference represents one percent change.