Tag Archives: NEA

Gatekeeping and Board Diversity

I don’t like being in a “gatekeeping” position but often find myself there, as a journal editor, as a member of my university’s promotion and tenure committee, even as a teacher.  I find the position troubling and try – especially … Continue reading

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Enough Already!

I got one of those emails today in my personal inbox – one of those emails with bad news about arts funding.  The subject line read “House Subcommittee cuts NEA by 49%.”  The political posturing over what amounts to less … Continue reading

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From Reformation to Aggregation

Two years ago, when Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation delivered the keynote address at the Second Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts, and in his Ted talk of 2010, he spoke of the arts being … Continue reading

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Issues of Outcomes and Measurement

After reading Ian David Moss’s critique of the “creative placemaking” logic model (or lack thereof) I couldn’t resist doing a little research so that I could better understand the issue.  After looking at the roots of creative placemaking in public … Continue reading

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There’s Something Happening Here – 2

What it is ain’t exactly clear, but over on Arlene Goldbard and Barry Hessenius’s art clout blogfest, Diane Ragsdale suggests that the NEA should be “disintegrated and it’s components set free” in response to Arlene and Barry’s prompt: “With a … Continue reading

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There’s Something Happening Here – 1

What it is ain’t exactly clear, but there seems to be a growing questioning of the status quo, or rather the stati quos.  Perhaps it’s a response to shrinking arts funding, declining audience numbers, exponentially growing means of distribution, or … Continue reading

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Waxing Theoretical Part 6: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

This is the sixth and final installment in my blog series on the theories that underly arguments against — and in today’s installment for – government funding for the arts.  I look today with some skepticism at the creative industries … Continue reading

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Waxing Theoretical Part 5: Neoliberalism and the market

This is the fifth post in my series on the theoretical bases for arguments against – and in the next section for – government funding for the arts.  In this installment I look at neoliberalism, that branch of market-loving political … Continue reading

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Measuring Success (first thoughts)

Late last week, the NEA released a re-interpretation of its 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.  In the announcement of the new analysis, the agency writes “For nearly three decades, the periodic survey has focused primarily on live … Continue reading

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American Shame

I was planning to write this week about a productive meeting I had Monday with Cindy Au of kickstarter.com and about how using kickstarter.com and other crowd-sourced financing options “teach” entrepreneurial habits of mind.  But with cuts to the NEA … Continue reading

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