Monthly Archives: January 2011

“Peaceful Assembly”

President Obama delivered a tender, inspiring, and thoughtful speech last night in memory of the victims of the recent shooting in Tucson.  At first blush, one might wonder what the speech has to do with infrastructure for the arts. It … Continue reading

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A Performance — and a Shooting — in the Desert

I live in Arizona.  I’m a transplant to the desert from the east coast by way of Wisconsin.  I mention this because, like each of us, I have a unique reaction to the events of Saturday.  There are 300 million … Continue reading

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Experiential learning at PHX:Fringe

Most entrepreneurship educators will agree that experiential learning is a critical component of the education of the young entrepreneur.  I’m fortunate to have been involved with the Phoenix Fringe Festival since its inception (with the help of a seed grant … Continue reading

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A Moment of Silence

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Siloing the Arts at a Young Age

A few days ago, I wrote, “To encourage [students] to be truly creative, we, as educators, need to give our students room to play, to explore, to experiment, and to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.  Unless we do, we fail them.”  … Continue reading

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Arts giving: Tax deductions or tax credits?

One of my concerns about our very decentralized arts funding structure is that so much depends on the tax deduction for charitable giving.   This concerns me less because of rumblings about repealing the deduction and more because the beneficiaries of … Continue reading

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Design training and an uncertain future

I got into a facebook discussion yesterday with Randy Gener, senior editor of American Theatre Magazine about a piece my colleague Richard Isackes wrote about theatre design curricula.  While I agree with much of which Richard writes, he – and … Continue reading

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