Disability is Not a Costume

I am utterly disgusted by Madonna’s putting on an eyepatch to adopt the “persona” of her alter ego Madame X. Disability is not costume or character – it is disability. And when it comes to the eyepatch, I have some experience. Throughout my childhood, my mother wore an eyepatch after her eye socket and optic nerve were destroyed by a gangrene infection. After her eye was removed, she was no longer able to drive; her depth mom in glassesperception was gone; and she had my father walk on her left side out in public so she could have an extra set of eyes on that side. People stared at her, so she wore large dark glasses. An eye patch does not signify a mysterious character backstory; it signifies a disability.

I think about my mother and her half-blindness when I read about issues of representation on stage and screen, whether representation of disability, gender, or race. If Madonna wants to create a Madame X character with a disability, she should hire a disabled actor to play the part.

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Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship 5

Four years ago, I created a series of short videos for use in my class Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship. I’m no longer teaching the course (and the videos themselves admittedly could use some updating) but for those of you looking for a primer on arts entrepreneurship or some supplemental material for use in your own classes, I’m making these available to the public by posting one video per week.

In Module 5 I introduce mission and vision statements from a variety of arts enterprises, discuss the characteristics of good (i.e. useful) mission statements, and let Steve Blank explain the related concept of value proposition. The readings referenced in the module are Ann Bogart’s and then, you act and András Szántó’s article, “60 Museums in Search of a Mission Statement.”

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Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship 4

Four years ago, I created a series of short videos for use in my class Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship. I’m no longer teaching the course (and the videos themselves admittedly could use some updating) but for those of you looking for a primer on arts entrepreneurship or some supplemental material for use in your own classes, I’m making these available to the public by posting one video per week.

In this module, I introduce some basic planning tools for the artist entrepreneur, the most important of which is, arguably, the “inventory of means.” My version of this is downloadable here: inventory of means . The reading referenced in this module is from The Profitable Artist.

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Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship 3

Four years ago, I created a series of short videos for use in my class Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship. I’m no longer teaching the course (and the videos themselves admittedly could use some updating) but for those of you looking for a primer on arts entrepreneurship or some supplemental material for use in your own classes, I’m making these available to the public by posting one video a week for the next fifteen weeks.

In this third module, I discuss how need motivates artists, funders, and audience members, and basic techniques for researching your audience and recognizing their needs and wants. The reading referenced in this module is:

  • Simonet, Making Your Life as an Artist, Artists U, 2014. Free downloadable eBook: http://www.artistsu.org/download-the-book pp. 30 -35
  • Artspire, The Profitable Artist. New York: Allworth Press 2011. pp. 115-121 (Chapter 13 Marketing and Networking; Chapter 14 Researching your Market)

Enjoy!

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Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship 2

Four years ago, I created a series of short videos for use in my class Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship. I’m no longer teaching the course (and the videos themselves admittedly could use some updating) but for those of you looking for a primer on arts entrepreneurship or some supplemental material for use in your own classes, I’m making these available to the public by posting one video a week for the next fifteen weeks.

In this second module, I introduce basic economic theories of entrepreneurship and explain how they can apply in an arts entrepreneurship context. The module begins with reference to some reading materials that registered students had been required to read. Those materials are:

Andrew Simonet’s Making Your Life as an Artist

Barry Hessenius’s interview with Aaron Dworkin.

Introduction and Chapter 1 of David Cutler’s The Savvy Musician.

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Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship 1

Four years ago, I created a series of short videos for use in my class Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship. I’m no longer teaching the course (and the videos themselves admittedly could use some updating) but for those of you looking for a primer on arts entrepreneurship or some supplemental material for use in your own classes, I’m making these available to the public by posting one video a week for the next fifteen weeks.

In this first video, I discuss definitions of “entrepreneurship” and of “arts entrepreneurship” and map the habits of mind that can support the entrepreneurial process.

Additional reading for this module: FRAMEWORKS FOR EDUCATING THE ARTIST OF THE FUTURE- TEACHING HABITS OF MIND FOR ARTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The quote from Ann Bogart can be found in her excellent book and then, you act, which had been required reading for an earlier version of this corse.

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Exploring

It’s been nine months since I relocated to Los Angeles. After acclimating to my new position at Cal State LA, I am able to take some time to explore the richness of my new “home town”. One of the best parts of living here is that if I drive 45 minutes in one direction I’m at a beach, and 45 minutes in the other and I’m in the mountains. I’ve felt the push-pull of beach and ocean since I was kid exploring the beaches of Long Island; now I don’t have to choose!

Of course, what is truly outstanding is the cultural richness and diversity of the LA area. With no events on my own campus during spring break, I took some time to branch out this week. I visited: the Kim Abeles studio in Keystone Art Space; sister campus Cal State Fullerton’s Santa Ana outpost, the Grand Central Arts Center; saw Lars Jan’s adaptation of Joan Didion’s The White Album at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance; and today enjoy the culinary arts at the “Masters of Taste” benefit for Union Station Homeless Services, courtesy of a KPCC ticket promotion at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium, which I have never visited. Artistic production, community-arts exhibitions, experimental theatre, and a tony culinary arts festival – I’m in culture explorer heaven.

waterfall

A waterfall in Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains

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