Tag Archives: cultural economics

Shifting the Level of Analysis

Adrian Ellis wrote a thoughtful and well-reasoned essay for the Grantmakers in the Arts website recently on supply and demand issues in the nonprofit arts sector.  His essay provides enough fodder to feed several months of blog posts, and I … Continue reading

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Guest post: Jaime’s Love Note to Arizona

*A Love Note for My Home State, On Its Birthday* Dear Arizona, A few days ago I drove to Globe to give a presentation at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. I left my Phoenix home around 9 on … Continue reading

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Kerry’s Question

Kerry Lengel, theatre critic for the Arizona Republic, recently posed the following question to me: “Is the business model for non-profit arts broken? If so, how can it be fixed – or replaced?”  Our phone conversation was focused primarily on … Continue reading

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How Much Is Too Much?

The New York Time published an article by Patrick Healy last week about nonprofit theatres mounting commercial productions on Broadway, partnering with commercial producers, or extending runs or remounting hits in order to increase revenue.  Nonprofit theatres have to make … Continue reading

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Seed funding?

Michael Wilkerson, on the ArtsJournal blog, made an interesting proposal to fund the nonprofit arts sector: tax for-profit cultural products and funnel those restricted funds to the nonprofit sector.  A day later, he backpedaled from the proposal, on the advice … Continue reading

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Capacity and Innovation

After returning from the Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, a dear friend and well-respected colleague who knows I’m always looking for creative ways for my students to find funding for their projects tipped me off to Power2give.org.   Power2give allows donors … 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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Power plays

I’m taking a break from my (not particularly popular) series on the theoretical underpinnings of arguments opposed to government funding for the arts to comment on the recent line-item veto by Kansas Governor Brownback of funding for that state’s arts … Continue reading

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Waxing Theoretical Part 4: The neocons

This is the fourth in my series exploring the roots of arguments that oppose government funding for the arts.  It is excerpted from a longer exploratory essay on the topic and is essentially a thought exercise.  My goal is to … Continue reading

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