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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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Arts Policy: Oranges and Pomegranates

The arts policy conversation was fueled last week by an announcement from the governor of Kansas that the state’s arts commission would cease to be a state agency and by Texas Governor Perry’s statement that the Texas arts commission was … Continue reading

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Dream + Action = ?

There has been a lively online conversation over the past twelve days since Rocco Landesman’s comments about the supply/demand equation for arts organizations.  I’ve read economic arguments from both the left and the right, a reminder of the dearth of … Continue reading

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Jaime’s Elephant

In the midst of the blogosphere’s reaction to Rocco Landesman’s remarks about supply and demand, Jaime Dempsey of the Arizona Commission on the Arts opened the door on an important issue for artists that is too often ignored.  With her … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Donenberg

Dear Mr. Donenberg: Thank you for using my blog to offer your critique of Rocco Landesman and his recent comments about supply and demand.  I am not going to defend Mr. Landesman here; he’s a big boy and can do … Continue reading

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Supply, Demand, and Rocco Landesman

Robin Pogrebin reported in the Arts Beat column today and online yesterday on NEA chairman Rocco Landesman’s remarks at Arena stage earlier in the week.  He “addressed the problem of struggling theaters. “You can either increase demand or decrease supply,” … Continue reading

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The Symbolic Capital of Arts Commissions

I learned late last week that Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s budget proposal zeroes out the general appropriations line for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a cut of approximately $665,000, as part of her cost-cutting plan. The plan also includes … Continue reading

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Half Full or Half Empty

  NEA research director Suyin Iyengar posted an interesting report today.  It’s really a “report on a report” by the Arts Council England about online engagement with arts and culture.  The report indicates that 53% of people online “used the … Continue reading

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