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Our First Year: Opening a Gallery

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 07.24.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

This month marks the first anniversary of the Barbara Prey Gallery on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Opening a gallery was not something I had honestly planned.

Acts of Art: An Antidote for What Ails Us

Dawn Morais | Posted 06.11.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

Sometimes timing drives home a message better than words possibly can. The tragic shooting yet again at Fort Hood and news of more random violence at schools, underline the very real urgency of the message Lulani Arquette had for the young audience she addressed in Honolulu recently.

Five Suggestions to Improve Arts Policy in DC's FY15

Robert Bettmann | Posted 06.08.2014 | DC
Robert Bettmann

With the democratic primary completed, it's time to assess mayor Gray on the arts.

Dance And Capitalism: A Love-Hate Relationship

Nora Younkin | Posted 01.16.2014 | Arts
Nora Younkin

What is the biggest crisis facing contemporary concert dance? If you ask almost anyone in the field, they won't say talent is sparse. They won't say there is a creativity deficit. They won't say there aren't enough innovative collaborators.

Farewell, Kate Levin

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Anyone who cares about the health of the arts sector in New York City must be grateful to Mayor Bloomberg for selecting such a grand champion and empowering her for all of these years.

Arts And Culture Adds $500 Billion To Nation's GDP

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.05.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the gover...

Seriously President Obama, What About The NEA?

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Howard Sherman

November 21, 2013 President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC 20500 Dear President Obama: There was an anniversary yesterday, ...

New York Art 'Treasure 5 Pointz Wins a Temporary Restraining Order

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Anthony Papa

Last Thursday, a judge issued a 10-day temporary restraining order to the graffiti artists who have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to save the art they painted on 5 Pointz, the "graffiti mecca" of the art world, by stopping the demolition of the buildings located in Long Island City, Queens.

In Tune With the Next Generation

Jesse Rosen | Posted 12.02.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Classical music participation rates have held steady for the last five years, stopping a steady decline through 2008. Orchestras have been keeping their feet to the pedals as they innovate at unprecedented rates to develop audiences.

Jonathan Hollander's Battery Dance Company 38 Years Later

Jim Luce | Posted 10.18.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

I've always considered myself fortunate to meet the people who are doing big things--positively impacting lives in meaningful ways. Recently I met a ...

This Summer's Bad News

Agnes Gund | Posted 10.09.2013 | New York
Agnes Gund

In this time of financial trouble and international turmoil, the arts and the humanities provide more than "enhancement," more than "benefit." They provide insight; they provide incentive; they inspire. They give us answers.

Brave New Voices, Detroit to Chicago and the World

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 10.08.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

August 7, 2013: The first thing that I heard on my car radio this morning was our public radio station WDET sounding the call to support Detroit's Br...

In the Belly of the (Congressional Budgeting) Beast

Robin Bronk | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Robin Bronk

Some politicians have been open about their intention to "starve the beast." Well, this week in Washington, we've seen the clearest indication yet of this "starve the beast" approach in action. It turns out, though, that the "beast" we're starving is our own children and our investments in their future.

Art as Restorative Justice in Brooklyn

NYC-ARTS | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

Thanks to a 2013 "Our Town" grant announced last week by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one might envy Brownsville as the place to be for ...

House GOP Proposes Deep Cuts

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts ...

Dear President Obama: About The NEA...

Howard Sherman | Posted 08.30.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

July 1, 2013 President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC 20500 Dear President Obama: I realize it's been a busy week, what with ...

The International Power And Potential Of The Arts

John M. Eger | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

While not all artists embrace the idea that what they do makes the world a better place, many artists - certainly the public artist - see their work as a vehicle for people all over the world to express themselves. These are mostly artists who, in the best tradition, want to see change in the world, change in public perceptions or government attitudes and actions.

Back Story: The Rosa Parks Statue

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I was pleased to read about the recent unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol Building's National Statuary Hall.

When Musicals Reflect Our Lives

George Heymont | Posted 05.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Musicals are one of America's most beloved forms of entertainment. And they have often offered audiences a chance to explore controversial topics of the day.

Are Prizes and Awards Important to Fine Artists?

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Receiving a Grumbacher medal does not assure a visual artist that a line of patrons will appear at his or her door the next day, or making the cover of People magazine, or being ranked among the top artists of one's time.

Dreaming up Broadway's Next Big Idea: TedxBroadway Returns

James Sims | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
James Sims

The arts are in desperate need of technological convergence. And TedxBroadway is hoping to give theatrical entertainment a push towards progress.

'What Is That Art Worth?': Lessons From the New York Times

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

The New York Times recently contrived to use its banner of influence to revile contemporary art by flagging in two separate editions the same letter parading the moth-eaten defamations of the contemporary art world.

5 Things the Dance Field Should Be Talking About in 2013

Marc Kirschner | Posted 03.12.2013 | Arts
Marc Kirschner

Take away The Nutcracker, and what you end up with is profuse sweating, retching, agitation and massive irritability. Guess what? That time for rehabilitation is coming. Why?

The Wal-Marting of American Theater

Scott Walters | Posted 11.29.2012 | Arts
Scott Walters

Like the business leaders and legislators who promote Wal-Mart as an economic engine, theater artists and educators who continue to promote this system are contributing to the homogenization of the American theater.

Pamela Hart: My Friend the Poet

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
Nancy Doyle Palmer

I imagine most writers have a dedicated writing buddy -- and hope many have been as lucky as I have. Pamela Hart and I met in 1974 at Boston University.