Last week’s haul o’ links was a bit on the light side, due to mysterious other priorities that many fellow posters seemingly shared during the second half. But by all means, help yourself to these bits and pieces I carved up for you.

  • On the heels of the NEA’s Cultural Workforce Forum on November 20, Leveraging Investments in Creativity has scored some media coverage for its survey of artists in the recession. A Poor Player reacts, and Barry dissects.
  • Another shot-from-the-hip “top xx” piece comes out (this time purporting to rank the best philanthropists); Sean explains why this is a bad thing.
  • December 11 will be a big day for the Portland, ME public art, as University of Southern Maine students will unveil their digital maps of potential public art venues, and local middle school students will present their catalogue of existing public art projects.
  • Pop-up galleries (i.e., art exhibitions in temporarily vacant spaces) are the new black – and it’s not just galleries anymore, either.
  • And one mall of America is transforming its entire contents temporarily into a (mostly youth-oriented) arts center.
  • Here’s a novel idea: why not let nonprofit execs sit in on leadership coaching sessions that corporations are buying anyway?
  • Corwin Christie of the Technology in the Arts blog opines on the wisdom of opening up to the crowds. (And since we’re on the subject of unsolicited criticism anyway, I’ll take this opportunity to humbly suggest that TiA stop abbreviating posts in its feed. I use Google Reader to track which entries I’m going to link to/write about, and it’s a major pain to have to click on it in order to see the whole thing when you’re trying to evaluate 50 other posts at the same time. I’m sure I’m not the only one.)
  • On the other hand, Guy Yedwab points out that listening only works when your audience has something to say.