Strategic National Arts Alumni Project: The Condensed Version

This is a condensed version of my full Arts Policy Library write-up on the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). Please check out the latter for a more comprehensive discussion of their report.  Is an arts degree worth it or worthless? Many an art or art history major has had to defend the value ofRead More

Arts Policy Library: Strategic National Arts Alumni Project

SNAAP Report

(For a quick summary of this post, see “Strategic National Arts Almuni Project: The Condensed Version.” SNAAP has responded in the comments.) Is an arts degree worth it or worthless? Many an art or art history major has had to defend the value of her studies. Indeed, in a Kiplinger article that used data fromRead More

From Grassroots to Institution, Growing With Integrity

"Rhythm & Rest" by the Animus Collective, 2009" at FIGMENT NYC
Photo Credit: Suzie Sims-Fletcher courtesy of FIGMENT

For the past two and a half years I’ve been involved with FIGMENT, a non-profit organization that produces participatory art events in a growing list of cities, including New York, Boston, DC, Detroit, Jackson and Pittsburgh. When I first joined FIGMENT in 2010, it had already grown from a one-day event on New York City’sRead More

From Palate to Palette: Can Food be Art?

Future Farmers Victory Garden Seeds
Photo Credit: Mark Simpkins

Last night, I cooked broccoli rabe with caramelized onions and vegan fennel sausage, along with a creamy parmesan polenta and a crusty whole wheat rosemary bread made from the Camaldoli sourdough culture that I feed flour to each day. Like many artists I know, I love to cook. My bookshelves are filled with equal numbersRead More

Artificial Intelligence and the Arts

A painting made by Harold Cohen's computer program, AARON. Photo by Conall O'Brien

If a computer composes a symphony, should the resulting musical piece be considered a work of art? And how does a computer-generated work affect our perception of human-made works? These are not theoretical questions. A recent article in Pacific Standard highlights Simon Fraser University’s Metacreation project, which aims to investigate computational creativity, in part through the developmentRead More