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What We Talk About When We Talk About Race

Young whites poring over books, memorizin’ but never learning And I wonder how the fuck they’ll justify genocide. “I…I was in the library, honest to God, I didn’t even know.” —From “The Library,” by Felipe Luciano of The Original Last Poets On March 7 of this year, my friend and I attended a screening of […]

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A Tale of Two Strategies: Participation and Organization at Adobe Books and SFMOMA

(Calcagno Cullen is a multimedia artist and arts administrator living in San Francisco, California. She is currently the education associate for school and teacher programs at SFMOMA and board member and gallery director at Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative. -IDM) In recent years participatory culture has subverted consumerist habits, mass media production, and even our social […]

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Detroit Institute of Arts: What’s a museum to do?

Recent threats placed upon the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) have thrust the topic of deaccessioning once more into the popular spotlight. The DIA and its collection are owned by the City of Detroit, which has struggled financially for decades and was recently assigned a city emergency manager by the state’s governor Rick Snyder.  In […]

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The Promise of Shared Goals

This is the second post in a series on the tragedy of the commons and what it means for the arts sector. Four talented young musicians step on stage at a West Village jazz jam. Each faces competing pressures: helping make the band sound tight and showing off her own skills. With this information, and […]

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What is a Museum?

During my time as a Createquity Writing Fellow I’ve written a lot about museums partly because I am a museum professional, and largely because, being already keyed into the museum world, I find that there is just so much to write about. Although I had been aware of Fractured Atlas’s work for a long time, […]

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Free to a Good Home? Or For Sale to the Highest Bidder?

One of eleven extant copies of the Bay Psalm Book, among the first books printed in British North America, will soon be up for sale. Experts estimate it will go for $10 to $20 million. Did a private book collector die or decide to prune their collection? No, this particular volume is being sold by […]

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They’ve Got Something in Common: Sports, Cultural Institutions, and Building Booms

The U.S. has now entered an era of extremely expensive sports stadiums: the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY cost a cool billion dollars for example,while the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, MN is anticipated to be similarly priced. While reading up on the professional sports billion dollar building boom I couldn’t help but notice […]

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Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: the condensed version

This is a skin-and-bones summary of my full Arts Policy Library write up.  Head that way for a much more thorough and nuanced discussion of “Fusing.” Holly Sidford’s “Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy” calls for a major overhaul in arts philanthropy in the United States. It argues that arts […]

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Arts Policy Library: Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change

(For a quick summary of this post, see “Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: the condensed version.”) Holly Sidford’s “Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy” calls for a major overhaul in arts philanthropy in the United States. It is one of a series of reports commissioned by the National Committee […]

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From Grassroots to Institution, Growing With Integrity

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’s […]

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