Uncomfortable Thoughts: Is Shouting About Arts Funding Bad for the Arts?

Public Art Paris

(I’ve had the pleasure of working with Margy Waller for almost a year now helping her organization, ArtsWave, with its Measuring the Impact Initiative. Margy focuses on strategic communications and creative connections to promote broad support of the arts at ArtsWave and Topos Partnership. Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in theRead More

Around the horn: hello NYC edition

Posting has been light around here lately because I am in the midst of another move. I am coming to the end of my official residence in Rhode Island, where I have been plying my trade and generally causing trouble for the last year or so. I’m moving back to New York to join theRead More

Around the horn: redeye edition

This one will have to be quick because I’m leaving on a plane to California in a few hours. Busy, busy, busy! The Hewlett Foundation has finally released phase two of its Youth in the Arts report, conducted by Barry Hessenius. This edition used focus groups of young arts professionals to explore the implications ofRead More

Around the horn: Luck of the Irish edition

It is now spring break here at the Yale School of Management, and I’m in New Haven for a few days before heading out to California for a wedding and to visit old friends. Among other things, I am reminded by recent days what a difference an honest night’s sleep makes in one’s productivity. InRead More

The Backlash Begins

Sure enough, the ink hardly dried on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 before the predictable chorus of complaints could be heard regarding the inclusion therein of $50 million worth of support for the National Endowment for the Arts. Following a week of Republican mockery on the subject, one might have expected theRead More


It’s official. As of 10:17 pm tonight, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has passed both houses of Congress, and the arts are invited to the party. Quoth Americans from the Arts, by email: We can now confirm that the package DOES include $50 million in direct support for arts jobs through National Endowment forRead More


Via Fractured Atlas, it looks like the fabled $50 million NEA stimulus might actually have survived the reconciliation process (pdf, page 4) between the House and Senate packages of the bill…seemingly at the expense of three times that number for the Smithsonian. And on a related note, how many of you knew that the NEARead More

One last chance

Right now, the conference committee is hammering out the final version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The goal is to reconcile the House version of the bill with the Senate version of the bill. The House version includes $50 million for the NEA to help keep jobs in the arts intact. The SenateRead More