For the past several months, I’ve served in my Fractured Atlas capacity as a “consulting critic” to Calgary Arts Development (CADA)’s Arts Plan process, also known as #yycArtsPlan. Calgary is a fast-growing oil and gas boomtown in Canada’s western region that has been characterized to me by more than one person as the “Texas ofRead More
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DOMESTIC – FEDERAL The National Endowment for the Arts will soon have a new Chairman. Rocco Landesman announced yesterday his plans to retire at the end of the year, in a decision widely anticipated among arts insiders. Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa will serve as acting chair until a successor is named. The Supreme CourtRead More
Normally, this would be the time of year when things start to wind down on the arts advocacy front, but the peculiar dynamics of this year’s Congress promise to keep things interesting well into the fall. Consideration of the FY13 budget has only just begun, and once again, a state arts agency faces a vetoRead More
As in many places around the world, particularly developed nations fighting recession, the arts in Canada’s largest city are feeling the pinch. While the details are being sorted out, the latest news from Toronto is that city-run venues may see their funding cut sharply, with grants to arts organizations increased (just about the opposite approach, interestingly enough,Read More