What is the role of white-led arts institutions in a race-conscious world?
Labor disputes at the Metropolitan Opera resolved (and other August stories)
The show will go on at the Metropolitan Opera, thanks to a labor agreement that, among other things, allows an independent analyst to monitor the opera’s fiscal health on behalf of its employees – and could have widespread impact within the nonprofit sector.
Around the horn: Santorum edition
ART AND THE GOVERNMENT – DOMESTIC Fractured Atlas officially comes out against the PROTECT-IP Act, also known as SOPA. The same week, the Senate and House remove the most controversial provision. Coincidence? I think not. The state of Connecticut is rebooting its arts agency giving strategy under new leader Kip Bergstrom. The mayor of Boston is “asking” local museums and otherRead More
The Top 10 Arts Policy Stories of 2011
Each year, Createquity offers a list of the top ten arts policy stories of the past 12 months. You can read the 2009 and 2010 editions here and here, respectively. In addition to the main list, I also identify my favorite new arts blogs that started within the past year. The list, like the blog,Read More
Connecting El Sistema Programs in the US
Who knew little kids playing Tchaikovsky in Latin America could inspire national institutional partnerships in the United States? Last month, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced a new Masters of Arts in Teaching degree, in partnership with the Longy School of Music and Bard College, to position high-level musicians as socially-conscious, engaging teachers in El Sistema-inspiredRead More
Emerging Ideas: Classical Music’s New Entrepreneurs
With traditional careers becoming increasingly unattainable, classical musicians are branching out on their own.
The new Brooklyn Philharmonic: A “Site-Specific” Orchestra?
The term “site-specific” is ubiquitous in contemporary visual art organizations. For art historian Miwon Kwon, the term encompasses projects that are linked not only to a physical location (like a sculpture installation designed for a particular gallery), but to a specific community and its cultural traditions and values. Can we also apply the term “site-specific”Read More
An inside look at Colombia’s “Sistema”
(I’m pleased to present this extensive essay on Batuta, the Colombian version of the famed El Sistema youth orchestra initiative, by guest authors Eric Booth and Tricia Tunstall. Booth is well-known to many Createquity readers, I’m sure, through his frequent appearances at conferences and active participation in the arts learning community. An actor, educator, businessman,Read More
New article at NewMusicBox.org
Yesterday, the good folks at NewMusicBox (the web magazine of the American Music Center) published a rather massive article of mine called “Composing a Life, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dollar.” It’s my plea to composers and the new music community (which is the world I come from) to getRead More
Listening vs. doing
[originally published at Orchestra R/Evolution] As I mentioned the other day, I think it’s critical that artists put forth their art into the world in a way that reflects their authentic selves. So what does that mean for orchestras? I mean, let’s be honest for a second: aren’t there some, even plenty of orchestras whoRead More