This is a short overview of my full article for the Arts Policy Library. Informal Arts is a series of case studies on the little-researched topic of adult participation in informal arts. By following twelve groups ranging from a quilting guild to a hip-hop collective, this 431-page report delves into the social and artistic valueRead More
Informal Arts: Finding Cohesion, Capacity and Other Cultural Benefits in Unexpected Places (Chicago Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College, 2002) sheds light on the little-studied topic of adult participation in informal arts. The report was commissioned by the CAP in response to “The Arts & The Public Purpose” (American Assembly Consensus Report, 1997), theRead More
Any way you slice it, it’s been a rough year for state arts councils. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Associations (NASAA), states have reduced their funding for arts agencies an average of 7% (14% if you take out Minnesota, which recently enacted a kickass new arts tax that tripled the money available).Read More
My lesson for this week: sometimes, taking four and a half classes off of your schedule doesn’t necessarily make your life any less busy. Not sure if that says more about my classes or about me. Either way, here’s your roundup for the first week of June: On the heels of my income-sensitive ticket proposal,Read More
The Rise of the Creative Class was one of the most influential – and hotly debated – books of the past decade. Was all the fuss worth it?
Some news and notes from Createquity land here. First, as I mentioned a few posts back, I gave a presentation at school on April 2 about economic development and the arts. I’m happy to email the slides to anyone who’s interested, but basically the takeaways are as follows: 1. Artists can be a driver forRead More