It took two years, nearly $1 billion, and a deus ex machina – but the DIA’s art is finally safe from creditors.
Artists shaking up and strengthening communities in rural America
Arts strategies in out-of-the-way places are re-energizing towns, sparking meaningful conversations, and attracting younger residents and visitors.”
Watching Gentrification Unfurl
Cultural, civic, and private sector forces are on display in the evolution of two New York City neighborhoods.
Artists and Gentrification: Sticky Myths, Slippery Realities
The role of artists as gentrifiers may be deeply entrenched in our imaginations, but the reality is not so simple.
Around the horn: Pesach edition
AR T AND THE GOVERNMENT One artist’s activism on immigration and visa reform (he’s banned from entering the USA for 10 years because of a paperwork snafu). The Obama administration has announced three new members of the National Council on the Arts, the body that oversees the NEA. Here are interviews with Maria Rosario Jackson, Emil Kang and Paul Hodes.Read More
Solving the Underpants Gnomes Problem: Towards an Evidence-Based Arts Policy
Arts research is broken. Here’s how to fix it.
Richard Florida Redux and the Creative Placemaking Backlash
Richard Florida is all over the news again with the release of an updated, 10th-anniversary edition of his most famous book, The Rise of the Creative Class. I’m convinced that someone, someday is going to write a fantastic biography of Richard Florida. He’s such a fascinating figure: the symbol of a decidedly 21st-century concept of urbanismRead More
I’ve had a chance to look at the two papers that Richard Florida and his colleagues sent to me in response to my essay from last month criticizing the quantitative methodology used in his best-selling book, The Rise of the Creative Class. The short version is that (a) a lot of work has been doneRead More
Richard Florida responds
Earlier this week, I posted a very long essay on Richard Florida’s wildly popular book The Rise of The Creative Class. I knew that in this age of the Google Alert it was possible that Florida might come across it in his internet travels, but even so I was still a bit shocked on TuesdayRead More
Deconstructing Richard Florida
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?