People like to say that art is priceless, but for at least some arts workers, that doesn’t make any sense.
A Tale of Two Strategies: Participation and Organization at Adobe Books and SFMOMA
(Calcagno Cullen is a multimedia artist and arts administrator living in San Francisco, California. She is currently the education associate for school and teacher programs at SFMOMA and board member and gallery director at Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative. -IDM) In recent years participatory culture has subverted consumerist habits, mass media production, and even our socialRead More
Around the horn: just another government shutdown edition
ART AND THE GOVERNMENT The public has spoken: polling released in late September shows 75% of Detroiters oppose cutting pensions and 78% oppose selling artwork from the Detroit Institute of Arts to ease the city’s financial troubles. Meanwhile, the DIA is pitching a long-shot plan to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that would direct significant state funding toRead More
Detroit Institute of Arts: What’s a museum to do?
Recent threats placed upon the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) have thrust the topic of deaccessioning once more into the popular spotlight. The DIA and its collection are owned by the City of Detroit, which has struggled financially for decades and was recently assigned a city emergency manager by the state’s governor Rick Snyder. InRead More
Around the horn: A-Rod edition
(Assembled collaboratively by the Createquity editorial team) ART AND THE GOVERNMENT The US Bureau of Economic Analysis, following new international standards, has adjusted the official method for calculating GDP to “include the amount of money business invest in … intellectual property.” This involves some tough calls: development costs for hit TV shows with potential forRead More
What is a Museum?
On re-branding the museum as an institution of inspiration.
Free to a Good Home? Or For Sale to the Highest Bidder?
While the museum field has mostly agreed upon best practices around the decision to remove an object from a collection, controversies over big deaccessions still arise year after year, partly because many institutions take liberties with standard practices or ignore them altogether.
Around the horn: Spring has Sprung Edition
(Assembled by Createquity Writing Fellow Tegan Kehoe) ART AND THE GOVERNMENT At the end of April, the City of Philadelphia unveiled a free online tool called CultureBlocks for “research, planning, exploration and investment” in creative placemaking. Gary Steuer, the Chief Cultural Officer of the City of Philadelphia, gives an inside look at the tool, andRead More
Boston Museums Offering Solace
(Note: This article was posted just hours before a shootout with the Marathon bombing suspects led to a massive lockdown in Boston. Our thoughts and well wishes are with those in the area. -IDM) On Tuesday this week, Boston reawakened, with locals and visitors standing in support of one another after the tragic events at theRead More
Around the horn: Habemus papem edition
(This is the first Around the Horn to be put together by one of the Createquity Writing Fellows, Hayley Roberts. Enjoy! -IDM) Government Policy and the Arts Gladstone Payton details the sequester’s effects on the governmental agencies that provide funding for the arts. Will New Jersey pass legislation requiring cultural and sporting events to onlyRead More