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Uncle Sam Wants You!

Over the past few months, there’s been lots of talk about a “new WPA” in which the federal government would hire artists to perform public service. Last week the first serious legislation emerged out of Congress that makes an attempt at this idea. From The New Service:
The Music National Service Initiative, which is in its [...]

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WPA Redux Pt. Deux (or, when 1% is a hell of a lot)

A few weeks ago I pointed out Arlene Goldbard’s excellent summary of the issues surrounding a “new WPA” and specifically how the arts might be involved in or affected by such an undertaking. Arlene has now posted a follow-up piece which is equally worth a read.
Like the last piece it is thorough and informative, and [...]

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Tell the Obama team to adopt a cultural policy platform

Not long ago, I mentioned the large number of ad hoc groups that have emerged to promote various arts and culture policy ideas to the Obama team.
Well, one of those groups is called ArtsPolicyNow, and it involves some of the smartest folks in the industry on this issue.  Although I can’t claim to be a [...]

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The Case for an Arts Czar

Isaac Butler makes a compelling, well-reasoned case for why President-elect Obama ought to create a cabinet-level position focused on the arts and cultural policy:
It is necessary, after all, and a good thing to have the President say the arts are important. It would be great to have a Cabinet level arts person. It would Send [...]

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WPA Redux

There’s been endless talk lately about the Obama administration’s economic stimulus agenda and how it might incorporate or impact the arts. Some of that chatter has even taken place on this blog.
Thankfully, Arlene Goldbard has put together an extremely thorough treatment of the subject.  She covers the historical precedents, the current arguments, and the [...]

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McCain vs. Obama on Arts Policy

Americans for the Arts (actually the Americans for the Arts Action Fund) has published a comparison of the arts positions of John McCain and Barack Obama.  I’m not wild about the list of issues they asked the campaigns about, since they address only very superficial considerations.  Still, it’s an interesting read.

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How Can Arts Leaders Play an Active Role in Cultural Planning Initiatives in Their Local Communities?

There’s a great case study in the current issue of CultureWork titled “How Can Arts Leaders Play an Active Role in Cultural Planning Initiatives in Their Local Communities?”  Tina Rinaldi recounts her experience being tapped to Chair a Mayor’s Cultural Policy Review Committee in Eugene, OR.  Among her insights:
After participating in the Cultural Policy Review, [...]

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PolicyArchive.org

If you’re feeling wonky or if you’re just looking for respected sources to cite in your next grant application, you should check out PolicyArchive.org, a new website from the Center for Governmental Studies.
PolicyArchive is an innovative, new digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. It makes use of the power, efficiency, and economy of [...]

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Let there be space…

Fractured Atlas is proud to announce our partnership with The Tank for next week’s symposium - if you are in NYC, please attend!
Saving Our Cultural Capital: The Challenges Facing Independent Venues and Artists in Manhattan
A symposium hosted by The Tank, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, and Fractured Atlas, in cooperation [...]

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From Rust Belt to Artist Belt

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on a conference Cleveland State University a couple of weeks ago titled “From Rust Belt to Artist Belt.”
Artists see themselves as devoted to creativity. City planners now look at artists and see something else: a highly valuable form of urban fertilizer.
Sprinkle some galleries on a dying main street. Change [...]

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