Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal, 11/21/13 Bill Gates, in a recent interview, [quoted] an argument advanced by moral philosopher Peter Singer. Gates questions why anyone would donate money to build a new wing for a museum rather than spend it on preventing illnesses that can lead to blindness. Gates would do well to find a better guru than Singer, whose greatest-good-for-the-greatest-number approach has led him to advocate, among other horrific things, what he politely calls "permissible infanticide." More to the point, though, it seems clear to me that Gates thinks it immoral for rich people to give money to museums instead of medical projects. It almost embarrasses me to restate for Gates's benefit what most civilized human beings already take to be self-evident, which is that art museums, like symphony orchestras and drama companies and dance troupes, make the world more beautiful, thereby making it a better place in which to live. The big news in the art world last week was the record-busting auction at Christie's in which $142.4 million—a world-wide auction record for any work of art—was spent on "Three Studies of Lucian Freud, " a 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon. You don't have to be a Marxist or an advocate of sumptuary laws to be made queasy by such numbers, much less to wonder whether something has gone wrong with the values of the world of art. That said, it's one thing to bristle at big-bucks art auctions and another altogether to go along with Bill … [Read More...]
GRACE: elegance; kindness; blessing; adorn; dignify. Women in the Arts & Entertainment GEM Magazine 2013 Fall Issue. Photographs by Scott Kowalchyk. After celebrating ten years of being clean from heroin addiction, Marisa Vitali, actor/screenwriter/producer created GRACE, a movie that centers on one woman’s first year of recovery, Janice, who finds herself back at home, poor, […]
The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition has announced the winners of the 2013 Collaboration Awards. The Collaboration Awards, which recognize women who successfully collaborate across disciplines to create new and influential work, will be presented at the Awards Gala on Thursday, October 24th at Baruch Performing Arts Center’s Engelman Auditorium in New York […]
by Andrew Swensen My mornings begin with a little adventure of discovery. Like so many people, I settle down with a cup of coffee and my computer, and then read or listen to the offerings from National Public Radio, American Public Media and Public Radio International – especially The Writer’s Almanac, On Being, The Story, […]
The Arts Are Extra-Curricular and Disposable. NOT. Posted by Frances McGarry, Ph.D. On August – 9 – 2013 For over 30 years as a K-12 English & Theater teacher, I have witnessed how the arts have impacted the lives of so many people, young and old. The stories and research are endless, and yet the […]
Over the past year, arts education has been the subject of news stories across the nation featuring both the opportunities and the obstacles to ensuring the arts are an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students. Arts Education Partnerships asked leaders in arts and education to share their thoughts on “What […]
The First 100 Stories Campaign
First Online With Fran: The First 100 Stories Campaign National Arts in Education Week, September 8 -14. In July 2010, Congress designated the second week of September as National Arts In Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. To that end, First Online with Fran is launching The First 100 Stories Campaign. The Arts continue to be cut from school curriculums across the nation. Despite arts advocacy groups’ efforts to prevent the decline of arts inclusion, the budgetary solution remains to be that the arts are perceived as extra-curricular and disposable. In Chris Cleave’s novel Little Bee, the central character decided to right a wrong by collecting stories: “One story makes you weak. But as soon as we have one-hundred stories, you will be strong.” Similarly, we can do the same for the Arts. Here’s how: Let’s hear it from you: Teachers! Students! Graduates! Parents! … Submit Your Testimonial...
How has your life been indelibly touched by a teacher who utilized the arts for whatever reason and acknowledge how they were instrumental in breaking the mold to allow you to become who you are today? The University of Vermont had an experimental program using acting and play production (as intro college English) as a […]
- Testimonial #29: Paula Jacobs, Arts Education Program Director, Newark Arts Council
- Testimonial #28: Andrew Swensen, Publisher and Founder of The Muse Dialogue; Producer of Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home; Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra, and Program Manager of the Pittsburgh Music Alliance
- Testimonial #27: Tom Cestaro, President Celebrities Plus, Inc.
- Testimonial #26: Tanisha Christie, Owner/Producer/Director at Aya Arts and Media
- Testimonial #25: Annie Gordon, Performing Musician