Obama stiffs the arts?

“Memo to President Obama, from the arts world: This is not what we had in mind. During the campaign, candidate Obama raised high hopes among artists and arts institutions: He “got” their importance, even publishing an arts-policy statement. After the election, Quincy Jones fueled expectations with a crusade to create a Cabinet-level Minister of Culture … Continue reading

Culture Blogger Seeks MBA for Good Times and LTR.

So now that I’ve discovered flyover i’m starting to get addicted. my original vision for Culturebot was to have this site be a portal/aggregator for a series of regional blogs (like the Gothamist family of blogs) but I’ve never been able to get the funding to make it happen. If any out of work MBAs … Continue reading

United States Secretary of the Arts

Just got this email: People – Would you take a minute to sign in support of Quincy Jones’ brilliant idea for a US Secretary of the Arts? Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts.  While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture … Continue reading

Individuation vs. Self-Improvement

So I was thinking about the financial industry bailout and the auto industry bailout and the subcontracting of the War in Iraq to companies like Blackwater. And I was thinking about Madoff and his scam and corporations and media manipulation and box stores like Walmart eradicating competition and independent small business owners (all aided and … Continue reading

The Election and the Arts

The Future of Music Coalition (Hey Jean and Kristin!) has a thoughtful overview of the implications of the new administration vis-a-vis the arts which includes the following: Towards Sustainable Local Cultural Economies Taking a broader view, FMC believes that the Obama administration will more generally reverse a longstanding trend toward policies that are fundamentally anti-artist … Continue reading

Phew! What a week!

Okay so a quick wrap-up of the week that was: Monday – Columbus Day, I have no idea what I did. No idea. Worked. Tuesday – ETHEL’s Truck Stop at BAM – pretty good. Not amazing, but enjoyable. Wednesday – WOYZECK at BAM – eh. good music, fun staging. they lost the story though. the … Continue reading

STATEMENT ON THE ARTS BY MICHAEL CHABON

In case, for some reason, last night’s debate didn’t firmly entrench you in the “McCain is a dangerously out of touch old man on the verge of keeling over and Sarah Palin is an extreme rightwing evangelical christian nutbag” camp, then maybe this, as a supporter of the arts, will sway you to TEAM OBAMA. … Continue reading

McCain-Keating

Don’t forget: Don’t forget that Lehman execs were getting payouts at the same time they were begging the Gov’t to bail them out. Don’t forget that most of these guys that got bailed out were Republicans! Rich White Welfare Queens.

Swing State Strategies

Just got an email from Rachel Chavkin, thought I’d pass along: TEAM performer Frank Boyd and a friend of Frank’s and I went down to South Philly yesterday to volunteer for the Obama campaign and I have to say the experience was unbelievable.  Truly.  The necessity for as many people to register as possible before … Continue reading

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