If I Ran The NEA

Hopefully, you caught the article in the 4/27/2009 edition of the Los Angeles Times by Lisa Fung that asked 30 artists, politicians, and other familiar names and faces what they would do if they ran the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Although most of the responses are worth reading, it seemed that all of the responses fell short of addressing the potential power that could be wielded by the NEA if all the pieces came together (although the responses from Tim Robbins, Jon Robin Baitz, & Frank Gehry came close on a few accounts)…

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Cultural Confidence Levels: It’s Always Darkest…

In a word, the cultural outlook is dreary. At least, that’s what respondents indicated when asked about their outlook toward economic conditions at their orchestra by the end of the season. On the bright(er) side of things, although respondents indicated a slightly lower level of confidence about current economic conditions, those levels were still 10 points higher than the all-time low experienced over the 1/18/2009 polling cycle…

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