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Monday, February 20, 2017

Five Story Higlights From The Past Week 02.19.17 by Douglas McLennan

Last Week: Have performing arts centers led us to a dead end?… The new World Trade Center in New York demonstrates much of what is wrong with building today’s cities… The h…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Join Us Today For A Livestream Today: Artistic Leadership In A Border City by Douglas McLennan

Following on Joe Horowitz’s essay Lincoln Center Snapshot: Bing, Bernstein, and Balanchine Fifty Years Later and the five responses to his provocation, we’re in El Paso, Texas …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Is The Institutionalization Of Our Arts A Dead End? by Douglas McLennan

In his essay looking back on Lincoln Center on its 50th birthday, Joe Horowitz suggests that the cultural citadel built optimistically to be a launching pad for the American performing arts…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Are Orchestras A Ticket Or An Art? Maybe We’re Thinking About The (Made Up) Model Wrong by Douglas McLennan

As recently as 1990, American symphony orchestras accounted for an average of 60 percent of their budgets in earned income. This meant, at the time, that if you weren’t selling enough …

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Five Highlights From This Week’s AJ: The Big Ideas You Need To Know, Says MIT by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Trump, the arts, the culture budget and protest… Harvard ART school gets suspended…MIT’s list of 10 things you need to know… Writers and money – the …

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Killing NEA, NEH And PBS Is Just Collateral Damage In The Commodification Of American Values by Douglas McLennan

So it begins. A report in The Hill, then picked up in the Washington Post, says that the Trump administration intends to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowm…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Context: Hollywood’s Political Bias? It’s Money! by Douglas McLennan

Unquestionably, a majority of the people who work in Hollywood lean politically left. More than lean, in many cases. But how much of their politics makes it onto the big screen? Rory Carroll…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Five Highlight Reads From This Week’s AJ: Did Originality Steer The Arts Wrong? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The Trump era is a challenge to America’s arts institutions… Artificial intelligence is teaching us how to better-design concert halls… How originality has faile…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Five Notable Stories From This Week’s ArtsJournal – Blockbuster Mozart? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Mozart outsells every CD this year?… How artificial intelligence is changing thinking… Why should artists be entrepreneurs?… How the West dominated global cultur…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What We Learned In Audience This Week: How We Define “Audience” by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Two stories worth noting – the segregation of DC theatre audiences and what it might tell us… The translation of live theatre to the small screen is more than just fil…

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

This Week’s Top ArtsJournal Reads: An Artist Identity Crisis? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The next wave of arts journalism layoffs begins… Lots of debate about the role of artists in the Trump era… Prominent Canadian artists petition the government to ̶…

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

This Week’s Top AJ Stories: Does Pittsburgh Symphony Strike Settlement Solve Anything? Should Arts Funding Be Dependent On Encouraging Bad Behavior? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Did settling the Pittsburgh Symphony strike just kick the can down the road?… The idea of progress is a fragile (and recent) notion… Why should this arts funding depen…

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Monday, November 21, 2016

This Week’s AJ Highlights: “Hamilton” Teaches The Art Of Protest, At Last Some Real Data On Orchestras by Douglas McLennan

This Week: That Mike Pence goes to “Hamilton” story? A textbook protest… Finally – some real data on the health of orchestras… Arts criticism is either being re…

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

This Week’s AJ Highlights: Divided Culture, Audience Issues, Hope From Lin Manuel Miranda by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Hard to imagine there are arts headlines to compete with election news, but here goes: Science tries to explain why we’re ideologically segregated… It’s not just…

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

This Week’s AJ Highlights: Ominous Orchestra Results? New Arts Journalism? Accountable Algorithms? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Record ticket sales at the Chicago Symphony but still a budget problem…Wall Street Journal cuts arts coverage and Boston Globe gets a subsidized critic…Why did Shakesp…

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

This Week’s Top AJ Stories: A Huge Drop In Dance Audiences, MFA Programs. by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Why has dance attendance fallen off a cliff in New York?… Applications for MFA programs are down and things are looking bleak… Has our ad-supported business model for …

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Monday, October 17, 2016

The Bigger Picture: Making Sense Of This Week’s Trending ArtsJournal Stories by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Did Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for literature expand the category to songwriting?… Artists protest against gentrification… We’re deeply conflicted about t…

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Five AJ Highlights From This Week: A Golden Age For Music? An Arts Olympics? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The movie industry is undergoing a top-to-bottom revolution… Claim: teaching humanities fights racism… Outing the identity of Elena Ferrante sparks debate on privacy&#…

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

AJ Week In Review: Two Big Orchestras Strike, Two Others Report Record Success by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Three orchestras now on strike as audience waits… Two other orchestras report record success… A museum raises $100 million in just three months… Bots are getting…

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Friday, September 30, 2016

“Art Is Good?” Not Much Of An Argument For Art Is It? by Douglas McLennan

I suggested in a post this week that, based on the lack of any arts business before the 114th US Congress, that it appears that lobbying for the arts seems to be failing. Yes, the NEA/NEH …

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Arts Congressional Report Card: Why The Arts Have No Political Clout by Douglas McLennan

Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC has released its 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card rating members of Congress on their support for the arts. Many lobby groups do such rankings as a …

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Five Stories/Trends From This Week’s ArtsJournal: How The Arts Speak To Real Life by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Why is it so hard to tell if American theatre is thriving or not?… Have art and technology had a falling out?… Perhaps TV is the solution to our political polarizatio…

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Man Down! We’ve Lost Andrew Sullivan: The Battle For The Real World Is Coming For You by Douglas McLennan

Is reality just a construct of the online world or is the online world merely an overlay on reality? Every new technological advance that extends our reach also imposes previously unnecessar…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Some Of Our Orchestras Seem To Be Thriving – Is This A New Trend? by Douglas McLennan

There’s been a change in the news coming out of symphony orchestras over the past summer. Usually there’s a background drumbeat of struggle as orchestras fight to stay alive. But…

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What Neuroscientists Know About The Brain And Creativity: It’s Disruptive, Not Systematic by Douglas McLennan

It appears many of us want a formula for creativity. There are 11, 386 books on creativity for sale on Amazon, most of them promising to unlock the secrets of being creative. Scientists stud…

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

So What Exactly Is A “Quantitative” Measure Of The Arts? by Douglas McLennan

Arts Council England says it will use a standardized assessment system called Quality Metrics in evaluating the arts it it considers funding. The system has been developed over several year…

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Five ArtsTrending Stories From This Week’s AJ: Are The Arts Falling Into A Measurement Trap? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The remarkable new National Mall museum that doesn’t look like the rest… An arts council’s risky change in standards… What scientists have learned about t…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why Music And The Concert Experience Are On The Front Lines Of Virtual Reality by Douglas McLennan

Following on my post from yesterday about anticipating the kinds of experiences people will want from concerts comes this article from Wired about virtual reality and music. Evidently creat…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The New York Philharmonic’s New Hall Is An Opportunity To Rethink The Orchestra Experience (And Amplify It) by Douglas McLennan

Last week Michael Cooper made a plea in the NYT to the New York Philharmonic for some upgrades to the concert amenity experience when the orchestra overhauls Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fis…

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

This Week’s AJ Arts Highlights: Has Entertainment Made Art Irrelevant? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Major shakeup in London’s museum world… Nobel laureate says entertainment has killed art… Latest study of Hollywood reaffirms cultural inequality… Why did …

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

This Week’s Notable AJ Stories: An Artist Erased, A Cautionary Tale by Douglas McLennan

This Week: What exactly does cultural equity actually mean?… In our social media world everything is about images… A cautionary tale as an artist is erased from the internet̷…

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