What Is Your Worth?

Posted by Shane Hudson, Dec 17, 2008 2 comments

Performing arts organizations all across the country are seeing difficult times. From Broadway to Kansas City to Santa Cruz, times are tough and getting tougher. Many organizations will close and many more will cut programming and outreach. Staffs will get smaller and everyone will learn to do more with less. Will your organization make it? What impact would the closing of your organization have on your community?

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Interview, Part II: Behind the Scenes

Posted by Christopher Jagers, Dec 16, 2008 0 comments

Interview by Christopher Jagers (CEO, SlideRoom) with Jay Sullivan, Professor of Sculpture and Chair, Division of Art: Meadows School of the Arts. This is the second of two parts: 1)In the Public Eye and 2) Behind the scenes.

Part II, Behind the Scenes

CJ: In regard to education, is there much communication between Public Art agencies and the Universities?

There is not much. If there is, it usually comes from the University making an initiative. Sometimes we propose to do something. 

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Raising Audiences: Measuring "Withdrawal"

Posted by Matt Lehrman, Dec 15, 2008 1 comment

"If they don't want to come to the ballpark," Yogi Berra observed, "nobody is gonna stop them."

Arts marketing folk are optimists by nature. So while we may occasionally take solace in that observation, it doesn't take us long to crawl out of that hole, brush the pity from our clothes and ask, "So what do we do now?"

It's once again one of those times.

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Interview, Part I: In the Public Eye

Posted by Christopher Jagers, Dec 13, 2008 0 comments

Interview by Christopher Jagers (CEO, SlideRoom) with Jay Sullivan, Professor of Sculpture and Chair, Division of Art: Meadows School of the Arts. This interview will be posted in two parts: 1) In the Public Eye and 2) Behind the scenes.

Part I: In the Public Eye

CJ: When I first asked you to do an interview with you about "Public Art," what did you immediately begin  thinking about?

JS: I first thought of Foucault's idea of Heterotopias: spaces within a space, where a certain kind of special activity can take place, both within and also slightly outside of society. Classic examples of this are hospitals, insane asylums or graveyards. These are places where society can have safe conversations about things that they don't want to deal with all the time or everywhere. Ironically, when I think about Public Art, I think about the Percent for Art Project and this notion that we seek to beautify train stations, airports and other things. There is a heterotopic feel about that.  On one hand, it is defining certain structures (usually municipal) as being public in a way that other spaces (like major street intersections) are not.  For instance, if I put a big sculpture at a major street intersection, I could get into more trouble (aesthetic) than if I put the same piece of sculpture in a train station—the spaces are “public” in different ways and we expect different things to happen there.

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