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Making Piece in Crown Heights

Poking at the Black/Jewish binary, in reflection, 25 years later.

Contradictions of the Creative Economy

Perhaps the 20th century was a golden age -- and an anomaly.

A Plea for Obstinence Education

Major portions of society believe X -- despite knowing Y is true.

I’d Like to Begin by Doing the Right Thing…

What a "Welcome to Country" speech could teach North American cultural leaders.

Innovation in Arts Funding: Eight “Actual” Responses

Reflections on making theater without funding.

What’s Good: Miley, Nicki and the Politics of Respectability

Can we objectively determine someone else’s value?

What the Rest of the World Asks Me About America

The freedom to be a jackass is a purely American virtue.

Audiences Assert Their Agency: The End of the Fourth Wall?

The fourth wall is dissolving, and audiences are demanding a greater share of agency in performance.

Modern Lynchings, Vintage Plays

These women used these plays to profess #BlackLivesMatter in the face of unimaginable horror.

Oh Canada: Arts Consulting Across the Border

If the U.S. was built on the melting pot, Canada was built on the salad bowl.

Universities Embrace the Arts: What Do Artists Get?

Artists so rarely profit from the value they produce.

What Follows “Mad Men”? Mad Women

If you don’t see it, can it really be all that bad?

Teaching Children Shakespeare

"Kids want power. The word they hear the most is, 'No.' What they get when working on a Shakespearean play is a big, 'Yes' and they are empowered."

A 650th Birthday Abounding with History

From founder Rudolf IV to Pope Pius II and beyond, history abounds as the University of Vienna celebrates 650 years.

Notes on (The New York Times Writing About) Camp

Camp cuts both ways. It's a putdown, unless you're seeking a particular kind of experience.

Dear Starbucks: How Do You Know Baristas Aren’t Racists?

Among all those baristas, there's not one single baracist in the bunch?

Strategic Storytelling: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

It takes both history and heart to tell a good story.

Home Again: Back in the South

James heads home and laments the difficulties of escaping China.

Building Better Buildings for the Arts

Now all we have to do is convince our clients...

From Ukrainian Prince to Burlesque Queen

What Adah Isaacs Menken and Ivan Mazeppa had in common: cultural evolution.
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