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Hey, Arts Nonprofits: Words Aren’t Action, Sympathy Isn’t Empathy

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Yes, we know you care. Yes, we know you “stand with” Black people. Your words are lovely. Now get away from the keyboard and start taking action.

An Important Memo From Arts Administrator Linda Richman

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To my nonprofit arts fraynd and geshvister: email me, we'll tawk. Don't be a zhhlub and go schnorring for shekels. Don't ask -- yet.

Marlon Brando: Hollywood’s Complex, Conflicted Cassandra

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All else aside, writes William J. Mann, the actor was "a voice in the wilderness warning about the celebrity culture he spied coming down the tracks."

Rohrwacher and Rohrwacher: Cinema’s Wonder Women

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"We do not feel the need to create a border. Our relationship is natural."

What Finally Killed Off Superman? American Fascism

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How America finished off the superhero that he was always meant to embody.

Filmmakers, Says ‘Synonyms’ Director, Speak One Language

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The main character in Nadav Lapid's new film battles the patriarchy, his masculinity, the oppression of an army -- oh, and more thing.

Bowser Bruised as DC Arts Soap Opera Ends — For Now

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The mayor of DC -- and all the battling political stakeholders of the city's cultural scene -- now have a chance to act like adults. The artists deserve it.

The Global Narrative for Arts Education Is Changing

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Will a piece of paper forever change how we talk about arts education? Probably not. But it's a very, very good place to start.

Measurable Impact: The Real Bottom Line for Nonprofit Arts?

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The problem with Seattle's Intiman Theatre following (not for the first time) the hysterical-panic fundraising playbook first pioneered by Oral Roberts.

Robert O’Hara: Finding the Beauty in the Horror

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My old friend -- director of Broadway's hit "Slave Play" -- tells me why theater is the space for the complicated and the uncomfortable.

‘We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!’ (Or, ‘Don’t Pay Artists!’)

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If you won't pay artists -- or respect HR laws on exempt and non-exempt employees -- maybe you don't deserve our donations.

Trump Sacrifices Pro-Conservative ‘The Hunt’ to His Own Victim Complex

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"The Hunt" reminds us: seldom is enjoyable art also emperor-sanctioned cult messaging.

How Abortion Narratives Are Changing in Hollywood

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Amazingly, encouragingly, the subject is suddenly everywhere.

Was Mom Right? I Hope Not

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Mom thought the arts were fun and games, frivolous, with no real worth but immediate entertainment.
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For Quality Cultural Diplomacy, Watch Hulu’s ‘Ramy’

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With laughter and understanding across religions and culture, 'Ramy' is the future -- for the next generation and beyond.

Why Must Arts Workers Equate Long Hours with Success?

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If your art cannot get done in the hours you have budgeted for it, you have lied. To everyone.

Getting Arts Into Global Politics? Look to the Mekong

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Here's to the up-front, unapologetic inclusion of arts and culture within larger discussions of war and peace, prosperity and poverty.

Does Your Nonprofit Arts Board Always Vote Unanimously?

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Unending total agreement can hurt nonprofit arts groups. There are better ways to be a board.

That Time Susan Sontag Did Something Stupid

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She staged "Waiting for Godot" in 1993 Sarajevo. A Sontag biography raises current questions on what motivates social practice.

Boycott For Choice: Can Artists Be Profiles in Courage?

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If you are an artist and pro-choice, you have to confront a terrible and difficult question.
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And I Thought, ‘Something Just Broke’

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Systemic change will be difficult until we cut out and complete irradiate the Trumpist cancer from our diseased body politic. So we fight.