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

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

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

How Abortion Narratives Are Changing in Hollywood

Amazingly, encouragingly, the subject is suddenly everywhere.

Was Mom Right? I Hope Not

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’

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?

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

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?

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

That Time Susan Sontag Did Something Stupid

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?

If you are an artist and pro-choice, you have to confront a terrible and difficult question.

Spurning the Sacklers’ Money Seems Easy Now, But…

Funny things can happen at arts organizations when an economy goes into a tailspin.

Notes on ‘Notes on Camp’

High, low, Beau and no: more thoughts on the Met gala's camp-y hits and misses.

Latinx Artists Probe Sci-Fi in ‘Mundos Alternos’

Artists from across the Americas playfully show that science fiction has always been a metaphor for addressing complex political and social realities.

Can Economic Impact Make a Case for Arts Nonprofits?

Nonprofit arts is to commercial arts what food banks are to supermarkets. Or maybe not.

Women Take the Spotlight at Panorama Europe 2019

A striking through-line highlights this festival, now at NYC's Museum of the Moving Image.

Let Them Eat Culture: Notre Dame and the Collateral Damage of...

Where they elite meet to...not care about anyone but the elite. As usual.

‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion

Playwright Cori Thomas learned to see the San Quentin incarcerated as individuals, not as past crimes.

Two Cities Getting Arts and Culture Right: Kansas City

This red-state city in the heartland offers best practices and innovation in arts and culture.

Sackler, Altria, MacArthur: Ethical Quicksand in Big Philanthropy

Is our collective conscience bothered before we accept the gift or after the public outcry?

SWAN Day 2019 Takes Flight — Under New Leadership

After 11 years, Support Women Artists Now is a worldwide event whose future is just beginning.

What I Got Out of My Lunch with the New NEA...

In June 2018, President Trump appointed Mary Anne Carter to be Acting Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. The press at the...
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