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Jan 2011

In a press advisory released on their website January 11th, the Museum of Censored Art announced their arrival. An excerpt: “The Museum of Censored Art will open to the public on Thursday, January 13, 2011, on the Smithsonian doorstep, announced art and free speech activists Mike Blasenstein and Michael Dax Iacovone today. The free speech…

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Dec 2010

On December 23rd, 2010, the Washington Post published staff writer Philip Kennicott’s call for the resignation of Smithsonian Director G. Wayne Clough. An excerpt: “Three weeks after the Smithsonian Institution ignited fury in the museum world by censoring one of its own exhibitions – removing a video that appeared in the National Portrait Gallery’s groundbreaking…

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Dec 2010

Jonetta Rose Barras reported December 14th, 2010 in The Examiner on the upcoming creative economy round-table hosted by Council-member Michael Brown, and the value of supporting creative economy jobs. An excerpt: “This could go down as jobs week in the District: Mayor-elect Vincent Gray kicked off things Monday with his job summit. At-large Council Member…

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Dec 2010

Erin Sherbert reports in the San Fransisco Examiner December 12, 2010 how artists and arts organizations have helped buoy the city out of recession. An excerpt: “Amid one of the nations worst recessions, an unsuspecting group has helped prop up local businesses as they struggle to recover from the weak economy — artists. While San…

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Dec 2010

The budget of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is threatened by a proposed cut of over $500,000 in the gap closing budget. Please call Chairman Gray and Development Committee Chair Kwame Brown today, December 6th 2010, to let them know you don’t want them to cut arts funding again. Tell them: Arts…

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Nov 2010

An editorial by Neil Nisbet (Neverending Nonsense) published September 20, 2010 on Article 19 analyzes recent arguments against government arts funding. An excerpt: “Arguments against state funding of the arts are, more often than not, largely based on falsely connecting thing A to thing B. For example: ‘why should we spend money on the arts…

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Oct 2010

The October 17, 2010 New York Times featured Professor Martha Nussbaum’s opinion piece, Cultivating the Imagination, on the importance of teaching the Humanities. An excerpt: “To keep democracy vital, we urgently need the abilities that the humanities foster. First, we need critical thinking: the ability to debate respectfully with others, to tell a good argument…

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Oct 2010

Writing for the Arizona Daily Star on October 16, 2010 Cathalena E. Burch reported on the impact of reduced government funding. An excerpt: “When the Tucson Pima Arts Council this week announced the recipients of its 2010-11 grants, several major arts organizations were not on the list. Significant among them: Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Arizona…

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Oct 2010

Today Mayor Adrian Fenty took action to prevent increased deficits ordering 10% reductions in the majority of agency budgets. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is one of the agency’s affected, and the FY 11 budget, which was $4,940,310, has been reduced by $444,421 to $4,495,889. In the wake of the recent mayoral…

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Sep 2010

The public interest newswire reported September 22nd on the Foundation Center’s annual “Funding for the Arts” month. An excerpt: “This October, the Foundation Center, the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy, will hold its annual Funding for Arts Month with special events, classes, and resources aimed at helping artists and nonprofit arts organizations become better grantseekers…

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