Museum Exhibitions Cancelled Due to Recession


  Work by Cildo Meireles From The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2009: Exhibitions axed as recession bites: US worst hit as sponsorship withdrawn and endowment wealth shrinks By Jason Edward Kaufman and Martin Bailey “An Art News paper survey suggests that a growing number of exhibitions are being cancelled because of the recession. We have identified over 20 important shows that have been axed (or, in a few cases, postponed) later this year or in […]

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Curators Laid Off at LA MoCA and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art


  Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art From, June 3, 2009: “The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art had recently announced another sweep of layoffs, seventeen in all. Now, one of the most high-profile pink slips has gone to Brooke Hodge, the museum’s longtime curator of architecture and design. Hodge was responsible, among many other things during her tenure, for the exhibition, “Frank O. Gehry: Work in Progress.” According to the Architect’s Newspaper, via […]

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces Research on Artist Unemployment Rates


  Ilya Bolotowsky, WPA Mural Williamsburg Housing Project, 1936 Liquitex on canvas, 82 x 204 inches Washington, D.C. — Unemployment rates are up among working artists and the artist workforce has contracted, according to new research from the National Endowment for the Arts. Artists in a Year of Recession: Impact on Jobs in 2008 examines how the economic slowdown has affected the nation’s working artists. The study looks at artist employment patterns during two spikes […]

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NEA is in! Republicans are out!


  Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn needs more blood in his brain so he’ll start thinking more clearly about the arts A Letter from Americans for the Arts (February 13, 2009) Just moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives approved their final version of the Economic Recovery bill by a vote of 246-183. We can now confirm that the package DOES include $50 million in direct support for arts jobs through National Endowment for the Arts […]

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  Yo Mo’Modernism 2 from ccnoa on Vimeo.   An Important Note from CCNOA, Brussels, Belgium: Dear All, We have just received preliminary notification (pre-advies) of the intention of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap to discontinue structural funding for CCNOA as of 31 December 2009. Without this subsidy it will be impossible for us to continue operating. After more than 10 years of commitment and a continuously expanding program CCNOA will be obliged to close its doors. […]

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New York State Council on the Arts Receives $7 Million Cut


  New York State Capitol, Albany A Letter from the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations The 2008-09 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) budget news is very disappointing and frustrating. The Governor’s proposed deficit reduction bill was passed on Tuesday February 3. The $7 million is gone! The word is that the organizations in the October and December funding cycles that did not receive funding as a result of this cut […]

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Economic Recovery Package: Write Your Members of Congress


  Barack Obama’s Inauguration A Letter from Americans for the Arts On January 28, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the Economic Recovery Package by a vote of 244 to 188 which successfully included $50 million in supplemental grants funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)! This provision was threatened throughout the House process by opponents of the NEA who questioned its effectiveness in providing economic stimulus. Today, the […]

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Brandeis University to Close Rose Art Museum and Sell Off Its Collection


    “The Rose Art Museum on the Brandeis campus houses what is widely recognized as the finest collection of modern and contemporary art in New England. With more than 6,000 objects — paintings, sculptures, works on paper and new media — the Rose collection has particular strengths in American Modernism, American Social Realism, post-War American, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Surrealism and Photorealism. Recent acquisitions include works by Nam June Paik, Anri Sala, William Kentridge, Thomas […]

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Americans for the Arts’ Policy Recommendations Sent to Obama Transition Team

  Photo: Annie Liebovitz A Letter from Americans for the Arts’ President & CEO Robert L. Lynch: Last month I wrote to you regarding the current state of the economy and its impact on the arts. That e-mail included information on the Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit. Many of you have found that information to be useful to you in working on funding issues with your local and state governments. As promised, I am again […]

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New York State Artists: Email Your Elected Officials to Support NYSCA


    New York State Capitol, Albany A Message from the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations New York State Artists : We need to send a powerful message to Albany before January 13, 2009, describing the impact of the Governor’s proposed cut of $7 million to the New York State Council on the Arts’ 2008-09 budget. Your legislators need to know there will be significant economic losses to the state and to our communities….and […]

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National Endowment for the Arts Issues Research Note on Women Artists: 1990 to 2005


  The artists of A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, early 1970s Among the key findings: * Female artists earn less than male artists. * Women make up just under half of all artists nationwide (46 percent), yet they are underrepresented in many artist professions. * Women have achieved a greater presence in some artist occupations. * Women artists are as likely to be married as female workers in general, but they are less likely to have children. […]

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Artists in the Workforce Study

  Study provides the first look at 21st century labor trends among working artists. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces the release of Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005, the first nationwide look at artists’ demographic and employment patterns in the 21st century. Artists in the Workforce analyzes working artist trends, gathering new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a comprehensive overview of this workforce segment, its maturation over the past 30 […]

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Urge Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Senate Artist Deduction Bill, Americans for the Arts Action Alert

  Urge members of Senate to co-sponsor bipartisan legislation, S. 548, which would allow artists to take a fair-market value deduction for works given to and retained by nonprofit institutions. The U.S. tax system accords unequal treatment to creators and collectors who donate tangible works (e.g., paintings or manuscripts) to museums, libraries, educational or other collecting institutions. A collector may take a tax deduction for the fair-market value of the work, but creators may deduct […]

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