Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy for Americans for the Arts, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, recently shared insights from his group’s study of arts trends nationwide. His message to business leaders emphasized the importance of investing in the arts as an industry, rather than treating arts as a luxury during times of prosperity and avoiding arts when the economy struggles. Increasing public and private support by using economic impact studies to leverage investment can help. But not every good idea needs to cost millions of dollars. “The city of Seattle sees itself as a music town, and it has a Music-On-Hold program. When you call a government office and get put on hold, you listen to music by Seattle musicians. They change it every quarter. It’s so popular the mayor does the voice-overs, and they sell the music on a website. Sometimes, it just takes coordination of existing resources,” says Cohen.
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The CityArtist Projects offers funding for artists working in a variety of mediums. This year, those producing visual, literary and media arts will be eligible for financial awards of $2,000 to $4,000 to complete a project of their choice. Finished works will be presented betweenMay and December 2012 and can be in the form of an exhibit, installation, lecture, performance, publication, reading, recording or screening. CityArtist awarded $200,000 to 44 individual artists last year. The deadline to apply is November 1.
Do you want to promote all-ages arts and get school credit at the same time? Teen Tix, an program that gives teens ticket discounts at 38 different arts organizations, is looking for some bright young minds to join its steering committee. You can be involved in creating content for the Teen Tix website and blog, meet leaders of various arts organizations, assist with innovative marketing techniques targeting youth in the arts, choose the winners of the annual Teeny Awards, and–of course–see lots of shows. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the local arts scene whether you are a dance, film, music, or theater aficionado. To be considered for the steering committee, an adult (who is not your parent) or fellow teen must nominate you by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may only be spring (even if the weather refuses to acknowledge the change in season), but Bumbershoot is already reaching out to fans anticipating the fall music and arts extraveganza taking place over Labor Day Weekend. The festival unveiled a campaign to reveal once artist a day in May, culminating in the announcement of the entire Bumbershoot lineup on June 1. The first act to be confirmed is Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, best known for his infectious #1 single “Black and Yellow”. Follow the Bumbershoot blog or Facebook page to get your daily dose of Bumbershoot artist news.
On a winter’s night in early 1992, the careers of John Cage and Lou Harrison, two composers with strong Seattle connections, were celebrated at Cornish College of the Arts. After some stellar performances of their work — including a lively rendering of a percussion piece they wrote together in 1941 — the pair came onstage to take their bows. That marked their last public appearance together in Seattle — the city where they’d made pivotal contributions to the Western percussion tradition half a century earlier. anyone wanting insight into what they accomplished here and elsewhere will have their chance starting Thursday with “Drums along the Pacific,” a four-day festival at Cornish celebrating the work of Cage, Harrison and their mentor Henry Cowell.
Singers, actors and dancers can stimulate audiences, but can they stimulate the economy? The authors of the current stimulus package seem to think so — they have included $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $150 million for infrastructure repairs at the Smithsonian.