• 31

    Gentrification imperils Fitzroy art institution

    AUSTRALIA– One of Melbourne’s most important not-for-profit art galleries, Gertrude Contemporary, is facing an uncertain future, with its home of 28 years going on the market.  A “for sale” sign is expected to go up this week, with advertising appearing in this weekend’s Saturday Age. While the gallery has a lease, it is unclear whether it [...] Read more
  • 30

    Activist death spurs protest in Mongolia

    HOHHOT, China —On Sunday, the state-run news media reported that Inner Mongolia’s Communist Party secretary, Hu Chunhua, had met with students and teachers and promised justice in the killing of the other activist, named Mergen, a herder whose body was reported to have been dragged nearly 500 feet. Two Han Chinese have been arrested in [...] Read more

    MSU receives $2.5 million grant for art scholarships

    MOREHEAD- Morehead State University has received a $2.5 million grant from the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation to establish the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Endowment for Study of the Arts, which will provide scholarships for MSU students primarily from Rowan or Elliott County who pursue a baccalaureate degree in art, music [...] Read more
  • 27

    Youth Protests Sweep Spain As Unemployment Soars

    SPAIN–Debt-heavy European countries are again raising anxiety in international financial markets. Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal are trying to cut deficits drastically despite their deep recessions.The austerity measures have fed a growing sense of hopelessness and anger among young people. And in Spain, many young citizens are making their anger heard. Madrid’s central square, Puerta [...] Read more
  • 26

    Bahrain’s decision to reinstate scholarships wades into controversy

    BAHRAIN– The education ministry has come under fire from a lawmaker after it decided to reinstate the 100 student scholarships it cancelled in March as a punitive measure. State-sponsored students who took part in demonstrations, mainly in London, calling for the downfall of the regime were told that they would no longer benefit from the [...] Read more

    Judge Stays Righthaven Suits Over Pat-Down Art

    DENVER- Saying that his jurisdiction is in question, a federal judge in Denver has stayed 35 copyright infringement cases filed there by Righthaven over the use of a photo of a Transportation Security Administration officer performing an enhanced pat-down of a passenger at the Denver International Airport. The photo, which originally ran in, and was [...] Read more
  • 25

    Spanish protesters defy ban with all-night party

    MADRID — Spanish protesters furious over soaring unemployment remained camped in a Madrid square Saturday after all-night festivities in defiance of a 48-hour ban ahead of local elections.Some 25,000 people, according to Spanish media, crammed the central Puerta del Sol square, spilling onto surrounding streets, late on Friday to stage a brief silent protest, their [...] Read more

    Florida Art Teacher Arrested After Punching Student

    BROOKSVILLE– Authorities say a high school art teacher was arrested after punching a student who called her vulgar names. According to a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, 64-year-old Sandra Hadsock was arrested Wednesday after taking two or three swings at a student in the hallway. The student received a minor injury on his lip. Officials [...] Read more

    London Councils withdraws all funding to arts organizations

    UNITED KINGDOM- No arts organizations are to be funded by London Councils beyond this summer, as the umbrella body’s rerun decision process leaves the cultural sector even worse off than first time round. London Councils had announced plans to cut £3 million financial support for the arts across the capital in December 2010, affecting companies [...] Read more

    Students boycott University of Bahrain

    TEHRAN – Hundreds of students have reportedly boycotted the University of Bahrain to protest against al-Khalifa regime’s brutal crackdown on the pro-democracy protesters. The students have said that they are not attending classes due to the government’s so-called protection measures and extra security protocols practiced at the university campus. 

According to Press TV, earlier this week, [...] Read more
  • 24

    NYU’s Tisch receives $5 million gift from music executive Clive Davis

    NEW YORK- The music executive Clive Davis is giving an additional $5 million gift to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, allowing the expansion of the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music into the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, school officials announced Tuesday. In 2003, Davis donated $5 million to [...] Read more
  • 23

    Volkswagen and MoMA announce multimillion-dollar sponsorship, funds to expand MoMA’s online education

    NEW YORK- Volkswagen and the Museum of Modern Art today announced a two-year multimillion-dollar sponsorship. The deal will provide funding for: an expansion of online education; an exhibition of international contemporary art at MoMA’s Long Island City, New York, branch, PS1, in 2013; a series of installations in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden; and [...] Read more

    MCA Sydney to reopen in March 2012 with enhanced educational programs

    SYDNEY- The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney announced they will reopen in March 2012 following a $53 million renovation, which will commence this August. The renovation will expand the museum by 50 percent of its current size allowing the museum to enhance their cultural and educational programs. Sydney architect Sam Marshal and The New South [...] Read more

    Peter Wegner completes artworks for Stanford Graduate School of Business

    LOS ANGELES- Artist Peter Wegner last month completed the series of integrated artworks he was commissioned to make for the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ new $345 million campus. Jori Finkel of the Los Angeles Times reports that Wegner sees the works as “monuments to the future.” “I want to open up their own chain [...] Read more
  • 20

    Atlanta Mayor announces he was “wrong” in cutting funding to arts, reverses course

    ATLANTA- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed declared Thursday that he was wrong in proposing “draconian” cuts to local arts projects in his 2012 budget and has fully restored funding for grant program sponsoring groups and emerging artists. Ernie Suggs and Howard Pousner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the mayor made his announcement at a luncheon [...] Read more

    Andrew Lloyd Webber donates $52 million to British arts organizations

    LONDON- Andrew Lloyd Webber today announced that he plans donate nearly $52 million to arts organizations in the United Kingdom. The funds for his donation comes from the composer’s sale of his Picasso painting, Portrait of Angel Fernández de Soto (The Absinthe Drinker). The painting fetched $51.8 million with commission at a Christie’s auction last [...] Read more

    Katarina Pierre appointed director of Bildmuseet

    Umeå- Katarina Pierre has been appointed director of Bildmuseet and will lead the institution in its ongoing investment at Umeå Arts Campus. Pierre has worked at Bildmuseet since 1995, serving as a curator and temporary acting director. “Bildmuseet is a unique art institution,” says Pierre, “and it feels fantastically exciting—a privilege—to head the work leading [...] Read more
  • 19

    SFAI appoints new President

    San Francisco–The San Francisco Art Institute is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Charles Desmarais as the President of SFAI following a national search. Currently the Deputy Director for Art at the Brooklyn Museum and previously the Director of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Desmarais will assume his responsibilities at SFAI [...] Read more
  • 18

    UC Berkeley Art Museum edges closer to construction

    SAN FRANCISCO- The UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive honored philanthropist and community leader, Barclay Simpson at their annual gala last week. Simpson is leading the charge to repurpose the old UC Printing plant into BAM/PFA’S $96 million, 48,000-square-foot, DS+R-designed space. Catherine Bigelow of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that gala raised $375,000 [...] Read more

    Detroit proposes deep cuts to arts and cultural centers

    DETROIT- The Detroit City Council is proposing to cut funding to several of the city’s artistic and cultural centers. The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Zoo, Eastern Market and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History could all have city subsidies cut by up to 75 percent, the [...] Read more

    National Endowment for the Arts awards $1.5 million to Michigan organizations

    MICHIGAN–The National Endowment for the Arts announced 22 grants to Michigan organizations today totaling nearly $1.5 million. The grants, the second and final round of major funding for 2011, are aimed at increasing access to the arts, education programs, expanding arts programming on TV and radio and partnerships with state and regional arts agencies. Among [...] Read more
  • 17

    Mongolia and Germany sign MoU to promote arts

    ULAANBAATAR- The Goethe Institute (GI) and Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) are signing a Memorandum of Understanding to promote cultural dialogue, understanding, exchanges between Mongolia and Germany for the period of 2011-2013, reports E.Bayannasan of The UB Post. During the period of the Memorandum of Understanding, Liaison Office Mongolia GI and ACM will initiate and [...] Read more

    Music library at Harvard acquires a trove of Solti’s scores

    NEW YORK- Harvard University has just acquired an estimated 500 scores of conductor Georg Solti, reports The New York Times. The family of Solti, who died in 1997, donated the collection to the Loeb Music Library at Harvard, university officials said on Tuesday. “They are the most heavily marked-up scores I have ever seen,” said [...] Read more

    NEA awards $88 million in grants

    WASHINGTON, DC- The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $88 million through 1,145 grants to not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations. See recipients and program information here.
  • 16

    Qatar launches cultural grants program

    QATAR- Qatar will launch a cultural grants program supporting at least 15 initiatives, including projects, organizations and artist development, and research and development. The cultural projects to be encouraged encompass a wide range of activities such as festivals, exhibitions, new productions, translations, tours, workshops and conferences. Cultural research and development will include support for studies [...] Read more

    Museums across North America celebrate Art Museum Day, offer special educational programs

    NEW YORK- Over 100 art museums across North America will offer free or reduced admission, special programs, or other initiatives as part of their celebrations of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2011. Participating museums are all members of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). The association emphasizes the lasting impact art museums have [...] Read more

    University of Wales Institute lauches “revolutionary” project, cutting courses, jobs and hiking fees

    CARDIFF- The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, school of Art and Design last week launched its “revolutionary” new undergraduate portfolio for 2012, drastically cutting down its program, after already cutting courses and jobs. Dean of school Professor Gaynor Kavanagh said “brave” departmental changes would ensure sustainability and excellence going forward. “The school was financially unsustainable [...] Read more
  • 13

    Yale opens its image vault online for free

    NEW YORK- Yale University announced that it is opening its entire digital image collection to the public for free, reports The New York Times, making it the first Ivy League institution to take this step toward open access. Yale houses millions of images in its archives, museum and libraries, including a sonata written by the [...] Read more

    Los Angeles Board of Education putting White House report aiming to boost arts education to use

    LOS ANGELES- “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools,” a report issued last week by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, is already being referenced in Los Angeles, reports the Los Angeles Times, where teachers’ unions have begun an arts-specific component of its bid to stem drastic across-the-board cuts. [...] Read more
  • 11

    Performance artist applies for administrative review after sentence

    CHINA–A performance artist, Cheng Li has appealed for administrative reconsideration after being sentenced to a year of re-education through labor, as reported by the Beijing News on May 9. Cheng Li, participated in a performance art show on March 20 revolving around the theme of “sensitive areas,” which featured pictures and performances in the Museum [...] Read more
  • 10

    Fisk University faces appeal from Tennessee Attorney General over attempt to sell part of Stieglitz Collection

    NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office is appealing a judge’s ruling that would allow Fisk University to sell a share in its historic art collection to an Arkansas museum. The Tennessean reports that “cash-strapped Fisk” is home to the $73 million Stieglitz Collection — 101 works of art by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Monet, [...] Read more

    Florida passes 2011-2012 budget, cuts $1.35 billion in education

    JACKSONVILLE- The Florida Legislature passed a final 2011-2012 budget that included a $1.35 billion reduction in funding of education this past weekend, reports In Duval County cuts will add up to $91 million, St. Johns is expecting a $20.5 million cut for the next school year, and Nassau County is facing a deficit of [...] Read more

    Tulsa selected for Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program

    TULSA- Tulsa has been chosen as the fifth U.S. city for Any Given Child, a program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to help public schools create comprehensive, long-range plans to provide arts education for students up to the eighth grade. The Tulsa World reports that besides Tulsa, Any Given Child is also [...] Read more

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art receives $75,000 to fund arts education

    FORT WORTH- The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announced that it has received a $75,000 Picturing America School Collaboration Project Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Only nine such grants were awarded nationwide, and the Amon Carter is one of three museums to receive the award. It is the second consecutive [...] Read more
  • 09

    The NEA is now offering grants for videogame creators

    NEW YORK- The National Endowment for the Arts has renamed its Arts on Radio and Television grants, which will now be called Arts in Media grants: “We’ll continue to support television and radio,” says Alyce Myatt, the director of Media Arts at the NEA, in a video about the change, “but we’re also going to [...] Read more

    International Center of Photography looking for new space for its museum and school

    NEW YORK- The International Center of Photography in Manhattan has begun searching for a new space to accommodate both its museum and its school, its director, Willis E. Hartshorn, reported last week to the New York Times. Mr. Hartshorn said the center was in the “early phases” of evaluating various sites below 26th Street, including [...] Read more

    Wisconsin cuts art funding from $1.6 million to $535,000

    MADISON – Wisconsin will spend sixty-six percent less on the arts over the next two years, reports The Pierce County Herald. The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted last week to slash arts funding from 1.6 million dollars a year to $535,000. Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget called for a seventy-three percent funding cut [...] Read more
  • 06

    White House panel calls for ‘reinvesting’ in art education

    WASHINGTON- A presidential advisory panel today issued a report that makes the case for expanding access to arts education in schools, arguing that the arts hold great potential to bolster student engagement and academic achievement. The report, “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools,” is part of the Arts Education Partnership‘s national [...] Read more

    SFMOMA and Google partner to give bay area families greater access to art education

    SAN FRANCISCO- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announces a partnership with Bay Area–based technology company Google that will advance both institutions’ shared vision to spur creativity and broaden access to art education for young children. Google will provide support to SFMOMA’s existing family outreach by sponsoring programming such as kid-friendly activities every [...] Read more

    Civil Society Pre-Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilization places emphasis on cultural diversity in education

    DOHA- The two-day Civil Society Pre-Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilization in Doha has given a renewed importance to cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as preparation for the fourth annual forum, to be held in December, reports The Peninsula Qatar. The Doha Pre-Forum aims at helping people, especially youth, to change their assets and [...] Read more
  • 05

    Tucson students occupy school board meeting to defend Ethnic Studies

    ARIZONA– Students in Tucson, took over a local school board meeting in order to prevent a controversial vote from taking place on the school district’s ethnic studies program. Seven current Tucson high school students and two high school alumni chained themselves to the board chairs as a large crowd occupied the meeting room and held [...] Read more

    Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff moves to University of Toronto after election losses

    CANADA–Michael Ignatieff has been given a cozy office with a fireplace in the University of Toronto’s acclaimed Massey College and will take up teaching duties in the law faculty, political-science department, Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy and Governance. John Fraser, the master of Massey, said in a statement: “It [...] Read more
  • 04

    Education Management whistleblower suit joined by 11 states

    USA–  A whistleblower complaint against Education Management Corp. (EDMC), the second-largest chain of U.S. for-profit colleges, was brought on behalf of 11 states and the District of Columbia, according to court records unsealed today. The suit alleges that the company illegally paid recruiters based on the number of students they enrolled. The U.S. Justice Department [...] Read more
  • 03

    Art Institute of Chicago names Zoe Ryan as new chair of Architecture and Design Departments

    CHICAGO- The Art Institute of Chicago announced that Zoe Ryan will chair its department of architecture and design, replacing Joseph Rosa, who left last year to head the University of Michigan’s art museum. The Chicago Tribune reports that Ryan, who served as interim chair following Rosa’s departure, will run a department that has holdings of [...] Read more

    National Endowment for the Humanities gives $2 million in grants to Southern California

    LOS ANGELES- The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $2 million in grants to Southern California arts and cultural institutions. The Los Angeles Times reports that among other things, the money will enable USC librarians to bring 34,000 historic photos of 1920s and ’30s Los Angeles into public view via the Internet and help [...] Read more

    Study shows majority of arts graduates find satisfying work

    BLOOMINGTON- Findings from a national survey released this week show that, contrary to widespread belief, most arts graduates are employed and holding jobs consistent with their educational goals. The findings are from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), based at the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research at the IU School of Education. The [...] Read more

    London Metropolitan University eliminates history, philosophy, and performing arts from degree courses

    LONDON- Malcom Gillies, Vice Chancelor of London Metropolitan University, made the decision to cut more than two thirds of the university’s degree courses, including history and performing arts. Beginning in September 2012, the University will reduce its 577 different course arrangements to around 160, shutting history, philosophy, Caribbean studies, theatre studies, trade union studies, dance, [...] Read more

    Chinese Government calls for reforms in cultural sector, aims to accelerate development

    HEFEI- Senior Chinese official Li Changchun has called for greater efforts to be made to reform the system that hinders the development of the country’s cultural sector and boost the transformation of cultural development system. According to the Xinhua News, Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party [...] Read more
  • 02

    U.S. joins whistleblower suit against Education Management, operator of 49 Art Institutes

    PITTSBURGH- The U.S. Justice Department joined an employee whistleblower suit against Education Management Corp. (EDMC), which operates forty-nine Art Institutes across North America, intervening for the first time in the student recruitment practices at for-profit colleges. Bloomberg reports the suit alleges that Pittsburgh-based Education Management, 40 percent owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) funds, [...] Read more

    Florida Institute of Technology begins merger talks with Brevard Art Museum

    MELBOURNE, FLA- Florida Institute of Technology announced Friday that it will open formal discussions with the Brevard Art Museum (BAM) Board of Trustees to merge museum operations with the university. “The Florida Tech Board of Trustees has authorized me to begin negotiations,” said Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese. “A merger with the Brevard Art [...] Read more

    Netherlands cuts spending on arts, predicted loss of 3,000 jobs

    AMSTERDAM- The Dutch News reports the Netherland’s plans to cut spending on arts and culture, which will lead to a loss of 3,000 jobs and a 20% increase in tickets prices for cultural related affairs. The national arts council commissioned a report by culture minister Halbe Zijlstra to look at how spending can be cut [...] Read more