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    Hollywood stars make arguments for arts funding in Washington

    WASHINGTON- Faced with proposed cuts to federal arts funding nationwide, Hollywood stars are adopting novel strategies for lobbying on behalf of the arts, reports The Hill. “It’s not enough anymore, in this economy, for actors to just argue why arts funding benefits people,” actress Patricia Arquette told The Hill on Thursday. “I came here to [...] Read more

    Tenure denial sparks student protest

    Harvard– Sixty Harvard Graduate School of Education students gathered outside of a faculty meeting for a second time last Monday to protest an April 12 decision to deny tenure to Ed School professor Mark R. Warren, who specializes in community organizing and school reform. The group has claimed that the rejection is one of a [...] Read more

    University of Washington study finds impact of Picasso exhibit to be $66 million

    SEATTLE- The economic impact of the Picasso exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum was $66 million, including $58 million in King County, according to a study by University of Washington professor William Beyers. The Seattle Times reports that the museum commissioned the study to quantify the financial impact of the show, which ran from early [...] Read more

    Manhattan School of Music teacher David Noon retires

    NEW YORK- Manhattan School of Music teacher David Noon retires after thirty years. More than 400 students and alums turned out to hear Noon’s final lecture about music in the 20th century on Thursday, reports the New York Daily News. Almost every student who passed through the prestigious music school since 1981 when Noon arrived [...] Read more

    Michigan University’s art collection to be incorporated into Broad Art Museum

    EAST LANSING- The Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University will close after the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum opens in April 2012. The State reports that the collection at the Kresage will be incorporated into the Broad Art Museum at the school. Michael Rush, director of the Broad Art Museum, said the focus [...] Read more

    Sydney University receives Picasso painting to fund scientific research

    SYDNEY- The University of Sydney has received a Pablo Picasso painting from an anonymous American donor. The AFP reports that the painting is worth up to $20 million and has been donated on the condition it is sold to fund scientific research. “Jeune Fille Endormie”, painted in 1935, is set to be auctioned in London [...] Read more
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    More public figures under investigation in German plagiarism scandal

    GERMANY– Weeks after German Defence Minister Karl- Theodor zu Guttenberg was forced to resign in a plagiarism scandal, three German universities say that they are investigating similar complaints about the academic work of three figures from the country’s political sphere. The theses of all three have been posted for public scrutiny on VroniPlag, a site [...] Read more

    Chinese rock musician detained by police after voicing support for Ai Weiwei

    China– Zuoxiao Zuzhou was detained and released by police in Shanghai earlier this week after publicly expressing support for Ai — a longtime friend and artistic collaborator — during a rock concert and in a newspaper editorial. During a gig at the 2011 Modern Sky Folk& Poetry Festival in Zhouzhuang in eastern China, he displayed [...] Read more

    Squat raids ‘are not Royal Wedding-related’

    LONDON–Scotland Yard insists raids on squats across London are not driven by fears that anarchists will try to disrupt the Royal Wedding.   Photographs of a raid on Grow Heathrow, a market gardening project based on squatted land near what would have been the west London airport’s third runway, were posted on the Indymedia website.  The [...] Read more
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    Unrest closes campuses indefinitely

    Ouagadougou– Universities in Burkina Faso have ground to a halt following more than two months of unrest, which was sparked by the death of a school pupil and snowballed into campus and civilian protests – during which six students are reported to have died – and an army mutiny. All campuses have been closed. Students [...] Read more

    How the arts in Vancouver brought down the province’s mega-casino

    CANADA-If the B.C. government had never cut the arts groups out of Direct Access gaming grants, that Vegas-style casino might just have been a done deal after all.  In March of last year, the province announced changes to community gaming grant sectors, stating adult arts and culture, adult sports, environmental groups and school playgrounds would [...] Read more
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    PrattMWP increases enrollement by 33% for 2011-2012 academic year

    NEW YORK- Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor will enroll 100 first-year students this fall, compared to 75 in previous years – setting the stage for a 33 percent increase in the total student body by the 2012-13 school year, reports The Observer-Dispatch. Dean Robert Baber described increasing enrollment as a way for the arts institute to raise [...] Read more

    Bill Cosby, Peter Kraus honor revived Harlem Arts School

    NEW YORK- Yvette L. Campbell, the new executive director of Harlem School of the Arts gathered with its new and growing board, led by Charles J. Hamilton Jr., a senior counsel at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP last night to celebrate the school’s recent revival. Bloomberg reports that the school, founded in 1964, was [...] Read more

    MoMA collaborates with Columbia University’s Reinhold Martin to promote design program rethinking housing in light of foreclosure crisis

    NEW YORK- Five teams of architects will rethink housing in American cities and suburbs in light of the foreclosure crisis in a 14-month program announced on Monday by the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, reports The New York Times. The program, called, “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream,” was organized by Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s [...] Read more

    Museum of the Moving Image’s $67 million renovation appeals to youth audience

    NEW YORK- The Museum of the Moving Image has just completed a $67 million renovation and is now better equipped to address the primacy of “art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media,” per the organization’s website. On March 1, Carl Goodman was appointed executive director and will now oversee the museum’s [...] Read more
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    John Stomberg named director of Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

    SOUTH HADLEY- John R. Stomberg has been appointed as the new director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Stomberg has served as deputy director and chief curator of the Williams College Museum of Art for the past two decades and will begin his position August 1. “I am absolutely convinced that John is exactly [...] Read more

    Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University vandalized

    EAST LANSING- Five concrete panels on the structure that will be the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU were vandalized with red spray paint causing an estimated $1,000 in damage, reports The State News. All five paintings were of the same image, a circular face with two red, wavy lines coming from its [...] Read more

    Pakistan celebrates 17th death anniversary of Professor Ana Molka Ahmed

    ISLAMABAD- The Pakistan National Council of the Arts and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting joined together to observe the 73rd death anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the Poet of the East, and 17th death anniversary of Professor Ana Molka Ahmed, one of the first notable female painters in Pakistan and an eminent art educationist at [...] Read more

    CalArts professors create robot orchestra

    LOS ANGELES- Ajay Kapur and Michael Darling, both instructors at California Institute of the Arts recently launched KarmetiK Machine Orchestra (after karma and kinetic), a futuristic endeavor that combines elements of artificial intelligence/robotics, electronic music and theater. The Los Angeles Times reports that professors have worked with students to create robots programmed to improvise with [...] Read more
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    University of Pennsylvania exhibits Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly

    PHILADELPHIA- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is now showing David Wojnarowicz’s film, A Fire in My Belly, in protest to the Smithosian’s decision to expel the work from The National Portrait Gallery, after the Catholic League denounced it and Republican House leaders threatened to pull congressional-funding. [...] Read more

    Victoria and Albert Museum appoints Martin Roth as director

    LONDON- The Guardian reports Professor Martin Roth has been appointed director of the V&A, replacing Sir Mark Jones. Roth, who is currently director general of the Dresden state art collections, will take up the role in September after being appointed by the V&A board of trustees and the prime minister. Paul Ruddock, chairman of the board [...] Read more

    Syria’s ‘spontaneously’ organised protests

    SYRIA–While the Syrian army deployed overnight to the restive city of Homs, preparations were under way in dozens of towns and cities across Syria to make this Friday’s protests the biggest yet.  Small committees in neighbourhoods and mosques – formed over the last few weeks – came together discreetly to plan when and where to [...] Read more

    Peter Vetsch resigns From Art Forum Berlin

    BERLIN– Peter Vetsch resigns From Art Forum Berlin.  The director, who was hired away from Art Basel along with Eva-Maria Häusler to co-direct Art Forum Berlin 2009, has said that he is leaving the fair for personal reasons.  Häusler will continue to direct Art Forum Berlin, alongside longtime project director Kirsten Günther.
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    Under close watch: UC Davis students react to administrators for allegedly spying

    CALIFORNIA– The University of California Davis administration has been accused of spying on and infiltrating peaceful student protests during the past year as students continue to rally against tuition hikes.  After California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a $1.4 million cut to higher education in January, students and faculty at UC Davis began voicing their thoughts [...] Read more

    Detained artist Ai Weiwei offered Berlin university post

    BERLIN–Detained Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei has been offered a visiting teaching post at the Berlin University of the Arts, the university said on Wednesday. The prominent artist and critic of China’s ruling Communist Party was stopped from boarding a flight to Hong Kong from Beijing on April 3 and detained by [...] Read more
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    Sharjah Call for Action-Update

    Sharjah–“Following the abrupt dismissal of Sharjah Art Foundation’s Director, Mr. Jack Persekian, members of the local, regional and international art communities were quick to mobilize, rally support and draft a petition condemning the manner of this dismissal without consultation, discussion, explanation and the subsequent removal of art works in the Biennial one month following the [...] Read more

    Intern Nation

    U.S– The debate over unpaid internships is complex. Students want the experience, but not all can afford it, especially when they’re required to pay for the (sometimes mandatory) corresponding academic credit.   Ross Perlin, a veteran of the unpaid internship and a researcher for the Himalayan Languages Project, in China, decided three years ago to investigate [...] Read more

    Suicides at Kaist University raise concerns about Scholarship Policies

    KOREA - While Kaist’s board of trustees met in Seoul on Friday to discuss reforming school polices, the campus in Daejeon, dotted with colorful cherry blossoms, was quiet and peaceful – no demonstrations, no student rallies and no big debate over whether the university’s president, Suh Nam-pyo, should step down.  Everything, in fact, seemed calm, [...] Read more

    Grass-Roots Cultural Council awards $75,000 in grants

    NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Cultural Council has awarded grants totaling $75,195 for New Bedford arts and cultural programs.  In announcing the awards, Mayor Scott Lang and Lynne LaBerge, chairwoman of the New Bedford Cultural Council, said the grants will support programs in New Bedford that promote education, diversity and excellence in the arts, [...] Read more
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    Congress cuts federal funding for District of Columbia Art Groups by over 70%

    WASHINGTON DC- Congress cut the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program that serves the District Columbia by $7 million from $9.5 million in the last agreement for fiscal 2011. The NCACA grants local groups unrestricted funding in place of state appropriations. It was started in 1985 to fill that gap since the District is not a [...] Read more

    UK Art Schools face uncertain financial future

    LONDON- University of the Arts London (UAL) and other major arts colleges are forced to look elsewhere for financing due to a collapse in public funding. Set to lose more than £50 million in public funding by 2015, the university, which comprises six colleges, is looking to set up courses in China and the Middle [...] Read more

    Terra Foundation awards $3 million grant to Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

    CHICAGO- The Terra Foundation for American Art has awarded a $3 million grant to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art to support another five years of the Archives’ digitization project and to fund a new position that will create and oversee related online scholarly and educational outreach initiatives. With this second grant, the Terra Foundation [...] Read more

    Canadian Prizes for the Arts still on hold

    QUEBEC- The twenty-five million dollar Canada Prizes for the Arts and Creativity, announced in 2009 as part of the Conservative budget, have yet to be allocated, says Heritage Minister James Moore. The prizes were to be bestowed on top international artists in various disciplines at theToronto’s Luminato Festival. According to CBC, outrage erupted in Quebec, [...] Read more

    Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design art building at Stanford

    NEW YORK- Stanford University has selected architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design its new home for the art and art history department. The 90,000-square-foot Burton and Deedee McMurtry Building will serve as an interdisciplinary arts hub and further develop the university’s “Arts District” at the entrance to the campus. The building was named [...] Read more
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    The end of Sharjah’s Biennial?

    BEIRUT– More than 1,200 people joined a protest against artistic censorship in Sharjah this week, within 48 hours of a petition being posted online Monday night.  The Sharjah Call for Action – signed by scores of local, regional and international artists, critics, curators and scholars, including such prominent figures as Mona Hatoum and Sophie Calle [...] Read more

    Federal cultural-grants agencies to lose 11.2% of their funding under budget deal

    LOS ANGELES- The three federal agencies devoted to making arts and cultural grants will take an 11.2% collective hit under the budget deal that institutes the largest spending cut in U.S. history. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services will be faced [...] Read more

    Ai Weiwei arrest protests at Chinese embassies worldwide

    LONDON- Demonstrators all over the world gathered outside Chinese embassies on Sunday demanding the release of the detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Hundreds of protestors brought chairs onto the street to call for the immediate release of Ai, and in support of the rights of all Chinese artists. In Hong Kong there were scuffles as [...] Read more

    Philippine school creates arts ambassadors

    MANILA- The Philippines’ premier public school for the arts is advancing its efforts to create the country’s future cultural ambassadors. Despite the nation’s coffers being nearly bare, it spends an average of 300,000 pesos (6,976 dollars) a year on each student. This is about thirty times the amount allocated for students at a regular public [...] Read more
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    Thousands may sue over police kettling at G20 protests

    LONDON–High court rules way in which police kettled up to 5,000 demonstrators at G20 protests in April 2009 was illegal. Thousands of people found by the high court to have been illegally detained for hours by police at a central London protest may sue Scotland Yard for false imprisonment. Judges found that the force used [...] Read more
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    California responds to budget cuts in higher education

    LONG BEACH— More than 10,000 people marched, waved signs and occupied buildings at college campuses across California on Wednesday in a show of opposition to state budget cuts to education that could lead to higher tuition, larger class sizes and lower enrollment. The rallies were part of a day of protest planned for all 23 [...] Read more

    New Concerns over Plagiarism in German Politics

    Germany–A senior German liberal politician, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, is under scrutiny for possible plagiarism in her university thesis, echoing the scandal that hit the former defence minister.  The University of Heidelberg is re-examining Ms Koch-Mehrin’s academic work on currency unions. She is a vice-president of the European Parliament. The MEP, a leading member of the Free [...] Read more
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    1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei

    A question posted on Facebook about what we, as an arts community, can do to support the safe release of Ai Weiwei sparked great ideas, including one by curator Steven Holmes to reenact Ai Weiwei’s project Fairytale: 1,001 Qing Dynasty Wooden Chairs—an installation which was comprised of 1,001 late Ming and Qing Dynasty wooden chairs [...] Read more

    Neighbors lose suit to halt shift of Art Institute

    Cambridge– A state Land Court judge has ruled against residents suing the city of Cambridge and Lesley University over plans to relocate the Art Institute of Boston to the site of a historic church in Neighbors of North Prospect Church filed the suit in 2009, asking the court to overturn new zoning laws that enable [...] Read more
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    Support for Ai Weiwei at Harvard

    BOSTON–At Harvard, Ai Weiwei’s detainment was marked last week. Ai is among three artists invited to create site-specific installations for a new exhibition entitled The Divine Comedy, co-organized by Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Art Museums. On Friday, a panel discussion was held with the other two participating artists, Tomás Saraceno and [...] Read more
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    Ai Weiwei held for ‘obscene’ political art

    CHINA- Artist Ai Weiwei was detained after an obscene satirical work he drew enraged Communist Party leaders and handed a gift to security hardliners conducting the toughest crackdown on dissent in more than a decade. International calls for Ai’s release have been ignored and there was no official explanation for his detention by police at [...] Read more
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    Students of Egypt’s American University question its ties to Mubarak’s regime

    EGYPT–Upon Mubarak’s overthrow and days after the American University in Cairo (AUC) resumed classes, an anonymous group of AUC students circulated a petition questioning the university’s constitution, which states that “students are prohibited from engaging in non-academic religious and political activities, as well as any unauthorised group formation within the university.” The students argued in [...] Read more