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Welcome to GIA’s 2011 Talk Back Series!

This blog is a dynamic forum for professionals and thought leaders working in, or making observations on, the arts. Throughout the year, GIA will invite guest writers to address current social,...

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Testing… Testing…(Is This Thing On?)

Hello all, Just thought I would leave a quick post to make sure everything is up and running smoothly and also kill the proverbial second bird by telling you a little bit about myself beyond my bio....

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How Do We Know What To Reform?

Last year, I hosted a blogging roundtable about the recent new play sector study Outrageous Fortune (you can pick yourself up a copy here, if you haven’t already). Outrageous Fortune documents the...

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Three New Studies From The NEA

I’m betting most of you are on the NEA’s e-mail list, but just in case you aren’t, I just received word of three new studies going live. They’ve actually been on the site since February, but I guess...

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Let’s Talk About Demand, Baby

It seems fairly obvious as you survey the field that we create + display/perform more art than people actually want to go see.  Or, to put it more nicely, as a sector, funders, artists and arts...

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Scarcity or Abundance?

I had this provocative post all planned out today, one in which I said (insincerely, I should add) that you Grantmakers should just stop giving money to large institutions. The plan was to use a bit of...

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Art, Money, Ethics

Cue BATMAN Announcer Voice: Meanwhile in the visual arts! In 1996, following the michegas with the NEA-4 and Robert Mapplethorpe, art critic Eleanor Heartney penned the essay Out of the Ivory Tower...

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Living at an Intersection

Hello GIA and thanks for welcoming me into your community! The Talk Back Series marks an important milestone for me — my very first blog post!  This happens to be mildly ironic to me since I am neither...

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This is Your Brain on Race: Culture, Bias, and Anxiety

My current work considers the role that culture – namely visual imagery – has on reinforcing and perpetuating racial stereotypes and biases in our minds.  Our think tank, American Values Institute...

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When Art Comes to Life

This weekend in LA, I went to see Art in the Streets — the exhibit on graffiti and street art at the Museum of Contemporary Art — a brilliant meditation and documentation of graffiti as an art form...

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Black Male: Re-Imagined

1 out of 3 boys born to African American families today will likely to go to jail. Black men are 8% of the population in the United States and comprise 3% of college undergraduates and 48% of prison...

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The Quest for General Operating Support: How Much Progress Have We Made?

In 2004, I worked with Independent Sector to draft a statement, unanimously endorsed by its Board of Directors, that called on funders (1) to opt for general operating support when the goals of the two...

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The Vilcek Foundation invites you to Talk Back!

Hello and welcome back to GIA 2011 Talk Back series! As the Executive Director of The Vilcek Foundation and guest blogger for Talk Back, I invite you to join my colleagues and me at The Vilcek...

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The Art of (a Grant Making) Style

Hello everyone! My name is Anne Schruth and I have the pleasure of working directly with individual foreign-born artists as they design and implement cultural events and exhibitions in the Vilcek...

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Art & Technology

Hello all, My name is Brian Cavanaugh and I am the New Media & IT Coordinator at the Vilcek Foundation. As an artist and techie, I am always on the lookout for new uses of media and innovative...

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