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A new NEA study finds disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts.
Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune, 29 March 2012
UNITED STATES - "Students from the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder tend to do less well in school than those from more upscale families. But newly published research identifies one sub-group of these youngsters who tend to exceed expectations: those who participate heavily in the arts. "At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied," a team of scholars writes in a new National Endowment for the Arts Research Report. "These findings suggest that in-school or extracurricular programs offering deep arts involvement may help to narrow the gap in achievement levels among youth." " [see also full report The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies]
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Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star, 3 April 2012
TORONTO, ON – "Art lovers from around the world can now view works by Canadian greats such as Cornelius Krieghoff, Alexander Henderson, Emily Carr and Edward Burtynsky at their fingertips. Starting Tuesday, these collections from the Art Gallery of Ontario will be showcased alongside van Gogh's and Rembrandt's on the Google Art Project, an online gallery of high-resolution images of artworks from renowned museums and galleries worldwide. [text omitted]
The AGO is the first and only Canadian gallery included in the project; Google hopes to expand it to include other Canadian institutions." [See also Israel Museum, one of 151 museums in 40 countries, showcased in Google Art Project, By Aron Heller (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 4 April 2012; 151 musées ont rejoint Google Art Project, Le Journal des Arts, 04-04-2012; and, Google Art Project Bursting at the Seams with 100+ New Museums, By Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic, April 3, 2012]
WKBW News, 3 April 2012
BUFFALO, NY - "WKBW release) The following is the summary of the April 3 meeting of the City of Buffalo Common Council.
SUPPORT FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF A CHILDREN’S MUSEUM EXPERIENCE AT CANALSIDE – The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Council President and Lovejoy District Council Member Richard A. Fontana and Ellicott District Council Member Darius G. Pridgen applauding the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (“ECHDC”) for the inclusion of a children’s museum experience in their plans for the City of Buffalo’s waterfront within Canalside. [text omitted] Recently, a master plan completed by Lord Cultural Resources and Ralph Applebaum Associates recommended a children’s museum experience as the top priority for Canalside."
Zachary Johnson, Sixty Inches From Center, Apr 02, 2012
CHICAGO, IL - "This article is first in a new effort by the Chicago Arts Archive to cover the development of the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan as well as the legacy of the previous 1986 plan. In the coming weeks and months we will be publishing articles on the 2012 planning process and the successes and failures of the 1986 plan. In 1986, the residents and city government of Chicago took a good, hard look at the state of its cultural life. At that point in time there was no Chicago Cultural Center, and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) was only two years old. Mayor Harold Washington wanted to know what the city needed to create a robust, vibrant arts community. What was best for Chicago’s culture? Where were things needed most? He asked his questions not of the city council or the DCA, but of the city’s residents themselves — ten thousand residents, to be precise. Over 300 meetings, they demonstrated again and again their need and love for the arts. Their outcry was loud and unprecedented. Now, twenty-six years later, Mayor Rahm Emanuel seeks that response from today’s Chicagoans. And so all this winter and spring he has been asking, “What should the future be of culture in Chicago?” For this he has hired Lord Cultural Resources, experts in cultural planning headquartered in New York. Lord seeks to uphold the spirit of the 1986 plan and to that end has begun the planning process by holding four large-scale town hall meetings, followed by 19 neighborhood meetings. On February 21, I attended the fourth at the Mexican Fine Art Museum in Pilsen."
The City Arts Center will move from its longtime home at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City to a 4.5-acre spread at NW 12 and Broadway Drive — a downtown location that is at the northern entry to Automobile Alley.
Steve Lackmeyer, NewsOK, Published: March 30, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - "The City Arts Center is preparing to move from its longtime home at State Fair Park to a 4.5-acre spread at NW 12 and Broadway Drive — a location at the northern entry to Automobile Alley. "I am thrilled at the prospect of relocating our organization to this up-and-coming part of town," said Mary Ann Prior, executive director of City Arts Center. "This is an important investment in the cultural future of Oklahoma City, and I passionately believe it will help invigorate the local economy. It will be an inspiration to young people and a welcoming destination for everyone." [text omitted] Over the past two years, the board of directors of City Arts Center, with assistance from consulting firm Lord Cultural Resources, has studied current programs, exhibits and audiences. The board also has looked at opportunities to expand education and exhibition programs."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 4 April 2012
CARDIFF, UK – "The seven national museums in Wales received 1.69 million visits in 2011-12, the highest total ever recorded since free entry was introduced in April 2001. The Welsh Government and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales introduced the policy eight months earlier than in England – a pioneering move that nearly doubled visitor figures to national museums in Wales."
Kyle Kipp (Postmedia News), The Vancouver Sun, 4 April 2012
CANADA – "A New Democrat MP wants Canadians to be able to buy a single entry pass for all of the museums across Canada for the country's 150th birthday year."
Laura Armstrong, The Ottawa Citizen, April 4, 2012
OTTAWA, ON — "Carleton University professors Ruth Phillips and Christopher Worswick are on the shortlist for the $50,000 Donner Prize in public policy writing. A list of four nominees selected from 58 submissions was announced Wednesday by Donner Canadian Foundation chairman Allan Gotlieb. Phillips, a history professor at Carleton and Canadian Research Chair in Modern Culture, is the author of Museum Pieces: Towards the Indigenization of Canadian Museums, which examines the changes made to museums in Canada over the last 30 years to better reflect Canada’s diverse society."
Le Devoir, 4 avril 2012
MONTREAL, QC – "Les tenues bigarrées de Jean Paul Gaultier et les guerriers chinois en terre cuite ont valu l'an dernier au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal la plus forte fréquentation de son histoire, soit quelque 767 000 visiteurs d'avril 2011 au 31 mars 2012."
India.com Zee News, 2 April 2012
YUBA CITY, CA - "Capturing the story of over 100 years of the small yet influential Punjabi community in the US, a multi-media exhibition celebrating its contribution has opened in a Sikh-dominated Californian city. The first permanent exhibit of its kind in the United States, ‘Becoming American: The Story of Pioneer Punjabis and South Asians’, the exhibition opened over the weekend in the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County in California`s Yuba City."
Le Monde, 2 Avril 2012
ALBI, FRANCE – "La mère d'Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, désireuse de perpétuer la mémoire de son fils et d'assurer à sa ville natale l'attrait, l'enseignement et le profit de cette partie capitale de son œuvre, a résolu, monsieur le maire, de l'offrir à la ville d'Albi." La lettre date d'octobre 1919. Le maire et son conseil municipal acceptent l'offre et, le 30 juillet 1922, Léon Bérard, ministre de l'instruction publique et des beaux-arts, inaugure au Palais de la Berbie la galerie Toulouse-Lautrec, qui devient la plus grande collection au monde des œuvres du peintre. Quatre-vingt-dix ans après, il rouvre ses portes après une profonde rénovation." [see also A new museum and a new design for a historic interior: Musée Toulouse-Lautrec opens, Recent News, artdaily.org, 3 April 2012]
MA calls for streamlined system with focus on impact
Patrick Steel, Museums Association, 03.04.2012
ENGLAND - "Responding to Arts Council England’s (ACE) paper Culture, Knowledge and Understanding: Great Museums and Libraries for Everyone, the Museums Association has called for a fundamental review of the purpose and responsibilities of ACE’s funding for museums. The MA response reads: "Over the next year or so, ACE has the opportunity to provide greater clarity of purpose, remove duplication and ensure support meets strategic priorities… this should have the aim of producing a streamlined system, better able to support museums in improving their impact." "
Funding details published for 16 major partners and 24 former hubs
Rebecca Atkinson, Museums Journal, 02.04.2012
ENGLAND - "Arts Council England (ACE) has published a breakdown of its £62.6m Renaissance funding to major partner museums, which shows the exact amount each of the successful 16 will receive over the next three years. ACE has also now agreed transitional funding of £8m for the 24 former hub museum services that did not receive major funding. These have been agreed on a case-by-case basis with allocations ranging from £597,004 to £119,100."
Gainesville's Harn Museum steps up with its ambitious Cofrin Asian Art Wing.
Charlie Patton, The Florida Times-Union, March 31, 2012 - 1:02am | Updated: April 2, 2012 - 12:39pm
GAINESVILLE, FL - "Visitors to the Harn Museum of Art on the University of Florida’s campus will get a first look today at the Harn’s latest addition: the 26,000-square-foot Cofrin Asian Art Wing, built to house the Harn’s collection of nearly 2,000 works of Asian art. The 6,000 square feet of exhibition space in the new wing more than triples the exhibition space previously available for the Asian art and will allow about 680 art works to be displayed at any one time, said Jason Steuber, Cofrin curator of Asian art. The new wing will make the Harn “one of the leading centers for the study of Asian art in the Southeast,” said Rebecca Nagy, the Harn’s director." [see also Asian Expansion in Florida, By Lee Lawrence, The Wall Street Journal, 4 April 2012]
Zhang Ming'ai, China.org.cn, 31 March 2012
FENGYAN, CHINA - "A reporter with Social Sciences in China learned from the Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau that China's first immigration eco-museum will open on March 31. The Fengyan Immigration Eco-museum is open to the public, and aims to protect and display methods of ecological production. Its backdrop includes natural landscapes, and its exhibits include ancient terraces that highlight immigration."
The Getty and the New York Met are among the U.S. institutions the Turkish government has contacted over artifacts it believes were smuggled out of the country.
Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2012, 8:48 p.m.
TURKEY / UNITED STATES - "The government of Turkey is asking American museums to return dozens of artifacts that were allegedly looted from the country's archaeological sites, opening a new front in the search for antiquities smuggled out of their original countries through an illicit trade."
Six aims set strategic direction for the sector
Rebecca Atkinson, Museums Journal, 30.03.2012
SCOTLAND - "Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has today unveiled the national strategy for Scotland’s museums and galleries, which sets the strategic direction for the sector and informs the business plan for a new national development body. Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries promotes a shared vision by highlighting “forward-thinking projects” that illustrate how the aims can be achieved. Joanne Orr, chief executive officer at Museums Galleries Scotland, the new national development body, said: “The strategy is essentially about encouraging the sector, harnessing the power of their considerable ambition and enterprising spirit, changing how we work for greater public value and benefit." [see also Strategy to get Scotland's museums and galleries working together in BBC News, 30 March 2012]
Teresa Annas, HispanicBusiness.com, March 30, 2012
NORFOLK, VA - "The Chrysler Museum at MacArthur Center? As early as January, the Chrysler Museum of Art will display objects from its treasured collection in a storefront inside the downtown mall. That's right, alongside Pottery Barn or J. Crew or possibly a new shop called Love Culture. The Norfolk mall is one of several satellite sites for exhibitions and programs that the museum plans to occupy during the 16 months it anticipates closing for construction and renovation. As expected, the museum's board voted Thursday to go ahead with the planned project, now estimated to cost $24 million. The museum "has firm commitments" from donors for all but about $2.5 million of that sum." [see also Chrysler Museum of Art Board of Trustees approves extensive expansion and renovation plan, Recent News, artdaily.org, 2 April 2012]
Le Figaro, 30 Mars 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Le Musée national de la marine, à Paris, consacre une grande exposition à 150 grands feux dont 14 sont classés monuments historiques. "
Le Journal des Arts, 30 Mars 2012
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIE – "Sur le port de Sydney, à quelques centaines de mètres du célèbre opéra, le Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) a été inauguré le 29 mars après un an et demi de travaux de rénovation et d’agrandissement."
Ibermuseus Ibermuseos, 27-03-2012
URUGUAY - "El Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia de Uruguay, a través de la Dirección Nacional de Cultura, inauguró ayer día 26 de marzo, en el Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales de Montevideo, el Encuentro Internacional para la divulgación de las plataformas digitales de gestión de colecciones en Iberoamérica y la búsqueda de soluciones nacionales."
World Architecture News, 3 April 2012
CHANGZHOU, CHINA - "Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been awarded first prize in the international competition to build the Culture Centre in the newly created Changzhou city centre - competing against KSP - Jürgen Engel Architects, Arata Isozaki and other leading practices. With a total floor area of 365,000 sq m, the building is six times the size of the Louvre in Paris. The new building complex includes a number of museums such as an arts museum, a science and technology museum and a library, together with service facilities supporting the centre for culture in the Xinbei district of the city."
Sumit Singhal, AECCafé, March 30th, 2012
SHANGHAI, CHINA - "The new Shanghai Museum of Glass is located on a former glass manufacturing and processing site in the northern District of Baoshan, Shanghai (China). The site covers a total area of 40,300sq.m and consists of thirty industrial buildings varying in age, condition and scale, with most of them still being used by glass related industries. The owner, Shanghai Glass Co., aimed to upgrade the site, and selected two buildings to become the Shanghai Museum of Glass to kick start the project. It is the first glass museum in China, and one of the first museums in China based on a modern, interactive experience exhibition concept."
World Architecture News, 30 March 2012
BERLIN, GERMANY - "David Chipperfield Architects has trumped twenty-three other design studios for a coveted renovation project in Berlin. The scheme will see the UK-based firm restore and update Mies van der Rohe’s celebrated Neue Nationalgalerie in the German capital, the first building completed as part of Berlin’s Kulturforum." [see also David Chipperfield Architects selected to renovate the New National Gallery, Recent News, artdaily.org, 1 April 2012; and, David Chipperfield rénovera la Neue Nationalgalerie de Berlin, La Connaissance des Arts, 5 Avril 2012
World Architecture News, 29 March 2012
UNITED KINGDOM - "Yesterday the government released the finished National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) after a long and heavily debated approach to the recent review of UK planning laws. While the build up to the finalised document has had many people worried about the potential implications of relaxed planning regulations, the newly released NPPF has received rather positive responses across the board."
Internet giant offers sneak view at what "augmented reality" eyewear might look like, and calls for feedback on project.
Al Jazeera, Last Modified: 05 Apr 2012 07:10
"Google has given the world a glimpse of its vision for letting people look at life through internet-tinted spectacles. It posted a brief introduction to Project Glass, including photos and a concept video, on its Google+ social network on Wednesday. "We think technology should work for you, be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don't," members of the project team said in a Google+ post."
In the first instalment of a series on research and development, Nesta's Hasan Bakhshi explains how a digital fund aims to shake up the sector
Hasan Bakhshi, The Guardian’s Culture Professionals Network, Tuesday 3 April 2012 17.15 BST
ENGLAND - "It's staggering how much money the government pumps into science and technology each year with the explicit aim of supporting innovation. [text omitted] Clear definitions of scientific and technological R&D, developed over five decades in its own dedicated manual, have enabled its measurement and evaluation and, in turn, assessments of market failure which have further strengthened the case for public R&D funding. We have no equivalent understanding of innovation in the arts. [text omitted] This was the starting point for the digital R&D fund for arts and culture, a groundbreaking three-way collaboration between Nesta, Arts Council England, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which is currently being piloted in England."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 3 April 2012
NEW YORK, NY – "Nathalie Haveman and David Dehaeck, the two co founders of Art+, announced today the forthcoming launch of Art+, a new mobile social media platform that empowers its members to discover, acquire, and manage premium works of art by the most promising young and emerging artists. The invitation-only forum is aimed at art enthusiasts and collectors of contemporary art, and involves partnerships with commercial galleries and seasoned curators from around the world."
Ryan Stuart, Canadian Geographic, April 2012
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA / WORLD - [text omitted] "In 2005, the Museum of Anthropology partnered with three Vancouver-area First Nations to build the Reciprocal Research Network (RRN), a social media-style website where photos and descriptions of artifacts can be displayed, studied and discussed. The site launched in 2010, and today, there are more than 430,000 items from 19 museums and institutions throughout the world available at www.rrncommunity.org."It’s not just a one-way flow of information," says Rowley. "Individuals are teaching researchers about the traditional meaning and purpose of the artifacts." "
Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic, March 30, 2012
UNITED STATES - "Remember the 1980s when MTV helped define Western youth culture? Remember when the music video channel had a sense of the unexpected and was brimming with creative energy? President of MTV Stephen Friedman, in an interview with Hyperallergic, says he wants to rekindle the "visual playground" that was part of the appeal and thrill of those years. As part of the channel’s goal to look past Gen X, who have aged out of MTV, to the Millenials, who are the biggest generation in history, the network is overhauling their image by infusing the channel with some edgier elements and re-introducing it to an audience which is almost impossible to impress. Enter the Art Break spots, which was born out of a collaboration by MTV, MoMA PS1 and Creative Time."
Le Journal des Arts, 5 Avril 2012
MONACO – "Du 5 au 8 avril, la cité monégasque accueille l’art contemporain. Pour sa troisième édition, Art Monaco espère faire de la principauté le point de rassemblement des collectionneurs printaniers."
Le Journal des Arts, 4 Avril 2012
BERLIN, ALLEMAGNE – "La structure mobile du BMW Guggenheim Lab ouvrira finalement ses portes comme prévu à Berlin, mais avec trois semaines de retard, le 15 juin prochain, et sur un autre site."
La Connaissance des Arts, 4 Avril 2012
FRANCE – "Créé en 2011 par le couple de collectionneurs Evelyne et Jacques Deret, Art Collector est un concept inédit dans le mécénat français. Cette initiative entend soutenir et promouvoir des artistes français, émergents ou en milieu de carrière, déjà collectionnés et représentés par une ou plusieurs galeries. "
Feargus O'Sullivan, The Atlantic Cities, 4 April 2012, 8:20 AM ET
LONDON, ENGLAND - "With £12 billion spent so far, talk of London’s upcoming summer games as the Recession Olympics has largely died away. There is, however, one area where belt tightening has seen dreams of sky-high budgets shot down: the Cultural Olympiad. [text omitted] Despite these lowered expectations, the Cultural Olympiad is – surprisingly – one of Britain’s best arts festival programs for a while."
Garantiza el funcionamiento de las grandes instituciones y servicios y culturales, y pretende avanzar en la construcción de modelos complemetarios de financiación
Gobierno de Espagña, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, 4 de abril de 2012
ESPAGÑA - "El secretario de Estado de Cultura, José María Lassalle, ha presentado hoy los datos del presupuesto de su departamento para 2012, partiendo de un mensaje realista: "son "posibles y responsables con la cultura, ajustan los gastos y asumen los compromisos que son viables de cara al futuro más inmediato, en una situación difícil donde las prioridades son otras políticas sociales como las pensiones o la prestación por desempleo". El secretario de Estado ha destacado que "frente a la disminución del 15% registrada en materia de Cultura, se mantiene su peso en el total del gasto con un 0,3% en los Presupuestos Generales del Estado". Y ha enfatizado que "los presupuestos del Estado en Cultura representan tan sólo el 16% del conjunto gasto público realizado en nuestro país. El 29% lo realizan las comunidades autónomas y el 55% restante, los ayuntamientos". "
Statistics Canada, The Daily, 4 April 2012
CANADA - "Data on government expenditures on culture are now available for the 2009/2010 fiscal year."
A total of 1.5m rubles is shared among artists, curators and writers
The Art Newspaper, Web only, Published online: 03 April 2012
RUSSIA - "The winners of the seventh annual Innovation prize were announced at an awards ceremony at the Artplay Design Center in Moscow on 3 April. The prize is meant to promote and support Russian contemporary visual artists, as well as curators, writers and exhibitions. It distributes a total of 1.5m rubles among five categories—work of art, curator’s project, theory and criticism, new generation, and regional project—and presents special awards to those that have supported or contributed to contemporary art projects in the past year."
Le Monde, 30 Mars 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "C'est le Raymond Poulidor des foires d'art contemporain françaises : Art Paris au Grand Palais, c'est sympathique, populaire, mais ça ne peut prétendre à la première place que détient la FIAC. C'était d'ailleurs pour cela qu'elle fut créée, en 1999, par Alain Lamaignère : il s'agissait, disait-il alors, de se démarquer "d'une vision mondialiste du marché de l'art et de ses diktats..." (Le Monde du 20 septembre 1999), entendez la FIAC et ses tentatives légitimes d'atteindre un niveau international - qu'elle avait alors perdu -, mission depuis accomplie."
Le Monde, 30 Mars 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "La vente aux enchères d'instruments de torture prévue pour mardi à Paris est suspendue "dans un esprit d'apaisement", a annoncé vendredi 30 mars à l'AFP la maison d'enchères Cornette de Saint Cyr."
Le Monde, 30 Mars 2012
COLOGNE, ALLEMAGNE – "Quatre peintures, dont deux des Français Fernand Léger et Jean Dubuffet, ont été saisies à Cologne, dans l'ouest de l'Allemagne, vingt-trois ans après leur vol dans une galerie new-yorkaise, a annoncé la police allemande, vendredi 30 mars."
Arts Council England, 29 March 2012
ENGLAND - "Arts Council England today announced the 26 organisations that have been successful in the first stage of their application to its new large-scale capital funding programme. The majority of the 26 projects focus on the refurbishment or extension of existing arts buildings, and range from the replacement of critical equipment to large scale renovations and improvements. The Arts Council proposes to invest just over £114 million in this first round of the fund, its first new capital investment in nine years."
Henry Goldman, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, April 02, 2012
WORLD - "New York ranks first as a global business center in a worldwide survey of cities, the fourth such recognition of its influence in the past five months. London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong trail New York on the Global Cities Index, released today by Bloomberg Rankings. Beijing and Shanghai emerged as potential rivals within 10 to 20 years, according to the index." [see also the full report 2012 Global Cities Index and Emerging Cities Outlook]
Le Parisien, 2 Avril 2012
SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE – "L’université Paris-VIII a décroché des subventions pour créer une cité internationale des arts à Saint-Denis. Ce campus de la création s’installerait à côté de la Cité du cinéma."
Le Journal des Arts, 30 Mars 2012
LILLE, FRANCE – "Forte de son dynamisme culturel initié lors de son mandat de « Capitale européenne de la Culture » en 2004, la ville de Lille poursuit et approfondit cette vitalité à travers son festival Lille3000. Pour sa troisième édition, intitulée "Fantastic", Lille3000 invite toutes les institutions culturelles de la ville et ses environs à se métamorphoser en des lieux fantasmagoriques."
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