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Maki & Associates win Patna Museum: Reports that Foster + Partners won Patna Museum competition quashed by official statement from Government of Bihar

World Architecture News, 16 February 2012


PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA - "The original Patna Museum was constructed by the British in India’s Bihar State to showcase the incredible historical artefacts discovered in the local vicinity. Its 1917 structure is now failing and lacks the environmental and structural capacity to withstand the needs of a modern museum. As such, a competition was launched to design a fresh new complex to house these priceless objects, which has now been won by Maki & Associates with OPOLIS. Architecture’s most experienced museum-designers were found on the shortlist of five, announced in October 2011, including: Coop Himmelblau with ARCHOHM; Maki & Associates with OPOLIS; Snohetta with Spacematters; Studio Daniel Libeskind with Morphogenesis; and Foster + Partners with C. P. Kukreja & Associates. Maki & Associates with OPOLIS was announced as the winner on 15th February by the Government of Bihar’s Building Construction Department."


Obama to speak at African American history museum’s groundbreaking

Los Angeles Times, 16 February 2012


WASHINGTON, DC - "President Obama will speak at the official groundbreaking next week for the Smithsonian's new African American history museum in Washington, museum officials announced. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be situated on the National Mall and is expected to be completed by 2015 at an estimated price cost of $500 million, half of which is expected to be paid by the government. Obama is expected to be joined at the Feb. 22 ceremony by former First Lady Laura Bush and by actress and director Phylicia Rashad." [see also Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for National Museum of African American History and Culture, by Maria Morales, AFRO, 16 February 2012]


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Abu Dhabi combines tourism and culture authorities

The new super-agency will keep the same assets and staff of the two groups

Helen Stoilas, The Art Newspaper, Web only, Published online: 15 February 2012


ABU DHABI, UAE - "Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of Abu Dhabi, one of the emirates leading the cultural push in the Gulf, is combining the country's existing authorities for tourism, culture and heritage to create one super-agency. The new Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture will retain the assets, mandates and staff of the two agencies, according to the state-run Gulf News. "The establishment of the Authority is part of the plan for tourism development in Abu Dhabi, where the local heritage is considered to be central to tourism development in the emirate," the report says."


On the Boards: BIG Wins Competition for Art Center in Sundance Festival's Home City

William Hanley, Architectural Record, 14 February 2012


PARK CITY, UT – "Rising star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG have won a competition to greatly expand an art center in Park City, Utah, the ski town that hosts the Sundance Film Festival every January. The firm's preliminary design for the Kimball Art Center—a 35-year-old, non-collecting institution currently housed in a two-story former garage—calls for renovating the existing space and adding an 80-foot structure that resembles two blocks of wood, stacked one on top of the other, with the upper section twisting away from the base. [text omitted] The project is expected to break ground in 2013 and cost upwards of $10 million, though fundraising has not yet begun." [see also BIG Winner: Kimball Art Center Selects Bjarke Ingels for Renovation and Expansion Project, by Stephanie Murg, UnBeige, February 15, 2012 12:46 PM; and Wood From Old Train Tracks Will Help Reshape Kimball Art Center in Utah, by Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times, 14 February 2012]


J. Paul Getty Museum Appoints New Director

Randy Kennedy, The New York Times, 14 February 2012


LOS ANGELES, CA - "After more than two years of temporary leadership, the J. Paul Getty Museum has chosen Timothy Potts, a specialist in ancient art and a veteran museum hand, to be its new director. Mr. Potts has been the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, since 2008 and before that he ran the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Tex., for almost a decade, making a mark there with ambitious acquisitions and several well-regarded exhibitions. Born and raised in Australia, he began his career as director of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne." [see also The Getty Museum has a new director but an old problem, The Los Angeles Times, by Christopher Knight, 14 February 2012; Dr. Timothy Potts, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, to take the helm of the Getty Museum, Recent News, artdaily.org, 15 February 2012; and, Timothy Potts prend la tête du Getty Museum, par Suzanne Lemardelé, Le Journal des Arts, Jeudi 16 février 2012]


ENQUIRER IN-DEPTH: Cincinnati museum merger a model for other cities?

Linking of Museum Center, Freedom Center an example for struggling arts communities

Sharon Coolidge, Mark Curnutte and Lauren Bishop, Cincinnati.com, 14 February 2012


CINCINNATI, OH - "The Cincinnati Museum Center’s takeover of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center unites two Cincinnati icons in a merger predicted to benefit both. Observers say it’s likely to work - because the Museum Center has done it before. In a series of mergers during the 1980s and 1990s the Cincinnati Museum Center brought together the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum and Museum of Natural History & Science under the roof of Union Terminal. Visitors embraced the cultural mall. The Museum Center now draws more than 1.2 million annually, No. 17 in attendance nationally, Forbes said in 2009. In recent years, arts and culture organizations in Pittsburgh, Dayton, Ohio and Chattanooga, Tenn., have merged – with generally good results – and even more are exploring the option." [see also Editorial: New dynamic chapter for museums, Cincinnati.com, 16 February 2012; Museum mergers: How have they fared?, by Lauren Bishop, Cincinnati.com, 14 February 2012; and, Museum Center, Freedom Center announce merger, Fox19, Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, 9:46am]


New Orleans Museum of Art appoints new Director of Interpretation and Audience Engagement

Recent News, artdaily.org, 14 February 2012


NEW ORLEANS, LA – "Susan Taylor, the Montine McDaniel Freeman Director at the New Orleans Museum of Art, announced today the appointment of Allison Reid as Director of the Department of Interpretation and Audience Engagement. Previously the Vice President for Collections & Programs at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, Reid comes to NOMA with nearly 15 years of museum experience and a strong hands-on, visitor-focused philosophy toward exhibitions and programming."


Windsor council wrestles with $3.2M Chimczuk fund

Group wants building named for benefactor

Doug Schmidt, The Windsor Star, 13 February 2012


WINDSOR, ON – "Unless the Art Gallery of Windsor is to be renamed the Chimczuk Museum, a group that has been lobbying to implement the benefactor's legal will said it's opposed to seeing his millions invested there. A recommendation in a consultant's draft report to city council proposes that Windsor's new community museum be housed in the AGW building that will also soon be home to the library's new central branch. Lord Cultural Resources of Toronto suggests the money bequeathed to the city by Chimczuk could be used to expand the current facility to accommodate all three users. To honour his generosity, the report's authors state: "The Chimczuk name on a gallery within the building should be adequate." While only a recommendation in a draft, it's still a big non-starter, according to Chimczuk Museum Inc."


Science and Tech Museum warehouse full of 'knowledge waiting to be discovered'

Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen, 11 February 2012


OTTAWA, ON – "This is the nation's attic," says David Pantalony, waving at a warehouseful of stored science and technology artifacts. But with a difference. Attics are where old things go to be forgotten. Ninety-eight per cent of the collection at the Canada Science and Technology Museum is in storage. The public area has no space for old generators, cars, CT scanners, telephones, horse-drawn plows, computers, nuclear reactor parts, stethoscopes, bicycles, and the rest of what led the way to our lives in 2012. It's stored out back, in a couple of cavernous buildings behind the museum. But it's coming to light. Pantalony, a curator at the museum, wants to expand public access to the collection. The museum already invites researchers and school groups in for tours, and also sends items from the collection out on loan. And the public can sometimes visit these stored treasures, too. "We're trying to make this a much more accessible space, so in summer there are tours here," he says. (Visitors have to book times through the museum.)"


Library's strategic planning process winding down

Port Hope Council Corner

Northumberland Today, 10 February 2012


PORT HOPE, ON – "December and January have been extremely busy with a great deal of progress made on two fronts. As indicated in my December column, Parks, Recreation and Culture engaged Lord Cultural Resources to conduct community research related to cultural opportunities in Port Hope and the feasibility of a joint facility for the arts and seniors activities. Meetings with key stakeholder groups continue and the consultant has commented that having conducted more than 1,900 studies world wide they have never seen a more engaged community than Port Hope. I would like to thank all those who participated in the cultural survey and we look forward to sharing the results in the coming weeks."


Survey focuses on local art scene

Clubs sought to get clearer vision for city

Lana Sweeten-Shults, TimesRecordNews, 10 February 2012


WICHITA FALLS, TX – "A survey by the Priddy Foundation will paint a clearer picture of the art scene in Wichita Falls and will be the first step the organization will take, while working with consulting group Lord Cultural Resources, in molding the art scene. The Priddy Foundation is funding the Arts Inventory Survey, which is intended to develop a comprehensive list of arts and cultural groups in the city — not just nonprofit groups but for-profit businesses involved in the arts, clubs and grass roots organizations."


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New Vegas museum highlights mob bosses, tommy guns

Cristina Silva (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 16 February 2012


LAS VEGAS, NV – "In one room, a ghastly photo wall of bloody, uncensored images showcases the mob's greatest hits.

In another, visitors are taught to load a revolver. And for when a gun just won't do, an oddball collection of household items — a shovel, a hammer, a baseball bat and an icepick — show the creative side of some of America's most notorious killers. On the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Sin City is honoring one of its earliest relationships with the grand opening of a museum dedicated to the mobsters that made this desert town. There are tommy guns, money stacks and a bullet-riddled brick wall from the 1929 massacre that saw Al Capone seize control of the Chicago mob. Las Vegas has long been enamored with its gangster roots. Its longtime former mayor played himself in the mob flick "Casino" and hotels here often promote their nefarious origins. But the publicly funded, $42 million Mob Museum represents a new height in Sin City's lawlessness devotion. Even the local FBI agents are in on it."


Museum of Craft and Design Announces New Home

PRWEB.com Newswire, Digital Journal, 16 February 2012


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - "The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) today announced that it will move to an 8,000-square-foot space in the historic American Industrial Center at 2569 Third Street in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Scheduled to be open by mid-2012, the move will allow MCD to significantly expand its exhibition space and to build its first-ever dedicated education room for its popular public programs, including MakeArt workshops and special events. The new location comes following MCD’s comprehensive search for a location that would allow for the continued growth of its artistic mission and future exhibition plans. Furthermore, MCD’s addition to the neighborhood will support the continued transformation of San Francisco’s Dogpatch area into a thriving enclave for arts, culture, dining and entertainment."


2012 will be a year of museums in Lutsk

Local authorities consider museums to be the most interesting tourist sites

Natalia Malimon, The Day, 16 February 2012


LUTSK, UKRAINE - "From Paraguay to China – this is now the geography of countries from which visitors come to the Museum of Volyn Icons. This museum is the third most popular tourist site in Lutsk. However, in the city (and generally in the Volyn region) there are many interesting sites that are, unfortunately, still not so well known in Ukraine. “Museums Work for Tourism Development in the City in 2012” was the name of the working meeting of the Mayor, City Council staff responsible for tourism, and directors of city museums. Mayor Mykola Romaniuk believes that Lutsk museums are not only the pride of the city, but also one of the whole Ukraine. This year, according to him, will be an unofficial year of museums in Lutsk."


A reward to recover two archaeological objects stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Recent News, artdaily.org, 16 February 2012


MONTREAL, QC - "AXA ART – the world’s only art-led insurance company – is offering a substantial reward for the safe recovery of two small-scale archaeological fragments: an Assyrian low relief and a marble head dating from the Roman Empire that were stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in the fall of 2011. To avoid compromising the police investigation, details of the theft had not previously been released. Although the Museum is naturally concerned about the monetary value of the stolen objects, it is particularly sorry to have lost these two quality objects from the collection and regrets that the Museum’s visitors will no longer see them on display in the galleries. [see also Two valuable artifacts stolen from Montreal museum, by Joshua Knelman, The Globe and Mail, 15 February 2012]


China to build museum for 1,000-yr-old copy of Koran

The Economic Times, 15 February 2012


DONGXIANG, CHINA - "China will build a state-of-the-art museum for the preservation of a 1,000-year-old copy of Koran, believed to be one of the earliest copies of the holy book. Officials from the Dongxiang autonomous county in northwest China's Gansu province said that the 800-sq metre museum would house exhibition halls, digital display systems and surveillance system. The museum to be built at a cost of $ 636,000 will use advanced methods to preserve the ancient document and slow its deterioration. Construction of the museum is scheduled to start in April and will be finished by the end of the year. The ancient copy of the Koran, which is written in Arabic and consists of 536 pages, was discovered in Dongxiang in 2009, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported."


Creation Of National Slavery Museum In Doubt

George E. Curry (NNPA Columnist), The Seattle Medium, Originally posted 2/15/2012


UNITED STATES - "Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder’s plan to build a United States National Slavery Museum not far from the nation’s capital is almost eight years behind schedule and his group is mired in so much debt that it recently filed for bankruptcy. A story in Sunday’s Washington Post catalogued an array of problems by the group, raising doubt about whether the museum will ever be built. “The U.S. Slavery Museum filed for bankruptcy this fall,” the story stated. “Firms have filed claims totaling more than $7 million. The city of Fredericksburg has threatened to sell the land because of more than $200,000 in unpaid real-estate taxes. Officials have asked the court to either liquidate the organization or appoint a trustee to oversee its finances.” No one expected to receive this kind of news in the middle of Black History Month." [see also Two decades later, donors wondering what happened to plans for slavery museum, The Washington Post, 11 February 2012]


How to get ahead in US museums

Once considered the weakest candidates by boards, curators are now getting the top management jobs

Erica Cooke, The Art Newspaper, Issue 232, February 2012, Published online: 15 February 2012


NEW YORK, NY - "Senior curators who want to step up and run a museum have to overcome a credibility gap in the eyes of many trustees seeking a director. Agnes Gund, the president emerita of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), grew increasingly frustrated while sitting on selection committees because curators were being put "in last place". Four years ago, she did something about it, launching the New York-based Center for Curatorial Leadership. [text omitted] Ten curators a year have taken part in the programme since 2008. The course includes four weeks of instruction over a six-month period (some taught by the Columbia Business School), being mentored by experienced directors, and a residency at a museum other than their own. Gund funds nearly 95% of the centre’s $500,000 annual budget."


Tax for museum will be on August ballot

Joshua Kennedy, Monroe Evening News, last modified February 15. 2012 3:07PM


MONROE, MI - "The Monroe County Board of Commissioners Tuesday unanimously agreed to put a tax for the museum on the August primary ballot and also to pursue the creation of a national Custer museum and monument. The two parallel paths for the county’s historical future could — collectively – push Monroe County’s rich heritage into the national spotlight. “The plans are highly complementary,” said William Braunlich, president of the Monroe County Historical Society. “Our hope is that both plans succeed. What a phenomenal opportunity this is to try and build a world-class experience for people who visit Monroe County.” His organization’s plan is to take the existing George Armstrong Custer collection within Monroe County and $200,000 a year for the next 10 years from the county coffers and $5,000 a year “in perpetuity” from the City of Monroe and combine that with efforts of the National Park Service to create the Custer museum and monument."


Reducing museum food waste

Museums have a responsibility to reduce waste, particularly food, says the Garden Museum's Jade-Lauren Cawthray

The Museums Association and Jade-Lauren Cawthray, part of the Guardian Culture Professionals Network, Wednesday 15 February 2012 08.30 GMT


UNITED KINGDOM - "According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) between 15 and 18 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year in the UK – meanwhile, the UN estimates that 927 million people suffered from starvation in 2010. Food waste is not only a misdistribution of global resources but is a waste of land, water, human labour, natural resources and energy. As a sector that champions and celebrates culture and heritage from around the world, museums have a responsibility to support the people most dramatically affected by the production of food by reducing our waste."


Vol audacieux au Musée des beaux-arts

Deux artefacts de grande valeur datant de l'Antiquité ont été dérobés en plein jour

Isabelle Paré, Le Devoir, 15 février 2012


MONTRÉAL, QC – "Deux artefacts archéologiques datant de l'Antiquité ont été volés en plein jour au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal en octobre dernier. Le service des enquêtes financières de la Sûreté du Québec a lancé hier un appel à la population pour tenter de retrouver le responsable de ces vols."


From Overseas Visitors, a Growing Demand to Study the Holocaust

Ethan Bronner, The New York Times, 14 February 2012


JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — "The students were spared nothing. There were sessions on Nazi disputes over how to murder the Jews; propaganda art in the Third Reich; encounters with survivors; a history of anti-Semitism; the dilemmas faced by leaders of the Jewish ghetto councils. It was just what one might expect from a 10-day seminar at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and museum. The surprise was the students: 35 teachers and professors from Taiwan, none of them specialists in the area, most of whom had never before met a Jew. More surprising still were the lessons some were taking away. "Before I came, I felt worse about the Holocaust," said Jen Hsiu-mei, a psychologist and an early childhood educator. "This week, I learned that inside the death camps people helped each other. It gives new meaning to human values. This is not something I expected to learn here — hope." Seven decades after the Holocaust, with its survivors rapidly dying, the most systematic slaughter in human history is taking on a growing and often unexpected role in education across the globe. Yad Vashem alone, which opened its international teaching branch only in the 1990s, produces material in more than 20 languages, is active in 55 countries and puts on 70 seminars a year for groups of visiting educators."


Mise en application d’une norme européenne sur l’emballage des œuvres d’art

Journal des Arts, 14 Février 2012


EUROPE – "L’application de la norme européenne NF EN 15946 définissant les principes d’emballage pour le transport des biens culturels est obligatoire depuis février 2012. Elle développe les recommandations et exigences assurant la sécurité et la conservation des biens culturels lors de leurs déplacements."


Development agreement a milestone in Blue Beach Fossil Museum project

Kirk Starratt, Kings County News, 14 February 2012


KINGS COUNTY, NS – "People involved with a plan to create a world-class fossil museum at Blue Beach are smiling a lot these days, said a project official. Sonja Wood of Lockhartville said it has taken about five years, but last week Kings County council unanimously approved initial consideration for a development agreement for the venture. "We've put our hearts and souls into this," Wood said. "We want to build a world-class site here. We're working with wonderful people." The Blue Beach Fossil Museum Society wanted to be very thorough in the planning stages. The estimated project cost is between $6 million and $8 million."


War hero’s son seeks to establish museum in Taiwan

Taipei Times, 13 February 2012


TAIPEI, TAIWAN - "The son of a war hero in the Sino-Japanese war (1937 to 1945) yesterday announced that he intends to establish a museum in his father’s name in Taiwan to help preserve the memory of that period in history. Kao Yao-han (高耀漢) made the announcement in Taipei during the inauguration of an association dedicated to the memory of Kao Chih-hang (高志航), who led the Republic of China’s (ROC) first successful air battle against Japan in 1937. [text omitted]  Kao Yao-han said that museums exhibiting his father’s achievements had been established in Beijing, Nanjing and his hometown of Tonghua in Jilin Province, adding that he hoped to do the same in Taiwan."


Reynolds Museum founder dies at 88

Nicki Thomas, Edmonton Journal, 13 February 2012


WETASKIWIN, AB – "Stanley George Reynolds, the founder of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin and a life-long resident of the central Alberta city, died on Thursday at the age of 88. Reynolds, a collector and businessman, opened his own private museum in 1955 to allow the public to see his collection of vehicles, airplanes, agricultural machinery and other devices."


U.S. blues museum planned for St. Louis riverfront

Bruce Olsen, Reuters, 12 February 2012


ST. LOUIS, MO - "A few blocks from the Mississippi River levee where a homeless W.C. Handy composed "St. Louis Blues" more than 100 years ago, the first national blues museum in the United States is taking shape. While several regional blues museums have popped up around the country -- Memphis, Tennessee; Clarksdale, Mississippi; and Helena, Arkansas -- the St. Louis institution will be the first to tell the national story of the unique American musical form. Organizers say it's time that St. Louis -- a city with a long musical tradition but without the high profile of Chicago, New Orleans or Memphis -- stepped up its visibility in the music world. The National Blues Museum, which Museum chairman Rob Endicott said he hoped would open next year depending on the final design, would be a part of an ongoing public and private effort to revitalize the St. Louis riverfront."


Musée québécois de culture populaire: Yvon Noël devient le directeur

François Houde, Le Nouvelliste, 11 février 2012


TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC – "Le Musée québécois de culture populaire a annoncé hier le nom de son nouveau directeur. Il s'agit de Yvon Noël qui occupait, depuis 2006, le poste de directeur des activités éducatives et de l'accès à la culture au Musée des beaux-arts du Québec. M. Noël entrera officiellement en fonction le 12 mars prochain. Issu du milieu des arts visuels, le nouveau directeur du MQCP a notamment oeuvré pendant plusieurs années dans le monde de l'enseignement secondaire et collégial avant de devenir directeur général de l'École atelier sculpture de Québec et, par la suite, de la Maison des métiers d'art de Québec."


McNay Art Museum receives $5 million gift from the estate of Nancy Blackburn Hamon

Recent News, artdaily.org, 10 February 2012


SAN ANTONIO, TX - "The McNay Art Museum has received a bequest of $5 million from the estate of Nancy Blackburn Hamon, which will help to endow the operation of the museum's Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions. The 45,000 square foot Center doubled the size of the museum. For the first time the McNay has the space to present larger and more varied exhibitions that might otherwise not be seen in San Antonio, while, at the same time, present all aspects of its renowned permanent collection. Pledged by Mrs. Hamon during the McNay's recent capital campaign that raised over $51 million, the endowment will be named The Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Sustaining Endowment for the Center for Exhibitions. McNay Director, Dr. William J. Chiego, stated "This major bequest from Nancy Hamon is yet another demonstration of her extraordinary generosity to the arts, and of her understanding of what is required to sustain a major cultural institution. The Hamon endowment is especially critical at a time of national economic stress and pressure on institutional endowments." "


Musée d’art contemporain: y a-t-il un mécène dans la salle?

Éric Clément, La Presse, 10 février 2012


MONTRÉAL, QC – "Le Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) peut-il financer un tiers du coût de son agrandissement avec de l'argent privé? C'est la question qui émergeait hier, après que la ministre de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, Christine St-Pierre, eut rejeté le plan du MAC. Elle estime qu'un projet de 88 millions financé à 82 % par de l'argent public n'est pas acceptable "compte tenu de la capacité de l'État de payer."


Une liste rouge pour le patrimoine égyptien

Connaissance des arts, 10 Février 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "Face à la hausse du nombre de fouilles illicites et du trafic d’antiquités, qui ont augmenté depuis la révolution du printemps dernier, une Liste rouge des biens culturels égyptiens en péril a été publiée lundi. Le Conseil international des musées (ICOM) a mis cette liste à disposition des douaniers, des policiers et des experts du marché de l'art du monde entier, afin de les aider à identifier les objets égyptiens victimes de contrebande."


Sauvons le musée!

Raphaël Melançon, L’Action, 9 février 2012


JOLIETTE, QC – "Le Musée d'art de Joliette est mal en point. Très mal en point. Si l'institution a conservé l'esprit d'avant-garde de son fondateur, le père Wilfrid Corbeil, le bâtiment dans lequel elle évolue depuis 1976, lui, n'a rien d'avant-gardiste, bien au contraire. Le toit fuit, la climatisation n'est plus adéquate, les locaux ne répondent plus aux normes... Bref, après 35 ans de loyaux services, la bâtisse a besoin de travaux majeurs et vite. Et tant qu'à y être, le musée va en profiter pour faire plus d'espace pour sa collection, composée de plus de 9000 œuvres d'art. Au total, le projet coûtera la bagatelle de 11,7 millions $. Québec a déjà promis, l'été dernier, d'en financer les 10 premiers millions. En y ajoutant le don de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, qui a été la première ville de la région à confirmer cette semaine son intention de contribuer au projet à la hauteur de 150 000$, il reste à trouver au bas mot un million et demi de dollars avant que le chantier puisse se mettre en branle."


Representantes del Instituto Smithsonian se reúnen con el Presidente de Ibermuseos

Diálogos para la cooperación

Ibramuseus/Ibramuseos, 08-02-2012


BRASILIA, BRAZIL - "El Presidente de Programa Ibermuseos y del Instituto Brasileiro de Museus (Ibram), José do Nascimento Jr., se reunió en Brasilia el pasado 6 de febrero con la Directora del Área Internacional de la Institución Smithsonian, Elizabeth Duggal, y el Asesor principal de la institución, Myles Gordon. También estuvieron presentes directores del Ibram y representantes de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América y del Ministerio de Cultura. La reunión se realizó a petición de la institución estadounidense, responsable de la gestión de un complejo de diecinueve museos y galerías, además de nueve centros de investigación entre otras actividades, y tuvo como objetivo conocer las acciones del Ibram y de Ibermuseos."


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Striking gold in Waurn Ponds: Respected architects complete sparkling library in Victoria's new architecture hub

World Architecture News, 15 February 2012


VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - "This golden punctuated shell is the glistening new Library and Community Hub at Waurn Ponds on the outskirts of Victoria in south-east Australia by Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop. The firm’s concept arose through a simple Wikipedia search of the Waurn Ponds area which confirmed that the region’s name originated from a series of interlinked, cascading ponds. Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop generated a steel laser-cut solar skin pierced with holes in a range of sizes to wrap the building, supplying the necessary solar protection and a strong statement for the new library."


Buenos Aires’ Faena Arts Center Opens in a Renovated Mill With a Colorful Interactive Installation

Ana Lisa Alperovich, Inhabitat, 02/14/12


BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - "Located in an up and coming area of Buenos Aires called Puerto Madero, the brand new Faena Arts Center is a magnificent recycled wheat mill that now holds luxury apartments, offices, and a modern arts space. The building stands where an old 1908 Molinos Rio de la Plata structure used to be and is one of many developments financed by Argentine businessman Alan Faena. Designed by Faena Group Architects, who have previously worked in the area with Phillip Starck, Norman Foster, and Mike McCormack, the space was formerly used to produce food for Europeans immigrants running away from the first World War and now it keeps nurturing people with art and culture. "


Monuments nationaux, personnel en péril ?

Le Monde, 11 Février 2012


FRANCE – "C'est un rapport accablant, "une bombe", qui illustre "le malaise d'une mauvaise administration", dit-on dans les rangs de la haute administration française. Ce rapport de l'inspection générale des affaires culturelles (IGAC) ferait état d'une situation "désolante", "invraisemblable", de souffrance des personnels au sein même du Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN)."


Incendie dans la Cité radieuse de Le Corbusier à Marseille

Connaissance des arts, 10 Février 2012


MARSEILLE, FRANCE – "Hier après-midi, un incendie s’est déclaré dans la Cité radieuse, un immeuble de 334 appartements signé Le Corbusier à Marseille. Le feu, parti d'un duplex au premier étage du complexe, s'est propagé à l'étage du dessus provoquant la destruction d'une dizaine d'appartements."


China's gift to Africa: Chinese-funded headquarters for African Union officially opened in Addis Ababa

World Architecture News, 9 February 2012


ADIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - "A 20-storey headquarters and conference centre for the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was inaugurated at an official ceremony on 28th January, 2012 attended by many Chinese and African officials. China provided funding for the £127m project as part of an ongoing initiative to develop ties with Africa, strengthening the business relationship between the two nations. Jia Qinglin, a senior leader of China told AFP: "The towering complex speaks volumes about our friendship to the African people, and testifies to our strong resolve to support African development." The building was designed by the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University with China State Construction Engineering Corporation heading the construction phase which began in June 2009."


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LACMA Lets You Play Exquisite Corpse on Your iPhone

An Xiao, Hyperallergic, 15 February 2012


LOS ANGELES, CA — "Just a day after I reviewed LACMA’s In Wonderland exhibition of surrealist female artists, I came across their new app. Designed by media artist Jody Zellen, Art Swipe starts you off with 16 images from the show. The images are cut in three and arranged with others on the screen, allowing you simply to slide the images until you find a mash-up you like. It would be nice to be able to shake the app to create random juxtapositions, and in the spirit of the social nature of the original game, it would have been fun to create something more interactive, perhaps by allowing multiple people with iPhones to contribute a sketch or image via wifi. But the interface is quite clean and intuitive. You can also add more images, with a diverse array available from LACMA’s larger collection or even your own camera roll."


Turn your smart phone into an art phone: Download the Art + Soul of the South free iPhone app

Recent News, artdaily.org, 13 February 2012


AUGUSTA, GA – "The Morris Museum of Art, the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South, announces the release of its first iPhone app, available immediately for download for FREE in the Apple App Store here.

The app enables users to listen to audio about and view images of selected works from the permanent collection that are currently on display; view images and information on archived, current, and upcoming exhibitions; view the museum’s quarterly calendar of events and save them into their iPhone iCal; donate to the museum, join, or complete a volunteer application; find general museum information such as admission, hours, and a map of the galleries; and share Morris app information via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter."


Online art market Paddle8 secures Series A funding of c.$4MM led by prominent technology investors

Recent News, artdaily.org, 10 February 2012


NEW YORK, NY – "Founder Collective, one of the most reputed early-stage venture capital funds, which has previously made successful bets on the likes of Makerbot, Milo and Uber, now turns its attention to online art market Paddle8. The investment is led by David Frankel who joins the board of Paddle8. Joining Paddle8's financing round is Mousse Partners, the private investment firm affiliated with a leading luxury goods company. The firm's U.S. venture efforts are led by Ed Zysik with recent investments represented by Paperless Post and Warby Parker. This combination of technology and luxury prowess gives Paddle8 the opportunity to further enhance its position as the leading destination for both new and seasoned collectors to access fine art works via a curated selection, insider opinions and a patented transaction platform that allows collectors and galleries to ship, insure and install works effortlessly."


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Funding the arts: The show must go on

The end of a golden age of state subsidies heralds a new era of tighter management and creative fund-raising

The Economist, Feb 18th 2012 (from the print edition), posted online 16 February 2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "A PLAY about trench warfare starring a puppet horse hardly screams "blockbuster". But "War Horse", which opened at the National Theatre in 2007, sold out on both sides of the Atlantic. Nick Starr, the National’s executive director, says the vital ingredient in its success was perhaps the government subsidy, there "when no one could imagine what might come of it". The arts in Britain have enjoyed a long funding heyday, which is now drawing to a close. The National Lottery has given £3.8 billion ($6 billion, at current exchange rates) to theatres, opera companies, dance troupes, film-makers, artists and others since it began in 1994. When Labour came to power in 1997 Chris Smith, the culture secretary, focused on widening access. After years on the defensive, arts groups were suddenly nurtured as part of an agenda to improve education, regenerate cities, and empower minorities and poor people. Local councils, inspired by the transformation of Glasgow in the 1990s, saw investing in culture as a way to revive down-at-heel city centres. Because lottery money has to be used for special schemes, not running costs, it helped produce a building boom, from Manchester’s Chinese Arts Centre to Tate Modern in London."


Les grandes ventes de Londres affichent une santé insolente

Journal des Arts, 16 Février 2012


LONDRES, ROYAUME-UNI - "Alors que le PIB britannique a baissé de 0,2 % au dernier trimestre 2011, les grandes ventes d’art contemporain de Christie’s et Sotheby’s Londres de février ont progressé de 24 % d’une année sur l’autre. En vedette : Francis Bacon et Gerhard Richter."


Canadians’ Arts, Culture and Heritage Activities in 2010  

Record levels of participation in arts, culture and heritage activities in 2010

Hill Strategies, 15 February 2012


CANADA - "This report provides insights into the number and percentage of Canadians 15 or older who, in 2010:

- Attended live performances;
- Visited art galleries and other museums;
- Visited historic sites and other heritage organizations;
- Read a newspaper, magazine or book;
- Watched movies or videos; or
- Listened to recorded music.

[text omitted] The percentage of Canadians participating in most of the 18 activities measured in the report – including art galleries, museums, festivals, historic sites, book reading, and more – reached record levels in 2010, higher than in 1992, 1998 and 2005, when this type of survey was also conducted. The report also shows that, for many activities, there was a substantial recent increase in participation (i.e., between 2005 and 2010). [text omitted] In 2010, all Canadians 15 or older (99.7%, or 28.0 million people) participated in at least one of the 18 arts, culture or heritage activities."


Ambitions Rekindled at Public Library

The New York Public Library on Wednesday rekindled its ambitious $1 billion plan to overhaul its branches and renovate its Fifth Avenue flagship.

Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times, 15 February 2012


NEW YORK, NY - "The plan, which will now involve selling two of the system’s best-known libraries — the Mid-Manhattan branch and the Science, Industry and Business Library — was announced in 2008, when it was expected to be substantially completed by 2014. But the plan languished because of the economic downturn and changes in the library’s leadership. On Wednesday, though, the board gave the British architect Norman Foster approval to proceed with the next stage of designing a new circulating library inside the main branch to replace the Mid-Manhattan operation. It would be built below the Rose Reading Room, overlooking Bryant Park. The board also approved a pilot program to expand educational programming at branch libraries. "We are ready to re-engage toward executing our plans," said Anthony W. Marx, who became the library’s president in July. Plans for two new libraries, one in Upper Manhattan and one on Staten Island, which were to cost $40 million each, have been abandoned. But the overall cost of the project still hovers around $1 billion, which includes increasing the endowment."


La maison de champagne Louis Roederer crée une fondation pour l’art contemporain

Connaissance des arts, 15 Février 2012


"Les champagnes Louis Roederer viennent de créer une fondation d’art contemporain pour amplifier et structurer leur action de mécénat culturel.  Premier lieu concerné : le nouveau Palais de Tokyo."


Stepping up to a new arts activism

Paula Citron, From Wednesday's Globe and Mail, Published Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 5:00PM EST, Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 6:15PM EST


TORONTO, ON - "Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux are committed urban activists. That wasn’t the plan when the dancers relocated back to Toronto from Montreal a few years ago. That activism took concrete form this week, when the Citadel, a contemporary dance centre created out of a historic Salvation Army building, opened its doors. On Wednesday, Lemieux unveils her new solo, Les cheminements de l’influence, which will christen the Citadel’s studio theatre. When the couple bought the 1912 building, a former soup kitchen and worship hall at Parliament and Dundas Streets in Toronto, they had no idea that right across the road, Toronto’s Regent Park Revitalization Project was rising – a massive reimagining of the public housing development. And it was Regent Park that became the key to Coleman and Lemieux’s vision for integrating the arts into urban planning. "We are a point of synergy with the whole Regent Park community," Coleman says. "The character of the Citadel will grow with the neighbourhood." "


Obama's 2013 budget calls for 5% increase for arts and culture

Los Angeles Times, 14 February 2012


UNITED STATES - "President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, released Monday, calls for a 5% increase in spending for three cultural grantmaking agencies and three Washington, D.C., arts institutions. Obama aims to boost outlays from $1.501 billion to $1.576 billion, encompassing the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery of Art. The arts and humanities endowments each would get a 5.5% boost, to $154.255 million -- nearly restoring cuts announced in December. But if Congress approves the president’s proposal for the fiscal year that begins in October 2012, the NEA and NEH will still be well short of the $167.5 million each was set to receive before two separate rounds of cuts instigated by Congressional Republicans during 2011."


President Barack Obama honors achievements and contributions in arts, humanities

Recent News, artdaily.org, 14 February 2012


WASHINGTON, DC – "President Barack Obama on Monday honored several artists, writers and organizations for their contributions to the nation, and pledged to make the arts and humanities a priority for as long as he is in the White House. Obama bestowed eight National Medal of Arts and nine National Humanities Medals during a ceremony in the White House East Room. Among this year's recipients were actor Al Pacino, poet Rita Dove and the United Service Organization, which holds performances for American service members stationed around the world. Before awarding the medals, Obama said the arts have the power to bring together people of different backgrounds and beliefs. And he urged the honorees to help mentor a new generation of artists and scholars, saying their role in the nation's future would be equally as important as the next generation of engineers and scientists."


From glee club to Time Team: cultural education plan revealed as professionals debate state of the arts

Schools plan to include everything from dance to archaeology, says culture minister Ed Vaizey at arts industry conference

Mark Brown, The Guardian, 14 February 2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "A new national plan for cultural education in schools – covering everything from archaeology to dance to the visual arts – is to be drawn up by the government, a national arts conference was told on Tuesday. The culture minister Ed Vaizey told the third State of the Arts conference in Salford that the plan would follow next week's publication of a review by Darren Henley into the provision of cultural education. "We want to work with arts organisations large and small and encourage them to play their part in providing children with varied cultural experiences," he said. That includes everything from "archaeology to architecture and the built environment, archives, craft, dance, design, digital arts, drama and theatre, film and cinemas, galleries, heritage, libraries, literature, live performance, museums, poetry and the visual arts." "


Inside the Index: public engagement

In the final instalment of this five-part series, Simon Trevethick looks at attendance, participation, digital engagement and satisfaction

Simon Trevethick, The Guardian’s Culture Professionals Network, 14 February 2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "We hope the last four articles have provided an interesting snapshot of the health of the arts in the UK between 2007/08 and 2009/10. From public and private funding to education and employment, a distinct picture of vitality is evident, though warning signs remain apparent. As Samuel West said in the first article of this series, however, art must not be reduced to a set of figures. Financial assessment is necessary, but these statistics are essentially driven by their qualitative counterparts. Art relies on audiences – if satisfaction and attendance fall then there's no argument about funding to be had. "Sustainability" is ACE's watchword of the moment and the debate continues as to how arts organisations should demonstrate their value. But no matter how this value is defined, it's contingent on how much the public engages with art itself. We feel that one of the Arts Index's greatest strengths is its examination of public engagement so we'll conclude our series by looking at the five indicators that deal with it. Levels of attendance, participation, digital engagement and satisfaction with local arts provision will all be examined in order to complete the picture we started to paint four weeks ago. "


Canada's advertising history no longer collecting dust

Susan Krashinsky, The Globe and Mail, 14 February 2012


HAMILTON, ON – "There is a corner of Terry O'Reilly's office that smells like a basement. The culprit is a bag full of cassette tapes, sent to him after he asked a former creative director if he had archived any of his old radio commercials.

"You know that smell? That's the state of our advertising archives right now, in this country," Mr. O'Reilly said, speaking from the office at his post-audio production company, Pirate Toronto. Lacking in storage space – or the time and resources to catalogue past work – many advertising agencies have been lax about building archives. Much of the Canadian industry's heritage has been gathering dust in piecemeal personal collections. But a new movement to organize and preserve Canada's marketing history has taken a step forward: Pirate Toronto has donated a massive catalogue of about 50,000 pieces of advertising to McMaster University in Hamilton, creating the largest industry archive in Canada."


Art Dubai Projects to feature over 40 international and United Arab Emirates-based artists

Recent News, artdaily.org, 14 February 2012


DUBAI, UAE – "Art Dubai Projects is a programme of new works and performances that explores the fabric and economy of an art fair, embracing the theatrical nature of such an event. In 2012, this critically-acclaimed, interactive programme at Art Dubai (March 21-24, 2012) features dynamic new initiatives: artists’ residencies and site-specific projects are joined by live, city-wide radio transmissions; a new Performance Night staged at the fair; plus a unique artist’s project for children."


Michael Brand appointed Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Recent News, artdaily.org, 13 February 2012


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – "Australian Dr Michael Brand, consulting director of the Aga Khan Museum currently under construction in Toronto and the former director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, has been appointed director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell welcomed the appointment."


Alon Zakaim launches new gallery featuring Impressionist, Modern and 19th Century masters

Recent News, artdaily.org, 13 February 2012


LONDON, UK – "Alon Zakaim Fine Art announces the unveiling of their second Mayfair gallery this February. Alon Zakaim is highly regarded on the Mayfair art scene and is joining numerous prestigious galleries on Dover Street which is fast becoming a rival to Cork Street. Featuring an exciting programme of exhibitions in a spectacular setting, the new gallery showcases the highest calibre of works by Impressionist, Modern and 19th Century masters. Dover Street also expands on the diverse programme of Zakaim’s Cork Street premises, including shows by the gallery’s stable of Contemporary and 20th Century European artists. Building on their established success, the new gallery, boasting over 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, launched with an opening show unveiling key works by artists who shaped the course of art history over the hundred years from 1880 to 1980."


New public art gallery to open during WinterPlay

Amanda Richardson, Fort McMurray Today, 13 February 2012


FORT MCMURRAY, AB – "Fort McMurray's newest art gallery, the Post, opens its doors Feb. 18 as a part of Syncrude WinterPlay's first week of celebrations. Connor Buchanan, volunteer curator and director at the Post, says the gallery is a public art gallery and museum, adopting and endorsing the principals of the Alberta Museum Association, a change of pace from Fort McMurray's existing galleries."


The Watermill Center's Sherry Dobbin joins Times Square Alliance as new Director of Public Art

Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 February 2012


NEW YORK, NY – "The Times Square Alliance announced that Sherry Dobbin will join as the new Director of Public Art. Dobbin will be responsible for programming Times Square with installations and performance art from artists around the world. Dobbin most recently served as Director of The Watermill Center. She brings over 20 years of experience having worked internationally within performance arts, visual arts and public art and having served as a producer, administrator and curator. Dobbin will lead Times Square Arts, the Alliance's public art program that works to bring high-quality and cutting-edge art to the Crossroads of the World. She will draw on her experience curating both installations and performance art in the U.S. and abroad to oversee Times Square's compelling 2012 season of public art projects. Additionally, she seeks to create an artist-in-residence program in Times Square."


Festival Bytes: EFA launches blog on digital media in festivals

European Festivals Association, 10 February 2012


EUROPE – "The European Festivals Association (EFA) - in collaboration with its Working Group "Communicating Festivals - Communicating Europe" - has launched a blog "Festival Bytes" (www.festivalbytes.eu). The blog is a space to spread ideas on the application of digital and social media in festivals. All contributors - colleagues from the cultural and festival sectors from all over the world - make us think; they take us behind the scenes of their activities; they share ideas, trends, best practices, expertise, and also failures. [text omitted]
First blog posts include:
Youth ‘n Classic – new talents creating a social buzz, by Sarie Van Lancker, Communication Manager of the Flanders Festival Brussels
Pelican-cat-cows, by Nikola Richter, project manager of Theatertreffen-Blog, writer, editor, lecturer
Pirouetting into Cyberspace, by Karen Jeynes, writer, arts manager, lecturer
Lessons learnt and Cultural organisations on the 2.0 bandwagon, by Kerstin Schilling, Cultural Manager and Communication Specialist
Why a blog on digital media in festivals?, by EFA
Visit the blog at


Kevin Salatino named the Huntington's Director of Art Collections

Recent News, artdaily.org, 10 February 2012


SAN MARINO, CA – "Kevin Salatino, 55, director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, has been named the Hannah and Russel Kully Director of Art Collections at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. He joins the Huntington staff in July. Salatino takes the helm from John Murdoch, who retires in June after 10 years. A New England native, Salatino has extensive museum experience in Los Angeles, having served from 2000 to 2009 as curator and head of the department of prints and drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and before that as curator of graphic arts at the Getty Research Institute. He was named director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in 2009."


Art Chicago Fair tire sa révérence

Journal des Arts, 10 Février 2012


CHICAGO, IL – "Pour la première fois depuis trente ans, Art Chicago Fair n’aura pas lieu. La foire, sur le déclin depuis plusieurs années, avait connu plusieurs transformations avant d’être rebaptisée l’an dernier la Next Art Chicago Fair. Son édition 2012, prévue du 27 au 29 avril, a été annulée."


Le parc Jean-Jacques Rousseau d’Ermenonville devient Centre culturel de rencontre

Journal des Arts, 10 Février 2012


ERMENONVILLE, OISE, FRANCE –  "Le site vient d’être labellisé Centre culturel de rencontre et va développer un programme liant nature, création et philosophie. Cette année célébrant le tricentenaire de la naissance de Jean-Jacques Rousseau, une trentaine de manifestations artistiques sont prévues, avec un temps fort fin juin, pour l’anniversaire du penseur."


The business case for beautiful libraries

Lisa Rochon, From Saturday's Globe and Mail, Published Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 4:30PM EST, Last updated Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 11:06PM EST


PHILADELPHIA / TORONTO – "The public library is a city’s epic living room – that’s why the French neoclassical architect Étienne-Louis Boullée designed his utopian library as a monumental, barrel-vaulted hall big enough to hold the memory of the entire world. That’s why the New York Public Library is a source of enlightenment and architectural pilgrimage. And it’s why every year 19 million people flood into Toronto’s libraries, many of them exhilarating, award-winning structures. Now, under constant fire from cities desperate to save money, libraries are figuring out how to get the message across that they are crucial to a vibrant civic life. The Free Library of Philadelphia is focusing hard on the economic case. After $12-million (U.S.) was cut recently from its budget, the institution fought back with a compelling economic analysis. Its business plan targeted fresh ways to assist job hunters, education for small business entrepreneurs, orientation for newly arrived immigrants, the appetites of digital geeks and classes for pre-kindergarten kids. The University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government created an economic impact report quantifying the value of the city’s vast library system in dollars and cents. What it discovered was that homes located within one-quarter mile of the library were worth more than those further away. And that the library had contributed through its training programs and sourcing of jobs an estimated $30-million in earned income in one year. To cost-cutting politicians, those are the kinds of arguments that matter."


Décès du marchand américain Robert Hecht

Journal des Arts, 10 Février 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "Trois semaines après la fin du procès fleuve pour trafic d'objets antiques, le chef présumé du réseau, Robert Hecht, est décédé mercredi 8 février 2012 à Paris. Le marchand américain avait été relaxé en janvier dernier par prescription, tout comme l'ancienne conservatrice du Getty Museum Marion True en octobre 2010."


Quests, Destinations, and Quixotic Journeys

The wheres and whys of the Modern pilgrim

By Charles Wilson, Illustrated by David Sparshott, The New York Times Magazine, 10 February 2012


"Charles Wilson reminds us that the reasons we travel are often idiosyncratic, whether we’re running seven marathons on seven continents or paying a visit to Jesus’ tomb in Japan." [from the New York Times Magazine’s special section A Guide to Modern Pilgrimages]


The Istanbul Art-Boom Bubble

Suzy Hansen, The New York Times Magazine, 10 February 2012


ISTANBUL, TURKEY – "Earlier this winter, the giant 120-year-old Ottoman bank building in Istanbul reopened as a multimillion-dollar contemporary art space called SALT. This was surprising. Turks were never big on contemporary art, and for years rich people didn’t visit that part of town. When I moved to the neighborhood five years ago, it was all electrical-supply stores and abandoned buildings and men smoking. My building didn’t have heat; girlfriends wouldn’t visit after dark; a neighbor once attacked another neighbor with a small sword. I don’t see swords in Istanbul anymore. I do see a lot more art. [text omitted] It appears that Istanbul, which went from a cosmopolitan wonderland in the 19th century to, in the Nobel-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk’s words, a “pale, poor, second-class imitation of a Western city” for much of the 20th, is having its moment of rebirth. These newly wealthy corners of the East seem full of possibilities, but what kind of culture will the Turks create?" [from the New York Times Magazine’s special section A Guide to Modern Pilgrimages]


Fighting federal cuts, an arts group lobbies for funding

Molly Cormier, Daily Gleaner, 9 February 2012


FREDERICTON, NB – "An Ottawa-based arts advocacy group is travelling the country in search of support.

The Canadian Conference for the Arts has received federal funding for the past 35 years, but recently learned the federal government plans to end all financial assistance for the organization. As they wait for the federal budget to be released, members of CCA are pessimistic about what's to come. "We know this is definitely in the making, but we haven't been notified yet," CCA national director Alain Pineau told Here in an interview from Edmonton. The organization has decided to move forward as if funding has officially been cancelled, and Pineau is currently on a cross-country speaking tour to garner support and gather ideas to make the organization self-sufficient by 2014-15. Pineau bended the ears of local arts and culture advocates when the tour recently touched down in Fredericton at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre on Monday, Feb. 6."


Reunión de autoridades de cultura en Centroamérica

Se aprueban las líneas generales de la política cultural centroamericana

Ibermuseus/Ibermuseos, 09-12-2011


CENTRAL AMERICA - "El pasado 30 de noviembre las autoridades gubernamentales de cultura en Centroamérica llevaron a cabo la 16ª Reunión del Consejo de Ministros y Altas Autoridades de Cultura de la Coordinación Educativa y Cultural Centroamericana del SICA (CECC/SICA). La reunión estuvo liderada por el Secretario de Cultura de la Presidencia de El Salvador y Presidente pro Témpore del Consejo de Cultura, Héctor Samour, y se centró en la estrategia hacia una Política Cultural de Integración Centroamericana (PCIC), una demanda surgida en la Cumbre Extraordinaria de Presidentes en julio de 2010. Samour remarcó la necesidad de que esta política opte por los grupos excluidos y rescate la diversidad para contribuir a la democratización en Centroamérica. "Queremos que sea un esfuerzo en común donde todos trabajemos en conjunto. Será un paso importante para el futuro de la región.  Tal vez podamos recomendar a los presidentes que se homogenicen para que se creen en todos los países Ministerios de Cultura, de esta manera podremos darle peso a la Política"."


Un Monet, jamais exposé au public, adjugé pour 9,8 millions d'euros

Le monde,  9 Février 2012


LONDRES, ROYAUME-UNI - "Demeurée depuis 1924 dans la célèbre collection du pharmacien et industriel parisien Henri Canonne, l'œuvre n'avait jamais été exposée au public. L'Entrée de Giverny en hiver, peint en 1885 par Claude Monet, a été dévoilée pour la première fois mercredi lors d'une vente aux enchères de chefs-d'œuvre de l'art impressionniste et moderne organisée à Sotheby's à Londres. Le paysage enneigé a été adjugé 9,8 millions d'euros, a indiqué jeudi 9 février une porte-parole de Sotheby's."


La galerie Anatome est menacée

Liberation, 9 Février 2012


PARIS, FRANCE - "Le seul lieu permanent dédié au graphisme en France pourrait disparaître. Les designers se mobilisent. En attendant, on peut y voir les résistances de Pierre di Sciullo."


The World of Charles Dickens, Complete With Pizza Hut

Sam Anderson, The New York Times Magazine, 7 February 2012


CHATHAM MARITIME, KENT, ENGLAND - "Five years ago, I flew to England to see the grand opening of something improbable: an attraction called Dickens World. It promised to be an "authentic" re-creation of the London of Charles Dickens’s novels, complete with soot, pickpockets, cobblestones, gas lamps, animatronic Dickens characters and strategically placed chemical "smell pots" that would, when heated, emit odors of offal and rotting cabbage. Its centerpiece was the Great Expectations boat ride, which started in a rat-infested creek, flew over the Thames, snaked through a graveyard and splashed into a sewer. Its staff had all been trained in Victorian accents and body language. Visitors could sit at a wooden desk and get berated by an angry Victorian schoolteacher, watch Dickensian holograms antagonize one another in a haunted house or set their kids loose in a rainbow-colored play area called, ominously, Fagin’s Den, after the filthy kidnapper from "Oliver Twist." The park’s operating budget was $124 million." [from the New York Times Magazine’s special section A Guide to Modern Pilgrimages]


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Maa-nulth sign historic Parks Canada agreement to guide future park management

Julia Caranci (Alberni Valley Times), canada.com, 16 February 2012


VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC - "The Maanulth Nations have taken a giant step toward expanding their historic presence and cultural tourism earning potential in one of Canada's most revered national parks. After months of dialogue and consultation, Parks Canada officials have signed a historic agreement with four Maanulth First Nations (Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe and Yuuthlu-ilth-ath First Nation) for cooperation in the future planning and management of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The agreement was required as part of treaty implementation. The park includes the West Coast Trail (from Bamfield to Port Renfrew), Long Beach (Tofino to Ucluelet) and the Broken Group of Islands. Within those boundaries are countless possibilities for cultural tourism."


Columbus looks to the arts as an economic engine

Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, 14 February 2012


COLUMBUS, IN — "Leaders in an Indiana city are looking for ways to use the arts as a catalyst for economic development. Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown plans to form a committee to consider creating an arts and entertainment district."


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