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The Subversive Tack: Arts + Economy

Thinking about the economy can be rather depressing. For many people, it can seem like a volatile god: a mysterious force that affects everything and we mere mortals have no control over its whims. Let’s start with a basic idea of what I mean when I write about “the economy.” Economic analysis is often an […]

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Arts Education Provides ‘Survival Skills’ Businesses Need

In Tony Wagner’s book The Global Achievement Gap, he writes that “the Global Achievement Gap is the gap between what our best schools are teaching and testing versus the skills that all students will need for careers, college, and citizenship in the 21st century.” Wagner based this book on extensive interviews not with educators, but with […]

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Artists Demonstrate the Process of Innovation Everyday

While working on the 2010 01SJ Biennial I was involved in commissioning 46 new artworks, so I was able to witness firsthand the creativity, risk-taking, and innovation that come into play as an artist is realizing a new work. Innovation is a process. It (whatever “it” is) always starts with an idea. The idea alone […]

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Creating a New Organization: From Concept to Implementation

My name is Angela Harris, and I am the executive director of Dance Canvas, an Atlanta-based dance organization, which I founded four years ago. My first blog entry is chronicling the start of my organization, and the lessons learned along the way: #1: FILL A NEED: In 2007, I was planning to leave my career […]

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How to Build and Protect Intellectual Property with Uncle Sam

I love listening to smart women and being surrounded by many of them this weekend at the Americans for the Arts Convention in San Diego. There are ballrooms filled with people who are committed to working in the arts and with the arts to make life better. Of course we know how the arts affect […]

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It’s Not ‘What Future?’, It’s ‘What a Future!’

The Americans for the Arts Annual Conference just wrapped up in San Diego. It was terrific! On the plane from Tulsa, I had begun writing my blog for this week. I had just received an urgent e-mail from the Arts Action Fund that immediate action was needed to oppose any effort to terminate arts education […]

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