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The ‘Hamilton’- Pence incident provoked another overwrought Trumpian bluster; but it’s also a case study about the ability of theater to influence. It illuminates the difference between song lyrics and prose and, ultimately, the difference between propaganda and the power of art to change the world. "Hamilton"...

Holland Carter in his Museums and Morals essay in the New York Times conflates two important ideas about arts and ethics.  However, while I agree with both, by doing so he mitigates the importance of each: His first thesis; there are dangers when corporations sponsor arts organizations or...

I am personally appealing to and challenging the arts leaders from underrepresented communities (that is, the communities that are not fully represented in the leadership of US arts organizations) to apply or nominate. The Certificate in Cultural and Ethnic Arts Leadership Program deadline is fast approaching and...

Andy Horwitz, writing in the Atlantic, delivers a compelling argument about how the arts in America are funded and concludes that the federal government, because it has not adequately supported the National Endowment for the Arts, is contributing to the weakness of the culturally diverse and...

What is better than attending a performance when actors or dancers or musicians are connecting with the audience? We sit, shoulder to shoulder, transformed by the magic; quiet – cell phones off (mostly), polite to our neighbors and respectful of the performers; transported by the...

The WSJ commentary raises an important issue about art, politics and the nature of censorship in the arts. But whether it is Mr. Gergiev conducting at the Met or the prohibition of performing Wagner’s music in Israel or cancelling a Mozart opera in Berlin because...

The culturally impoverished US NEA spends 1/40th of what Germany doles out for arts per capita. 10 countries that leave the US in the dust on funding the arts. http://www.alternet.org/culture/culturally-impoverished-us-nea-spends-140th-what-germany-doles-out-arts-capita This piece of “research” engendered a great deal of commentary, mostly negative, about the philistinism and closed...

There are similarities between the financial institutions that are too big to fail and the Red Cross. After almost two decades of scandals, weak or unethical leadership, bad press and activities harmful to human life (its infamous blood bank scandals) the Red Cross remains one...

The controversy over the newly opened Jean Nouvel Philharmonie de Paris is reminiscent of another controversial cultural building project meant to significantly affect a historic district of that great city. The Philharmonie de Paris It was the 1960s, a time of cultural unrest, when the Paris government...