Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hard Time for The Arts Right Now

It's a hard time for the Arts right now. Besides the fact that artists of all kinds are having difficulties making a living as artists, and besides the fact that Brandeis University wants to close the Rose Art Museum and sell it's huge art collection, there is more Arts related news. I was rather taken aback this morning when I clicked on (the Boston Globe's online newspaper), and saw three arts related headlines as the lead. Check out the links below.

"Boston schools face big job cuts, by James Vaznis on February 5, 2009 in The Boston Globe. This article is about the millions of cuts the Boston Public Schools need to make next year, including possible cuts of all art and music programs.

"Stimulus funding for arts hits nerve. Some doubt it would create jobs," by Michael Kranish on February 5, 2009 in The Boston Globe. This is about the Arts part of the stimulus funding proposal, with opposing opinions on whether the Arts are worth funding, and questioning whether it would create jobs. A must read for Artists.

A very good Opinion/Op-Ed piece by freelance critic Ed Siegel, who is a former theater and television critic for the Boston Globe, "Why should we care about the arts?," on February 5, 2009 in The Boston Globe.

"AP wants credit for Fairey's Obama image," By Hillel Italie on February 5, 2009 in The Boston Globe, about whether Shepard Fairey, whose show just opened at the ICA in Boston, is involved in copyright infringement.

Quoting the article: "The image, Fairey has acknowledged, is based on an Associated Press photograph, taken in April 2006 by Manny Garcia at the National Press Club in Washington.

The AP says it owns the copyright and wants credit and compensation. Fairey disagrees."

To sum up what I think about all of this, Oy vey!!!!!!