arts funding

Post image for Patrimony Acrimony: Italy Turns to Private Funding for Restoration

Here in the United States, our cultural heritage is something we care about, but funding it is another story. In Italy, it’s long been the case idea that the government mostly pays to maintain cultural heritage, but as the state continues to struggle financially, officials are turning more and more to private funding — “to some dismay,” the New York Times reports.

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Post image for Artists Still Not Getting Paid (But at Least We’re Starting to Talk About It)

A campaign in the United Kingdom called Paying Artists released a report with a series of recommendations for getting artists paid, an urgency they claim based on their finding that “71% of artists exhibiting in publicly-funded galleries received no fee for their work.”

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Post image for Australian Government Cuts Over $100M from Arts and Culture

Australia’s conservative government will nearly halve its budget deficit in the coming fiscal year, in the process eliminating more than AUS$100 million (US$93.6 million) in funding for arts and culture programs, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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Post image for Major Arts Funding Organization Leaves LA for Chicago

CHICAGO — United States Artists (USA), the arts funding organization founded in 2005, made two announcements on April 2: the appointment of a new CEO, and the impending relocation of the headquarters from Los Angeles to Chicago.

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Post image for National Endowment for the Arts Skirts Budget Slash in Appropriations Bill

The National Endowment for the Arts is slated to receive a budget of $146.02 million per the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill released by Congress late yesterday. The figure is down from the Obama administration’s proposed $154.47 million and roughly on par with 2013’s allocation of $146.26 million.

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Post image for Worker Strike Disrupts UK Museums

A widespread worker strike across the UK has delayed openings and shut down galleries at dozens of major museums across the country. The series of three daylong strikes happening yesterday, today, and Sunday are part of a larger action coordinated by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) against cuts to pay, pensions, and job conditions.

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Post image for The NEA Four Revisited: On Arts Funding

The NEA Four, now in residence at the New Museum, were denied National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants in 1990, after Congress passed a “decency clause.” How has arts funding changed in the past 20 years? Its current state would certainly “disabuse just about anyone of the idea that pursuing an artistic career in 21st-century America is a romantic enterprise.”

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Post image for Romania’s Oldest Museum in Crisis

In what seems like yet another depressing story of government cuts affecting arts institutions worldwide, the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu, Romania, is apparently operating on a shoestring, with no gas, spotty heating, and each office lit by a single bulb.

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Post image for Obama Proposes Arts Increases in 2014 Budget

With the release this week of his proposed 2014 fiscal year budget, President Obama has followed through on his campaign promise to increase funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and, in general, to support the arts.

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Post image for W.A.G.E. Calls Out Documenta for Not Paying Artists

Everything sounds worse taken out of context, but a new video released by New York art activist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) starts with a pretty damning quote from Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the curator of art mega-exhibition Documenta (also known annoyingly as dOCUMENTA).

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