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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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Post image for Michigan Is Finding That the Arts Is a Growth Industry, Even During the Recession

Last summer, we reported that ArtsServe Michigan had releases statistics that suggest every $1 invested in the arts in the Great Lakes State yields $51 for the state’s economy. If that didn’t impress you then perhaps you will be surprised to hear that even during the recent recession the arts has been a growth industry in Michigan.

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Post image for What’s Happening to Culture in Europe?

The latest news from Europe this week is that everything is falling apart — at least in terms of arts and culture. And it’s depressing.

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Post image for Study Finds Nonprofits Generally Suck at Fundraising

Nonprofits across the US are stuck in a cycle that hinders their ability to raise money, a new report says. Commissioned by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and conducted by CompassPoint, the study examines fundraising issues at nonprofits nationwide, and the results aren’t pretty.

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