Archive for the ‘Reading Room’ Category

Reading Room: Recalculating the Formula for Success

Recalculating the Formula for Success: Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century

Through interviews with sixteen leaders of public arts funders and united arts funds, Recalculating the Formula for Success: Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century documents the new ways that these funders are approaching their work, rethinking longtime practices, and adapting to changing environments.

Source: Grantmakers in the Arts

Reading Room: How Can Ecological Artists Move Beyond Aesthetic Gestures?

How Can Ecological Artists Move Beyond Aesthetic Gestures?

If art is to be relevant to the environment, it cannot remain only in an art context or in dialogue with art history. The vast majority of writings about land art in the American West is focused entirely on its art-ness, whether through an aesthetic, art-historical, or human interest lens. Where is the geologic activity? Where are the Native Americans? Where are the watersheds? In order to be relevant to the issues plaguing our world today — such as the prevalence of plastics, or climate change — we need writing that contextualizes these artworks within a deep reading of the land itself.

By Ben Valentine
Source: Hyperallergic

Reading Room: SPARC

SPARC: Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research and Curricula

These insights will be of broad benefit for curious leaders, program designers, researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners. The interviews provide a range of perspectives that are useful for new cultural research, creating awareness of activities, and for deepening understanding about the opportunities and challenges facing higher education.

Source: SPARC Knowledge Engine

Reading Room: Sketch-RNN Demos

This experiment lets you draw together with a recurrent neural network model called Sketch-RNN. We taught this neural net to draw by training it on millions of doodles collected from the Quick, Draw! game. Once you start drawing an object, Sketch-RNN will come up with many possible ways to continue drawing this object based on where you left off.

Source: Experiments with Google

Reading Room: Somewhere Becoming Rain: Adaptive Change is the Future of the Arts

A report reflecting on EmcArts’ experience of designing and implementing national Innovation Labs for the Arts over the last 10 years, with an essay by Steven Tepper (2013 ICE Visiting Scholar).

If the matching grant model of building nonprofits dedicated to presenting excellent professional art was the dominant policy frame for the 20th century, what will be the policy frame for the 21st century? While the arts ecology will continue to be diverse, representing many different styles of expression, modes of engagement, and forms of organization, an emerging set of practices and ideas are driving artists, funders and organizations who are keen to connect the arts more deeply with public life.

Source: EmcArts

Reading Room: Centre for the Less Good Idea

The South African artist William Kentridge has set up an arts foundation near his studio in Johannesburg, providing a “safe space for uncertainty, doubt, stupidity and, at times, failure”, he says. The artist has called his foundation the Centre for the Less Good Idea—a reference to the process of creation, which often sees artists derailed from exploring their initial idea and focusing on “secondary ideas that emerge during the process of making”, he says.

By Cristina Ruiz
Source: The Art Newspaper