August 6, 2013
Couple of interesting articles in the New Yorker a couple of weeks ago – the first a declaration of what to do:
Should Detroit Sell Its Art?
The fiscal apocalypse that is Detroit has spun off a collateral storm in the art world with a suggestion that salvific funds—an estimate of two billion dollars is much bandied—could be raised by selling treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of America’s best encyclopedic museums. Having been asked my opinion as an art-lover—and, incidentally, a citizen, though not of Detroit—I have two answers. Here’s the short one: sell. The long one, which follows, ends in the same place, only garlanded with regrets. read more
And a follow-up piece in which the author retracts: I take back my endorsement, in an earlier post, of the idea that the city of Detroit should ease its financial crisis by selling art works from the collection of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. I also apologize to the many whom my words pained. read more
It’s an interesting thing to think about – of course I say interesting because I only have to think about it, not do anything about it. Not a position I ever hope we’d be in. It feels to me like the idea of having a garage sale to pay off your student loan: afterwards you still have a massive debt that you’ve barely touched, and nothing left of value.
Across the world, a company near and dear to me has triumphed again – such love and congratulations to Opera Atelier. If you know the opera world – this is HUGE.
Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Zingg invited to La Scala after Salzburg triumph
And this video has been making the rounds – if you ever need a reminder about balance and focus, watch this. Incredible.
October 28, 2012
Things Cost Time and Money – spinoff post from two posts on Mission Paradox and if you aren’t following that yet, come on. I’ve told you several times now
Upcoming Toronto Fringe Stuff – deadlines deadlines deadlines!
Last week I was on Parliament Hill advocating for the arts. 100+ artists, arts champions and arts workers booked over 100 meetings with MPs from across the country to remind them of the value of the arts in Canada, and to ask for their support. It was a fantastic two days.
To see more about what everyone was doing, who everyone was meeting with and how it went, head over to twitter with #artsday in your pocket.
In just over two weeks I’ll be participating in Arts Day at the City – same as above, municipal level. Looking forward to it – you’ll be able to follow that one with #artsdayTO
Last night was Opera Atelier’s opening of Der Freischütz (The Marksman). Completely beautiful production. Go see if you can.
And tomorrow eve I’m heading to the Lightbox to see Ron Fricke’s Samsara. More beauty.
Have a great Sunday folks – a reminder that Sue Edworthy Arts Planning is closed November 1 and 2. It’s that time of year with financial forecasting, client organization (previous and upcoming), file clean-up and all the bits of admin that need doing. The second day I’ll put on my CEO hat, mon chapeau d’entrepreneuse and do some bigger picture thinking about this venture of mine.
Well, it’s more than one hat, it’s actually six. Try this sometime.
It’s going better than my best dreams of it, and I thank you for that. Looking forward to a day of visioning for the next two years.