Death Panel for the Arts: Final Part

What happened during this nine-year battle is the interesting.  The NEA from 1982 to 1995 was granting individual artists in six different fields, “Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking/Drawing/Artist Books, Photography, Crafts, and Conceptual/ Performance/ New Genres.” (Dowley, p128)  But Congress, in upheaval from Mapplethorpe and Serrano eliminated funding for all visual and performance artists in 1995.  Section … Continue reading

The Arts are Alive in DC! When do they come off life-support?

With the finishing of Arts Advocacy Day and the passing of the FY13 budget for the District, one has to wonder, “When will the arts be given the credit they deserve?”  It’s easy to pick on the arts, they don’t fight back with guns and legislation, instead choosing to war with paint, movement, and grace. … Continue reading

(in)Famous Mike Daisey: Dramatist vs. Journalist

What happens when a man who has a social and political ideology and rhetoric, who normally sits on stages and delivers monologues to theatre goers, and then crosses into the world of real journalism?  All hell breaks loose.  Forget The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; he should do The Trials and Tribulations of Liar … Continue reading