Since it was signed last Friday, President Trump’s recent executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” has generated a significant amount of confusion throughout varying levels of Federal bureaucracy responsible for implementation. One section that impacts arts organizations and the communities they serve is the immediate ban on people hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The story is in a rapid state of development and although the initial implementation was supposed to bar legal residents with green cards if they traveled […]
Ever since the news that the Trump administration plans to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) became public knowledge, responses from inside and out of the arts community have been swift. There’s a list of reports from mainstream media that examine how much arts and culture contribute to the financial and civic health of metropolitan areas. NEA, NEH have poured millions into Wisconsin; tonemadison.com, Scott Gordon and Liz DiNovella Analysis: Cutting the NEA is first move to eliminate a free, open public realm; […]
Happy Inauguration Day. Well, not really since it turns out the new President has adopted a position that the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities are a waste and has recommended both departments be eliminated in 2017. According to an article by Alexander Bolton in the 1/19/2017 edition of The Hill, the incoming President is planning to propose a budget that eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. “The Trump Administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and targeting waste […]
On Sunday evening (ET), 12/25/2016, more than 60 members of The Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir ensemble, perished in a plane crash when a Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-154 crashed shortly after takeoff killing all 92 passengers and crew. According to a New York Times article by Ivan Nechepurenko published on 12/25/2016, the members who died in the crash were among the ensemble’s best. Likewise, Norm Lebrecht has been doing a great job at posting numerous updates at Slippedisc.com to the tragic event shortly after the initial news was released. There […]
The poll from earlier this week asking readers to rate the level of economic conditions they believe will exist at their organization during the first year of a Trump presidency compared to where they are now generated just under 300 responses.