Arts + Policy

Arts + Policy


Museum of Fine Arts losses at $1.4m and growing

Museum of Fine Arts losses at $1.4m and growing

MassMOCA has laid off 122 of its 165-member staff

A MASSACHUSETTS ART MUSEUM laid off almost three-quarters of its staff. Another expects to face a budget deficit in the tens of millions of dollars. Leisure destinations that rely on warm-season surges are worried they may not begin to feel recovery until 2021. One after another, members of the state’s arts and tourism sector shared(...)

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When the show does not go on

When the show does not go on

The arts take a huge hit from coronavirus crisis

JADE SYLVAN, a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, spent two years writing and producing a musical, “Beloved King,” a queer interpretation of the biblical story of King David. Sylvan was set to debut a semi-staged production last weekend with two sold-out performances at the Oberon, which is part of the Harvard-affiliated American Reperatory Theater(...)

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Municipal officials tout film tax credit

Municipal officials tout film tax credit

With sunset looming, they tout jobs, money, and tourism

A GROUP OF MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS on Tuesday stepped up the drumbeat of support for the state’s film tax credit, which is set to expire in three years unless the Legislature intervenes to eliminate the law’s sunset provision. At a State House event, officials from Lawrence, Worcester, Concord, Malden, Salem, and Cape Ann interspersed tales about(...)

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Should private colleges open libraries to public?

Should private colleges open libraries to public?

Local schools have different policies, priorities

LOCAL PRIVATE COLLEGES are divided on whether to open or close their libraries to the public. Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Emerson College don’t allow members of the public to use their libraries, but Boston College, Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University have no problem at all with it. The contrasting(...)

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Couple turns old mill into sprawling arts complex

Couple turns old mill into sprawling arts complex

The struggle behind the scenes at Holyoke’s Gateway City Arts Center

VITEK KRUTA, a professional painter, sculptor, and conservator, originally went looking more than a decade ago for a larger studio space in Holyoke. Instead, he and his life partner, Lori Divine-Hudson, stumbled into something very different. They came across two rambling buildings with more than an acre of floor space — the factory and adjacent(...)

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June 11, 2019

Mass. Cultural Council secures gambling funds

Intends to pilot prescription arts programs in Berkshires, Springfield

A correction has been added to this story. THE LONG-DELAYED closeout spending bill that finally passed on December 15 contained a provision funneling 2 percent of the tax revenue from the state’s two resort casinos into a fund that the Massachusetts Cultural Council hopes will support arts institutions as well as low-income people who can’t(...)

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Say hello to Nubian Square

Say hello to Nubian Square

Mayor predicts panel will OK new name for Dudley Square

THERE’S NO BRONZE traitor astride a horse. No statue whatsoever. In fact, it can be a little tricky to suss out who exactly Dudley Square is named after. But this era’s moral reckoning with villains from the past will soon shove aside the timeworn geographic honorific memorializing Thomas Dudley, a colonial functionary who was in(...)

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Using art to highlight Eastie climate change

Using art to highlight Eastie climate change

At library, ribbons show potential sea level rise

IT’S AN UNUSUAL SIGHT: Colored ribbons 18-feet-long stretched taut over steel bars, melting into brightly colored duct tape clinging to pavement outside the East Boston Public Library. The creators of the collaborative art installation, called “RisingEMOTIONS,” say it visualizes the public’s emotional state about flooding due to sea level rise. The project is led by(...)

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Changing the climate change conversation

Changing the climate change conversation

What cultural organizations can do to educate the public

DATA FROM THE Yale Project on Climate Communication reveals the surprising fact that 70 percent of Americans understand that climate change is occurring, but 64 percent shy away from discussing it. They find the topic too daunting, too polarizing, or perhaps best left to scientists. However, climate change is not just the purview of scientists, academics,(...)

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Hey, Beacon Hill, pay attention to the arts

Hey, Beacon Hill, pay attention to the arts

Shortchanged for too long, we need a dedicated funding stream

IN 1973, LED ZEPPELIN played to hordes of adoring fans at the Boston Garden on its blockbuster US tour, just over 80,000 people attended the MFA’s exhibit “Soviet Union: Arts and Crafts in Ancient Times,” and Massachusetts lawmakers established the Special Committee on the Arts to establish a model for arts funding at the local(...)

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