GROWING THE FIELD
This edition of CultureFlash leads with Nina Simon’s intriguing suggestion that by following the game plan of professional soccer we can foster a more interconnected, better loved, better supported cultural sector. Doing that would require adopting more inclusive attitudes and a holistic perspective on our work. This month’s Paper Chase, Geek Alert, and Soap Box all consider different aspects of what that might mean in practice.
-Adam Huttler, Executive Director
Growing the field: Art is the new soccer?
With the World Cup Frenzy fully behind us, it’s truly remarkable to see how much soccer has grown in popularity in the US. Nina Simon of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History believes that the arts can take some inspiration from soccer’s journey through the American cultural gauntlet by tapping into the existing thriving arts ecosystems that already exist.
Growing the Field: Building a pipeline to the arts, World Cup style
When should you charge for your expertise?
People in the arts get asked to do all kinds of things for free. So often in fact that artists’s expertise can be devalued or exploited. You’ve worked hard for the wisdom and experience, and its important for other to respect that your knowledge and time are valuable, but at the same time, you don’t want to seem mercenary or petty. Nancy Collamer of NextAvenue has some good advice on when (and when not) to charge for your expertise.
On the flip side for those of us on the asking side, Forbes Magazine has some advice on how to ask to pick someone’s brain, respectfully.
Growing the Field: Should You Let Someone Pick Your Brain for Free?; How to Ask to Pick Someone’s Brain — Without Being Annoying
Cost of living is driven primarily by housing cost
Richard Florida of The Atlantic‘s CityLab blog reports on Arizona State University’s José Lobo’s research showing that a region’s cost of living is driven primarily by housing costs. This reiterates the importance of initiatives aimed at providing affordable housing for artists, like the El Barrio’s Artspace PS109.
Growing the Field: Cost of living is really all about housing
Is public arts funding in SF biased?
Despite San Francisco being on of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, with nearly 6 out of 10 residents being people of color, 76% of the city’s municipal arts funding went to arts organizations with primarily white audiences, according to a recent report by the city’s Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Growing the Field: SF arts funding prioritizes symphony, other stuff white people like