Link Roundup! – 8/7/15
The New York Times feature about the Guerrilla Girls, “masked crusaders for gender and racial equality in the art world,” looks at their legacy and relevance today:
Today they seem prescient: They long ago took aim at issues that are flash points now, like gender bias in Hollywood, and racism in the gallery world (“Guerrilla Girls’ definition of a hypocrite?” read one poster. “An art collector who buys white male art at benefits for liberal causes, but never buys art by women or artists of color.”) Co-opting the look and feel of advertising, they were social media-friendly and selfie-ready before those terms existed. Though other activist groups, like the newly formed anonymous collective Pussy Galore, have taken up the cause, the Guerrilla Girls say their mission is far from over. “They’re as valid today, and needed today, as they were 30 years ago,” Mr. Kiehl said, “because what they’re talking about is still going on.”
KQED news has a story about students from two different high schools, both with very different economic and racial backgrounds, who came together for a documentary theatre project:
Ives lives in Marin but drives every day across the bridge to teach at Richmond High School.
“Something I am so aware of since working in this school, how segregated the Bay Area is. It’s shocking to me, actually, to come over the bridge and work in this school every day and to come home, and almost everybody’s white where I live,” Ives said.
To create the play students had to break through that segregatio, which meant examining some big differences, even when those differences were uncomfortable. At one point in the play, Marin Academy student Georgia Spears performs as a Richmond High senior talking about receiving her college admissions letter.
Seth Lepore wrote a follow up essay to his popular HowlRound post about theatre and entrepreneurship:
Nytch’s clarity about pounding the pavement (the skill set necessary to make others aware of your work) vs. entrepreneurship (the strategic mindset of being consistently adaptable to the needs of others) cannot be underestimated. The workshops I teach as crash courses are about the overall business skill set artists need and how to implement them if artists are going to thrive trying to do their own work. The entrepreneurial mindset is something artists organically and intuitively bring to their art without even realizing it. When you notice that not only do you have to be forever adaptable to changes that are beyond your control but actually embrace that challenge, then the mindset is inherent.
The Art Works Blog has a piece examining data about the backgrounds and certifications of art, music, dance, and theatre teachers in middle and high schools:
When we turn to Dance and Theater, however, the percentages for middle and high school are starkly different. But before we get into those numbers, reader beware: the standard errors for the Dance/Theater findings are quite high, so it’s important to interpret these percentages with caution. That said, just under 60 percent of middle school students are taught by dance and/or theater teachers who have either an education or a certification in dance or theater. Meanwhile, just under 20 percent of middle school students are taught by dance/theater teachers who have both an education and certification in one or both subjects.