Monday, April 27, 2009
NYC STIMULUS TRACKER
NY STATE RECOVERY MONEY
FEDERAL RECOVERY $
PS...The New York Times Company Foundation closed on Friday. Quite abruptly. Lots of theaters got $$ from them. And many matching gifts too.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
I love it!!!
"FEAST is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging artmakers.
At each FEAST, participants will pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which they will receive supper and a ballot. Diners will vote on a variety of proposed artist projects. At the end of dinner, the artist whose proposal receives the most votes will be awarded funds collected through the entrance fee to produce the project. The work will then be presented during the next FEAST."
The Canandian government is pledging $43.4-million in new operating funds this year for six major players. "This marks the first permanent increase in operating funds to the agencies in a decade."
You gotta read the comments to the Globe and Mail's article. It is very telling. Even our Canadian friends fight about whether the arts are necessary. But I rarely see so many Comments on American papers' articles about the arts, particularly from non-artists.
if you don't have at least 3 exciting, dynamic, and powerful reasons in your back pocket ready to go, then how can we expect anyone outside of our inner circle to drink the koolaid.
If you need some help answering this question: check out Americans for the Arts handy dandy Kit for Talking, Explaining, Defending, and Inspiring. Easy, breezy.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 8th 2009
A Letter From kahlil almustafa
The beginning of this year marked the historic election of Barack Obama. A Black president is something I never thought I would see. Like most of us, so many conflicting thoughts and emotions went through me. For the first time in my life, I have at least one thought about the president every single day.
What is the significance of this historic victory of our first Black President? Is “Change” in America even possible? What will it look like? How will this presidency impact the thinking of Black people in America? What will people say worldwide?
Not having any clear answer to the question: “How does the election of Barack Obama make you feel kahlil,” I set out to write 100 poems during the first 100 days of Barack Obama's presidency.During April, which is National Poetry Month, I will be posting poems from this series on my new blog-site www.kahlilalmustafa.mvmt.com.
During the month of April I will be doing Living Room Readings, going into people's homes, reading poems and having conversations. At a recent Living Room Reading, the participants ranging from 5-to-90-years-old created their own poems by remixing the words in Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about hosting a Living Room Reading.
I will be presenting poems from 100 Poems For 100 Days at readings throughout the city:
on the eve of
President Barack Obama's
First 100 Days in the White House
- National Town Hall Meeting
- African-American Heritage Tour of DC
- Benefit Fundraising Event
- Check out poems from the series 100 Poems For 100 Days.
- Book kahlil almustafa at your university, community space or school.
- Forward this BIO VIDEO to someone you know to book me at their university.
- Purchase your copy of my collected poems "Growing Up Hip-Hop" today!
- Host a Living Room Reading in your home or community space.
- Check out www.myspace.com/kahlilalmustafa to listen to tracks from CounterIntelligence.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Mellon is doing their Project Audience.
DanceUSA is doing their Engaging Dance Audiences.
Misnomer Dance is doing their Audience Engagement Project.
And here too is the City of Brotherly Love's (aka Philadelphia's) Audience Engagement research tool. I dig it, I do....
As they say, "the Cultural Engagement Index (CEI) is a new research tool that will enable the cultural community to track trends in consumer cultural engagement over time. The first CEI survey was conducted during the summer of 2008 and its findings were released in March 2009."
And as my super astute pal Morgan von Prelle Pecelli wrote to me:
Check out Morgan here
On another note: Can't we all get engaged together? Polyamory project management? Pool our $ and our precious human resources and attack the problem from the same unified front? Next on my dream list is "speed dating philanthropy"! Forget patient capital, venture philanthropy etc...give me SPEED DATING PHILANTHROPY!!
I am naive perhaps.