Did Telling Stories Help Us To Evolve As Humans?

Anthropologists have long theorized that humans developed "moralistic high-gods" as a way of promoting shared norms and prosocial behaviors. What is religion, after all, but a patchwork quilt of stories reminding humans how to behave—and, more importantly, how not to behave? But religion is thought to have emerged only with the advent of agriculture and large-scale, politically complex human settlements. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Window Cleaner Rushes To Save Banksy Mural After It Had Been Painted Over

"I was just going to bed when I'd seen that it had been painted over, and someone had said it was still wet," he said. "Banksy, love him or hate him, has international prestige and he'd gifted the city with his art." The window cleaner already had his ladders and other equipment prepared for his Monday morning shift, so he headed straight to the bridge in an attempt to save the mural. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

UK Government: Foreign Languages Versus Arts Education

Under their model, “modern foreign languages teaching hours are increased at the expense of subjects other than biology, chemistry, classics, English, geography, history, mathematics, and physics teaching hours”. Consequently, 51,000 more curriculum hours are being planned for languages by 2022, which is to be achieved, in part, by cutting hours for art & design, design & technology, drama and music by a collective 19,000 hours. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Director of Development – Florida Grand Opera

An accomplished fundraiser and exemplary leader, the Director of Development (DoD) will manage all fundraising programs for FGO, creating and executing plans for maximizing contributed revenue. The DoD reports to and partners with the General Director and works closely with the board development committee to increase philanthropic support. As an integral member of the senior management team, the DoD will play an active role as a thought-partner in planning for the organization's overall [Read Entire Story]

James MacMillan: Scottish National Party Is Using The Arts For Propaganda

The SNP is anxious to keep its “artsy stormtroopers onside” because of the threat posed by a resurgent Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn to its support in any future independence referendum campaign, he writes. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The Israel Philharmonic’s Biggest Change In Decades

"Founded by Hitler refugees in the 1930s and patronised by the café-dwellers of Tel Aviv, the orchestra has seen its audience grow old and its output stagnate. An influx of Russian musicians and concertgoers in the 1990s gave a brief blip of renewal but the IPO was set on a road to irrelevance. Young Israelis go to clubs, not concerts. Part of the problem has been the IPO’s resistance to change." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Inclusive Music (For The Performers Too)

As part of these projects, we formed the Acoustronic ensemble, a mix of disabled and non-disabled musicians. They meet weekly to improvise, compose and perform using digital and acoustic instruments. A team comprising undergraduate, masters and PhD researchers works with the ensemble to investigate digital instrument-building and compositional and improvisational approaches in inclusive music settings. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Berlin’s New Generation Of Maestros

While Daniel Barenboim, 75, remains the dean of the Berlin music scene, and another veteran, 77-year-old Christoph Eschenbach, arrives in 2019 to lead the Konzerthausorchester, many older maestros are passing the baton to a new crop of musical leaders. Here’s a look at several of the new arrivals injecting vitality into an already thriving landscape SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Author Ursula Le Guin, 88

Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several, including “The Left Hand of Darkness” — set on a planet where the customary gender distinctions do not apply — have been in print for almost 50 years. The critic Harold Bloom lauded Ms. Le Guin as “a superbly imaginative creator and major stylist” who “has raised fantasy into high literature for our time.” SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Translation Is Not Just About Trading Words

Since there is no such thing as a truly literal translation — no two languages’ grammars match, their vocabularies diverge, even punctuation has a different weight — there can be no such thing as a translation that is not “creative.” And while most of us translators think of ourselves as “faithful,” definitions of faithfulness can differ. Because languages function differently, much of translation is about achieving a similar effect by different means; not only are difference, change, and [Read Entire Story]

Can’t Take A Joke? Violinist Sues Over Satire

"Over the last few days, the classical music media has become aware of a small but telling scandal. A Berlin-based concert curator, dramaturg, and VAN contributor named Arno Lücker published a shred on his blog. The video, part of a mashup genre in which new audio tracks are added to videos so that musicians appear to be playing embarrassingly badly, features the violinist Daniel Hope, accompanied by the pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi. Hope now wants to haul Lücker into court." [Read Entire Story]

Smithsonian Struggles With Design For Space Around Its Building

"The project involves restoration of the Castle and the Hirshhorn, the addition of an underground visitor center with amenities including restrooms and food service, and upgraded and centralized mechanical systems. The Haupt Garden, which is the roof of the subterranean Quadrangle building, would be replaced and the building’s entrance pavilions would be moved closer to the Mall." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What If Diversity Doesn’t Make Us Better?

"There’s a growing body of evidence that even if diversity— the kind that results from immigration — once made America stronger, it may not be doing so anymore. Robert Putnam, a liberal sociologist at Harvard, found that increased diversity corrodes civil society by eroding shared values, customs and institutions. People tend to “hunker down” and retreat from civil society, at least in the short and medium term." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Prestigious Publisher Of Poetry Puts Poetry Publishing On "Hiatus"

“Poetry is changing, and the way people read is changing,” Alana Wilcox, editorial director of Coach House, told the Star. “We live in a Twitter world now — what does that mean for poetry?” Coach House still has six poetry titles planned for publication this year and another six for 2019. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Study: Hormones Influence The Kind Of Music We Like

"A first-of-its-kind study from Japan reports men with higher testosterone levels are less likely to enjoy sophisticated music, such as classical, jazz, and avant-garde. Its findings raise the intriguing possibility that musical taste may be significantly influenced by our hormones." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

New Irish National Opera Launches With Commitment To Irish Artists

What’s new, though, is not the level of output. It’s the commitment to Irish talent. As INO’s artistic director Fergus Sheil explained, the company “wants to give pride of place to Irish singers and celebrate their work at home in Ireland the way it is celebrated in leading opera houses around the world. We want to bring our creative talent to venues large and small, to communities around the country, and create thrilling experiences that will attract new audiences to our uniquely multi-faceted [Read Entire Story]

Why Missy Mazzoli Is The Composer Of Her Generation

"Seven or eight years ago, she started making waves with her chamber-ensemble-cum-girl-band, Victoire, a group with a funky alt-classical vibe that she formed as an outlet for performing her own music. Listening to the band’s post-minimalist drones overlaid with expressive spasms of melody in an electronic haze, playing at the Atlas on H Street in 2011, you might not have guessed that Mazzoli’s work was going to veer into the world of mainstream opera. But on Friday, the Washington National [Read Entire Story]

A New York Times Primer On The New Fight Over US Arts Funding

Not since the days of Ronald Reagan and later Newt Gingrich has the debate over federal arts spending seemed to roil so feverishly. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Why Are Poets So Bad At Writing About Their Relationships To Money?

Few poets write honestly about their economic situation. Indeed, it’s a challenge to find any poet willing to come clean about money: wanting it, enjoying it, needing it, or lacking it—even though this must necessarily be our condition. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Report On The State Of British Orchestras: Playing More, Earning Less

"The total number of concerts and performances staged by these organisations increased by 7% between 2013 and 2016, and audiences grew by 3%. Outreach programmes for children and young people saw a 35% increase in participation... Despite the growth in performances, total income among the group studied fell by 5%, with earned income, contributed income and public funding all showing decreases. Earned income continues to account for 48% of all income, while the proportion raised from public [Read Entire Story]

Is Book Collecting Anti-Social?

"One of the concerns in the early 19th century regarding book collecting was the fear that by hoarding books, buyers were denying their fellow countrymen their patrimony. The image of the rich dilettante was one of the conspicuous consumer of books that would never be read – the old TBR pile – therefore keeping books out of an intellectual commons. The collector was often portrayed as having a kind of antisocial disease that kept him from contributing to the greater good by sharing his printed [Read Entire Story]

Our Phones Have Become Amazing Cameras. But You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet…

"Computational photography takes a swarm of data from images or image sensors and combines it algorithmically to produce a photo that would be impossible to capture with film photography or digital photography in its more conventional form. Image data can be assembled across time and space, producing super-real high-dynamic range (HDR) photos—or just ones that capture both light and dark areas well." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

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