Archive for April, 2013

Arts Advocacy Day

April 10, 2013

In case you missed it, yesterday, April 8th, was the 26th annual Arts Advocacy Day in Washington DC, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Guns N’Roses drummer Matt Sorum were on hand to draw attention to the plight of the arts and the value of an arts education.  So where do we stand right now in terms of government funding of the arts? In the FY 2014 federal budget proposal, funding level request for the National Endowment for the Arts are up slightly from last year with a proposed level of $154.3 million and the Institute of Museum and Library Services hope to see an increase of 2.7% for a budget of $225,812,538. The 5% sequester cuts will reduce $7 million from the NEA and NEH each, $12 million for the IMLS, and $22 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (source: Americans for the Arts). California is ranked last nationally in per capita state spending on government grants to the arts but Assembly bill (AB 580) by Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) hopes to turn that around. AB 580 recently passed the committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media by a 4-2 vote and it is now heading to the Appropriations Committee. The bill allocates $75 million a year from the state’s general fund for the California Arts Council which currently receives $1 million in funding from the state’s general fund. It would seem that in recent years arts funding bills go here to die — 2005, 2007 and 2009 all saw arts funding bills shut down by the Assembly’s Appropriation Committee — so AB 580 has a hard fight ahead of it. The California Arts council spends less than $5.6 million a year but taxpayers contribute less than 20% of its funding — that’s 3 cents per person. (source: LA Times).23-3-Stubbs_figure1

Here is a chart to give some historical perspective on government funding for the arts in the last 2 decades.

ARTstor changes image download process

April 4, 2013

ARTstor has announced that it will be zip_7_03changing the process for downloading image files. ARTstor currently uses Java for downloads, but because of the recent security concerns by the Department of Homeland Security, they will soon deliver image downloads — including group downloads — in zip files. Some users will need to install software to unzip donloads, for example (7Zip). ARTstor has not set a specific date for this change. You can read the complete press release here.

Brown Bag Lunch Series finale

April 4, 2013

Brown Bag_MoorheadJoin us for the last session of our Brown-Bag Lunch Series: Careers in the Arts, Tuesday April 9th from 12-1 in Everson 148. Our final presenter of the 2012-2013 academic year is Jasmine Moorhead. Jasmine will talk about her experiences creating and managing an art gallery. Jasmine Moorhead is the owner and director of Krowswork, a video and photography gallery in Oakland. She has worked in New York at MOMA and Dia Center for the Arts before moving to California and starting Krowswork. She has featured artists such as Shana Moulton, Christina McPhee and Shalo P, and hosted the annual Summer of Video Art. Krowswork was cited by Oakland Magazine in 2010 as the Best of the Bay for Innovative New Gallery and has received press in the SF Chronicle, Artillery and Art Ltd. magazines, the Huffington Post and others. Krowswork is a member of the Oakland Art Murmur and is proud to be a part of the thriving Oakland art scene. We hope to see you there!

This series has been sponsored by the Art History Program, Art Studio and the Visual Resources Facility.