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A round-up of articles focused on commentary and analysis of the instability and change of the cultural sector. 

Equity & Social Justice 

On the Limits of Care and Knowledge: 15 Points Museums Must Understand to Dismantle Structural Injustice

The artistic director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial explores what museums must internalize before moving forward with equity work. (artnet News

Landscapes for Justice

Landscape historian, Frank Edgerton Martin, writes of how protest art in response to George Floyd’s death will create lasting value to the history and cultural landscape of Minneapolis.(The Architect’s Newspaper)

Nine Ideas for Making Our City’s Public Space More Equitable

So how to build a city that is more equitable? One in which public space can be accessed by African Americans without threat or fear? The Times spoke with nine architects, planners and advocates for their ideas. (LA Times)

Funding & Philanthropy

‘At Last a Glimpse of Hope’: UK Arts Leaders On the Rescue Package

Responses to the government’s promise of £1.75bn for the arts and heritage sectors. (The Guardian)

Sam Mendes Creates U.K. Theater Fund, Backed by Netflix and Steven Spielberg

The initiative will provide small grants for theater practitioners that have run out of options as theaters endure a four-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Variety)

In Los Angeles, an Economy Built on Freelancers Crumbles

Creative workers with multiple gigs are among the worst hit by the recession and face long roads to recovery. (The Wall Street Journal)

NYC Should Keep Capital Money Flowing for Culture

Karen Brooks Hopkins, President Emerita of Brooklyn Academy of Music, writes about why infrastructure for arts institutions is a smart investment. (City & State)

With Many Berkshires Arts Organizations Closed for the Season, Unemployed Workers Facing a Grim Summer

One after another this spring, world-renowned organizations canceled their seasons or shut their doors, some for the entire year — crippling the Berkshires’ tourism industry and the more than 8,000 people working in it. (Boston Globe)

Time to Let Go of Protective Control

Given where we now find ourselves, we have few choices but to pool resources and develop new economic and business structures within which the arts will be able to thrive in the future. Anne Bonnar and Hilary Keenlyside propose some fundamental building blocks. (Arts Professional)

Does this change everything?

In Motion – Greening Our Cultural Institutions

To maintain their relevance, museums must engage with and contribute to address major challenges in our society, of which climate change is just one. (Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice)

Is ‘The Diffused Museum’ the Future of Experiencing Art?

Encouraging tourists to explore more widely beyond the major galleries could, however modestly, help regulate social distancing. More importantly, it could provide an important lifeline for small institutions in years to come, particularly beyond big cities. (ArtReview)

Getting Our Act Together

Christos Carras, Executive Director of the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, writes about the European non-profit cultural sector and the Covid crisis. (Medium)

Tech and The New Normal

Tech and media analyst, Benedict Evans, highlights trends in tech and its relationship to the new normal after social distancing. (Benedict Evans


Equity and Theatres Trust Respond to UK secretary’s ‘Roadmap’ for Reopening

The union Equity has released a detailed response to the UK’s secretary’s ‘roadmap’ for theatres to reopen, laying out four interrelated pillars for success. (Broadway World)

National Gallery to ‘Come Out of Exile’ After 111 Days in Lockdown

After the longest closure in its 196-year history, the National Gallery in London will reopen to visitors on 8 July with three one-way art routes of about 25 to 35 minutes through the collections and a promise that people will be allowed to linger. (The Guardian)

Broadway Will Remain Dark Until 2021. It Has to Reset Before the Curtain Goes Up Again.

The coronavirus health crisis has exposed a costly, and fragile financial model that needs to change. (The Wall Street Journal)

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