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A round-up of articles focused on commentary and analysis of current developments in the cultural sector.

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A Case for the Arts

Arts Data in the Public Sector

Produced by Bloomberg's Cultural Assets Management team, Arts Data in the Public Sector highlights the data practices of fifteen local arts agencies across the U.S. to capture a meaningful cross-section of constituencies, resources, and strategies. (Bloomberg Associates

Urban Imaginations

The Modernist Marvel That Hamburg Took to It Heart: ‘Elphi’ Turns Five

“The idea that you have to justify such expenditure by showing the economic impact is fundamentally misguided,” says Alan Gilbert. “But … I think it’s ultimately measurable that this has brought new vitality into not just the cultural scene but the city itself. People are not talking so much now about the cost overruns because Hamburg has an icon.” (The Guardian)

Can Remote Workers Keep Venice Afloat?

The Italian city has launched a program to attract young professionals and digital nomads in a bid to repopulate its historic center. The Venywhere project is banking on a domino effect: If large firms send remote teams to the city, that will attract investment and, eventually, more startups who would hire the city’s graduates. (Bloomberg

Cultural Policy

Germany’s New Culture Minister Reveals Plans

Claudia Roth has taken office pledging to continue her predecessor’s work in decolonising museums, to set up a central “green culture” desk, to boost funding for the arts, and to rethink both the Humboldt Forum and a planned new 20th-century art museum in Berlin. (The Art Newspaper)  


Austria Sets Up Expert Panel to Develop Guidelines for Repatriating Colonial Loot

The committee, to be led by Jonathan Fine, the director of Vienna’s Weltmuseum, will develop recommendations that may lead to new legislation, according to a statement from the ministry of culture. Its findings are to be published in 2023. (The Art Newspaper

Does this change everything? 

Future of Arts & Culture

This study is a qualitative probe into the future of arts and culture globally. It examines emerging forces, drivers of change and the possible impacts that may reshape the cultural sector in the coming decade. The project was created as a collaboration among futurists, sector experts, and stakeholders. (Future of Arts & Culture

Digital Frontiers

Images from Wellcome Collection Pass 1.5 Billion Views on Wikipedia

In November, the Wellcome Collection reached a remarkable milestone: the number of times that images from the Collection have been viewed on Wikimedia passed 1.5 billion views. Dr. Alice White talks about how the images got there, how people engage with them, and why it matters that the images are in Wikipedia articles. (Wellcome Collection)

Livestreaming Clyde’s on Broadway – A Chat With Second Stage’s Reed Wilkerson

In a welcomed move, the Second Stage Theater stepped up to the virtual challenge with a plan to livestream their currently running production of Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s in its final two weeks of performance at the Hayes Theater on Broadway. For virtual spectators, you get the heaping of live audience energy and the security of watching it from the couch at home. (Theatrely

Ecological Sustainability

Exhibitions’ Carbon Footprints Come Under Growing Scrutiny

New reports from Artists Commit, which analyse the life cycle of a show, join an increasingly broad push for transparency and data sharing to promote a more climate-conscious sector. (The Art Newspaper)

Art Institutions Aren’t Doing Enough to Lead on Climate Change. Here’s How the Industry Should Rethink Its Responsibility

As part of the Frankenthaler Foundation’s recent prioritizing of climate action, it has launched an initiative to help American museums rectify the climate impact of their facilities. In April, the foundation, along with Asia Society, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., will announce the three winners of the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards. (Artnet)

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