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

Some articles may be behind a paywall. 

Ecological Sustainability

New Environmental Scheme for NPOs 

The scheme forms part of Arts Council England’s updated environmental programme designed to give the sector tools to respond to the climate crisis. (Arts Professional UK)

Equity & Social Justice

Zoe Neale Hurston's Hometown in Florida is in Peril

The potential sale of land by a school board in Eatonville, Florida, home of the first school for Black children in Central Florida, highlights the issue of preserving Black history. (The New York Times)

The Beautiful Struggle

Several scholars have been recovering the lives and ideas of antebellum Black activists by studying their involvement in early Black newspapers and conventions. (The New York Review of Books)

Repatriation & Restitution 

Louvre Director Laurence Des Cars: "We have to face all the dark spots of our history"

The Paris museum’s head on why big cultural institutions must not duck the issue of restitution, making art more accessible — and what to do about queues. (Financial Times

We need More Nuance When Talking About Repatriation

Patricia Marroquin Norby, the Met Museum’s curator of Native American Art, reflects on the lesser-discussed everyday challenges of repatriation work. (Hyperallergic)

Brazil's Red List Gives Light to Federal Action on Heritage Smuggling

President Lula’s government has joined forces with Icom in an effort to halt illegal trafficking of the country’s ancient artefacts. (The Art Newspaper

Funding & Philanthropy

When Culture Wars Come for the Public Library

A Montana county’s battle shows how faith in public learning and public space is fraying. (New Yorker)

New York's BIPOC-Led Arts Orgs Are Grossly Underfunded

Proposed cuts to arts funding across the state would hit entities of color the hardest. (Hyperallergic)

Urban Imaginations 

Go Play in the Street, Kids. Really.

Street Lab is bringing pop-up reading rooms and playgrounds to New York City’s open streets and plazas. (The New York Times

Everyone Deserves Grandeur

A new performing arts center in New York’s Financial District demonstrates the problem with the city’s beautiful, expensive buildings. (The Nation

Digital Frontiers 

Cultural Vibrancy Index for Africa to Launch

The CVIA is a comprehensive database that maps the cultural landscape in Africa, highlighting the cultural infrastructure, institutions, events, organisations, policies and initiatives that support the creative economy. (Music in Africa

FBI's New Stole Art App Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

Users can search for stolen works and submit tips, all while navigating the aesthetic world — and technology — of a 1990s spy movie. (Hyperallergic)

Give Me the Full Immersive!

Submitting to the maximalist spectacles that are encroaching on real museums’ turf. (Curbed

The Internet of the 2010s Ended Today 

BuzzFeed News was more than a website: It defined an era. (The Atlantic)

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