Category Archives: issues

How Bloomberg Philanthropies Invested In Public Art That Earned Millions

“According to Bloomberg’s math, the four winning projects based in Los Angeles; Gary, Indiana; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and a triumvirate of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy in New York generated $13 million for those four places, both in terms of new jobs, related neighborhood investments, and visitor spending. More than 10 million people are estimated to […]

UK Governments Have Privatized Many Formerly State-Run Services. Are The Arts Next?

University tuition fees are a prime example. Public transport run for profit by private-sector franchisees is another. Sooner or later, central government’s what-next-to-privatise spotlight was bound to turn to the Arts Council. Unthinkable? Ask any client of the Student Loan Company. Ask anyone who commutes to work by train, paying the highest fares in Europe. […]

As Performance Space New York (Re-)Opens, Old Denizens Mourn Its Old Identity, PS122

“Some criticized the change as an erasure of the organization’s history. Others took issue with the choice of a generic-sounding name over one reflecting the origins of PS122, which was founded in 1980 when a group of artists took over an abandoned public school.” (One waggish critic tweeted, “In honor of PS122’s decision to rebrand […]

Salon Will Let You Read Ad-Free If You Help It Mine Cryptocurrency

“On Sunday, the site began presenting visitors using ad blockers with the option to ‘Suppress Ads’ in exchange for ‘allowing Salon to use your unused computing power.’ … Through the use of a Monero mining plugin called Coinhive, the online magazine is essentially cobbling together the spare processing power from a bunch of readers’ computers […]