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#SupplyDemand

Construction Zone by flickr user Matt Mansfield When people talk about research being catalytic, they tend to downplay the chemical nature of the reaction: sparks will fly. At the NEA, Chairman Rocco Landesman has relied heavily on research and evaluation to guide new policies and programs. Of...
Seattle, Washington Typebars by Molly Ali via Flickr When the NEA asked me to contribute to the #SupplyDemand dialogue, I did a little research that uncovered a certain editorial from an edition of the Clayton High School Globe in St. Louis, Missouri, dated January 31, 1963. Here’s a short...
Washington, DC by Lee Liebeskind, Producing Director, The Inkwell Theatre Lee Liebeskind. Photo courtesy of Mr. Liebeskind. There are many things I want to talk about. I want to talk about reactions to the #SupplyDemand conversation, how we frame our conversation and debate, the sense of balance in...
New York, New York Ian David Moss. Photo by Dianne Debicella I’'ve been waiting for a while to respond to the controversy that erupted after Rocco Landesman’s comments on #supplydemand in the arts at Arena Stage in January. (Createquity’s previous coverage, provided by Aaron Andersen, is here...
St. Paul, Minnesota Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Steven Copes, Associate Concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini, and Principal Cellist Ronald Thomas performing at SPCO Center in Saint Paul. Photo by Rat Race I thought it would be interesting to write here about the efforts we have made...
Asheville, North Carolina Scott Walters , Director, Center for Rural Arts Development and Leadership Education Scott Walters. Photo by Rob Bowen On February 22nd, I was invited to attend a meeting with NEA Chair Rocco Landesman and about a dozen leaders of arts service organizations to discuss the...
Washington, DC Colorful Art , by Leogirly4life via Flickr When we look at the growth of not-for-profit arts organizations---particularly of performing arts groups---and the declines in attendance over a comparable period, it becomes hard not to declare a state of disequilibrium. As Chairman...
Tucson, Arizona by Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director, Tucson Pima Arts Council Flam Chen, a circus and fire theater ensemble that produces the annual All Souls Procession, which draws about 30,000 to the annual downtown event. Photo courtesy of Tucson Pima Arts Council I was recently asked to...
Washington, DC by Diane Ragsdale (originally posted February 7, 2011 on Jumper ) I’ve been following the responses to Rocco’s ‘decreasing supply‘ comment and his subsequent post on the NEA blog. Some believe that supply/demand is the wrong framework through which to look at...
Austin, Texas by Kirk Lynn, Co-Producing Artistic Director, Rude Mechanicals Paul Soileau in a scene from the workshop production of Rude Mechanicals' I've Never Been So Happy , one of the plays featured at Arena Stage's #NewPlay Festival. Photo by Stephen Pruitt, courtesy of Rude Mechs...

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