Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Other festival participants include the stalwart New York company Repertorio Español, now in its 40th-anniversary season, which will present “Doña Flor y Sus Dos Maridos” (“Doña Flor and Her Two Husbands”), a surreal Brazilian comedy about a woman living with — and sleeping with — both her new husband and the ghost of her dead ex. Among the visiting troupes are Teatro La Zaranda, from Andalucía, Spain, offering the absurdist clown tale “Los Que Ríen Los Últimos” (“Those Who Laugh Last”), above, and Grupo Doble Ve, from Buenos Aires. That Argentinean troupe will perform two one-act plays, “Harina” (“Flour”) and “Guardavidas” (“Lifeguard”), to be presented in Spanish with live English translation.
From ‘Theater Listing’ in the NYTimes by Steven McElroy
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Grandma, Grandpa, time to pony up.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
With an enlarged network now involving ten festivals, from 2007 FIT embarks on a new project - a MOBILE LAB for Theatre and Communication. Ten European festivals focusing on contemporary theatre creation have come together to create a travelling laboratory to explore, develop and test drive innovative practices of discourse, critical writing and communication between artists, programmers and audiences in response to contemporary performance. Through carefully developed artistic programs, public discussions, collaborations with the media and Mobile Lab workshop programs for young theatre critics and writers, the project aims to facilitate a deeper and more wide ranging communication around contemporary art to a wider audience.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
College presidents boast these days about how international their institutions are — and many indeed are opening campuses abroad, promoting the study of foreign cultures, and sending more and more students outside the United States for a semester. But a study being released today by the Center for International Initiatives at the American Council on Education finds plenty of evidence that at a large number of institutions, borders very much exist.
Among the findings:
At 27 percent of institutions, no students graduating in 2005 studied abroad.
The percentage of colleges that require a course with an international or global focus as part of the general education curriculum fell from 41 percent in 2001 to 37 percent in 2006. Less than one in five had a foreign-language requirement for all undergraduates.
Less than 40 percent of institutions made specific reference to international or global education in their mission statements, although that figure is up from 28 percent in 2001.
Most institutions do not have a full-time person to oversee or coordinate internationalization.
The survey found different international strengths at different types of institutions, with doctoral institutions more focused on including international education in strategies and having full-time personnel to work on the plans. Bachelor’s institutions have the highest participation rates in study abroad. Community colleges were more likely than other sectors to create professional development programs for professors, focused on global issues.
The survey results appear in Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2008 Edition.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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The deficit occurred despite box office receipts of $11.2 million last year, the second-highest figure in the company's history, and a 9% increase in sponsorships and philanthropic donations, reaching a record total of $2.6 million.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The building's original debating chamber - having witnessed well-publicized clashes between Livingstone and Thatcher in the 80s - will be the main theatrical space. Creative company Weird & Wonderful - which already runs Movieum, an exhibition of film props, in the building - is also in talks to build a black-box studio; outdoor productions will be staged on County Hall's riverside terrace. With the creation of the Greater London Theatre, the plan is to turn the building into a cultural centre to rival other off-West End venues such as the Battersea Arts Centre in south London.
According to Marcus Campbell Sinclair, the project's joint artistic director, the new venue will be multi-disciplinary. "It will work brilliantly as a bridge between fringe and West End theatre," he said. "We are creating in-house productions, and are also in talks with external companies who wish to come in and utilize the space. It will be a mixture of new writing, classical works and other performance theatre."
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The project is the first culture scheme supported by the Proceeds of Crime Act. The funds will be used to promote social inclusion through the arts for young people between ten and 19 years, in particular those who may not otherwise have such opportunities.
Culture Minister Linda Fabiani said, "Recycling the money of criminals into arts and cultural opportunities is poetic justice indeed and I now want to see this fund benefit young people across Scotland, particularly those who may not have the parental support to encourage them out to try new and different activities."
Friday, May 16, 2008
NEW LIFE BERLIN is a contemporary art festival dedicated to new modes of moving and existing. Curated from the online art community WOOLOO.ORG, NEW LIFE BERLIN aims to connect the critical resources of a global network of artists with the physical geography of Berlin, as Europe's pre-eminent centre for cultural production. NEW LIFE BERLIN is taking place in Berlin from June 1-15, 2008 in collaboration with BERLINAUT.
INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ARTISTS
The NEW LIFE BERLIN artistic program is focused on participation and is open to proposals from international artists. By inviting participation (while still retaining curatorial control), NEW LIFE BERLIN will investigate the much discussed 'online community' - How effective is this community? What binds this community? What governs it? In contrast to traditional art festivals and biennials, NEW LIFE BERLIN will not represent a set of cultural conclusions, but create a model for a fluid cultural landscape. Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply for participation in the various NEW LIFE BERLIN projects. All applications must be made online.
Participation in the NEW LIFE BERLIN artistic program is open to artists and writers and is structured along three main themes:
Transnational Communities. What do 'community' and 'identity' mean today? Presenting projects from both artistic and sociological starting points, NEW LIFE BERLIN will use group participation to explore real-life cultural mobility.
Artistic Social Responsibility. What is the relationship between cultural practitioners and corporate entities in the new millennium? How does contemporary cultural production relate to the concept of "Corporate Social Responsibility"?
Participation and Intervention. How do participatory arts practices affect the socio-cultural environments in which they take place? How and why can local audiences become involved in artists' projects, and what does their involvement mean in terms of civic engagement and
Please click here for additional information.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
We are working to urge the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration to support international cultural exchange by easing the burdensome tax requirements foreign guest artists engaged by or on behalf of nonprofit arts organizations.
These are issues that have been brought to our attention:
· IRS requirements for withholding for foreign guest artists are complicated, unclear, and subject to inconsistent interpretation by the IRS.
· Many nonprofit arts organizations must withhold a full 30% from compensation for foreign guest artists, as it is often difficult or impossible to access existing forms of exemption from withholding.
· To comply with tax requirements, individuals are required to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN), which is increasingly difficult and often impossible for foreign guest artists visiting the United States for only a brief period of time.
· Without an SSN, artists can not avail themselves of the exemptions from withholding available via tax treaties. The IRS Form 8233 – the application for individual exemption from withholding – requires a U.S. tax identification number.
· Entering into a Central Withholding Agreement (CWA is usually not an option for visiting guest artists.) The nature of scheduling, booking, and confirming highly sought-after artists, guest soloists and performing groups- usually on a case-by-case basis - makes it extremely difficult arrange a tax agreement in advance. CWAs and mini-CWAs are currently available only to individuals and are not available for groups of artists.
· The IRS does not have a reliable and accessible process in place for recognizing the nonprofit status of foreign arts groups. Currently, IRS requires a letter from a U.S.-based attorney, stating that the foreign entity would be eligible for 501(c)(3) status in the U.S. It is often impossible to obtain such a letter.
· Foreign guest artists performing with nonprofit arts organizations are subject to the same tax burden as large, for-profit foreign stadium acts. For foreign artists earning modest compensation, this tax burden may prevent them from accepting a U.S. engagement.
More information can be found here.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Qualified artists will receive: materials, equipment and CCA space required for performance; board and lodging during the festival; photographic and video documentation of the performance presented during the festival; the author’s fee of 1000 PLN and travel costs.
The following is required for applications:
1. First name and surname, biographical note, address
2. Short description (not longer than 2000 characters) of the proposed performance, including the duration of the performance, materials, equipment and space requirements.
3. Video material with the documentation of previous performances (with a description containing the title, date and place of the performance) 3 photographs documenting previous performances
Submissions should be mailed to the following address:
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castleul.
Jazdow 200-467 Warszawa Poland
Friday, May 9, 2008
According to the report, independent and family foundations — which represent almost 90% of all private foundations in the U.S. — increased their giving by 12.7% in 2007, compared to a 9% increase in 2006; community foundations boosted their giving by 13.9% — the fourth consecutive year of double-digit increases and a slight increase over the 11.8% jump in 2006; and corporate foundation giving rose 6.6%, following a modest 2.6% increase in 2006.
According to the survey, foundation assets grew an estimated 9 percent in 2007, to a record $670 billion, which suggests that foundation giving overall will show positive, albeit modest, growth this year.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
This is a reversal of a previous proposal which would have required all artists from outside the European Economic Area to obtain a visa, which would have deterred artists from coming to the UK and prevented venues and promoters from hosting them.
Details of how the new points-based system for temporary workers will run have been published by the Home Office. Along with the visa exemption for foreign staff in the UK for up to three months, the document has also outlined that employers will have to adhere to a Code of Best Practice created by industry bodies including the Nation Campaign for the Arts, Equity, Society of London Theatres and the Theatrical Management Association.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
This program aims to promote cultural cooperation between the EU and Mexico, through the implementation of cultural exchanges between both regions, leading to participation of artists from EU Member states (and eligible countries) in cultural festivals in Mexico as well as other meetings and cultural policy dialogue between cultural operators in EU and Mexico. The deadline for the submission of projects is June 1. Applications must be made by the Mexican nationality partner. See guidelines (in Spanish only) for all details.