Rolex Funds Artist Mentor Program

23 artists have been selected in an unusual program Rolex started in 2002 that pairs developing artists with masters over the course of a year. At about $100K/pop, looks like there’s money out there for artist cultivation. Interesting to consider the different thresholds required (“cost per artist” for instance) for federal verses corporate funding … [Read more…]

Dr. John Still Loves New Orleans, and Now He’s Mad

NEW ORLEANS — Mac Rebennack, the 67-year-old New Orleans pianist, guitarist and songwriter better known as Dr. John, carries the city’s lore in his fingers, his scratchy voice and his memory. He has lived in New York City and on Long Island since the 1980s, but when he revisits his birthplace it’s as if he … [Read more…]

Important New Book, Arts Inc. by Bill Ivey

In this impassioned and persuasive book, Bill Ivey, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, assesses the current state of the arts in America and finds cause for alarm. Even as he celebrates our ever-emerging culture and the way it enriches our lives here at home while spreading the dream of democracy … [Read more…]