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Read on for updates on .art websites, creative placemaking, and more.

How to Do Creative Placemaking

“In its ongoing commitment to producing resources for community engagement with the arts, the National Endowment for the Arts has published How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. The book features 28 essays from thought leaders active in arts-based community development as well as 13 case studies of projects funded through the NEA’s creative placemaking program, Our Town. Concurrent with the publication of How to Do Creative Placemaking, the NEA, Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace America, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Partners for Livable Communities, are presenting Creative Placemaking: The Role of Arts in Community Development, a convening hosted by the Wilson Center on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 1:00 – 6:00 PM ET. Registration is free and accessed through the Wilson Center. Key sessions will be livestreamed also at the Wilson Center website. You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #creativeplace.”

In Accepting the Grawemeyer Award, a Call for Diversity in Concert Halls

“The American composer Andrew Norman has been awarded the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition — one of the most important contemporary music prizes, which comes with a $100,000 award — for “Play,” his rollicking, gaming-influenced orchestral work.” In an interview on National Public Radio, he said, “If I get more commissions, great, but maybe I can use this moment to talk about things that are important to me…Like to call attention to the fact that there are problems. For instance, this award has been given to three women out of its 30-year history…And in all honesty, I’m a white man and I get lots of commissions and there are systemic reasons for that, reasons we should all be talking about…The canon is so overwhelmingly white and male, but we can use new music to fix that problem. There are so many voices who should be heard in the concert hall today, of people whose music reflects a wide variety of experiences. That, to me, is the most important issue right now for contemporary classical music and classical music generally — how to get what happens in the concert hall to reflect the diverse society that we are”

New .ART Domain Launches With Dozens of Early Adopter Museums and Institutions On Board

“The first internet domain dedicated to the global art community, .ART, is now active and has more than 60 well-known museums and arts organizations on board, according to a statement from London-based .ART. Included in the list are The Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Fondation Cartier, Hauser & Wirth, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, LACMA, MAXXI, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Walker Art Center, and Tate.” Domains will be available to the general public in summer 2017. 

Tim Robbins’s Prison Improv Classes Make Inmates Less Likely to Re-Offend

“You can imagine how this idea was received 10 years ago, but here’s the pitch: A tenacious British actress teams up with Oscar winner Tim Robbins to bring acting classes to maximum-security prisons…Fundraising was a slog. Correctional officers pushed back… The recidivism rate in the state is more than 50 percent. But a recent preliminary study by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation showed that, for inmates who completed the Prison Project, that number dropped to 10.6 percent…Governor Jerry Brown approved a $6 million line item in California’s 2016–2017 budget earmarked specifically for Arts in Correction, a partnership between the CDRC and the California Arts Council, up from $2 million the previous year. And in 2017, all 35 prisons in California will have at least some kind of publicly funded arts program — up from exactly zero a decade ago…Beyond recidivism, the Actors Gang Prison Project work has led to a nearly 90 percent reduction in behavioral infractions for participants, one of the unexpected effects the program has had outside of class.”



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