Why science needs art

Check out this Huffington Post commentary about how art and design can help technology power innovation: http://tinyurl.com/dynhr2q.

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Keep celebrating poetry’s big month

There’s still a couple of weeks left in National Poetry Month — still plenty of time to submit your best poetic effort and/or a copy of your favorite poem. If you are submitting your own work, include a brief explanation of your inspiration. If you are submitting someone else’s poem, include a few lines about why and how this poem became one of your faves. Please DO NOT submit poems as separate postings to BAMirror; attach them to this posting through the “Leave a Comment” function. Already posted: Two poems by BAMirror reviewer Tony Villecco.

Silence that phone!

By now, everyone knows about the “I-Phone Marimba” moment that temporarily stopped the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.  For the record and as continuing reminder to concert and theater goers everywhere, here’s the whole cringe-inducing story.

Opera world facing more ups and downs

Check out these two good news/bad news reports from the world of opera. First, an article from The Dedham Transcript (Needham, Mass.) on the demise of Opera Boston. Then, a New York Times look at how small opera companies are trying to fill the void left by the drastic reduction and displacement of New York City Opera.

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Met hits fund-raising high note

Here’s a link to The New York Times’ article about Metropolitan Opera finances and fund-raising: http://tinyurl.com/3tdj55d.

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Issue in the arts: Reaction after Kansas kills state arts funding

State funding for the arts has been declining here in NYS and across the country since before the 2008 financial meltdown. But Kansas governor Sam Brownback recently went all the way, using a line-item veto to kill all funding to Kansas’ state-wide arts council. As NPR’s Elizabeth Blair recently reported on “Morning Edition”, non-profit arts leaders are already adopting new funding strategies. Check out the story at:
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/13/137146196/kansas-gov-brownback-defunsds-state-arts-commission.

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