Flash Points

Call for writers: new Flash Points topic wants you!

Lari Pittman, "Untitled #32 (A Decorated Chronology of Insistence and Resignation)," 1994. Acrylic, enamel, and glitter on panel, 84 x 60 inches. Private collection. Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio. Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Lari Pittman, "Untitled #32 (A Decorated Chronology of Insistence and Resignation)," 1994. Acrylic, enamel, and glitter on panel, 84 x 60 inches. Private collection. Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio. Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Attention writers! Our newest Flash Points topic, Contemporary Art + Economics, launches next week. This time, we’re opening up the editorial process and inviting you to participate. Have an idea for a post? Interested in what’s going down on Capitol Hill or how the current economic climate has affected the arts closer to home, in your own community? Propose a Flash Points blog post and have a chance to be featured on this site.

Questions we are interested in exploring include:

  • What is the value of art?
  • How can art adapt to a changing economic climate?
  • Considering the creative industries, what is the relationship between art, economic development, and urban renewal?
  • Artists and art professionals: what is the true cost of labor?
  • Why is arts education continually underfunded?
  • In both our current economic climate and past ones historically, what happens to art when the money dries up?
  • What do alternative models for arts funding look like?
  • Institutions and ethics: how do museums and other cultural centers maintain their mission and resources in economically challenging times?
  • How and why should we argue for art’s continued financial solvency?

We are eager to hear from a range of different perspectives, including those of you who work as artists, arts professionals, students, art educators, funders, organizers, and academics.

Email ideas and pitches to blog [at] art21 [dot] org. Deadline is Weds, April 8. This topic will be up through May 31, 2009.

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  2. As an arts writer and publisher, I have been addressing many topics of interest to you and would like to blog for you.

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