Posts Tagged ‘National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs’

D.C. Arts Commission Grants Are Totally Funding Simpsons Events and Tweed Rides

This post has been updated.
It’s the time of year when arts organizations are either sighing in relief or adding bank robbery as a revenue stream. The District’s Commision on the Arts and Humanities announced last week its annual slate of awards, which totals $3.7 million spread over 227 grants.
There are fewer categories now, too: In [...]

Parsing Arena Stage’s Scheduling Changes

In today's Washington Post, Peter Marks and Jacqueline Trescott broke the announcement that Arena Stage has removed two shows from its schedule next spring. One, a musical version of the Laura Esquivel novel Like Water for Chocolate, was postponed over creative difficulties. But the other, Tazewell Thompson's new play Mary T. and Lizzy K., has been [...]

Arts Roundup: #ClassicOuterwear Edition

Cheap Tickets, Please: D.C.'s Office of Human Rights is stepping into the fray over discounted theater tickets for young audiences, following a complaint it received about venues capping the definition of "young" at 30 or 35 years old, the Washington Business Journal reports. The city agency started looking at theater prices across town, and has [...]

D.C. Arts Commission Overhauls Grant Programs

At Arena Stage this morning, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities introduced its grant program for the 2012 fiscal year to several hundred members of Washington's artistic community—or, as most of the speakers called it, the city's "creative economy." Also making an introduction to the crowd was Judith Terra, who was sworn in as [...]

D.C. Arts Offices Make Cases for 2012 Funding

Arts funding was the focus of most of a three-hour budget oversight hearing led yesterday by Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. Thomas, who chairs the D.C. Council's Committee on Economic Development, questioned Office of Motion Picture and Television Development Director Crystal Palmer, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Interim Director Ayris Scales, and more [...]

Fed Up: Why Cuts to National Capital Arts Grants Are Disastrous for Small D.C. Arts Groups

When the House Appropriations Committee published the list of federal program cuts in the continuing budget resolution that averted a government shutdown earlier this month, one small cut sent a shockwave across Washington. You probably read about it.
Another got less attention.
The bill keeping the federal government open through the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year [...]

Budget Resolution Will Force Local Arts Organizations to Rethink Finances

In a sweeping list of domestic spending cuts announced this morning by the House Appropriations Committee, four arts-related programs will be reduced in the continuing resolution Congress and the White House negotiated last week to avert a government shutdown. The National Gallery of Art will take an $8 $8.5 million hit to its upkeep and [...]