Nov
17

You Kant Be Serious. All Art is Political.

As you can see from my last post, recently I’ve been chatting up some info I found in  “Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Ideas of Race in the 18th Century” by David Bindman. I don’t recommend the book. It’s a slog and an apology of sorts for European Supremacy. But Bindman has done some important research; a good chunk of which is focused on Immanuel Kant, one of the major figures in European philosophy and known in no small part for his writings on aesthetics, which I think of as the values we use when deciding how we feel about

Jul
17

What’s Next For Our Work on Racial Equity in Arts Funding?

An update on the PA Arts Council (PCA) budget for 2017-18 as it pertains to equitable payments to African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native Arts (ALAANA) arts organizations. You will remember from my earlier post that 96 of the 100 largest arts budgets that are in the state system are predominantly white led when considering the majority of their board, staff, and how they define their art form. Unfortunately, for the time being, we have to rely on my categorization of these organizations because neither the State, nor data collection organizations like Data Arts include race in the variety of methods