Combining Arts Agencies to Save Money: At What Cost?

Downtown Denver(Photo: courtesy Dag Peak, Dener CO)
Downtown Denver(Photo: courtesy Dag Peak, Dener CO)

City of Denver blends facilities management and cultural affairs…Will it work?

Denise Montgomery, who headed Denver’s Office of Cultural Affairs from 2003 to 2006 and is now an arts consultant in San Diego, said areas of crossover do exist between her former office and the Division of Theatres & Arenas, but the elimination of the Office of Cultural Affairs and its mayor-appointed director means that Denver’s arts community no longer has a dedicated voice in the mayor’s cabinet.

Read Arts agency merger creates rift in Denver Arts, Cultural Affairs community (Denver Post)

In the UK, museums and libraries are rolled into the Arts Council

Former Education Secretary Estelle Morris says the integration of museums and libraries functions within the Arts Council is an opportunity to build upon shared values.

Read Museums, libraries and the arts have much to gain from each other (Guardian)

If you think Denver has problems…

They say sex sells, and nowhere is that more evident than in the music industry.  There have been attempts over the years to use that in the world of Classical music, whether it be a suggestive (and somewhat disturbing) album cover of a very young Lara St. John (NPR), violinist/rocker Vanessa Mae (vanessamae.com), or the Opera Babes (operababes.com).  Gravitation, (Гравитация in Russian), is the latest group to try to combine toccatas and titillation.  You’ve been warned!

Read We name the naked string quartet (Norman Lebrecht-Slipped Disc)

If you haven’t seen enough, you can watch them in action for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnLryX5k7go

 

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