Today in the roundup: Local bands with new videos, the tricky process of staging a teen theater festival and a local scientist makes a big discovery.
Archive: 'Arts Education'
In writing thoughtfully and sensitively about North Texas dance for 30 years, critic Margaret Putnam has proved to be one of the most steadfast, supportive figures the shaky local scene has ever had. The Dance Council of North Texas celebrated her Saturday — with a new scholarship fund and a remarkable event.
The Super Bowl could bring an economic windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars to North Texas. But not just for area businesses. KERA’s Stephen Becker reports local non-profits and charities have found they can benefit from being tied to the game:
For its Teen Scene Festival, the DCT is reviving all four ‘issue plays’ that Linda Daugherty has written about teen problems, such as eating disorders and bullying. But it was a reading difficulty that inspired it all.
The National Arts Index — a kind of stock market index for American arts, both non-profit and commercial — collates 81 measurements of arts activity including attendance, how much spent, the number of degrees awarded, etc. The bad news about how the recession has cut into donations and how the arts’ “market share” has dwindled comes on the heels of news that conservative Republicans in the House intend to gut spending for the arts and public broadcasting.
UP residents used to trot over to Highland Park or Dallas to use those library systems. Then the Friends of the UP Library got a temp home for the library — but you kind of had to know where it was to find it. Now the library is getting a permanent home.
The Dallas Museum of Art has released director Bonnie Pittman’s book, ‘Ignite the Power of Art’ — which is based on her pioneering research into the different ways visitors interact with exhibitions and how museums can tailor their offerings to the four types of museum-goer: observer, independent, enthusiast and participant.
Amid all of our efforts at preening for the Big Game — pitching North Texas as Open for Business and Ready for Our Close-Up — some substantive good has actually come about. Good, that is, beyond the bump up in retail. Like Slant 45, which may well have been the largest community-service effort in North Texas history. We talk to Gigi Antoni, president of Big Thought, which ran the project.
For three days in April — if you have the right pass — you’ll be able to see exhibitions at the Fashion Industry Gallery on Ross, the Nasher in the Arts District and both the Dallas Contemporary and the Goss-Michael in the Design District. It’s the third annual Dallas Art Fair.
At a cocktail party Tuesday night at the Dallas Museum of Art, the talk was all about how the visual arts can find new audiences. And by the end of the night, plans were in place.