In Defense of Arts Funding

Dinah Cardin

“Each day, 4.8 million Americans go to work in Arts and Culture industries. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Arts contributed $730 billion to our GDP—which is larger than Construction, Transportation, and Travel & Tourism.” – AmericansForTheArts.org

Cultural institutions across the country are reeling from news that the White House plans to slash or eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The arts play a critical role in today’s economy and also support the rising creative and innovation-based economy. Read more

Launching on Google

Rachel Thompson

A peek at Catastrophe and Creation: Modern Indian Painting after 1947 at as seen online with Google Arts & Culture.

Growing up in a small west Texas town, I didn’t have the opportunity to visit many art museums — especially not those with extensive, impressive collections, located on the East and West Coasts. Instead, I visited their websites. My first art history lessons took place on the Internet. Read more

Ikebana with Keiko Thayer

Melissa Woods

Keiko Thayer’s ikebana piece, created in PEM’s Japanese gallery. Photo credit Allison White.

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, goes back as far as the 6th century. Originating from a blend of Buddhist and Shinto traditions, it transforms flower arrangement into a meditative and artistic act, emphasizing the form not just of flower buds, but of the leaves and stems of the plants, resulting in elegant compositions that bring pleasure to the senses and focus to the mind. Read more