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Creative Capital Foundation

I'm back from the AlternateROOTS annual meeting, which was a truly extraordinary experience. While there, I came across a brochure for the Creative Capital Foundation, which "is committed to working in long-term partnership with its funded artists, providing advisory services and professional development assistance along with financial support throughout a project's life. In addition, the grantees agree to share a small percentage of any net profits generated by the projects with Creative Capital, which applies these funds towards new grants."

Creative Capital Foundation "was established to explore whether venture capital concepts might be applicable and useful in the cultural arena." The foundation funds artist projects in four disciplines: visual arts, film/video, performing arts, and emerging fields/innovative literature. They run on a 3-year cycle, with this year devoted to grants in Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature, and Performing Arts. To apply f…

To Joshua James -- A Hatchet for Burial

I didn't feel it was appropriate to barge into a private conversation, but I wanted to offer this post in response to Joshua's soul searching, and the efforts of many fellow bloggers to offer advice. As one commenter noted, Joshua and I seem to push each other's buttons. It's true -- I know you're all surprised.

Joshua:

Let me offer what "buttons" you push for me, and I welcome the same from you, if you feel you haven't already said it.

There really are only three things, Joshua, but man they set me off. First, while I won't ask you to revisit our debate, I'd ask that you just read through your comments in the post I've linked to above. Here is a list of how you refer to me: "fool," "pig-headed prof," "bully," "thug," "dishonest," and "damn hypocrite." On one blog, you called me "crazy." These are personal insults, attached to me by name. While one might argue that I have i…

Thanks, Matt and Don

Two wonderful bloggers, Matt Freeman and Don Hall, have each written excellent posts about aspects of my "Welcome, New Readers" post below. I value these posts very highly, because they lead further consideration on my part. Fine tuning.

On a sidenote, I must admit to being a little puzzled by Matt's expectation that one of my ideas was not "revelatory." Revelation seems a tall order for blog posts, which are by their very nature rather informal and off-the-cuff. My intention in writing my post was my realization that, as a result of the geographism debate, many new readers had visited my blog, and I felt it was important that I outline my general orientation. Unlike many blogs, which have an orientation based on responding to day-to-day events, mine tends to be a bit disconnected from such things and instead I spend much of my time pondering, well, theatre ideas. And I found it a good exercise to try to distill those ideas into a few short paragraphs. Sort of a…

Attending AlternateROOTS Annual Meeting

Just as a heads-up, I began attending the annual meeting of AlternateROOTS yesterday, and it will go through Sunday. So posting may be more sporadic than it has been the last few weeks. Great organization, AlternateROOTS, filled with generous, open artists committed to social activism. The annual meeting's theme is "The Artist as Citizen," and the organization explores the intersection of art and activism.

Great Post

Thanks, Isaac, for this link -- connects to nearly everything in my post below, and to this one:

Read S. P. Miskowski's "Hick With a Master's Degree" -- and from what I've read, read her regularly! But start with "Starving the Local Artist."

Nicely done!

Welcome, New Readers

To all of you who first encountered Theatre Ideas as a result of the protracted debate concerning "geographism," welcome, and I hope you will continue reading now that things have gotten a bit quieter.

I wanted to write a few words about this blog.

Theatre Ideas is based on a single premise: something is deeply wrong with the state of the American theatre, and without radical change it will continue its slide into irrelevance. As Al gore says in An Inconvenient Truth, quoting Winston Churchill, we have passed the "era of procrastination" and are now in an "era of consequences." It is no longer enough to simply "do the work," one must reconceive the context, refashion the business model, revise the purpose, and refocus the values.

This blog is devoted to several principles, which are regularly accosted by those invested, for whatever reason, in maintaining the status quo. They are:

1. Decentralization. We are a nation of 50 states and 300 million pe…

Wrap-Up: Southern and Rural Stereotypes

While there are many who feel this conversation has gone on long enough, I think what has gone on long enough is certain bloggers' obsession with small aspects of my initial post to the exclusion of the larger idea, which has been virtually ignored or, alternately, dismissed as "not a problem" by those that it does not affect.

Over the course of the past week and a half, I have, with the "aid" of my fellow bloggers, fine tuned my original ideas. It was my belief that that was one of the valuable things about the blogosphere -- that ideas could be honed through discussion, and thus improved. Apparently not the case. Whatever is written first represents your most important statement on the subject, and before you are allowed to continue you must first "apologize" for perceived offenses to the Blogging Big Brothers who will descend like a swarm of buzzing locusts and fill your comments box with about a million questions and a lot of table pounding. This i…