Sunday, October 13, 2013

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:

Passion vs. Engagement

Butts In the Seats: The Drucker Exchange quotes an article in Bloomberg Businessweek claiming “truly passionate U.S. employees” make up “a scant 11% of the workforce.” My first reaction was to wonder if the arts had a higher percentage of passionate employees than most sectors. The Drucker Institute piece mentions the responsibility of the employee to essentially manage their own careers because companies won’t do it for you.

Why The Affordable Care Act Matters To Artists

ThinkProgress: It’s not yet clear how many people purchased insurance through the exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act that opened up yesterday. But one of the things I’ve been hearing from a lot of creative people is that the ACA has made it easy to be, or to contemplate being, an artist. Being a writer, or a visual artist, or a musician, or an actor, has always been an economically risky choice where a few people succeed in dramatic terms, a larger number figure out middle-class existences doing what they love at least part of the time, and others struggle to do what they love. The ACA, and the ability to purchase more affordable insurance as an individual, doesn’t change that economic calculus. But it does help minimize a risk factor that can make it impossible to attempt careers as artists at all.

Fox Urges Appellate Court to Review Internship Ruling With the future of Corporate America internship programs on the line, Fox Entertainment Group has filed a petition before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to have a federal judge's controversial ruling in June reviewed.

Let's Talk About [Insert Controversy Here] There's nothing we love more than a good, old-fashioned controversy. No matter how much we say we say that we wish people could be nice and get along and have long, respectful conversations about explosive issues, we still line up to watch the fireworks go off. No matter who you are, or how understanding you try to be of all sides of any issue, there is some always topic out there waiting for you to let loose the full power of your rage.

A Shrinking Landscape: Theater Criticism in Chicago Then and Now

HowlRound: The tension—healthy or unhealthy—that has always existed between the artist and the critic is no secret. Having one’s creation judged by someone whose role seems to be to dictate the value of said work is a naturally touchy endeavor. Egos flare, defiant stances are taken, fingers point, and artists either breathe sighs of relief or look ahead to the task of rebuilding. Given the personal stakes at play here, it is no surprise that artists tend to view critics with trepidation and suspicion, if not outright disdain.

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