As we return back to daily life from our tryptophan-enduced hazes, there are plenty of interesting arts debates happening on the Web to reinvigorate the ol’ brain.
The producers of artsjournal.com have assembled a blue-ribbon panel to discuss the value of arts education in America. The talk is supposed to go on all week, so be sure to check back to see which direction the wind is blowing. My only quibble with this one is that it’s doubtful that anyone on this panel is going to come up with any argument against a healthy arts education. Not that I am suggesting there is a valid one, but it would have been nice to hear from those who would seek to limit what our kids are learning about the arts in favor of other subjects.
Next up: how much in author royalties should a non-profit theater premiering a new play take? On the one hand, the theater is largely responsible for giving the work a solid lift-off and creating value for it going forward. On the other hand, is the 40 percent that some of the top New York theaters are asking for too steep?
Finally, there’s little doubt that many of us will be giving and (hopefully) receiving a few books this holiday season. But which books do you decide to keep in your collection? There are various questions to ask yourself is seems: what should the balance of read vs. unread books be, should a collection be used mainly as a reflection to others of your personality, etc. My philosophy? Keep one book shelf, and when a new book comes up for permanent membership status, conduct a little book-by-book face-off. If it can’t unseat anything on the shelf after you’ve read it, it’s off to Half Price Books.
If you’ve got an opinion on any of these topics, by all means leave us a comment and let’s get a little discussion going over here at Art&Seek.