Every year, Oregon artists, institutions, and organizations receive millions of dollars in funding from regional, state and federal government-sponsored agencies. For example, this past fiscal year the Regional Arts and Culture Council gave out over two million dollars in grants and support. Not a lot of money, but maybe enough to get some artists and organizations through what will certainly be a difficult year.
But what are these artists and organizations giving back to the community and why do we continue to fund the arts when there are so many other places that money could go? With these questions in mind, Frank Reynolds asked people around downtown Portland about state funding for the arts and how culture factors into their lives in tough economic times.
Frank Reynolds speaks with the Oregon Children's Theatre's managing director Ross McKeen and artistic director Stan Foote about their new play, "Honus & Me," and how the company is coping with the economic downturn.
President Obama will sign the final version of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill into law today, a major milestone in his early presidency. The bill includes $50 million in direct funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Yet the fate of this funding was far from secure during the final days of deliberation in the House and Senate last week. KBOO’s Frank Reynolds spoke with Eloise Damrosch, executive director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and Chris D’Arcy, director of the Oregon Arts Commission, about the arts funding in the bill and what it means for arts organizations going forward.
University of Chicago professor W. J. T. Mitchell’s work touches on a wide range of topics, from renaissance painting to Spike Lee, from cloning to Abu Ghraib. A leading image theorist and editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry, Mitchell is also the author of several books, including Picture Theory, The Last Dinosaur Book, and, most recently, What do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images. In anticipation of Mitchell’s April 1st lecture in Portland at the Pacific Northwest College of Art entitled “The Future of the Image,” Frank Reynolds spoke with him by phone about stereotypes, the presidential campaign, and the legacy of the “war on terror.”
Host Eva Lake speaks with Kathe Kollwitz of The Guerilla Girls about art, women and activism. The Guerilla Girls will be speaking tonight (Tuesday, April 28), at 7pm at Portland State University in the Smith Memorial Ballroom at 1825 SW Broadway, as part of the series "Feminist Perspectives in Pop Culture sponsored by Bitch magazine and PSU’s Women’s Resource Center.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Geraldine Brooks about her latest novel, People of the Book, an imagined history of an ancient Hebrew prayer book. Geraldine Brooks is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally bestselling novel March, a retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women from the point of view of Mr. March, the absent father who goes off to war. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, published in 2001, is also an international bestseller.
The Moles focus today on Capitalism and Socialism. What is capitalism, anyway, and how does it make us unfree? What might socialism be like? Why don't we have more voice in how the government spends our money, and what would we say if we did? Are Americans really committed to Capitalism and opposed to socialism? (A new poll says otherwise.) Below are links to the segments of this show, hosted by Laurie Mercier. Or you can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above.
Who knows what (a real, democratic) socialism will be like? No one. But it can at least be imagined in various ways, and that is what some science fiction writers do, as Old Mole Frann Michel explains. Read her remarks and follow links to her many sources here.