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The Phoenix makes history
The Massachusetts Cultural Council announces its first-ever media award.
| January 25, 2013
Somerville's first artshare delivers
Instead of buying into harvests of organic fruits and vegetables, shareholders pay a one-time fee of $300 for nine original pieces by local artists.
| September 16, 2011
Don't shortchange the arts
Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
| April 29, 2011
Let's get serious
The odds are that casino gambling is coming to Massachusetts. The state’s big three — Governor Deval Patrick, State Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo — are all in favor.
Gambling is front and center on Beacon Hill
| April 16, 2010
The Cultural Caucus's big gamble
The recently formed Cultural Caucus, a loose, formal coalition comprising a dozen arts-friendly state legislators, appears poised to christen its political life by inserting itself into what could be the most intense statewide political battle of the spr
Formed to be a savior of the arts in the Bay State, a political coalition is playing high-stakes poker by putting casinos in its sights
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| March 05, 2010
Willy Wonka in Smellovision
If you'll imagine the New England Confectionary Company in Revere to be Willy Wonka's magical estate, then Union Square would be the analogous working-class outskirt from where Charlie Bucket hails.
Scent of the Times
| September 11, 2009
The folks on Beacon Hill deserve credit for crafting a budget in this extraordinarily challenging fiscal climate that will hopefully sustain services at a level just short of disastrous.
Plus, Massachusetts needs a DNA-testing law
| July 03, 2009
The recent Phoenix editorial on state-government funding for arts and culture highlighted many of the challenges we face as we try to meet our aspirations as a community amidst a very difficult economic environment.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editor, June 12, 2009
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| June 12, 2009
A self-inflicted wound
Layoffs, salary reductions, and budget cuts have become distressingly commonplace.
Why massive cuts to cultural spending are counterproductive
| May 22, 2009
When Cambridge native Caleb Neelon talks about how he got hooked on graffiti, he often recounts a trip he took to Germany with his mom in 1990.
Graffitist Caleb Neelon is a street survivor
| February 18, 2009
Year in Art: Beyond the gloom
The Boston art scene felt muted for much of 2008, with 10 galleries closing and the death of two local icons: Harriet Casdin-Silver and Jules Aarons.
Continuing cheer in dark times
| December 22, 2008
The folk and the fine
Here in Massachusetts, our old ways tend to reside in ethnic islands and pockets. They may be famous on their street or in their neighborhood or town, but they’re often unheard of outside it.
‘Keepers of Tradition’ and Alexis Rockman
| June 16, 2008
A certain kind of disorientation
Home-grown new sculpture is alive and well right here right now, as Boston Sculptors Gallery regularly reminds us.
Anish Kapoor at the ICA, MCC Award Winners at Boston Sculptors, And ‘8 in ’08’ at Massart
| May 20, 2008
The news of the Allston Skirt Gallery closing turned out to be the first sign of a major gallery shake-up involving a number of Boston’s most prestigious venues.
Shake-ups on the gallery scene
| April 01, 2008
What can Iowa teach the MCC?
The state’s top public promoter of art and culture, the quasi-governmental Massachusetts Cultural Council, has a new executive director: Anita Walker.
Under new leadership, the arts and humanities comes into focus
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| May 02, 2007
Your tax dollars at work
This isn’t the sort of government-funded art rife with smut, perversion, and blasphemy that sparks legislative hearings — unfortunately.
Spook show at Boston Sculptors Gallery, plus Shira Avidor
| June 14, 2006
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