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What defunding the NEA would mean for US museums

The country's cultural institutions speak out about the importance of the National Endowment for the Arts, as President Trump's office drafts a new budget As the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) faces an uncertain future, arts groups are bracing for the loss of federal grants that support hundreds of exhibitions, performances, residencies and local arts councils each year. Its fate could soon be decided: the South Carolina congressman Mick Mulvaney, known for his hard-line views against government...

President Trump: the knowns and unknowns

First reactions to property tycoon’s election to the White House and what it could mean for the arts Donald Trump’s election triumph last month underscores stark divisions in the US. On the morning after the political outsider’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton, many US and international artists were quick to express their shock and dismay that the property tycoon, who has a track record of sexist and xenophobic comments, was headed to the White House. His divisive campaign rhetoric included...

Amid growing censorship, international culture chiefs gather in Moscow to discuss soft power

Speakers at the World Cities Culture Forum Summit addressed culture development as a driver for social progress, while Russian liberals warn of a slip back into Stalinism Just as Russia became even more isolated on the world stage over the country’s military actions in Syria, top culture officials from two dozen cities around the world gathered in Moscow earlier this month to discuss culture development as a driver for social progress. The World Cities Culture Forum Summit (5-7 October) was hosted...

Royal British Columbia Museum to establish department for repatriation of First Nation cultural heritage

The Canadian province has committed $2m to the project, which gives indigenous groups the lead The Canadian province of British Columbia has dedicated C$2m in funding to establish a First Nations department and repatriation programme at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria to help First Nations in the province recover their cultural heritage—including religious items and ancestral remains—scattered in museums across the world. British Columbia has the most diverse group of Aboriginal peoples...

London mayor Sadiq Khan ditches Olympicopolis name, but presses ahead with East London cultural hub

Politician is determined to develop arts project on Olympic site in Stratford Sadiq Khan, who took over as the mayor of London in May, will be announcing plans to develop the cultural quarter on the 2012 Olympic site in east London. Speaking to The Art Newspaper, the Labour mayor said he has dropped the name Olympicopolis for the project. The working title is now East London’s Heritage and Cultural Quarter, although it may well later get a snappier name. Boris Johnson, Khan’s Conservative predecessor...

German Parliament passes controversial law to protect cultural heritage

Collectors, dealers and high-profile artists campaigned hard against tightening import and export rules The German upper house of parliament today (8 July) passed a law aimed at tackling illegal trafficking in looted antiquities and protecting German national heritage, introducing what dealers call the most stringent import and export restrictions on cultural objects in the world. The Cultural Property Protection Law faced opposition from art dealers and collectors as it wound its way through the...

The new London mayor Sadiq Khan woos the culture sector

Sadiq Khan gathered the great and good from all branches of the London’s culture sector at a City Hall reception last night (18 May)—less than a fortnight after being sworn in as the capital’s new mayor—where he declared “culture is the DNA of the city, it is the glue that binds us together” and pledged that “right from the start, supporting the arts and creative industries will be a core priority for my administration, right up there with housing, the environment and security as one of the big themes...

Belgium eliminates federal taskforce to fight trafficking in cultural property

Interior minister says art and antiquities crime is ‘not considered a priority’ As reported by the public broadcaster of Belgium’s French community rtbf, the Belgian government has quietly decided to eliminate the federal police unit dedicated to fighting illegal trafficking of cultural property, part of the central directorate against serious and organised crime. This has been seen as an alarming move by many in the preservation world, given the current international attention to Syrian antiquities...

Qatar would like to be one of the world’s leading arts destinations—but can that ever be achieved without freedom of expression?

Cristina Ruiz attended the Art for Tomorrow conference and found a resounding silence from the Qatari and Western art world alike on this crucial issue We will probably never know exactly how or why it happened. On 15 March, the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani, issued a royal pardon for Muhammed Al-Ajami , a poet serving a 15-year sentence for reciting verses in support of the Arab Spring. Al-Ajami, who was freed and returned to his family, exhausted all legal appeals over three...

UK government publishes its first Culture White Paper in half a century

Key proposals from culture minister Ed Vaizey’s statement include widening access to the arts and a protection fund for cultural heritage in combat zones Ed Vaizey, the UK culture minister, has published his White Paper. This is the first such governmental policy statement on culture since that of Jennie Lee, the Labour arts minister, in 1965. The Culture White Paper announces the establishment of detailed reviews of museums, arts and heritage. The museums review, due to be completed by summer...

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