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In the Loop: November 20, 2008 Archive

Too much art?

Posted at 12:08 PM on November 20, 2008 by Sanden Totten (1 Comments)

The economy is in the toilet and it looks like someone is reaching for the flusher. And one industry bound to go down the tube is the arts. Arts non-profits are already suffering. The trend in hard times is for giving to shift focus from cultural causes to social causes, says Chronicle of Philanthropy editor Stacy Palmer.

But what if that's a good thing?

Hold your rotten tomatoes and hear me out a second! It's a valid question posed by the Arts blog known as, um . . . ARTSblog. They point to the trend of art supply outstripping demand:

"Take for example an article written in the Washington Post on April 23, 2008 which cites a study . . . that says in 2007, there were 402 more performances by theatre companies than the previous year but attendance was down by 36,000 patrons."

Here in the Twin Cities there is a gallery, sculpture or theater on almost any corner. It's a great thing, don't get me wrong. But could hard times help eliminate some of the clutter? Maybe create a sort of survival of the fittest for the art world, leaving us with the best and brightest organizations still in place?

Only the strongest remake of Guys and Dolls will survive! (Photo by xiaming via Creative Commons)
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Sneak peak: Our take on the astronaut-bag thing

Posted at 4:25 PM on November 20, 2008 by Jeff Horwich

In case you missed it, astronaut (and St. Paul native) Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (got enough names there, Heidi?) lost a $100,000 bag of tools while on a spacewalk.

And we've got the dramatic tape from Mission Control:

(If you're ready to see somewhat less-funny video of the real deal, the BBC's got it.)

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