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[BKARTS] WOID XVI-27. Closely watched museums

WOID XVI-27. Closely watched museums

It all sounds good on e-paper - these things usually do:
New York City's Mayor and City Council have decided to overhaul the 
system for funding arts institutions in New York. Funding will no 
longer be decided by politicians in smoke-filled rooms since there's a 
ban on smoking in government buildings in New York. 

Instead, there will be a streamlined process of "peer review," 
something like the New York State Council on the Arts and the National 
Endowment for the Arts. What they'l be smoking, you don't want to know.

Oh, and the biggies like the Met and the Museum of Natural History 
which receive a portion of their operating budget from the City will 
have to go through a performance-based review process known as 
CultureStat, also known as Special Services for Culturati. One of the 
criteria listed for funding is "Free hours; clear public information." 
Does that mean that a certain museum will no longer be allowed to break 
its own agreement with the City by enforcing so-called voluntary 
donations while posting misleading information for visitors? 

There will be a series of informational sessions (also known as "we 
talk, you listen") throughout the five boroughs, starting this 
Thursday. They're free. Wow. Space is limited. Uh-huh.

James Jackson Jiveass
WOID: a journal of visual language 

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