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This week, Jumpstart Digest focuses on young cultural entrepreneurs who are rapidly transforming communities through Creative Placemaking, an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture, and creativity to serve a community's interest.

Who is Creative Placemaking? New Music, Integrity, and Community
New Music Box: Daniel Siepmann
In the past four years, a new cash spigot has been cranked open for contemporary arts funding across the nation. Titled “creative placemaking,” this approach purports to culturally and economically reinvigorate American “places” of all stripes, rescuing them from their derelict status through the arts.

Creative Placemaking & Cultural Entrepreneurship
Arts Journal: Dallas Shelby
In the linked video, NAS Directors Fielding Grasty, Dallas Shelby, and Sunny Widmann, share what they’ve seen in the development and recruitment of our Creative Community Fellows program and what it might mean for the arts and culture field.

Can Creative Practice Gentrify Creative Practice?
KCET (Los Angeles): Robby Herbst
During the past five years, considered as the recovery from our Great Recession of 2009, Los Angeles' communities of artists and urbanists have experienced qualitative changes among the infrastructures that support their activities. How do citizens and artists respond to these changes?

Above: Building and Trades Park Mural (2013) by Bloomington artist Sam Bartlett., depicting various trades, painted on the basketball retaining wall. Medium: Acrylic on concrete.


How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent
New York Times: Benedict Carey
Scientists have long argued over the relative contributions of practice and native talent to the development of elite performance. A paper in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science illustrates where the discussion now stands and hints — more tantalizingly, for people who just want to do their best — at where the research will go next.

For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story
Wall Street Journal: Taylor Swift
The singer-songwriter says artists and fans will still form deep bonds, but they will do it in new ways.

Five Problems with Taylor Swift’s Optimistic View Of The Music Business
The Washington Post: Justin Moyer

When A Famous Dubstep Dancer Gets His Ballet On
The Washington Post: Sarah Kaufman
Put a viral dubstepping star in a room with a top-tier ballerina and music by a hiphop emcee and what do you get?

Michael Kaiser On Building Healthy Arts Organizations
Chorus America: Kelsey Menehan
In addition to expanding educational and artistic programming as president of the Kennedy Center, Michael Kaiser has become a prominent leader in arts management. Read some of the insights he shared at Chorus America's 2014 Conference.

New York City Opera Has A Buyer And He Wants The Board To Stop Diddling Around
Reuters: Edith Honan
Businessman Gene Kaufman made an undisclosed offer six months ago to buy "the people's opera" and salvage the venerable cultural institution. He now says the opera's board is "stuck in neutral" nine months after filing for bankruptcy and canceling the season, and should relinquish control of the process.

Fixing The Metropolitan Opera: A To-Do List
Parterre Box: Dawn Fatale
A “to do” list for the benefit of Met management, assuming the company makes it out of this summer alive.

Two Sides to Every Screen
Theater Jones: Keith Cerny
As opera companies look toward the future, and strive to maximize paid attendance, as well as making a mark and increasing their impact within the community, it is clear that all four distribution channels—opera house, TV and radio, simulcast, and HD broadcast—will continue to be vitally important. And, it is very reassuring to see that, at least in North Texas, they are all creating new interest in opera.


Lorin Maazel, an Intense and Enigmatic Conductor, Dies at 84
New York Times: Allan Kozinn

The Ultimate VIP pass: Go Above and Below, as Well as Backstage, at The Royal Opera
The Royal Opera House: Caspar Holten
A new interactive experience allows you to see parts of the ‘Opera Machine’ usually hidden from audiences.

Why is the Arts Council Punishing English National Opera for Innovation and Imagination?
The Guardian (blog): Michael Billington
With a 29% funding cut and a new commitment to produce musical theatre - never ENO's strength - the future looks bleak for the Coliseum

Government-Funded Theatres ‘Aren’t Attracting New Audiences’
The Stage News: Nicola Merrifield
Venues funded by Arts Council England are failing to attract new theatregoers and are instead relying on a core regular audience, the findings of a new report have shown. Data collected by theatre analytics company Purple Seven has found audiences attending national portfolio organization venues and those visiting commercial ones are becoming more polarized.

In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly
NPR: Philip Reeves
One of the few piano teachers in Pakistan's capital is determined to keep his art alive. To avoid being victimized by hard-line Islamists, he teaches on digital keyboards with the volume dialed down.



Can This “Neuroscience Based” Music App Really Boost Your Brain Power By 400%?
Wired Magazine: Christian Jarrett
In a world that already offers a Neurobliss drink , No-Lie-MRI brain scanning, and Neuroleadership courses, it’s not really surprising that the Focus@will app has appeared, claiming it can boost your attention span by up to 400% using “neuroscience based music”.

Don’t Want To Lose It When You Get Old? Learn To Make Art Says A New Study
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
German researchers report positive changes in the brains of recent retirees who learned how to create visual art.

New Study Dismantles Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule Drake Baer
A new Princeton study tears Gladwell’s theory down. In a meta-analysis of 88 studies on deliberate practice, the researchers found that practice accounted for just a 12% difference in performance in various domains. What's really surprising is how much it depends on the domain: In games, practice made for a 26% difference. In music, it was a 21% difference. In education, a 4% difference. In professions, just a 1% difference


The Autograph Has Officially Been Replaced by the Selfie…
Open Culture (NY Times Video)

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