Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Afternoon Report, January 15, 2009

This information, called The Afternoon Report, is provided by a daily email blast from the publicity firm of Boneau Bryan-Brown, which maintains this blog. This feature doesn't run daily but whenever The Afternoon Report seems to point out articles of interest.

Guthrie Theater to add green lighting system

“Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater will add three light towers, powered by Daktronics' light emitting diodes, which will serve to accent the building's existing architecture and lighting system. "The Guthrie is pleased to bring Daktronics on board to complete our LED towers," Jacques Brunswick, chief administrative officer of The Guthrie Theater, said. "We're confident that Daktronics work on this project will allow us to fulfill the design intent of architect Jean Nouvel." The three towers will measure 80 feet, 60 feet and 40 feet and will feature freeform lighting elements with full-color capability and individual pixel control. The system allows for as many as one billion colors, displaying simple color change effects to complicated animations and full-color video. The LEDs also allow the system to consume less power than traditional lighting methods.”
I'd be curious as to how many theatres are, bit by bit, turning green.

Behind the curtain of Obama’s arts policy

“So far, we’ve seen only glimmers of how arts policy might look in the Obama administration. But Robert L. Lynch, head of Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit group that worked through the campaign season to give the arts a new political visibility, says he’s met with members of the Obama transition team and that nine proposals the group released Tuesday reflect where things are heading. As with so much else, it comes down to the economy. The idea, Lynch says, is to weave the arts into the upcoming administration’s broad stimulus package, with a dollars-and-cents focus that embraces improved access for artists to unemployment and health benefits, as well as culturally targeted use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants -- through the well-known Community Development Block Grant program -- and giving public art projects an increased role via the Department of Transportation. The recommendations, which can be read in full here, also target programs in the commerce and agriculture departments.”
Awesome. I think the world of Bob Lynch. He doesn't engage, so far as I can tell, in the silly BS that some other arts advocates too often engage in.

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