National Art News

How Freeways Destroyed American Cities

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 7:21pm

Urban freeways displaced communities and created air and noise pollution in downtown areas. They made it easier for suburban commuters to “zip to their suburban homes at the end of the work day, encouraging those with means to abandon the urban core.”

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Renowned Artist: Digital Images Lie

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 7:14pm

“Don McCullin, one of the world’s finest photographers of war and disaster, said the digital revolution meant viewers could no longer trust the truthfulness of images they see.”

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The 50 Most Exciting Artists Of 2015?

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:58pm

Artnet makes a list.

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How Adele Got Millions Of People To Buy Her New Album

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:52pm

Adele appears to have activated millions of customers for whom making a purchase is viewed as a sign of devotion and support for the artist they love.

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Safety Issue: Portland School Cancels Dance

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:42pm

A Portland Public Schools official says dancing has made some students feel unsafe.

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Lack Of Diversity: Women Playwrights

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:39pm

In San Diego last summer, at the national conference of the Dramatists Guild, the results of a major research project called “The Count” found that of some 2,500 productions sampled nationwide, only about 22 percent were of works by female writers.

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How Many Books In The NY Public Library?

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:08pm

In just the past decade, vexingly different figures have been reported — 1.8 million in The New York Times in 2009, four million by The Associated Press in 2013.

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The Precarious Lot Of Museum Education Workers

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:05pm

“Perhaps the most glaring incongruity to educators’ employment is that while they are crucial to the museums’ long-term public engagement, these are freelancers, hourly waged workers-for-hire who lack the job security of a full-time, salaried position.”

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Business Development Manager

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:31pm

The Business and Development Manager (BDM) is an integral member of LEVYdance team. The position requires a strong understanding of non-profit business practices and principals, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit. This position requires a high level of attention to detail combined with the ability to be flexible, take initiative, and work collaboratively.

LEVYdance seeks a Business Development Manager.

LEVYdance’s Mission: LEVYdance creates art to ignite awareness of our shared human experience. LEVYdance achieves its mission through assembling a community of talented people who join together to create innovative and relevant art that is accessible to a wide audience. Company core values include integrity, courage, collaboration, and excellence.

The Business and Development Manager should possess the following qualities:

  • Focused on revenue stream
  • Professional
  • Self-motivated
  • Creative
  • Visionary
  • Flexible

The Business and Development Manager (BDM) is an integral member of LEVYdance team. The position requires a strong understanding non-profit business practices and principals, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit. This position requires a high level of attention to detail combined with the ability to be flexible, take initiative, and work collaboratively. Under the guidance and instruction of the Executive Artistic Director, the BDM will support the development of income streams, coordinate communications, and provide oversight for general operations and business compliance.


  • Maximizes earned revenue and minimizes expenses
  • Manages and provides oversight for basic business compliance such as taxes, licenses, permits, etc.
  • Manages and oversees studio rentals, including policies and procedures that govern rentals
  • Develops intern program and supervises interns
  • Creates policies and goals for digital marketing and messaging
  • Manages expense requests and payroll
  • Supervises Administrative Assistant
  • Works with the EAD in the development of sponsorships and community partnerships


  • Works in collaboration with EAD to develop, manage, and execute fundraising strategies, work plans, and calendars
  • Responsible for individual giving program, including email appeals, prospect research, benefit fulfillment, and donor stewardship
  • Participates in the development, planning, and execution of fundraising events, rehearsals, and donor receptions
  • Manages the fundraising database, including gift processing and reporting
  • Manages grant calendar and report deadlines; acts as direct contact for grant writer

Required Skills and Experience

  • Strong critical thinking skills with ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions
  • Passionate about LEVYdance’s mission and impact
  • Outstanding communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Works well under pressure to meet organizational needs and deadlines
  • Attention to detail critical
  • Must be able to work flexible hours when needed
  • Minimum two years nonprofit development experience, including annual campaigns, events, and database management
  • Proficient Excel and Word skills essential
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Experience working in a team environment

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Fluency in Social Media
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with preference for post-graduate studies in business or non-profit administration
  • Knowledge of Quickbooks

Application Process:
To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter (pdf or word documents only)

Please note we are unable to take phone calls about this position. Applications will be reviewed as received. Early submissions are encouraged. Candidates are encouraged to submit materials no later than December 9, 2015, but the position remains open until filled.

Engagement Terms:

The Business Development Manager reports to LEVYDance’s Executive Artistic Director. The position is Full-time.

LEVYDance is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for this position.

More about LEVYdance: Founded in 2002, LEVYdance is a nationally-recognized performing arts organization that serves the San Francisco Bay Area dance community as a creative incubator, community space, and innovative arts presenter. The company is recognized for producing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, interactive works that explore the nuances of being human. Its values of risk taking and rigorous creative development, and its aesthetics of inherently kinetic dance that balances form and raw emotional experience, resonate throughout each of the core programs of the organization.

Based at LEVYstudio in the Bay Area, LEVY’s creative space and community center, LEVYdance programs and projects fall within three core areas of activity: 1) The creation and presentation of large scale, multi-disciplinary. 2) Choreographic incubation programs for established and emerging artists. 3) Education programs in which LEVYdance nurtures dynamic artistry and creative exploration. Education programs include over 40 open classes at LEVYstudio weekly; the workshop series, LEVYdance
Laboratory, and the annual weeklong Summer Intensive, which offers pre-professional dancers the ability to train in a rigorous setting with LEVYcompany artists.

LEVYdance is moving in a new direction to expand the vision of its founder Benjamin Levy, and increase its capacity to fulfill its mission of creating innovative, collaborative works that serve hundreds of constituents—as creators, dancers, students, and audience members—in the Bay Area dance community and beyond.

After completing an international search in September 2015, the organization welcomed international award winning stage designer and entrepreneur Garance Marneur originally based in both France and London to take on the Executive and Artistic Director position. The Executive Artistic Director reports directly to the Board and stewards the organization into a new era of creative partnerships and artistic and community-oriented projects as an art curator whose vision will embrace multiple artistic perspectives and voices in creating imaginative new performance works that fulfill the organization’s mission, and boldly envision new models for incubating and presenting that work.In this model, choreographers and artistic collaborators can focus on the creation of new work, rather than the strategic direction of an organization, administrative resources can be shared among many artists, and audiences are exposed to a breadth of relevant art that is created within LEVYdance’s creative culture and values.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter (pdf or word documents only)

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When Will TV Get Terrorism Right?

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:32am

“There’s been no shortage of writers and actors who have been willing to go to difficult places and wrestle with moral quandaries in the past decade or two, but when will TV begin to robustly confront the evils that ideological struggles have brought us in recent months and years?”

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Project Aims To Recreate Famous Art In 3D For Blind People

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:23am

The Unseen Art project aims to approach 3D artists to contribute interpretations of famous artworks, which could then be downloaded for free and printed out anywhere there is a 3D printer.

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Membership Has Its Advantages: Modigliani Buyer Charges $170M Painting On His Amex Card

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:19am

“Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani’s Reclining Nude at a Christie’s auction earlier this month, offering $170.4 million — and when the sale closes, he’ll be putting it on his American Express card.”

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Why Are People Paying For Adele’s New Album?

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:59am

“Album sales are profitable, but they are not the future of the music business—streaming is. Could it be possible that the record business, pursuing a strategy of inflating sales by keeping an album off Spotify, Apple Music, or Deezer, is choosing short-term profits over long-term growth?”

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Hating On Holiday Music? Why? (A Defense)

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:48am

“Unlike December’s retail madness, the music is divorced from commercial machinations and chaos; it’s about slowing down and homing in on what matters. In this way, seasonal tunes have an almost childlike outlook.”

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Funding Shift: UK Arts Orgs Now Raising Almost As Much From Donations As From Government

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 9:56am

Fundraising income is catching up with public funding as a source of income for Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio Organisations.

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Leading Saudi Artist Sentenced To Death. Why?

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 9:54am

“In May last year, Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes. But on 17 November, another judge in the court of Abha in southern Saudi Arabia ruled that Fayadh be executed for apostasy.”

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Do Arts Workers Need A Union?

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 9:45am

“When the choice comes down to sacrificing the quality of a product, or sacrificing the physical and mental well-being of the laborers who make that product, there needs to be someone looking out for the workers.”

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Feeling Complacent? Here’s Why

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 9:42am

Information is now prized more than wisdom; journalistic punditry has ousted authentic thought. And today “nothing, it seems, is more conducive to the love of one’s neighbor than the sharing of identically branded products.”

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Reinventing A Venerable Venue For Musicals

Arts Journal - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 8:52am

Although the organization is financially stable (thanks in no small part to a $23 million endowment, one of the largest for a regional theater in America), the size of the main theater (398 seats) severely limits how much the theater can generate in ticket sales, even though it has the largest subscription base in the state at 15,000. So it has to depend on other revenue streams.

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Subscribers Deserting Disney TV Networks

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 7:13pm

“Disney’s cable TV channels in general have been losing subscribers for two years running, presumably as consumers cord-cut or cord-shave, taking much of their viewing online with Hulu, Netflix and others.”

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