Daily Archive: June 11, 2021

COVID recovery includes reviving the huge arts and humanities economy

When President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law within his first 100 days of office, some questioned why it included funding for the arts and humanities. Each of our agencies – the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities – received $135 million to support and sustain arts and humanities groups as well as educational institutions facing financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Critics called it “wasteful spending” or unrelated to coronavirus recovery.

Yet many arts and culture organizations, from America’s small towns to its big cities, were

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What live shows look like around North Texas after a year of COVID

Editor’s note: Reconnecting after a year of separation and loss is a work-in-progress. KERA and The Dallas Morning News are collaborating to document how the pandemic has changed the arts and culture scene in North Texas.

It’s a Friday night at Artstillery, an experimental performing arts venue in West Dallas, and Sara Cardona, executive director of Teatro Dallas, takes the stage to cheers. She looks out at the 50 theatergoers and can’t help but exclaim, “We’re all together!”

This May 28 cabaret show, Desmodernidad, from Teatro was the last in a series of open-air performances. It featured

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Arts & Culture Newsletter: La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Pick Me Last’ challenges the status quo

Good morning, and welcome to the U-T Arts & Culture Newsletter.

I’m David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all things essential in San Diego’s arts and culture this week.

As gifted writers will tell you, they never know where a good idea will come from. Playwright Idris Goodwin’s “Pick Me Last,” created for La Jolla Playhouse’s 2021 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, grew out of his watching an episode of “Top Chef’s” “Restaurant Wars” challenge. It occurred to Goodwin that the selection process was essentially the same as when children choose up sides for their playground teams.

“They

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