March 5, 1996
Volume #5 No. 10
Judy Malloy, Editor

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THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES has released LOOKING AHEAD: PRIVATE SECTOR GIVING TO THE ARTS & HUMANITIES, written by Nina Kressner Cobb, a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation. Compiled from a number of independent sources which used differing methodologies, LOOKING AHEAD brings together the findings of the most recent research on private sector philanthropy to analyze trends in giving to the arts and the humanities in the context of total charitable giving to all causes.

The report discusses the relationship between private and public sector funding and assesses the impact of recent cuts in federal funding to the arts and the humanities on private sector donors to cultural life in the United States. These observations are derived from over 100 interviews and conversations, and from public testimony, recent studies and essays on these subjects. Among its findings:

Economic growth alone is not a guarantee of increased private sector giving. In the immediate future the small, innovative and community-based arts and humanities groups, the economically fragile companies, scholarly projects, and individual creators are most at risk of losing sources of support.

What distinguishes public investment through the NEA, the NEH and the IMS, is its mandate to make cultural experiences accessible to all Americans. These federal agencies developed national strategies to encourage the growth of entire disciplines and distribution systems, rather than funding the growth or survival of a particular dance company, research project or museum alone. In addition, they have created a knowledge bank about disciplines and audiences upon which the rest of the funding community relies. With annual investment much smaller than total private sector giving, NEA, NEH and IMS have supported a more equitable distribution of cultural resources across the country. The partnership between federal and private funders has been successful in increasing our country's cultural capital and has established cultural products as an important export of the United States.

The loss of federal funding will upset this balance and have many unpredictable consequences. But it is clear that with increased demands on their limited resources, private foundations will not be able to replace federal funds. Nor do the trends among other donors indicate that these sources can or will increase their giving. Increased support from state budgets seems unlikely. Corporate foundation giving to the arts is not increasing, and the drop in the size of individual contributions is a worrisome trend not only for the arts and the humanities but for all philanthropy.

The issue before all of us today is how to ensure, improve, and increase charitable giving and how to continue the public-private partnership that has so dramatically expanded cultural development and public access to the arts and the humanities.

Single copies of the full thirty-nine page document are available from THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS & HUMANITIES. Call 202-682-5409, or Fax 202-682-5668

Details available on Arts Wire (AWNEWS Item 1077)


During the 1996 Grammy Awards (Wednesday, February 28), Michael Greene, president of the N.A.R.A.S., offered an eloquent defense of the NEA and a call to arms for supporters to contact Congress with their opinions. Mr. Greene also introduced actor Richard Dreyfus, the star of the recently released movie, "Mr. Holland's Opus." Dreyfus emphasized the importance of music and arts education to students today:

"Now, there are two realities in this movie (Mr. Holland's Opus). One is the life of a teacher, a reality of defeats and victories, like all of our lives, -- but one that ends as a celebration. The other reality is the loss of music in the schools in the same America and that is hardly a celebration ... Cutting these programs, then, is like tying our children's hands behind their backs, and I don't think anyone really wants to do that ... we hope for too much for our kids, and for our country. We are parents, most of us, and we are citizens, all of us. Don't let this happen, I urge you."

For more information stop by the National Coalition for Music Education's "Mr. Holland's Opus" Web site at:

Details are available on Arts Wire (AWNEWS Item 1074)


The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on February 29 that it will accept applications for the 1996 round of the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP). Applications are available and the deadline for returning completed applications is Thursday, April 4, 1996.

TIIAP is currently funded under a Continuing Resolution that will expire on March 15, 1996. The Continuing Resolution has provided temporary funding for agencies whose appropriations bills have not been signed into law. TIIAP provides seed money for innovative, practical projects that extend the benefits of advanced telecommunications and information technology to rural and urban underserved Americans.

Priorities in the 1996 round include funding demonstration projects that can be replicated in other communities, improving access to information and communication technologies for disadvantaged communities, and supporting innovative planning efforts. Non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and all non-federal governmental entities are eligible to apply.

Information about the programs regulations and procedures can be found in the Notice of Solicitation of Grant Applications, published in the Federal Register on February 29, 1996. For more information about TIIAP, call (202) 482-2048, or e-mail to, or via the Internet at Information can also be retrieved via an automated fax-back system by dialing (202) 501-2303.

Details available on Arts Wire (AWNEWS Item 1076)


Hidden in the new Telecommunications Act, which requires a new definition of Universal Service is an "Internet service tax" that could push up the fees of Internet Service Providers. These not insubstantial fees would undoubtedly be passed on to Internet users.

"To fight this, a kind of 'cybercoalition' is needed, one that would meld the fire and passion of grass-roots users with the money and muscle of our newly minted Net millionaires," says cyberjournalist Brock Meeks.

Meeks obtained a 6 October 1995 document called "ESP Exemption for Online Service Providers - A Rapidly Growing Subsidy Paid by Access Rate Payers," written by Pacific Bell and presented to the FCC. The report says that "if access rates are flowed through" at 60 cents per hour, there would be "minimal market disruption." At the Media & Democracy Conference in SF last week, Meeks urged all Internet users to respond to the FCC. (AWNEWS 1080)

Details available at:


Musician/artist Paul DeMarinis visits the Arts Wire BLINDSNAKE Conference to discuss a WEB SITE TO COMMEMORATE, CELEBRATE, DOCUMENT THE WORK OF JIM POMEROY. (1945-1992) Pomeroy, described by Anne Focke as "artist, photographer, musician, performance artist, writer, scientist, pyromaniac, jokester", was a founding member of Arts Wire.

Three other Arts Wire visitors: Susan kae Grant, Texas Woman's University; Connie Penley, Film Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara and Terry Pitts, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona will participate in the discussion.

All who knew Jim or are interested in his work, are invited to help shape a BLINDSNAKE WEB SITE! Send email to

"When the gesture accommodates play, irony, reflection, critique, the incumbent baggage of extant form oscillates with devastating amplitude, reverberating through vast cognitive reservoirs, rattling, grumbling, illuminating the dearthy murk with dirty mirth. That's the kind of sound I like to hear. In the dark, all snakes are blind."

Jim Pomeroy, Artist statement for spring schedule
Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conn. 1981

Details available on Arts Wire (BLINDSNAKE Item 12)

"AB 1389 still lives!" John Hinrichs, reports. CALIFORNIA BILL A.B. 1389 THREATENS COMPOSER INCOME. It passed the Assembly late last month and is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee with a hearing set for March 5. "It still looks to be a bad bill for those who hold copyrights on musical compositions as enforcement is limited," Hinrichs says.

For the latest information, bill analysis and text, go to the State Senate at: [bill.current.ab.from1300.ab1389]

Details available on Arts Wire ( CALIFORNIA Item 25:8)


Oakland, CA
Saturday March 30, 7:30 PM
at First Presbyterian Church
2619 Broadway in Oakland

In Celebration of Women's History Month La Pena presents

CON VOZ DE MUJER (WOMEN'S VOICES) is La Pena Cultural Center's tribute to women's voices in their struggle for peace, justice and social change. The program features Lichi Fuentes, Holly Near and Linda Tillery - outstanding women who have lent their work and song to community groups working nationally and internationally to promote human rights and social justice for all people. Special Guest: Eva Paterson - community activist and member of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Contact La Pena tel: 510-849-2568

Details Available on ARTS WIRE (AWNEWS 1052:2)
Denver, Colorado
March 6


March 6th will be an exciting day for the arts in Colorado! Two cornerstone events that day will be the Arts Day Legislative Luncheon. The Keynote speaker will be Frank Hodsoll, Former NEA Director. Only recently has the support of the arts been framed as a partisan issue. It is hoped that Mr. Hodsoll's speech will re-open a few doors. Already more than 54 Legislators, Staff, and Family members have RSVPd, ten more than last year. The festivities continue in the evening with a reception at The Governor's Mansion honoring this year's Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts recipients. These events will kick off a months long celebration of arts in our schools. Over 270 events are scheduled as part of the festivities. Events on March 6 begin with a series of arts and crafts demonstrations from 8am to 3pm in the capitol rotunda. If you would like more information on these festivities or to reserve your place at the Legislative Luncheon, please call The Colorado Arts Consortium at 303-722-8689.

Details Available on ARTS WIRE (AWNEWS 1069)

Campus of Cal State Los Angeles
Saturday March 9, 1996

About Productions and the Luckman Center Present:

Where are we? Let's move from last October's discussions into action. What do we do now? Do we need an artists' contract with America? Do we want our voices heard as the NEA bandwagon takes its show on the road?

1:30- Registration and Welcome in the lobby of the Luckman 2:00-5:00- Work Session
5:00-6:00- Presentation by Jean Pierre Perreault, director of JOE, on his work and on arts funding in Canada
6:00- Light Dinner
8:00- Performance of JOE

JOE is a production of Foundation Jean Pierre Perreault in collaboration with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers. It is performed by 32 dancers from two Canadian companies. The dancers transform the stage into a booming percussion instrument while making a striking artistic statement on man's tendency to conform, gather and seek refuge in numbers.

RSVP caucus and JOE reservation ASAP to Pat Gomez at About Productions' new phone number: 213-462-3166

Details Available on ARTS WIRE ( CALIFORNIA 7:55)

Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
May 10 - 12


The convergence of voice, data and video on the Information Highway raises new questions about the role of community access television and the preservation of the public interest. How we strengthen local communities in a world of telecommunications conglomerates is the subject of the Alliance for Community Media's Spring Conference to be held in Burlington Vermont, May 10th through 12th, 1996. "Community Access Goes Digital: Building Our Communities in the Information Age" is co-sponsored by Community Technology Centers Network (formerly Playing to Win). Hosted by CCTV, a national leader in public access advocacy and site for the Vermont's first community technology center, the three day event features in-depth policy discussions, demonstrations of new models for public access and screenings of the region's best examples of free speech. In addition, the conference features a special one-day Cyberschool Workshop, devoted to assessing the local telecommunications landscape and expanding access opportunities with community media/communications centers.

For more information or to submit tapes for exhibition, please contact Marisa Vitielo at CCTV: 802-862-1645, or email

Details Available on ARTS WIRE (AWNEWS 999:11)


New York City, NY
February 24 - April 20, 1996
EXIT ART, 548 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

COUNTERCULTURE: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION FROM THE UNDERGROUND PRESS TO THE INTERNET is a comprehensive historical exhibition that examines the role of the alternative media in fostering social, cultural, and political change in America from 1965 to the present. The independent and underground press had its flowering in the United States during the 1960s and can be seen as a component of the "alternative" space movement. As such, COUNTERCULTURE explores the function of alternative media as a site, a public space within popular culture that facilitates the formation of social groups through collective cultural practices. The exhibition not only documents these counter practices but also chronicles censorship battles and other conflicts over the control of information.

Over 2,000 newspapers, magazines, zines, and new digital publications, covering thirty years of media activism, are included in COUNTERCULTURE. These publications feature an innovative approach to graphic design, technology, journalistic prose, and cultural. COUNTERCULTURE begins with the rise of the underground press in the mid-1960s. Cheap offset printing allowed for the production of elaborately designed tabloid newspapers ranging from the psychedelic Oracle to the movement-oriented Black Panther Party Paper. COUNTERCULTURE was curated by Brian Wallis and funded by a special initiative grant from The New York State Council on the Arts. For more information please contact Asst. Curator: Melissa Rachleff at 212-966-7745.

Details available on Arts Wire (AWNEWS Item 1071)

Washington, D.C.
March 16 2:00-5:00 p.m Admission is free Washington, D.C
16th. and Newton Streets, N.W.

PAULINE OLIVEROS PRESENTS INNER MUSIC, a program of Deep Listening and Sonic Meditation. The Program is the first in a new series SPACE / MUSIC 1996, made possible in part by the generosity of the late Maurice Melvin Meredith.

Pauline Oliveros is a composer, performer, author, and philosopher who has influenced American music extensively through her work with improvisation, electronic music, teaching, myth, ritual, and meditation. The program on March 16 is a creative community experience, in line with Oliveros's philosophy that "creativity is the vital spirit of personal and public growth." In the spacious rooms of St. Stephen's sanctuary and parish hall, participants will discover new musical structures through deep listening activities, including vocal sound improvisation. Children are welcome to attend the entire program or part of it. Child care for ages 3-11 will be provided.

Other events in the SPACE / MUSIC 1996 series are a program on African American song with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell on April 16, and a Chant Day with John Blackley and the Schola Antiqua on May 25.

For more information, contact Ronald Stolk, St. Stephen's Director of Music, at 202-232-0900 or Tom Bickley via email to

Details available on Arts Wire ( NEWMUSNET Item 129:32)

San Francisco, CA
March 17
NEW COLLEGE, Valencia Theater
777 Valencia St., SF, CA

Small Press Distribution and New College Present: ARTISTS & MOTHERHOOD: WORK, IDENTITY & CREATION Panel Discussions, Reading, Presentations of Artwork & Performance

Contact SPD at 510-549-3077

Details available on Arts Wire (CALIFORNIA Item 130)


Hank Bull invites you to participate in S H A N G H A I F A X: China's First Fax Art Exhibition ("tell me if it's not," he says)

The fax machine in China is often characterized as an instrument of free speech. Meanwhile the big news over there is the freedom to make money. OK, let's talk about money.

 W O R L D   M O N E Y

Urgent! Fax Money! Your design for the new world currency, your spare change, your space money, your digicash. Any image or comment on money. Send it by fax to

 H U A   S H A N   A R T   S C H O O L  G A L L E R Y

 F A X #   +81 - 21 - 6212 - 1413

Fax window March 1 - 20
Exhibition opens March 15, closes, March 25.
Please include your name and nationality.
Please inform others of this invitation.

Organized in collaboration with the Shanghai Preparatory Group. This group has put a lot of energy into setting up this show. Please support it. Hank can be reached by email until March 12 and will be in Shanghai March 19 - 22.

Details available on Arts Wire (INTERACTIVE Item 3:85)

FLY YOUR NAME ON THE CASSINI SPACECRAFT To fly your name, simply mail a plain postcard with your signature on the non-address side to:

Suzanne Barber
M.S. 264-441
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099

"It is both fun and personally exciting to imagine one's signature aboard a large robot craft bound for another planet." Or, so they say at:

Details available on Arts Wire (INTERACTIVE Item 73)


SELECTED MONEY LISTINGS Following is a small sample from the searchable database of current funding opportunities for artists and arts groups available in Arts Wire's MONEY conference to Arts Wire subscribers. To add your listings to MONEY send email to <>. Please mention Arts Wire when you apply. MONEY is compiled by Joseph Hannan, Barry Lasky and Jennifer Bluestein.

Jun 1: Astral Career Grants - help choreographers and composers meet modest ($250) but urgent career expenses. Medical care and general living support ineligible. For application, contact: National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, 800 Brickell Avenue #500, Miami, FL 33131 tel: (315) 377-1147

Jun 28: "New Voices, New Visions" Digital Art Awards - a call for entries for three awards of merit ($5,000 each) to support creative people using computers for original works. Digital works of any subject that can be sent in their entirety on a computer-readable medium are eligible. For guidelines and an entry form, contact: New Voices, New Visions c/o Interval Research Corporation, 1801 Page Mill Road, Building C Palo Alto, CA 94304 tel: (415) 855-0780 fax: (415) 855-0788

Jun 30 Photography Fellowships Aaron Siskind Foundation - Offers a limited number of Individual Photographers Fellowships up to $5,000 to support ongoing work in photography and related media. Judging is done by a peer panel on the basis of accomplishment and potential. send an SASE to The Aaron Siskind Foundation, C/O School for Visual Arts, MFA Photography, 214 E. 21st Street New York, NY 10010


Oneida Nation Arts Program
(Oneida, WI)

The Oneida Nation Arts Board is recruiting experienced candidates with a Masters Degree in Art Administration to develop and direct a comprehensive arts program in an Iroquois tribal community that supports traditional and fine arts. Contact: Oneida Nation Arts Program, P.O.Box 365, Oneida, WI 54415. 1-800-497-5897 ext.301 FAX:414 497 5848

Details available on Arts Wire (AWNEWS Item 976:14)

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters
(Washington, DC)

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters seeks a computer guru with experience in systems administration, software support, and database development for an 18 user office. Novell, PC, MAC, Fax, internet, telecom, MS office, and R&R; experience required. User training and database skills a plus. Salary: upper 20k to low 30k. Send resume and cover letter to Arts Presenters ISC, 1112 16th Street NW #400, Washington DC 20036 or email to

Details available on Arts Wire (AWNEWS) Item 976:15)

Electronic Media
School of Art, Northern Illinois University

Teach two introduction classes in the Electronic Media area, and one beginning 2D design class. Advise students in the Electronic Media major within the Design division. Qualified candidate may be offered extra compensation for overseeing the operation of one DOS computer lab.

Starting date: August 16, 1996 Application deadline: June 30, 1996 or until filled.

Address all inquiries and application materials to: Design: Electronic Media Search Committee, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2883

Details available on Arts Wire ( INTERACTIVE Item 5:7)



The Guide focuses on painting and sculpture produced by Native Americans in the continental United States since 1900 with emphasis on artists from the Southwest and Oklahoma. It was written by Margaret Archuleta, Michelle Meyers, Jo Ann Woodsum and Jonathan Yorba. It's development was funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

The Heard Museum is a private, non-profit museum whose mission is to promote appreciation and respect for native people and their cultural heritage. It is located at 22 East Monte Vista Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85004-1480. tel:602-252-8840.

WHAT MAKES A WEB SITE ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES? The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) announce a Web Access Symbol design competition. The design competition will result in a symbol that indicates a web site is accessible to disabled web surfers. To see proposed symbols, go to NCAM's new site on the web: Zap your vote to Geoff Freed at

"Oh, yes - the answer to the question, WHAT MAKES A WEB SITE ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?" says Larry Goldberg, Director CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media "is ... We don't know - yet. But we have some ideas. If YOU have an idea or want to participate in this conversation, send a note to me or Geoff."

Draft standards will be circulating soon. Some other web sites helping answer the question include:

ACT Centre:

Center for Information Technology Accommodation General Services Administration:

Trace Research and Development Center:


City of Jacksonville Homepage:

Details available on Arts Wire (AWNEWS Item 985:25)

THE QUENEPO'N-ANUNCIA MAILING LIST IS BIMONTHLY MAGAZINE ABOUT CONTEMPORARY PUERTO RICAN CULTURE. This site is in Spanish but publishes some english material and bilingual texts. Areas covered are video, music, essays, art, electronic publications online, and much more.

The list has sections for news -"El Pai's" and "En el Mundo", a section for research - "La Biblioteca"; a section for announcing opportunities for artists; researchers, etc. - "Calendarios y Convocatorias". Submissions are welcome as long as they are pertinent to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Please refer to guidelines on "Sobre el Quenepo'n" section.

To subscribe send an E-Mail to: with the following text subscribe

Details Available on Arts Wire (INTERNATIONAL Item 14:36)

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