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By Fractured Atlas on August 10th, 2016

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CultureFlash: Building a Better Board, Pokemon Go, Canada’s Arts Funding Approach (8/8/16)

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OPINION: How to Build a Better Board.

The first thing we have to do is recognize and embrace the basic fact that leadership for nonprofit arts organizations must come from the board, not the staff.”

Pokémon Go Is a Massive Art Happening and You’re All Invited.

The app’s number of daily users is set to surpass Twitter’s, somewhere around 140 million people, and they’re spending at least 43 minutes a day in-app. It’s a cultural phenomenon to say the least, and it’s also an art happening.

Lawmakers Restore $7.7M in Funding for Massachusetts Cultural Council.

This funding allows the Massachusetts Cultural Council to continue their crucial programming including […] support for Springfield’s new cultural district, and arts and music programming for thousands of school-aged kids’.

Canada Pursues New Approach to Arts Funding.

In Canada, by contrast, the arts are elemental to what the prime minister has called the emergence of Canada as the ‘first post-national state.

What Instagram Reveals About Inequality in New York City.

Their analysis shows that more than half of all visitors’ photos are concentrated in 24 tracts, which cover just 12 percent of Manhattan’s total area.

Pressure Mounts for US Museums to Increase Diversity at the Top.

Two recent studies paint a stark picture of the lack of ethnic and racial diversity among top museum staff in the US. While people of colour represent 38% of the country’s population, they make up only 9% of museum boards and 16% of the administrators, curators, conservators and educators who make decisions about what is exhibited and preserved as culturally important.

Former Met Tech Maestro Named Chief Digital Officer of New York City.

Sreenivasan, who was responsible for the creation of a Met smartphone application and a redesigned website, will now head the Office of Digital Strategy, which is in charge of engaging the public and representing city government through technology.

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