Weekly Round-Up March 19 - 24

Welcome YPA-ers to the first edition of our new weekly round-up series! Each Sunday we will be wrangling up our favorite online reads of the week along with upcoming events and opportunities centered towards professional development, networking, social activism, and community engagement. Our goal is to share relevant content, promote crucial arts organizations, and provide a curated comprehensive guide to what’s happening in the arts around the city. Here’s what we are into this week:

Reads and Feeds: Words that Lingered

When I heard about the stunt, sometime in the evening, I felt offense begin to bore a hole deep in my core. Could there possibly be anything more patronizing than two massive, male-dominated capitalist companies installing a branded statue of the most conceivably non-threatening version of womankind in supposed honor of a day devoted to women’s equality that was founded by the Socialist Party? No, alas, I think there could not.
— Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic
  • The Sculpture of a “Fearless Girl” on Wall Street Is Fake Corporate Feminism, Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic editor who largely covers the intersection of arts and politics, takes on Wall Street’s viral “Fearless Girl” sculpture calling BS on the firm behind the pop-up installation that appeared just in time for International Women’s Day. Have to say, she has a point... 
  • 2 Arts Groups Launch Research Project on How Art Museums Impact K–12 Students, Richard Chang, The Journal - dives into the NAEA (National Arts Education Association) and the AAMD (Association of Art Museum Directors) new initiative of collecting data from six major museums over the next six years to explore how arts engagement develops cognitive, experiential, affective, social and academic competencies in youth. More studies need to be done supporting the importance of early arts education, looking forward to the results. 
A fundamental challenge the group pinpointed was a dearth of both women and sexual and racial diversity across the creative fields—especially in leadership positions. As Lowe recalls, “Sometimes I was the only person of color or woman in the room at certain art galleries or film screenings that I’d go to.
— Alexxa Gotthardt, Artsy
  • Meet Art Girl Army, a Group of Female Creatives Fighting for Equal Opportunity, Alexxa Gotthardt, Artsy - If you ever found yourself discouraged by the lack of diverse representation and collaborative spirit in your workplace or community, Sydney Lowe's Art Girl Army, a fast-growing cohort of women creatives, is the group for you. We loved this introduction to the history and plans for AGA from Alexxa Gotthardt. And we are definitely all about this cause! 
  • The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers, The Muse - the editors of The Daily Muse put together this action oriented guide to making your LinkedIn Profile all that it can be. #2 Get a Custom URL, #7 Use Numbers Right Up Front and #9 Avoid Buzzwords like the Plague are a few of our favorite tips and tricks from the article. 
Some advocates for the arts endowment, which doles out far less money as a percentage than many other governments around the world, have said that its importance is less about the money and more about the message that it sends about the importance of culture in the United States.
— Sopan Deb, New York Times
  • Seriously concerned about the proposed elimination of the NEA and NEH? Yeah, us to. Sopan Deb's New York Times piece, Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments, provides the turbulent history to the founding of the endowments, perspective on the impact of their crucial funding that reaches all 50 states, and provides key talking points to help readers advocate for their continued support. Make your voices heard. 

This Week Around Town

Visions for the Greater Good: Three Leading Perspectives on Art, Collecting and Philanthropy
A panel moderated by Katharine J. Wright: Curatorial Fellow and Collections Specialist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding how private collectors and patrons are creating impactful change through collection donations, independent art museums and non-profit spaces. 
6:00pm;  Lecture Hall at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University;  RSVP

The Art of Change: “Artivism” in New York’s Cultural Institutions
Ayasha Guerin, Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow is leading a discussion for educators and professionals addressing how artists have historically used art-making, intervention, and public engagement to participate in social movements. 
5:00pm - 6:30pm; The Museum of the City of New York; Free

Create NYC: A Symposium and Town Hall
Do you have ideas for how you want the city's cultural landscape to evolve? Participate in the creation of a new city cultural plan alongside a handful of leading arts institutions who will dedicate the day towards outreach, engagement and strategizing for a city that is committed to equity, access, affordability, and positive social and economic impact through arts and culture.
10am - 6:30pm; The Segal Center; Free, first come, first served

Inspire, Aspire, Create: Women Leaders in the Arts
Our friends over at ELNYA (Emerging Leaders of New York Arts), are bringing together five powerful women who are fierce leaders within their respective positions. Learn how they rose to lead within their fields. Afterwards stick around for a networking reception. See you there! 
7:30pm - 9:30pm; LMHQ; $10

Partial, Passionate, Political: Writing Criticism in Troubled Times
Spend your Friday night at the Whitney taking in the gripping Biennial and with the voices and editors of 4columns.com, a new art criticism website. They will be leading a discussion exploring what forms engaged criticism might take in our newly politicized cultural landscape. 
6:00pm - 8:00pm; Whitney Museum of American Art; $8 Members/$10 Adults

Hands Off Our Revolution

Join this global arts coalition in their revolution to form actions, exhibitions, and disruption to the populist right-wing agenda. You can stream both their Berlin and NYC March meetings, that are set up as a town hall-like forum. Their mission? To do what art has always endeavored: to help envision and shape the world in which we want to live. - We can definitely get behind that. 
Anytime; Hands Off Our Revolution YouTube Channel; Free

The Job Hunt