Healing Arts Initiative shuts down, W.A.G.E. challenges the New Museum and Grazer Kunstverein appoints a new artistic director

  • Three regions in the south of Italy – Calabria, Campania and Sicily – failed to spend their EU allocated culture funding in 2015, and have had EUR€51 million cut from their future budgets as a result.
  • The new Palestinian Museum will open in Birzeit in the West Bank tomorrow without an inaugural exhibition. The widely publicized opening show, ‘Never Part’, has been suspended following a disagreement between the museum’s board and its ousted director, Jack Persekian.
  • Healing Arts Initiative, a New York-based charity that organizes artistic workshops for over 350,000 of the city’s poor, disabled and elderly citizens, has shut down, following the discovery that USD$750,000 had been embezzled last year. Having uncovered the scheme, director D. Alexandra Dyer was violently attacked in the initiative’s parking lot. 
  • Irish curator, Kate Strain has been appointed the new artistic director of Grazer Kunstverein. Starting in September, she takes over from Krist Gruijthuijsen who moves to the Kunst Werke, Berlin.
  • Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), a New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of art, have issued an open letter to the New Museum following the institution’s recently announced expansion, suggesting they consider becoming the first ‘W.A.G.E. Certified’ museum.

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