February 13, 2013
Plans for Culture Shed at Hudson Yards Unveiled
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has revealed more details about the Culture Shed, a multi-purpose exhibition and performance space designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro based on a concept plan that AEA developed for the Hudson Yards Development Corporation in 2007. The innovative, flexible, 170,000-square foot space will anchor the Eastern Rail Yards site at the northern end of the High Line. It is designed to accommodate a range of cultural and creative uses, including temporary exhibitions, performances, fashion shows, food markets, art fairs, design expos, and, as New York magazine writes, "whatever crazy projects artists, fashion designers, restaurateurs, and performers can think of to fill it." The Culture Shed is scheduled to open in 2018.
January 23, 2013
SFJAZZ Center Opens In San Francisco
SFJAZZ opened its superb new home in San Francisco, and AEA is proud to have been there from the beginning, when the plans for the Center – and indeed the SFJazz Collective – emerged as strategic priorities a decade ago. We have also been privileged to work in subsequent rounds of strategic and facilities planning. Congratulations to the board and staff, architect, and design team for an amazing achievement – the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S.
Read more about the building in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
October 15, 2012
Knight Foundation releases assessment of Miami Arts Challenge
In 2012, AEA undertook an evaluation of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Arts Challenge in Miami. A summary of the findings can be found here, and some great videos on grant winners are here. The full report is available for download here.
October 8, 2012
New cultural diplomacy initiative launched
AEA Consulting recently assisted The Shafik Gabr Foundation in the launch of East-West: The Art of Dialogue, a new cultural diplomacy initiative. Details can be found at the program's website.
September 22, 2012
National Museum of Afghanistan Ideas Competition Winners Announced
The Ministry of Information and Culture in Kabul, Afghanistan announced the winners of the international architectural ideas competition for the National Museum of Afghanistan. After reviewing 72 proposals submitted from 31 countries, the jury selected AV62 Arquitectos of Spain as the first prize winner - learn more about AV62's proposal here. The second and third place winners, as well as three projects that earned honorable mention, can also be seen here. All were honored at the official awards ceremony on September 17, 2012, hosted by Minister Dr. Raheen and Ambassador Llorens at the existing museum facility in Darul Aman, Kabul.
AEA was part of the team that developed the building program for the museum and advised S.E.E. | office for architecture and design on the design of the competition. We extend our congratulations to all the winners!
June 28, 2012
Adrian Ellis quoted in New York Times article on the cultural building boom
The New York Times discusses the release of "Set In Stone," a study by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago that examines the $16 billion spent on cultural buildings between 1994 and 2008. The report offers conclusions about what arts organizations got right and what they got wrong, providing guidance for current and future stakeholders about how to grow intelligently and responsibly. The NYT article includes quotes from Adrian Ellis, who helped conceive the study.
Read the article here and download the full study here.
April 13, 2012
Baku Cultural Center featured on the Discovery Channel
The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, for which AEA did the concept plan, is featured in a Season 5 episode of Build It Bigger on the Discovery Channel. Read more about the project here and watch clips from the episode here.
March 13, 2012
AEA to study cultural development opportunities for Sydney
The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has appointed AEA Consulting to undertake a study that explores cultural development opportunities for Sydney and recommends specific options for inclusion at Barangaroo, a section of waterfront that is Syndey's largest ever redevelopment project. Read more about the project here.
February 29, 2012
Article by Adrian Ellis published in the Winter 2012 GIA Reader
Adrian Ellis's article, "Some Reflections on the Relationship between Supply and Demand in the Formalized Arts Sector," was published in the most recent Grantmakers in the Arts reader. The article was stimulated by the juxtaposition of Rocco Landesman’s comments on regional theater; Grantmakers in the Arts’ embrace of capitalization as a priority for arts organizations; and an analysis of the growth of the arts sector in Philadelphia and a cohort of similarly scaled cities undertaken by AEA Consulting for the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2010-2011. The article is available online here.
Adrian's other essays published in the GIA reader are available here.
February 16, 2012
Becky Schutt to research a far-reaching digital music project
Senior Associate Becky Schutt and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School have partnered with The Sage Gateshead and Fusion Analytics to research a pioneering digital music project to reach wider audiences in the North East of England, working with regional venues and orchestras across the UK. The project is part of the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture supported by Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and NESTA. It will involve streaming concerts by Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of The Sage Gateshead, as well as Manchester Camerata and London-based Aurora from February through to May this year. For tickets and more information, click here.
January 27, 2012
Adrian Ellis to speak at EALS
Adrian Ellis will speak at the Emerging Art Leaders Symposium at American University in Washington, DC, on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Run by AU Arts Management Students, this annual conference convenes young professionals to discuss issues, unique or universal, that affect all arts organizations. Click here to find out more.
December 7, 2011
But where will he sit?
While we often advise our clients to be careful about taking on additional fixed overhead, we are nevertheless pleased to welcome our founder, Adrian Ellis, back to AEA Consulting full-time starting January 2. No rest for the wicked. Adrian returns from nearly five years as executive director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Read more here.
September 20, 2011
Blouin Creative Leadership Summit
Adrian Ellis served as a delegate to the 2011 Blouin Creative Leadership Summit. This meeting brought together an unparalleled group of participants from multi-disciplinary fields that includes heads of state, Nobel laureates, global CEOs, and leading scholars, with the goal of developing solutions to global issues based on best practices and creating new partnerships and collaborations. Full podcasts of the sessions are found here.
September 14, 2011
Adrian Ellis quoted in WSJ article on Kauffman Center
The Wall Street Journal profiled the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, comparing it to the many other cultural facilities opened nationwide in the last few years. Adrian Ellis was quoted on the cost overruns often associated with these endeavors. Get the article here.
August 24, 2011
Case study: National Theatre Live
AEA Senior Associate Becky Schutt writes in the Financial Times about the case study she wrote on the National Theatre London's "NT Live" program of live digital broadcasts to cinemas around the world. The case study was written for a class in arts and cultural management that Becky teaches at the Judge Business School at University of Cambridge.
Read the article here.
May 26, 2011
Instrumental Value: The Transformative Power of Music
Brent Reidy acts as rapporteur for the Salzburg Global Seminar's recent session on music's transformative powers. Get the report here.
May 7, 2010
Ten years on: Tate Modern reaches a watershed
Adrian Ellis looks back on the significance of Tate Modern at 10 in The Art Newspaper.
May 5, 2010
Crain’s Detroit Business features AEA MOCAD plan
Crain’s Detroit Business features an in-depth article on the strategic planning process that AEA Consulting recently facilitated for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Read the article here.
April 12, 2010
Elizabeth Ellis in The New York Times
Elizabeth Ellis discusses the Whitney’s planned expansion. Read the article online in The New York Times.
March 29, 2010
Andras Szanto appears on WNYC's Soundcheck
Andras Szanto on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” discusses the role of the arts in the revitalization of Detroit. Listen to the episode from the Soundcheck website.
January 11, 2010
Adrian Ellis cited on Reuters Blog
Blogger Felix Salmon of Reuters contributes to the debate on museum deaccessioning, citing the benefits of an approach Adrian Ellis has put forth (now often referred to, informally, as the “Ellis Rule”). Read the blog entry here.
For a fuller account of the argument read the January 5, 2010 entry on The Art Law Blog.
December 12, 2009
Quoted in The New York Times
Adrian Ellis was quoted in The New York Times on the aftermath of the museum building boom, making the point that much of the impetus behind it has been from civic and urban renewal agendas as much as artistic ones - and that many arts organizations risk being held hostage by these agendas in their search for sources of investment. Read the full article, from the front page of the main news section, here.
For an earlier, more detailed version of the argument, see Taking Risks in Times of Adversity by Adrian Ellis.
September 1, 2009
Adrian Ellis Appointed Visiting Scholar at Columbia University
Adrian Ellis has been appointed a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York for the academic year 2009-2010 and will teach a course in May 2010 on Current Issues in International Cultural Policy.
The course will examine the implications for the cultural sector of the rapidly changing political, economic and social context in which policies affecting cultural provision are formed and executed. The course moves from an overview of the objectives of cultural policy and the tools available to policy makers, to an analysis of the main changes in the environment in which cultural actors (policy makers, artists, funders and cultural institutions) operate, to a consideration of the changes the cultural sector itself has experienced in recent years. The course concludes by looking at developing federal cultural policy in the United States and returns to the opening theme of the ultimate ends of cultural policies. Guest speakers will include Ben Cameron, Kate Levin, Zarin Mehta, and Joan Shigekawa.
Course Website and Enrollment Information
March 11, 2009
The recession and US museums
Adrian Ellis discusses how to compensate for the loss of philanthropic, endowment, and visitor incomes in The Art Newspaper. Read the article here.