Alliance of Literary Societies - A membership of more than 125 societies. Provides support and advice on a variety of literary subjects
as well as promoting co-operation between member societies in the preparation of their programs.
American Treasures for the Library of Congress - Thomas Jefferson, whose
personal library became the core of the Library of Congress, arranged his books into three types of knowledge, corresponding to three faculties
of the mind: Memory (History), Reason (Philosophy), and Imagination (Fine Arts). Although the Library organizes its immense
collections according to a system created at the end of the1800s, the treasures in this exhibition have been placed in the same categories that Jefferson would
have used, had he been deciding where to put Alexander Graham Bell's lab notebook or George Gershwin's full orchestral score for Porgy
Art and Culture - Guide to design arts, film, literature, music, performing arts, and
Artes Mundi Prize - A new, international visual arts prize, established to celebrate visual
culture from across the globe. Based in Wales, the very first Artes Mundi Prize was awarded in March 2004, launching the event as a biennial
opportunity for artists as well as audiences.
Arts International: Resources and Reports -
An area dedicated to articles, publications, important internet links and other resources that help facilitate international exchange and collaboration
in the arts. Also included are conference reports, working papers, guides and tools for traveling artists.
Barbican Centre - One of the world's leading arts centres, founded
and run by the City of London Corporation. It encompasses dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts and creative learning.
Brecht Forum (New York) - A place for people who are working for social justice, equality
and a new culture that puts human needs first. Through its programs and events, the Brecht Forum brings people together across social
and cultural boundaries and artistic and academic disciplines to promote critical analysis, creative thinking, collaboartive projects and networking
in an independent community-level environment.Throughout the year, the Brecht Forum offers a wide-ranging program
of classes, public lectures and seminars, art exhibitions, performances, popular education workshops, and language classes.
BRIC - A leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brookly. BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.
British Library Sound Archive - Includes entries for almost
two-and-a-half million recordings. Updated daily. It is one of the largest catalogues of its kind anywhere in the world, covering both published
and unpublished recordings in all genres from pop, jazz, classical and world music, to oral history, drama and literature, dialect, language and
Center for Place, Culture and Politics - An interdisciplinary center
providing an intellectual forum for the discussion of a wide range of vital contemporary topics at the CUNY Graduate Center. As the name
suggests, most of the pressing political and economic issues of today occur at the nexus of place and culture. Since its inception, the Center has
become an eminent intellectual and public nucleus for these kinds of issues.
Centre Pompidou - Paris, France. Houses
one of the most important museums in the world, featuring the leading collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, a vast public reference
library with over 2,000 places to work, general documentation on 20th century art, cinema and performance halls, an institute for musical research,
educational activity areas, bookshops, a restaurant and a cafe.
Collections Trust UK - Providing professional development for people working with collections
and digital material.
Culture Shock - Companion site to the PBS series on art, cultural values
and the freedom of expression. Artists featured in this site address such perennially divisive topics as race, religion, politics, sex, and violence.
CultureFinder - Search across the U.S. for over 300,000 theater, music, opera, dance and
visual arts events.
CultureHub - A center for art and technology that connects communities around the world. CultureHub has linked audiences with over 500 artists from 30 countries through live performances, exhibitions, web-based presentations, livestreams, and education programs. Founded in a partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City and the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea, CultureHub presents a regular season of public programming, including Refest, its annual festival; holds artists residencies; engages in research and development of creative technology; and creates educational programming to engage the next generation of artists and creators.
Culturekiosque - News, features, criticism and interviews about art exhibitions,
concerts, opera stars, jazz, dance, international cuisine and technology in English, French and/or German.
CyArk - Spurred by the Taliban's destruction of the 1600-year-old Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, CyArk was
founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today. CyArk operates
internationally as a 501(c)3 non profit organization with the mission of using new technologies to create a free, 3D online library of the
world's cultural heritage sites before they are lost to natural disasters, destroyed by human aggression or ravaged by the passage of time.
Digital Dada Library - This collection provides links to some of the major Dada-era
publications in the International Dada Archive. These books, pamphlets, and periodicals are housed in the Special Collections Department
of the University of Iowa Libraries. For reasons of copyright, no documents published after 1923 have been included.
Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize - Given annually to an individual who has "made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life." Past recipients include Frank Gehry, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Wilson, Bob Dylan, Isabel Allende, Arthur Miller, Merce Cunningham, Jennifer Tipton, Lloyd Richards, Bill T. Jones, Ornette Coleman, Peter Sellars, Shirin Neshat, Laurie Anderson, Robert Redford, Pete Seeger, Chinua Achebe, Trisha Brown, Anna Deavere Smith, and Spike Lee.
Edge - Promotes inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical,
artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society.
Enumerate - An EC-funded project, led by Collections Trust in the UK. The primary objective of Enumerate is to create
a reliable baseline of statistical data about digitization, digital preservation and online access to cultural heritage in Europe.
Europeana - Enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries,
archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in
and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.
Europeana Inside - EU-funded network that is working to transform the ability of European cultural
heritage institutions (museums, archives and libraries) to participate in the Europeana platform.
Exiled Writers Ink - Writers in exile. Publications, projects, biogaphies and sample writings and
Franklin Furnace - Franklin Furnace's mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize
and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically
French Culture - Cultural services of the French Embassy based in New York. French
art, books, cinema, education, music, people, performing arts, TV/radio.
Get Underground - A sub-mainstream arts and culture community dedicated to the free expression
of the creative global underground. Creative resistance designed for the emancipation of the human spirit.
Global Heritage - Mission is to save the earth's most significant and endangered cultural heritage
sites in developing countries and regions through scientific excellence and community development.
Goethe-Institut - A worldwide organisation which teaches German language and culture.
Google Cultural Institute - Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural
institutions, and archives to host the world's cultural treasures online.
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC) - Literary and cultural
research. Its special collections contain approximately 35 million manuscripts, 1 million books, 5 million photographs, over 100,000 works of art,
and an important collection on performing arts. Since its inception in the mid-1950s, the major emphasis of its acquisitions has been on twentieth-century
literature and fine arts, principally American, British and French. Also see Ransom Edition newsletter.
Hugo Boss Prize - Contemporary art prize handed out jointly by Hugo Boss and Guggenheim
Information & Culture: A Journal of History -
An interdisciplinary journal that explores the significance of collections of recorded knowledge--their creation, organization, preservation, and
utilization--in the context of cultural and social history, unlimited as to time and place.
Inspiration Grid - An online magazine celebrating creative talent from around the world. Your daily fix of design, art, illustration, typography, photography, architecture, fashion and more.
Italian Cultural Institute - Los Angeles - One of five cultural agencies established in the United
States by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The others are in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. It was established
in 1986 as the Cultural Office of the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles, and its mission is to promote Italian culture and recent
artistic developments in all sectors - including architecture, fashion, film, gastronomy, literature, music, theater, and visual and performing arts.
The Institute's jurisdiction covers all of Southern California as well as Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and
Japan Foundation - An organization for cultural exchange from
such academic pursuits as Japanese studies and Japanese-language education to the arts, publication, audio-visual media, and sports.
Journal of the History of Ideas (JHI) - Examines the evolution of
ideas and their influence on historical developments. An interdisciplinary publication, JHI covers several fields of historical study, including
the history of philosophy, literature, the natural and social sciences, religion, the arts, and culture in general.
Lannan Foundation - The foundation supports this mission with long-term
special projects requiring multi-year commitments of funding and technical assistance in the areas of contemporary visual art, literature, indigenous
communities, and issues of cultural freedom. Broadcasts of all Readings and Conversations programs can be heard on KUNM
89.9FM at 6:00 pm on the Saturday immediately after each event and also on KSFR 90.7FM at
2:00 pm on the Sunday immediately after each event. The audio archive
section of the Lannan website will have a permanent streaming audio file posted within a week of every event.
Lettriste Pages - Collection of poetry, film, theater, and
other art forms from one of the major movements in visual poetry. Includes work by Isidore Isou, Alain Satie, Catherine James, Roland Sabatier,
Frederique Devaux, Michel Amarger, David W. Seaman, Virginie Caraven, Gabriel Pomerand, Woodie Roehmer, and others.
Memory of the World -
Significant collections worldwide have suffered a variety of fates. Looting and dispersal, illegal trading, destruction, inadequate housing and funding
have all played a part. Much as vanished forever; much is endangered. Happily, missing documentary heritage is sometimes rediscovered. Through its National
Commissions, UNESCO has prepared a list of endangered library and archive holdings and a world list of national cinematic heritage.
Meanwhile, a range of pilot projects employing contemporary technology to reproduce original documentary heritage on other media was commenced.
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) - Preserves the rich history of grassroots movements in New York
City's East Village and showcases the unique public spaces for which the neighborhood is renowned. It is located in the storefront of a historic
building in the East Village, C-Squat. Over the last forty years, East Village community members and local organizations have come together to transform
abandoned buildings and vacant lots into vibrant living spaces and thriving community gardens. Today, these urban sustainable practices, inspired
by the work of the East Village community, can be observed worldwide.
Naropa Audio Archives - The Naropa University Archive
Project is preserving and providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The collection
was developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (the University's Department of Writing and Poetics)
founded in 1974 by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and
workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S. literary avant-garde. The collection represents several generations of
artists who have contributed to aesthetic and cultural change in the postmodern era. The Naropa University Archive Project seeks to enhance
appreciation and understanding of post-World War II American literature and its role in social change, cultural criticism, and the literary arts
through widespread dissemination of the actual voices of the poets and writers of this period. Current interest in Oriental religions, environmentalism,
political activism, ethnic studies, and women's consciousness is directly indebted to the work of these American poets, writers and musicians.
National Humanities Center - A major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Provides a national focus for the best work in the liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection, artistic and cultural traditions, and critical thought in every area of humanistic investigation.
New York City Graffiti @149st - The @149st web site's primary objective is the preservation
of the history of the art form developed on New York City's subways. It is a work-in-progress and the basis for a future book.
Paper Heart, The - A downtown Phoenix, Arizona, arts destination catering to visual
art, music, dance, theater, spoken word/poetry, performance, video/film and comedy.
Parisian Cabarets and the Avant Garde, 1875-1905 - Recreates
the heady atmosphere of Montmartre nightlife at the fin-de-siècle when raucous, irreverent artists, writers, performers, and composers formed groups
with nonsensical names such as the Hydropathes and the Incoherents. Claiming Montmartre cabarets as their headquarters,
these artists'groups employed humor, parody, and satire to create artworks, transforming cabarets from proverbial places where one went to drink,
eat, and be merry into, in contemporary parlance, alternative art and performance spaces.
ParkBench - Net as public theater with Nina Sobell and Emily Hartzell,
collaborators in art with technology.
Pop History Dig - Exploring the history and power of popular culture. Stories about rock 'n' roll music,
Hollywood celebrities, and famous sports stars are all part of the mix here, but so are stories about big business mergers, presidential election
politics, and Madison Avenue advertising. Biography, business history, and nostalgia are found here as well.
PopMatters - A magazine of global culture covering music, television, films, books, video
games, computer software, theatre, the visual arts, and the Internet.
Primitivism - An exploration into primitivist theory, as well as various works that contribute
to an understanding of the tendency.
Psychedelic Sixties, The - Subject areas include: 19th Century
Precursors, 20th Century Precursors, The Beats: New York, The Beats: San Francisco, The Black Mountain Poets, Ken Kesey & the Merry Prankster,
Timothy Leary, 1967, The Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam War, Rock Music, New York Weighs In, 1968, Social Protest, Illicit Drugs, Hippies, 1969,
Four Radical Groups, Protest at the University of Virginia, Woodstock, Posters, Rock Handbills. The University of Virginia Library, Special Collections Library has mined two of its richest literary
collections for the items shown there in the Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature and the Marvin Tatum Collection of
Ransom Center - From the Gutenberg Bible to the scripts and
costumes of Gone With The Wind, from Joyce's Ulysses to the great works of the modern stage, the Ransom Center's collections
are dazzling in their range and stunning in their originality.
RE/Search - Essential counterculture library. The range of topics is vast: punk, lounge
music, swing dancing, retro culture, jazz, the Beats, self-publishing (zines), pranks, sado-masochism, torture, sword-swallowing, modern primitives,
B-movies, high-tech surveillance, trepaning. Plus conversations with William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Kathy Acker, Bob Flanagan, Henry Rollins.
Reading Public Museum - Collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of art, science and civilization.
Showroom Workstation - A unique managed workspace/business centre for companies
working in and around cultural and media industries. Since opening in 1993 the centre has grown into one of the UK's most successful centres
for cultural industries and has attracted companies with a wide portfolio of national and international clients.
Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles) - Jewish cultural institution, and among the most prominent
cultural venues in the United States. The Skirball features an extraordinary museum, changing exhibitions, engaging music, theater, comedy,
film, family, and literary programs, Zeidler's Cafe, and Audrey's Museum store - all in a stunning architectural setting designed
by architect Moshe Safdie.
Slought Foundation - A not-for-profit cultural organization based in Philadelphia that highlights
inventive and interdisciplinary practice by collaborating with leading artists and architects in an intimate and participatory environment. Encourages
new forms of sociability and activism through public programs that are purposely critical and provocative.
Smithsonian - Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting
of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Also see:
Affiliate Museums - Brings collections, scholarship and exhibitions to communities
across the nation.
Collections - America's heritage, art from across the globe, and the immense diversity of the
natural and cultural world.
Research Centers - Operates nine research centers and numerous research programs.
Science - Smithsonian science examines many of the world's most complex and time-sensitive
SITES: Traveling Exhibition Service - Specializes in creating three dimensional, full-scale exhibition "packages" containing
objects, photographic images, and interpretive text. Many exhibitions also include cases, freestanding display units, and computer and audiovisual
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural - A cultural space with books, workshops,
art exhibits, presentations, readings, family events, performances, and a full coffee bar. Cultivates the practice and discipline associated with
writing, art, music, performance, and technology in the large Chicano/Mexicano/Central American communities of greater Los Angeles, in particular
the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Located in Sylmar, California.
Transparency - Writing on the media, popular culture and human nature.
Turner Prize - An annual prize given to a British visual artist under 50,
named after the painter J.M.W. Turner. It is organized by the Tate art gallery, and since its beginnings in 1984 it has become
the United Kingdom's most publicised art award.
Verisimilitudo - Eclectic collection on articles on art and culture,
including art lessons, ceramic artists, jewelry, photographers, magazines, movies, museums, painters, performing artists, sculptors. Also, see obituary
for Adeliza McHugh, of the Candy Store Gallery in Folsom, California.
Virtual Circuit -
Avant-garde cinema, art, sound, word, fashion, photografie.
Visual Collections - Images of art, history and culture. View maps, fine artwork,
photographs and other items from over thirty renowned collections.
Wild Bohemian - Material relating to Bohemians in the U.S. during the
World Digital Library Project - Make available significant primary materials from cultures around
the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant
World Heritage Centre - UNESCO's World Heritage mission
is to encourage countries to sign Convention to ensure the protection of their own natural and cultural heritage and to encourage state
parties to the Convention to nominate sites within their national territory for inclusion on the World Heritage List.
WU MING - Autonomous political enterprise. Founders include Roberto
Bui, Giovanni Cattabriga, Luca Di Meo and Federico Guglielmi.
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