I found a few interesting things over at Sister Space, a blog I’ve now added to the sidebar over there for your convenience.

First off, we all know that in these economic times, few are more vulnerable than our society’s artists and arts organizations.  President-Elect Obama has expressed his opinion about the importance and value of the arts, so perhaps he’ll take to heart the suggestion of appointing a Secretary of the Arts.

“Let Obama know you support having a cabinet position to ensure the cultural fabric of America stays strong and grows by signing this petition! http://www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html

Sister Space also posted a bit (via Artnet News) about a recently released report from The National Endowment for the Arts. Women Artists: 1990-2005 (the full text is downloadable here), is a 17-page study about the status of women in the arts.

Some findings that didn’t exactly surprise me but were nonetheless noteworthy:

  • Women Artists reports that earning discrepancies increase for older women — quite substantially so. “In 2003-2005, women artists aged 18 to 24 earned $0.95 for every $1 made by young men artists. This ratio fell to $0.78 for artists aged 35 to 44, and to $0.67 for 45-to-54-year-olds. Women artists aged 55 to 64 earned only $0.60 for every dollar earned by men artists in that age group.”
  • Women artists are as likely to be married as female workers on the whole, but they are less likely to have children. Twenty-nine percent of women artists had children under age 18, almost six percentage points lower than for women workers in general.
  • Female artists earn less then male artists. They approach parity only in the performing arts. Non-performing female artists earn only $0.72 for every dollar males earn.

Some additional statistics if you’re still hungry for more.