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Spike on a bike: Insights from the world of art


While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!

U.S. Museum group to instate DEI standards


For the first time in two decades, the American Alliance of Museums, an organization that oversees policies around museums in the U.S., will update standards that apply to museum workforces related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). The museum group has detailed plans to establish a new initiative meant to implement the standards. The organization will appoint an advisory panel made up of six to eight experts in the museum space to draw up the new DEAI standards over the course of the next three years. The initiative, the organization said in a statement, is backed by a $740,000 government grant distributed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Read more on Artnews.

Museums and Private foundations with a strong showing in Paris+


Curators and other representatives of art institutions from around the world—especially private museums—made a strong showing at the first edition of Paris+, according to exhibitors and information from fair organizers. “There are absolutely a lot of museum people here,” said Ciléne Andréhn of Andréhn-Schiptjenko, which recently opened a gallery in Paris, adding to their space in Stockholm. Without wanting to directly name FIAC, the local fair that Paris + by Art Basel outbid for its October slot in the city, she noticed “more international visitors and institutions, compared to previous Paris fairs at the same time of year.” For months leading up to the highly anticipated, inaugural fair, word around town was that several museum groups were skipping Frieze, held last week in London, and sticking entirely to Paris instead. Though Paris + would not provide an exhaustive list of participating art institutions, Artnet News did notice several museums that were marked to attend Paris +, but were absent from Frieze, according to the lists both fairs provided. However, due to the incomplete list from Paris +, it was impossible to determine whether there were institutions who traveled to London but not Paris. Details on Artnet News.

Britain\’s most hedgehog-friendly street wins the Tour of Britain\’s land art competition


A giant piece of artwork showing a hedgehog riding a bike has been crowned the winner of the Tour of Britain\’s land art competition. \”Spike on a bike\” was created in a Nottinghamshire village that was recently named Britain\’s most hedgehog-friendly street. Children helped to create the image ahead of the cycle race passing through Keyworth in September. Tour director Mick Bennett said sharing their work \”fills me with joy\”. Dale Road was crowned winner of Britain\’s Biggest Hedgehog Street earlier this month by two wildlife charities. The design was inspired by the village\’s hedgehog-friendly schemes, including a drive to create holes in garden fences to allow the vulnerable mammals to pass through people\’s gardens, known as a hedgehog highway.

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