Author Archives: Michael Straus

There’s No Place Like STEIM

The Dutch government is slashing two hundred million euros literally overnight from the country’s arts budget. As a result, STEIM, along with many other arts organizations and music ensembles in the Netherlands, is losing funding in a drastic and devastating blow to the culture sector (read The Dark Age Netherlands). Despite all of STEIM’s activities and generous service and support to the international community, on January 1, 2013, it will lose its entire structural funding.

Wrapping it up in Norway

By Michael Straus
Gauging the success of an artist residency can be tricky, but my activities over the past two months in Norway exceeded even my most ambitious expectations. Reflecting back on this amazing time in Oslo, I have come up with a few ideas that I think help make an extended artist residency a success.

Getting Settled

By Michael Straus
I am finally getting settled after more than a month in Oslo. The time is literally flying by, as the city loses over five minutes of sunlight a day.