During the late 1990s, when the internet first boomed, we talked a lot about creative destruction — about how old businesses would collapse, making way for new ones to emerge. And, indeed, companies like Amazon, Dell.com, and eBay changed the way we buy our books, computers and everyday items. Years later, we’re seeing new internet technologies changing the arts world. Kickstarter, a platform that uses crowdsourcing to fund creative projects, may eventually bring more funding to the arts than the NEA, providing support for countless new artists. Creative Commons and its liberating copyright regime already lets artists distribute their creative works to the broadest audience possible. And The Creators Project, a global arts initiative created by Intel and Vice, is redefining our concept of the art studio and art exhibition. That’s the story told by Art in the Era of the Internet, a video created by PBS’ Off Book web series.
Speaking of Creative Commons, the California nonprofit (along with the U.S. Department of Education and the Open Society Institute) has launched the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. The competition will award cash prizes for the best short videos explaining the use of Open Educational Resources and the opportunities these materials create for teachers, students and schools. Create a great video (by June 5th) and you can win $25,000. Get more details at WhyOpenEdMatters.org