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Art Talk with Marc Smirnoff

March 19, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Marc Smirnoff. Photo by Carol Ann Fitzgerald Marc Smirnoff wasn’t looking to start a literary magazine when he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, in 1987. In fact, the native Californian wasn’t even looking to move to Mississippi. But thanks to mix of car trouble and serendipity, Smirnoff found himself settled […]

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Embracing the Velocity of Change

October 13, 2011 by Mike Henry, CEO, Paragon Media Strategies Mike Henry. Photo courtesy of Mr. Henry I’ve spent the last two days attending the Grantmakers in the Arts conference in San Francisco. These are the largest and most giving foundations in support of the arts. Unlike radio’s myopic focus on 25-54 adults, foundations tend […]

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Announcing the Winners of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge

October 10, 2011 Today the NEA and the Knight Foundation announced the five finalist projects for the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge. Watch the video to find out who they are. (You can also read the challenge winner press release in the NEA News Room.) Interested in reading more about new models for arts journalism? […]

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Why We Still Need Professional Art Critics

August 15, 2011 By John Ephland John Ephland. Photo by Kristin Putney When approached by the NEA to respond to the conversation between NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa and the Knight Foundation’s Vice President for Arts Dennis Scholl about the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, my first thoughts were about the subject itself: art […]

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A New Golden Age?

August 10, 2011 By Abraham Ritchie Abraham Ritchie. Photo by Anna Wolak Like a ship heading towards open ocean, progressive art is constantly moving away from us. Culture does not slow down or stop when visual art is cut from school curricula or when art critics are fired from major newspapers. Rather it is the […]

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The Effects of Social Media on Traditional Journalism

August 5, 2011 by Chad Bauman, Director of Communications, Arena Stage Chad Bauman. Photo courtesy of Mr. Bauman In my role as director of communications at Arena Stage, I supervise media relations in addition to marketing and a few other areas. As originally intended, this blog was developed to discuss arts marketing, however from time […]

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Arts Criticism for the Millennials

August 3, 2011 by Maura Judkis, Producer, Style, Washington Post Maura Judkis. Photo by Jay Westcott, Politico In the last hour on Twitter, I’ve read that artist William Powhida’s New York show is a dud, and that Hugo Weaving’s performance as the Red Skull is a high point in Captain America. These weren’t opinions from […]

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Arts Journalism and the Community

July 27, 2011 by Juan Devis, Director of Production and Program Development, KCET Juan Devis (right) interviews urban planner John Arroyo at the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco. Photo courtesy of KCET Good criticism reveals layers of hidden meaning, allowing audiences to uncover the relationship a particular work of art […]

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Why Arts Journalism Matters

July 22, 2011 by Rainey Knudson, Founder/Director, Glasstire Rainey Knudson is the founder and director of Glasstire, a website about visual art in Texas now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Photo by Everett Taasevigen. Why does art criticism matter? Art criticism matters because art matters. [If you’re not sure or can’t remember why art matters, I […]

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Experiments in Online Arts Journalism

July 14, 2011 by Kerry Lengel Kerry Lengel. Photo by Michael McNamara Ten days in Los Angeles to see cutting-edge theater, rub intellectual elbows with critics from around the country and launch a “pop-up newsroom” as a no-rules experiment in online arts journalism: Last month’s NEA fellowship program for theater writers was a “dream” gig […]

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