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"I think of art work as social activism. I live as an artist in the world to tell the stories of people who live on the margins. Our work as artists is to evoke emotion and inspire thought, whether it's a direct call to action or simply seeing the person next to you who you might have...
Like many professions, arts journalism has fractured and morphed with the impact of technology. Those who practice arts journalism have also changed and include not only critics and reporters, but artists as well. Jacqueline E. Lawton is a DC-based playwright whose work has been presented at...
January 31, 2013 Eric Newton. Photo courtesy of the Knight Foundation. On April 12, 2012, Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, posted an article on the Knight Foundation website titled, " Why we need new models for arts journalism ." The article coincided...
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 to mine...
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...
August 15, 2011 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...
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 community that...
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 to time, I stray a little and...
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 published...
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 has to place and community. A...

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