I've been covering the arts in Columbia - from visual to theater to classical music and a lot of stuff in between - for almost 20 years. During most of that time it has been an absolute joy.
This forum will be used to share the facts as well as the little tidbits you might have missed, events you should not miss or should avoid. You’ll also be able to read in depth stories as well as reviews and commentary. Some will be serious but many will be fun.
The focus will be on fine arts as traditionally defined: theater, dance, visual arts, music, but with wide open eyes and ears. Architecture, building, planning and zoning, food, furniture, flora and fauna, and history will also find a place here.
If you're reading this you know the arts are getting less and less attention from the media. We plan to fill the gap.
As luck, good or bad or both, would have it Tuesday night NPR aired the story "As Newspapers Downsize, Cities Lose Arts Critics." The reporter of that story and I were National Arts Journalism Fellows together at Columbia University.
Take a look and give a listen at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102972308