Tuesday, April 14, 2009

If you want to know what's going on in the arts in Columbia, YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE.
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


  1. Hello Mr. Day, I'm sorry that the paper didn't value the vital role you play in your community and the arts 'beat' in Columbia. Thanks for continuing your fine work here. Although I didn't read your column, (I came here via Tom Starland's blog), I look forward to hearing what you have to write about in the blog.

  2. Jeffrey,

    Thanks Goodness!!! First of all, I'm sorry that The State let you go, but I'm glad that you've found a new medium to share your expertise. Good Luck with the new venture. Are you interested in doing a radio interview on statewide public radio to discuss your new venture and the current condition of arts coverage. Again, best of luck Glenn

  3. Jeffrey, Losing your comprehensive and thoughtful arts coverage from The State is a terrible thing for Columbia and the rest of the South Carolina arts community. I am very excited that you are going to continue your work in this new venue. I plan to be a frequent reader. I wish you the best of luck with it. John Quirk

  4. Love the mixed-bag approach, and I can't wait to read your thoughts.

  5. Thanks Jeffrey - this is needed.

    There is an "Art Week" brewing with a number of events next week, highlighted by the Cultural Council's Color The Arts 6-9 pm at First Citizens Plaza (www.smartarts.info), Artista Vista on the 23, and two other fundraisers on the 24th.

    Who said there is nothing to do in Columbia.

  6. So good to see you online. This will be a perfect fit for you and the Columbia arts community; thanks for being here. I'll be checking in often. Best of luck!

  7. Glad to see you found a new avenue to continue doing what you love. Best of luck, Misty

  8. Glad you've started a blog, Jeffrey. We'll be neighbors soon. SCARTblog.com goes live on Monday the 20th. Keep on writing!

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