Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Notes on Arts Journalism

Just for anyone interested - as I am - a mishmash of recent info...

Just came across an interesting webstreamed video of a panel discussion on "The Future of Arts Journalism" with panelists from Columbia's journalism school and the NY Times. Very interesting and worth sitting through, though the sound quality is annoying...mentions a range of issues, blurring marketing and journalism as things move online (a mention, though not by name, of the Performance Club), the state of journalism, and so on.

The Dance Critics Association posted plans for their 2009 conference - this time far away (from me anyway) in San Francisco in combination with the Society of Dance History Scholars. Anyone want to fund a Taylor-goes-to-California trip? Haha. Last year's conference was so insightful...

The 2009 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance Criticism has its application deadline fast approaching. I'm sending mine in this week and crossing my fingers. Sounds like a great opportunity to learn and write!

Interesting, long article: "Will Critique for Food." At one point it says, "The situation is most dire for the journalists themselves, who find themselves no longer able to make a living pursuing their passion. But it is also of great concern to arts administrators, who are just now coming to grips with the impending cutoff of one of their strongest lines of communication with the community. (my emphasis). After complaining for years of unfair or insensitive reviews, they have come to the realization that the only thing worse than getting criticized is being ignored."

And PS- though NYCB and Cunningham are cutting dancers, looks like ABT avoided that trap for next season :)

2 comments:

danceadvantage.net said...

Hoping to do NEA/ADF in the near future. Won't be this year, though. All the best to you - hope you can go!

Taylor said...

Yeah, it sounds like such a great opportunity!