Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Arts: Survival of the Fittest?

The media and blogosphere are teeming with articles about the health of our nation's arts community as news breaks daily of more arts organizations that are folding their tents.

Some, like Goldstar Events CEO Jim McCarthy in his "Live 2.0" blog lean heavily toward the Darwinian view--"to be relevant and vital in our time, or not to be."

Others, like Anne Midgette in the Washington Post, explore the declining audience trends, extending the longtime debate in opera circles over warhorses vs. new work.

And Charles McNulty of the LA Times, talks essentially about how theater lost its way and will only recover once it rediscovers its roots.

These surely won't be the last words on the subject as more bad news arrives, and I'm not saying that to be a Cassandra--but rather to foster additional thoughtful discussion about what it is about the arts that has always compelled people to embrace it, what's preventing them from doing so now, and what can be done about it.

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