The Celebrity Series of Boston gathered a distinguished multi-generational panel to consider both the legacy of Alvin Ailey and of Elma Lewis.
Critics were once seen as the ‘canaries in the mineshaft’ — now newspapers and magazines are closing down the mines.
“It was an amazing event and it was a blow to lose it. Free outdoor events that give people access to the arts are a rarity,”
Those who care about the future of American arts and culture should financially support this magazine and other valiant efforts to articulate the significance of the arts.
This is a vaguely threatening day for New Englanders who love their NPR in duplicate.
The opportunity to protest the presence of Tea Party mega-funder David Koch on the board of WGBH this Wednesday should not be missed by anyone who is interested in preserving the soul (and/or sanity) of public broadcasting.
In 2011, the Boston Globe characterized the Lowell Folk Festival as “a celebration of diversity.” This year, the floundering newspaper isn’t interested in celebrating anything but itself.
Mayer’s report deals with David Koch throwing his weight around at WNET and PBS. Unfortunately, she does not talk about whether Koch’s powerful presence has influenced WGBH.
The plans to serve the jazz community that WGBH offered to JazzBoston during the meeting, from an internet jazz station to making Eric Jackson more visible on the station’s talk shows, are only part and parcel of the strategic dithering, a cover for lowering standards and doing little.
Discard the empty rhetoric about “amplifying the arts,” follow the money and you will eventually find, winding your way through all the obfuscation and spin, WGBH’s thrifty corporate character.