Folio Forum Presents: The State of Arts Criticism in Seattle, March 29

Posted on March 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
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The arts and cultural scene in Seattle take center stage when Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum presents, The State of Arts Criticism in Seattle, a panel of critics and media entrepreneurs on the decline and revival of our arts discourse. Co-sponsored by Allied Arts Foundation, the event will be held in tribute to the late, longtime Seattle arts critic R.M. Campbell. From Folio:

Seattle has long had a flourishing arts culture. Not so long ago, we also had highly visible critics writing about the arts in the local press, covering what went on in the arts community, and reflecting on what was happening. With the shrinking of local journalism, most of these critics have disappeared.

As in many communities, much of Seattle’s discussion of the arts has moved to social media. So do we miss the critics? Do we need them? Are arts organizations feeling the lack? Doug McLennan, the founder of ArtsJournal and a critic who knows many encouraging experiments around the country, will moderate a panel of arts critics and publishers. Joining the panel will be author Misha Berson, who has worked as a theater critic for the Seattle Times; Paul Constant, founder of The Seattle Review of Books and a critic and former books editor of The Stranger; Brendan Kiley, theater critic and an arts editor at Seattle Times; Marcie Sillman, public-affairs host and arts and culture reporter for KUOW Radio; and David Brewster, former publisher/editor of Seattle Weekly and Plus a few surprise guests.

This is a FREE event with a reception to follow.

The State of Arts Criticism in Seattle

When: Wednesday, March 29, 7pm

Where: Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum (314 Marion St.)


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