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Tonight, I’ll be giving a talk on “The Future of Arts Journalism” at Ignite San Diego. The talk comes at a busy time for arts coverage in San Diego.
On Aug. 5, San Diego Art Link will celebrate its launch party. With a tag-line like, “Get to know your San Diego art scene,” the site looks to be a promising place to find out about visual-arts events in and around San Diego.
A walk down Ray Street yesterday revealed a good-looking little black book called North Park for the Arts 2010 Arts and Entertainment Guide Book, a useful resource for rounding up galleries and artists in North Park.
In my talk mentioned above, I only had the space and time to mention a few local online organizations covering the arts, but in the last few weeks alone, voiceofsandiego.org announced that Kelly Bennett will be switching from her normal coverage area and stepping in as arts editor and Jeff Light, the editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune who recently laid-off longtime arts critic Bob Pincus, has made the decision to recruit local arts bloggers and set up media partnerships to help his organization continue to cover the arts.
KPBS has been doing an excellent job covering the arts both on-air and online through the help of producer Angela Carone and her Culture Lust blog. And, of course, many of the hyper-local newspapers like the La Jolla Light, San Diego Uptown News and The Espresso have always done what they can to cover local art and culture.
In short, arts coverage, at least in this city, seems to be doing just fine. For now.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see who really embraces what online arts journalism has to offer and who doesn’t. Another aspect we should all keep an eye on is arts criticism versus arts features—with so many voices commenting on the arts, will the trained and educated art critics’ voices be drowned out?
In my presentation, I also mention that government subsidies might be an interesting way to ensure the continuation of quality arts journalism. I don’t think it’s the only way, but I want to make sure it remains an option as more and more people seem to be jumping too quickly onto the “let’s start a nonprofit and exist on grants and donations” train.