Lexington bows in
Now that Ashley Lindstrom has broken the ice as the newest Flyover blogger, please allow me to bow in. I'm Rich Copley, culture writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader, primarily covering performing arts and film.
That is a gig I am proud to say, as of March 9, I will have had for 10 years. Like a lot of young writers, when I took the job, I thought we'd be here three-to-five years and then off to a bigger town with bigger theaters, orchestras and all that. But, in the intervening time, my wife and I had a second child, we settled into jobs and schools, and we are now buying our second house in Lexington. We've stayed. And that hasn't been hard to do. The Bluegrass is one of the most beautiful regions of the country, and Lexington is a place where you can kind of set your pace. It's a small city or a big town, depending on how you look at it, and there are lots of ways to look at it.
Professionally, this job continues to be intriguing and exciting.
One of the major growths in Lexington arts over the past decade has been an increased professionalism. Several groups that were once headed by the most interested, most qualified locals have since conducted national searches for leadership, including Actors Guild of Lexington, our leading theater for general audiences, and LexArts, our united arts fund organization. The University of Kentucky plays a major role in our arts community, including giving Lexington a de facto opera company, and there are numerous other colleges and U's in the region that are active in producing art and artists who play significant roles in the cultural life of our area.
If you travel north, you hit Cincinnati, with the Cincinnati Symphony, Playhouse in the Park and a bunch of other arts groups. Due west is Louisville, where the 30th edition of the Humana Festival of New American Plays is just getting started at Actors Theatre. With either town, it's easy for people from Lexington to run up, take in a show, and still go to sleep in their own beds that night.
Sometimes people try to say nothing's going on here, and my standard reply is, "Well then, why am I so busy?"
Adding to the adventure of this job is the fact that in journalism, things have definitely changed. Maybe I should have written, above, that I am a writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky.com and Lexgo.com. And I also maintain a blog called Copious Notes. Like many papers, we are actively exploring new media, which has really exciting implications for arts journalism.
We'll talk about that. I'll talk about a lot of things happening here and in cultural journalism that have resonance in the Heartland, Outback, Flyover country, or whatever we choose to call it.
It's exciting to join this blog, which I have been reading since its inception. I told Joe, John, Bridgette and Jen that being asked to join Flyover was like being asked to join your favorite band. I'll try to keep a steady rhythm.
Bloggers We Love
Bridgette Redman and Lansing Theater
Drew McManus' "Neo Classical" at the Partial Observer
Marc Moss (Missoula, MT artist)
Mary Louise Schumacher's "Art City"
Other Great Sites
American Composers Orchestra
Arts & Letters Daily
Center for Arts and Culture
Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive
National Arts Journalism Program
NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism
NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera
NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater & Musical Theater
New Music Box: American Music Center
USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program
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Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
rock culture approximately
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
No genre is the new genre
David Jays on theatre and dance
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
John Rockwell on the arts
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Martha Bayles on Film...
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds
Jerome Weeks on Books
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world
Public Art, Public Space
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog