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May 12, 2006

What's going on here...

by Douglas McLennan
From May 18-21 one hundred alumni of the National Arts Journalism Program will be meeting in Philadelphia. The meeting includes a day-long conference at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the state of arts journalism called "The New Playing Field". Prior to the conference, ArtsJournal is hosting an online debate about the changing nature of culture and cultural journalism. We've invited 15 critics and editors to take part. They'll be posting every day and we invite readers to join the conversation. Reader posts will...

be accessible by a link at the bottom of each blog entry, at the bottom of this side column, and we'll also excerpt reader comments in the main part of the blog. The intent of this discussion, as in all AJ topic blogs is to debate ideas, in the belief that vigorous public discourse makes for a more interesting culture. Our bloggers were chosen as sparks to that discourse. They don't represent all points of view. They are not intended to represent all points of view. Rather, they are people we believe will provide a strong beginning to a smart debate. In previous AJ blog events, some of the most insightful (and inciteful) participation has come from readers, and we expect the same to happen here.

The NAJP in Philadelphia conference and this blog are made possible by generous grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Our thanks particularly to Marian Godfrey, director of Culture and Civic Initiatives, The Pew Charitable Trusts, for her vision in creating the NAJP and her efforts in helping to shape cultural debate in America.

Posted by mclennan at May 12, 2006 12:42 PM

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