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January 2008 - Open Forum

So far we have followed a rather structured format for our sessions – a presentation by one or two individuals, followed by a discussion. In this 4th year of our existence, we are trying to break the habit, and try something new: So the topic for this session would be… well, there will be no topic this time!
We are planning to have our first “Open Forum” where all the participants can talk about whatever they are concerned about, with the rest of the group.

So, what would you like to talk about?

Something general…?
Something that doesn’t get discussed enough… like: – the art scene here – the media coverage (or the lack) of it – about the art/design schools around here, and their influence on our community – about public art – about the local architecture…

Or something more particular… – like some incident that bugs you as a creative person, and its implications… – the art along the light rail line… the surrounding controversy maybe… – some recent incident/article that you find encouraging/outrageous…

Or maybe about point8… – what do you like/dislike about the forum – what should we discuss in the upcoming sessions? – whom would you like to see lead a session?

…Whatever it is, join us next Tuesday (1/22) at 6:00 at the Mint Museum. Come armed with your comments/questions, or just come to hear what the others have to say.


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  1. Fun session. Thank you to the organizers.

    I hope you will continue to incorporate open meetings in addition to presentations.

    You mentioned adding a forum to the site. Do you have any date when you expect it to be available?


    By Ron
  2. I do think the issue of media coverage is dreadful. Asheville has a full small section on the arts every week, which also impacts their dollar value to the city. One issue seems to be the lack of interest from our paper, and then the lack of professionalism by the few reviews that happen. Light rail: the flack over Thomas Sayre, for instance. I guess I should be glad that someone noticed the art, at least! Nancy Howe made a good comment: our young people who are involved in the arts are not out in the streets causing disturbances. The arts bridge all cultures, especially when incorporated into the school system, and at a very young age.


    By Dot Hodges