The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that “after an outstanding 11-year record of advocating for and promoting the cause of arts journalism, the National Arts Journalism Program, the only program in America dedicated to the advocacy of arts journalism, is being closed down at the Columbia School of Journalism.”
This is sad news. It may not be what theatre critic and former NAJP fellow Robert Brustein calls “yet another sign that serious intellect in this country is continuing to lose ground, along with serious art”. It is, however, significant, since the quality (and quantity) of serious art writing and criticism is important to the strength and vitality of an arts community.
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