Since the economic nosedive sent traditional print journalism into crisis mode, the health and future of culture and arts journalism has been a topic of serious concern, especially in the arts community. The Philadelphia Inquirer, for example, had a twenty percent profit margin in 2000 but by 2012 it had lost seventeen million dollars. These statistics were shared by Bill Marimow, Editor of the Inquirer, at a recent panel discussion, “Plotting the Future of Cultural Journalism” held at WHYY’s Hamilton Commons. Marimow said that newspapers have yet to find a sustainable business model in the current economic climate which includes ... More » »
News Right there at the forefront of crowd-sourced fundraising, Little Berlin is using Groupon to raise money for its next mission: benches for its Fair Grounds project. And not just any old benches – they’re seeking donations of $10 or more for $1000, going towards hand-crafting five benches with the help of local artists and designers. The campaign is up for seven days, from August 20-26 – so if you haven’t already donated, act fast! For more info and access to the Groupon page visit Little Berlin’s Tumblr. Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and winner of ... More » »
News A very Krampus Christmas We heard about Krampuslauf from Amber Dorko Stopper and also on WHYY. Who is Krampus? Why is he having a Christmas parade? Well, Krampus represents the opposite of Jolly Old St. Nick. He’s a Christmas devil that punishes naughty children during the holidays. It’s an alternative to the ‘everything is so sweet and lovely’ Christmas attitude; ‘a little salt to go with the sugar’ says Krampuslauf celebrator Janet Finegar. There will be Krampuslauf parade and festivities in Northern Liberties tomorrow, Sat. December 10, 4pm at Libery Lands Park, 913-961 north 3rd Street.
WHYY’s newest website, NewsWorks.org, is sharing our artblog radio podcasts. Right now in our little corner of the NewsWorks Arts and Culture page you can also find Terry Gross’ interview of Loretta Lynn and Peter Crimmins’ interview of Philadelphia Orchestra conductor, Yannick Nezet Seguin! Nice company, huh?
Finally, WHYY does some local visual arts coverage in a program called “Friday Arts” which will air on first Fridays of the month. And Judith Schaechter, who is smart and funny and makes fabulous art, is a great choice for the lead-off interview. Thanks, UArts newsletter for the heads-up (Judith teaches at UArts). Judith’s program airs tomorrow night, April 2, at 8:30 pm. Got an idea for something that should be covered, send them an email! email@example.com