Milwaukee's performing arts fiasco at the Skylight Opera has made its way to The New York Times. ¬†
I don't claim to know the ins and outs of this situation, so I won't even attempt to provide opinion on the matter itself.¬† But, several local bloggers including Jonathan West (artsyschmartsy.com), Mike Brenner and former newspaper classical music and dance critic Tom Strini have written extensively on this "issue." ¬†
I will provide a few thoughts on arts and entertainment in Milwaukee and its coverage.¬† Let's face it, we are blessed with an extremely plentiful quantity of quality arts groups.¬† When you factor in Milwaukee's size, our numbers for the arts are very impressive.¬†
The arts spur creativity, business growth and generate buzz.¬† Yet, it's a somewhat niche topic area.¬† Of course the arts are for everyone, but reality is that like local music and to an extent sports people are either fans or very indifferent.¬† But, the fans -- by definition -- are passionate and loyal. ¬†
At OnMilwaukee.com we're comitted to Milwaukee and the local arts scene.¬† And, we open our magazine to all who want to discuss, review and converse about the topic. No, we haven't written about the Skylight situation. But, since our medium is a conversation, not a sermon, many readers have chimed in via our talkbacks and message boards.¬†¬†
Yet, it is a bit sad when we see an arts group bickering and taking their "troubles" to the national press.¬† But, hey, life happens and exposure is exposure. ¬†
So, read the Times piece and react as you will.¬† No matter what you do, I suggest that you support our local arts scene.
Personally, I like that Wakin called us an "earnest and polite city."¬† We are just that and more.¬†
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