Engaging the community through embedded arts journalists


Art Matters ended in December 2014. Since that time, Macon Arts Alliance has partnered with BURNAWAY magazine to increase art writing and arts journalism about our local arts community. Contact us for more information about our ongoing work to increase the quality and quantity of arts journalism in the area.

Art Matters was an initiative designed to engage the community through high-quality arts journalism. The Macon Arts Alliance (MAA), in collaboration with Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ), embedded paid journalism interns in various arts organizations served by Macon Arts Alliance. These journalists created news articles, blogs, video reports and more for local news outlets, the CCJ’s newsroom, and Macon Arts Alliance’s Ovations365.com and other publications. The program included a critic-in-residence at the CCJ and a series of public symposia pairing artists and critics to discuss the state of various art forms and their criticism.

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All Art Matters content is currently being aggregated here.

Press Releases:
May 21, 2014 – Art Matters Announces Sixth Symposium Featuring Drive-By Truckers Co-founder and Singer-Songwriter Patterson Hood and Paste Magazine Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Josh Jackson
March 28, 2014 – Art Matters Announces Fifth Symposium Featuring Music Critic Alex Ross and McDuffie Center Director Amy Schwartz Moretti
February 17, 2014 – Art Matters announces fourth symposium with Karina Longworth and Matthew Modine
January 2, 2014 – Art Matters announces third symposium
November 5, 2013 – Art Matters announces ‘Writing about Writing’
October 11, 2013 – Art Matters symposium series announced
October 2, 2013 – Macon Arts Alliance names Steve Murray critic-in-residence

Art Matters was an arts journalism partnership of Macon Arts Alliance and Mercer’s Center for Collaborative Journalism that sought to engage the community through embedded arts journalists. This project was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. Matching funding provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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