By Bill Marx
TWELVE YEARS of The Arts Fuse! The recent closing of the Improper Bostonian is a reminder that independent serious arts coverage is rapidly vanishing in the mainstream media, which is why we work so tirelessly at The Arts Fuse to fill this embarrassing gap. And we have done so with well over five thousand reviews, commentaries, and features on arts and culture written by over 60 writers, ranging from veteran critics from The Boston Globe and the Boston Phoenix to talented fledgling reviewers. Please help sustain this valuable commitment to keeping our culture vibrant.
The arts and culture community appreciates what we are doing. Here’s what they are saying:
The Arts Fuse fills a vital need in the Boston arts criticism community. The writers provide timely and thoughtful features and reviews which spark conversation and inform the public about happenings in Boston and beyond. — The Boston Camerata and Anne Azéma
The Arts Fuse is an invaluable part of Boston’s arts ecosystem. The depth and breadth of coverage set them apart from their peers in arts criticism. More than once, in recent years, they have been the only outlet covering artists and performances of international relevance. — Jack Wright, The Celebrity Series
Given the dearth of arts critical reporting in the print media; Arts Fuse is the place to go to get critical reporting in Greater Boston. It is the preeminent site for getting news that keeps one in the know! — Tony Williams, City Ballet of Boston / Urban Nutcracker
Among the highlights of the past year:
* launch of The Arts Fuse podcast, which can be found here
* grant from the Somerville Arts Council to mentor Somerville High School students in writing arts criticism as part of our Arts Fuse Mentorship Program
* migration to a new server that protects against hackers and increases the speed and reliability of the online magazine
Plans for the coming year include
* building on our series of public discussions about the future of arts criticism
* expanding on The Arts Fuse Mentorship program, generously supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and donors like you, by posting its impact
* continue to feature dozens of high quality arts reviews and features.
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We need your support to present more public discussions and to power the Arts Fuse Mentorship program — as well as to continue to post reviews and features of arts performances that the mainstream media overlook. I am therefore asking you to donate to the cause this month. Our goal is to raise $5,000. This annual appeal, which marks the magazine’s 12th birthday, must succeed so that the great reviews, commentaries, and features on the arts will keep coming.
Great news! The Arts Fuse has received generous donations from TWO anonymous donors who have requested their gifts be matched 1:1 up to $2,000!!! This means that all gifts made to The Arts Fuse by June 1, 2019 will be doubled!! Please help us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to fund our in-depth journalism and services by making a donation, of any size, by June 1, 2019.
Please click on one of the donation buttons below (secure sites PayPal and Mightycause). Your contribution is tax deducible. Any donations of $500 or above will be listed (with permission) on the Infuser page of the magazine. It will be our way of thanking you — and making your interest in a meaningful conversation about the arts — public.
Here’s to a summer filled with art enjoyment, appreciation — and discussion.
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Bill Marx is the editor-in-chief of The Arts Fuse. For over three decades, he has written about arts and culture for print, broadcast, and online. He has regularly reviewed theater for National Public Radio Station WBUR and The Boston Globe. He created and edited WBUR Online Arts, a cultural webzine that in 2004 won an Online Journalism Award for Specialty Journalism. In 2007 he created The Arts Fuse, an online magazine dedicated to covering arts and culture in Boston and throughout New England.