Art Matters symposium set for Jan. 28

alopez@macon.comJanuary 2, 2014 

Panelists at a symposium discussion sponsored by Art Matters will discuss the role of theaters in Middle Georgia and how local media covers theater and theatric productions.

“Theater and Theater Criticism in Middle Georgia” will be held at Middle Georgia State College’s Professional Services Center, Room 211, on the Macon Campus, at 11 a.m. Jan. 28. It is free and open to the public, according to an Art Matters news release.

The event is the third in a series of six public discussions on the role of criticism and arts journalism in fostering an informed and engaged community.

Panelist include the Warner Robins Little Theatre’s Fred Hardin, the Macon Little Theatre’s John Jones, Middle Georgia State College professor Sydney H. Chalfa, Theatre Macon artistic director Jim Crisp, Telegraph columnist Larry Fennelly, Adam Ragusea of Georgia Public Broadcasting and Steve Murray, critic-in-residence at the Macon Arts Alliance as part of the Art Matters project.

Art Matters, a partnership between the Macon Arts Alliance and Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, is a one-year initiative designed to engage the community through high-quality arts journalism. A $40,000 National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant and a matching $40,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation support the $80,000 project.

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