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closing shop

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Dear friends,

I am writing to let you know that Culture Front is coming to a close and I am resigning from my role in creating and directing it. The blog, the live conversation series, and the Starters dinners have all lived up to the goal of inspiring deeper conversation about the importance of contemporary art and artists in our community.

In many significant ways, Culture Front has been a group effort, a kind of social experiment of creativity. Many of you have found an outlet or inspiration from the programs we’ve produced, and that means CF has been a success. Thank you for participating and contributing and sharing yourselves.

After two years, I have come to the conclusion that Culture Front – or any similar programming – belongs in a bigger organization with funding to staff it adequately. When I started CF, I was filled with a lot of naiveté and a lot of bravado. I have been humbled to smash headlong into my own limitations as an individual. What has ensued is my respect and appreciation for professionalism and teamwork in a well-run, well-funded organization.

It’s my hope that the arts community in Jackson will invest in arts leadership training. We desperately need more skills, more breadth of experience, better organizations. I say that with respect for the many organizations that are already doing important hard work, and doing it well.

It’s also my hope that Jackson will decide to truly invest in the artists and innovators who make our arts community vibrant. I can say from painful experience that underpaid and unpaid efforts are, in the end, a recipe for burnout and low morale. We need to invent an economy that will create stability and happiness for arts administrators and artists.

So, I’m writing to you all candidly to say goodbye and thank you. I’ll be moving on to other endeavors that will hopefully provide better balance personally. I respectfully request that you not suggest ideas of ways to keep CF going. I promise that I have doggedly explored many avenues and I know intimately the limitations of this project at this current time in Jackson.

In the end, I view Culture Front as my art project that has come to its natural conclusion.

I wish everyone well in your continued creative endeavors!

Love,
Meg

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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