This week, the Style Winter Arts issue will feature report cards on the various arts scenes in Richmond. It seems to me to be a fairly intentionally provocative strategy that I applaud Arts Editor Mr. Reynolds for taking. I would hope it generates some conversation, not just at this space but in the Richmond arts world in general. If it doesn’t, I’ll be disappointed for several reasons, including the possibility that people aren’t engaged enough in the arts to care and/or that not enough people read Style!
Before the grades are published however, I just want to thank everyone I spoke to or tried to speak to for being gracious and available for chatting about this. In particular, I want to thank Robin Harris-Jones and Sara Heifetz, both of whom I spoke with at some length but whose comments did not make it into the final article. I ended up speaking to about 8 or 9 people and had another 3-4 lined up to speak to, which ended up being a lot to squeeze into 500 words. For those who will be mentioned in the article, I hope my transcription of your comments accurately reflected your intended meaning.