IRVINE, CA - Bringing three outstanding people from their respective careers in the arts together from around the world to talk about the predicament that has become the arts was an eye opening experience. This industry now faces an assortment of crisis: deficiency in funding, diminishing patronage, and lack of visibility.
Ramnarayan made an interesting point as he spoke about how to increase the number of expert writers. “Retired cricket players become commentators. Previous performers who are experts in the arts because they have performed or trained should learn how to write to become the writers,” said Ramnarayan. The other option is for writers to watch a lot, read the history, and familiarize themselves with the material prior to writing the piece. “It is important to understand before writing,” said Ramnarayan.
In order to continue and thrive it has become important to move with the times. Embracing the internet is an option to stay relevant.
“I do not consider my work properly published unless it is online,” said Rao. The internet is a tool which should be utilized. “There are some encouraging signs of new ways of coverage for the arts. Social media is all about connectivity,” said Hodgins. Page views are considered important as well which means popularity and spreading the word is a good way to increase the arts coverage. “Ideas need to be shared,” said Rao. In order to endure this strenuous time and be successful it is necessary to move with the times.