October 30, 2009 — Sharon Ball
Welcome to the “Broome Arts Mirror,” the Broome County Arts Council’s brand new blog! BAMirror has a mission to “provide a lively forum for informed, respectful conversation about and commentary on the arts experience in Broome County” and Greater Binghamton, New York. Through interviews, previews, reviews, features and commentary, BAMirror intends to reflect (like a “mirror” – get it?) the real depth, breadth, diversity and vibrancy of the arts here in the Southern Tier. BAMirror’s target audienceis — well — everyone who is involved with, interested in, curious about, longing to really talk about the arts in some way, shape or form.
Like the arts council, the BAMirror is serious about the arts. So when we went looking for an editor, we went right to the top and, oh, were we lucky that she said “yes!” The BAMirror’s editor is none other than Barb Van Atta, veteran newspaperwoman and entertainment editor, formerly of the Press & Sun Bulletin. Why a top-flight editor for BAMirror? Because we want BAMirror to be the best arts conversation in town.
And, of course, we want YOU to be part of it. This is your personal invitation to become a contributor or commentator. You must register first, but after that — you’re on. Of course, there are rules of engagement (see Barb’s post, which follows), because it is important to advance the core values behind the creation of the Broome Arts Mirror — honesty, civility, community and the power of the arts. Read all about them in the BAMirror!
Arts to you,
Sharon Ball, Executive Director, Broome County Arts Council
October 30, 2009 — Barb Van Atta
This isn’t exactly good cop/bad cop, but, now that Sharon has warmly welcomed you to Broome Arts Mirror, I’m here to remind you that, as we all learned from Spiderman, “with great power comes great responsibility.”
BAMirror’s mission is to “provide a forum for INFORMED, RESPECTFUL” conversation.” Therefore, as editor, I reserve the right to moderate submissions and possibly modify language.
Obviously, the primary reason for this requirement is that we envision BAMirror as an online salon: smart, sensible, somewhat sophisticated. It’s not a place for personal grudges or rumor-mongering. Civility and adherence to the golden rule are particularly imperative when submitting commentary or a performance review.
Also, like every other arts organization in Broome County, the arts council is concerned not only with today’s arts patrons but with the gallery-goers and audience members of the future. We will be encouraging youthful participation in the blog. Therefore, as a general rule, we want submissions to be rated no more than PG. If the subject matter requires a more “adult” treatment, it will be duly noted at the beginning of your submission, and stronger language or images will not appear on the cover or home page.
As Sharon mentioned, you will have to register to participate. You may have a “nom de blog” as your on-screen persona, but we at the arts council will need to know how to find you in the real world.
This blog is a brave new world for the arts council, and for me. Some growing pains are to be expected. Consider this an advance apology for the occasional lost post; we’ll work this out together to create a home for lively discussion about Broome County’s burgeoning arts community.
Barb Van Atta, BAMirror editor