Welcome! And play nice!

Welcome to the Broome Arts Mirror!

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 audienceiswell — 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

Now, everybody play nice

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

One Response to “Welcome! And play nice!”

  1. Maggie Gilroy Says:

    During my recent fall break, I went “home” to the black-box theater to attend the reading of Rod Serling’s teleplay “Patterns.” As this was not my first time watching a performance by S.T.A.R., I was not surprised by how impressed I was with the quality of the performance.
    I enjoy attending staged readings, as the minimalism of the set design and lighting forces audiences to focus on the text of the play. As I have attended several Rod Serling events and have even had the honor of working backstage for the live broadcast of the Twilight Zone episodes of “Walking Distance” and “Mirror Image,” I am always impressed by how relevant Serling’s works remain today. I commend Larry Kassan for his effort to keep Serling’s legacy alive in Binghamton, as it is something each member of the Binghamton community should be proud of.
    As a graduate of Binghamton High School, I am all too aware of the negative reputation we possess. That being said, I am also aware of the dreary outlook that residents of Binghamton have on the town as a whole. Events such as the recent flooding and our current economic climate have overshadowed the positives that have come out of our town and our high school, causing us to forget the high quality of the BHS arts program (aptly named the Rod Serling school of Fine Arts) and the success of our graduates. Serling is just one of many graduates who have found success in the arts. I think it is important to fight through this negative reputation and dreary outlook and recognize the success of our community.
    I found it very powerful to sit in the place where Serling began and listen to the words that had brought him fame and had changed the face of television. As the black box theater is a mere two years old, I wondered if Serling would have dreamed that the arts program at BHS would have grown to the point of developing a second theater or even would have been named after himself.
    It is legacies such as Serling’s that gives the Binghamton community hope that we will rise out of our current economic downturn and effect the world for the better, as Serling did. I commend S.T.A.R. and Kassan for their effort to keep Serling’s work alive in the Binghamton community. I look forward to their future performances, as it is performances such as these and legacies such as Serling’s that make me proud to say that I am from Binghamton.


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