Ashley Butler Bryan
Last month, I think it's safe to say that I got a couple of bees in my bonnet. I was mad at some sources of the media (and within the artworld itself) disparaging the self-representing artists movement. And I managed to start what ended up being EBSQ's most positive kerfuffle ever when I posted a call to action on going public with more of our forums so we can reach out to the wider world (and they in turn can reach out to us, with a little help from Google). What ensued was a flurry of activity which resulted in some major developments in our private member forums.
We're combining some logical forums into bigger shared space to get more folks talking to each other. We created an entire new section for member-created workshops (our composition workshop in particular is really jumping!) And our discussion about our media / genre specific forums spurred a series of conversations that led to a whole new approach to how we organize our discussions about art. Check out our new Art and Process section! Huge props go out to Harlan and Kris Jean for their extreme out-of-the-box thinking during this huge community brainstorm. And perhaps the best news is that we'll slowly but surely be cracking open a "window" into our community life by making a few more forums public. We'll be starting this month by public-izing sections on Art Supplies 101 and Topics in Art History. We invite you to stop by and say hello. If you're not a paid member, but have a free account on our site, you'll have automatic posting access to these sections. And if you're not yet a site patron, it's free and easy to sign-up here! Your contribution to and participation in these newly public sections will be a vote of confidence in EBSQ's forums moving toward a more public face in the future. Hope to see you there!
1 August 2007
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