[jja-announce] NEA luncheon -- space limited, rsvp at arts.gov NOW!

JJA, President president at jazzjournalists.org
Wed Jan 6 14:28:33 EST 2010

The National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA Arts Journalism Institutes
invite you to

*Jazz Journalism Lunch and Conversation*

Featured speakers—Bob Blumenthal, Eric Gibson, and Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin

Moderated by András Szántó, director of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in
Classical Music and Opera

*Tuesday, January 12, 2010*

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Hilton Hotel, New York Suite

1335 Avenue of the Americas

A complimentary lunch will be served followed by a panel discussion and

Reservations are required and are welcomed first-come, first served to
rsvp at arts.gov <x-msg://1339/rsvp@arts.gov>.

“What is the future of arts criticism?” is an oft cited theme for journalism
conferences and panels in recent years. Norman Lear once noted that
journalists can be an ally to art and artists, an expert and “conduit to
reach the larger, indifferent, and scattered culture.” Please join our
panelists for a discussion of how jazz journalism fits into this
conversation and what the future holds for jazz criticism.

Former *Boston Globe* columnist *Bob Blumenthal* has been writing jazz
criticism since 1969 and has contributed to numerous publications. He has
received Grammy Awards for Best Album Notes. His next book, *Saxophone
Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins* (Harry Abrams), in collaboration with
photographer John Abbott, will be published in September.

*Eric Gibson* is the Leisure & Arts Editor of the Wall Street Journal, a
position he has held since 2002, as well as one of the paper’s art
critics. Prior to joining the Journal in 1998, Mr. Gibson was executive
editor of ARTnews magazine, and before that the art critic for the
Washington Times.

*Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin* is professor of English and Comparative
Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University and director
of the University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies. She
is the author of *If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie
Holiday.* She is also co-editor with Brent Edwards and Robert O'Meally
of *Uptown
Conversations: The New Jazz Studies*.

*András Szántó* is a writer, researcher, and consultant whose work spans the
worlds of art, media, and cultural affairs. He is Director of the NEA Arts
Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University's
Graduate School of Journalism and a Senior Lecturer in Art Business at the
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York.

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