Welcome to ArtsLine’s Fall Quarter Newsletter.
My name is Jade Cintron and I am thrilled to be the Editor for ArtsLine 2017-2018. As every editor before me, I want to not only provide interesting and relevant content from our field, but also to connect our readers with what is going on with our faculty, our students and with our alumni as well.
In addition, my personal goal for ArtsLine this year is to look outwards to better understand who we are. Although I am a born and bred North Jersey girl, I am of Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage and I just spent the last 8 years post-undergrad living and working abroad in Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain) where my appreciation for the magnitude of differences and diversity within arts & culture worldwide really grew. I traveled from different European city to European city and even to Istanbul, Turkey and Fez, Morocco and experienced so much history, art, and, most impactful for me, perspective after perspective, story after story.
Storytelling unites the world. It is why we are in this business,; it is why we fight to protect it, to encourage others to join us in partaking, why we participate even as artists and art makers and even why we have these newsletters. We want to unite and connect people through passion, and there is no better way than through arts and culture. My hope is that I can help give you a taste of the beautiful, diverse world we have out there from our own backyards to across the globe. In the USA we are so lucky to have a multitude of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives, and they all stem from other places outside. Let’s look outwards to better understand how we have come to be who we are, why we do the things we do or, at the very least, be exposed to ideas and facts we have never considered.
For the next 3 quarters, I will do my part by offering you a glimpse of another city somewhere in the world and interesting facts in their arts and cultural scene as well as other facts in reference to ours here in Philadelphia. I am beginning with, you guessed it, Barcelona, where I have gathered facts from personal contacts in the field there. I hope that these city comparisons, meant to only be a teaser, titled “From Philly to…” will inspire you to take a deeper look into the artistic practices outside what you know and let it drive your art here.
Happy trails to you,
ArtsLine Editor 2017-2018