Lately it seems like every few weeks I hear about another media outlet giving up on arts coverage—scaling back, telling writers not to bother pitching, explaining that the clicks aren’t there to support it. The prevailing winds are against us.
And yet here is mighty little City Arts, this independent, idiosyncratic magazine with no real peer or precedent in Seattle or anywhere else nationwide, charting a course through today’s choppy waters, determined to keep local arts journalism alive and thriving.
Ever since City Arts launched some 12-plus years ago (in Tacoma, originally), it has been published by Encore Media Group, which brought it up as the only editorial publication among a great many festival guides and theatre programs. Over the years, the magazine has taken shape in the hands of hundreds of contributors whose collective will insisted upon its existence and ongoing evolution, from fledgling endeavor to credible mainstay. In print and online, we’ve had the privilege to cover thousands of our region’s artists and projects, sharing them with a readership that continues to grow every day.
Now the time has come to leave the Encore nest, for City Arts to strike out on our own. We’re embracing our unique role as a platform dedicated wholly to this region’s arts and culture and doubling down on all the things that will ensure our sustainability well into the future. In the weeks ahead, we’ll unveil our vision and plans for City Arts 2.0 and invite you to be a part of it, along with your neighbors and friends, colleagues and family, bandmates and castmates. So keep your eyes peeled for a big announcement coming April 5.
Thank you, sweet reader, for proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that despite all the changes unfolding around us, the creative heartbeat of this town is still strong—and there’s more than enough reason for us to be here. It is the great joy of my life to do this work and support this community, and I can’t wait for the next chapter to begin.
See you out there,
Editor in Chief