Congratulations to the Arts and Administration Program, the Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy and Dr. Doug Blandy on 15 years of CultureWork. I am going to be brief as my editorship of CultureWork was brief – really just the short interlude between Risa and Robert and Julie.
Before coming to the University of Oregon, I had been introduced to do-it-yourself culture but wasn’t fully engaged with it until I came to Eugene. I was struck by how much CultureWork was an extension of that ethos. It utilized the open nature of the internet to provide space for arts managers working in the field to reflect on the problems and successes in their work in a scholarly manner. The fact that this reflection could then influence the academics working in the field was particularly exciting to be a part of.
I’m sure that each of the editors have had their own struggles with adapting to the rapidly evolving technology that has typified the last 15 years. Part of my time with CultureWork was spent figuring out how to manage the content in the best and most streamlined manner.
I am grateful for my time at the University of Oregon under the guidance of Dr. Doug Blandy. Being in graduate school was a tremendously creative time that influenced my approach to my work while reminding me why I loved the arts.
-Maria Finison, March 26, 2012