Fifteen years ago this spring, CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers published its first article in a new innovative online journal. Since 1997, CultureWork has filled a significant role, inspiring and familiarizing arts and cultural sector leaders, learners, educators, and policy makers on current social, economic, political, technical, and ethical contexts in which the arts flourish. As we continue looking towards the future, we seek to strengthen CultureWork’s role as a publication forum for fruitful dialogue and current professional development within the field of arts management. In collaboration with academics and professional authors CultureWork will continue supporting meaningful conversations and opportunities for exploring contemporary arts management praxis.
In this issue of CultureWork we take a moment to look back and reflect on the publication’s past. As part of this reflection we celebrate the legacy and history of arts management practice upon which we have focused. Over its 15 years of publication, CultureWork has consistently shared relevant, timely work from within the field of arts and cultural management, including emerging research and practical advisories.
Featured are introductory remarks by Doug Blandy, advisor and initial director of CultureWork; an interview with Risa Bear, first editor and web publisher of the journal; and supporting remarks from Maria Finison, editor from 2004-2005. As current editors, we comment on our tenure as well as goals for the future of the journal.