Arts Talk
Lynne Conner (Theater and Dance)
Palgrave-Macmillan (2013)

Arts Talk (Conner)  coverAt the heart of Arts Talk is the belief that audience pleasure is tied to the opportunity to interpret the meaning and value of art, and that this pleasure is enhanced when interpretation is made social.

“In Arts Talk Conner says the collective vision of these constituencies should be to provide 21st century audiences with a bill of rights assuring that each member has the right to interpret art and to be heard.”

Reaching back as far as ancient Greek theater and into the digital present and near-future, Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner has created a guide that is both theoretical and practical. Arts Talk is designed to be read and used by a wide range of arts workers: arts administrators who want to their audience’s capacity to explore the art work they produce and present; artists who want to be in dialogue with their communities; arts educators looking for additional tools for launching authentic conversations; and arts funders who want to expand their understanding of the meaning and value of the work they support.

In Arts Talk Conner says the collective vision of these constituencies should be to provide 21st century audiences with a bill of rights assuring that each member has the right to interpret art and to be heard. “The question for all of us” she writes, “… is how to make sure that the future of the arts in American society includes the audience in an authentic way.”

Critics say Arts Talk delivers thoughtful and practical answers, providing “an insightful and useful take on constructing a framework for sharing culture in the digital age,” according to ArtsJournal.com editor Douglas McLennan. Arts Talk, says Andrew Taylor of American University, “is an art lover’s field guild to clearer thinking, richer listening, and more resilient practice.”