ArtServe Live Virtual Event–“Everyone Is A Critic”–Culture Convo With Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jake Cline
We are living in a thumbs-up, Rotten Tomatoes, Michelin Star-rated world where respected curated opinions have been reduced to a couple of stars next to a well-authored (but totally ignored) review. The elimination of art critics from the Sun-Sentinel, New Times, and Miami Herald – among others – has left a cultural “brain drain” in a region where being artistically cutting edge is more than a bragging right – it’s a badge of honor.
Who is left to take up the mantle of locally sourced, curated cultural opinion writing?
Sponsored by WLRN, ArtServe Live has invited Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and playwright Jake Cline to discuss the importance of crafting and defending subjective opinions in the arts – and where to find them. Is there a next generation of art critics or is the future of the arts going to be a one-star experience?
Jake Cline is a Miami-based journalist and playwright. His reporting and criticism have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sierra magazine and elsewhere. As a member of the editorial team that covered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting for the Sun Sentinel, Cline won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. This past June, “Jenna & the Whale,” a play he wrote with Vanessa Garcia (The Amparo Experience), was broadcast internationally via Broadway on Demand.
Cline is one of four playwrights in the 2019-2021 class of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program. By day, he works as the publications director at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. He lives in Miami with his wife and two dogs.
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