When it came to my coverage in this weeks issue of the New Street Gallerys Vinyl Show, I wasnt at the top of my game. Not only did I misstate the bidding situation in the See & Do section (bidding starts at below $100, not AT $100), but New Street co-founder Meshakai Wolf was understandably concerned about the way I excerpted comments from a phone interview I conducted with him for the Pulled Quote. The quote was used from my notes, and while its technically accurate, I didnt do a very good job of cleaning up the comment, which left it feeling a bit clunky to me after the fact and, more importantly, confusing to Wolf and possibly our readers.
Which is unfortunate, because Wolf had kindly taken the time to explain the gallerys decision to discontinue the visual-arts component, which concludes with Saturdays fourth annual Vinyl Show of artistically rendered records.
When I offered Wolf the opportunity to help me clarify the comment, he offered this:
Atlanta is in a challenging arts situation right now. There is little public or private funding that is being distributed to local artists. The recent Idea Capital grant, which awarded one artist grant of $500, is a move in the right direction. Anyone who has been following the situation with the Percent for Arts knows that the City of Atlanta and the mayor have been failing the arts community, so to make up for this, the private community needs to step up and fill the holes.
For the record, the gallery will continue to run its record label, with some live-music events, as well as its film series "Cinemama!"
(Image courtesy Meshakai Wolf)