I trust I am in substantial company when I say if it weren’t for the rare miscellany of art, I would’ve left Louisville a long time ago. There are as many platitudes as plaudits in this place, but a city without such diversity of opinion — to put it diplomatically — on issues of culture would be bland and unlivable for those of us who do more than work, watch television and dive into the occasional novel.
Like most journalists worth a lick, we consider it our foremost duty to provide a public service. Fifty-two weeks a year, we put forth our best effort to catalog and present the widest range of happenings, and once a year, we assemble this issue, where we try to do it all. We’ll never succeed at that, which is a testament to the arts scene; after all, we’re one of only 11 American cities that can boast all the major institutions: theater, opera, orchestra, ballet and fine art.
Of course there are as many criticisms as commendations, and you’ll find a mix in here. Without an honest, open dialogue, progress is elusive. This is a place to start.