Art Dirt: How Do We Judge Texas Cities’ “Cultural Vibrancy”

by Glasstire October 11, 2020

Project Row Houses, Third Ward, Houston. Image via Curry Stone Foundation

Christopher Blay and Christina Rees discuss how a recent national report about culturally vibrant cities, which only counted one Texas region among its top 40 places, impacts our ideas about the state and its artists.

“I still don’t know how this report necessarily reflects the real, on-the-ground working lives and experiences of the people who make these places ‘culturally vibrant.'” 

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David Cristiani October 14, 2020 - 17:09

Thanks for the excellent discussion. Oh, to have been around 50 years earlier! Before the recent waves of commodification of all things drive out low-paid creatives from every place made “cool”. I think living and working *affordably* is the key in reality and certainly is in your dialogue! Let’s hope where I live and places like it can remain off the radar, but their attributes revealed…


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