From Doug Borwick, Director of Arts Manage­ment at Salem College: The arts began as collec­tive activity around the camp­fire, expres­sions of commu­nity. In a very real sense, the commu­nity owned that expres­sion. Over time, with increasing special­iza­tion of labor, the arts– espe­cially Western “high arts”– became distanced from the commu­nity. Today the survival of estab­lished arts orga­ni­za­tions hinges on their ability to shorten that distance. Engage­ment is impor­tant; engaging matters. · Go to Engaging matters →