Written by BCAC President, James J. Rollo, and printed in the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Sunday October 20, 2013. Are you tired of reading studies that depict our community as a laggard economically and a leader in pessimism? Have you heard enough talk about the way things used to be? We can choose to reject the negative characterizations. We can stop living in the past. We can choose to embrace a future vision of our great community as an even better place to live. We can...Read more
Food for Thought
Joe Patti, author of the arts blog Butts in the Seats and experienced arts administrator, writes about the connections that are created in a community engaged with the arts, and some not-often-discussed benefits that the arts bring, even in a small town.Read more
Case in point, I met an administrator at the university early one Friday, later that day he got his haircut. That night his hairdresser, whom I had never met before, said he made positive remarks about me.
What has been interesting to me...
I like cemeteries, especially the old ones. They're time machines, filled with artwork and stories. I'm as curious about the people who carved grave monuments as I am about those who lie beneath and around them. On a recent sunny Saturday, I got a chance to ride through Spring Forest Cemetery, off Mygatt Street in Binghamton. One stone read "Died at Age 70" with a death date of 1845. That meant she -- it was the grave of a woman -- was born in 1775, one...Read more
The issue of violence against women has been much in the news. Congress recently re-authorized the Violence Against Women Act. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is holding hearings on sexual abuse in the military. A rape and killing in India has prompted protest and self-examination in that country. So a production taking place this coming weekend (March 8 and 9) in Binghamton is both timely and provocative. KNOW Theatre, known for presenting challenging plays, is staging The MENding Monologues, a 90-minute play that explores violence against women and girls from...Read more
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, American author, teacher and social critic Camille Paglia wrote that "too many artists have lost touch with the general audience and have retreated to an airless echo chamber... "For the arts to revive in the U.S., young artists must be rescued from their sanitized middle-class backgrounds. We need a revalorization of the trades that would allow students to enter those fields without social prejudice (which often emanates from parents eager for the false cachet of an Ivy League sticker on...Read more