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DIALOGUE MAGAZINE CEASES PUBLICATION AFTER 25 YEARS

Source: Arts Wire CURRENT, a project of Arts Wire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) -- http://www.nyfa.org

COLUMBUS, OH -- DIALOGUE MAGAZINE -- a Columbus-based, bi-monthly publication which for nearly 25 years featured insightful in-depth coverage of the visual arts, performance arts, film/video, and architecture throughout a six-state Midwest region -- ceased publication with the March/April issue.

"We believe this magazine has been a valuable asset to the entire Midwest, but despite critical acclaim, it has been unable to garner the critical mass of support necessary to continue during these difficult times," said Executive Editor Meg Galipault.

"This is an extraordinarily sad day for Dialogue and for the entire Midwest arts community. Artists, art lovers, patrons and arts educators have lost a strong voice that raised the profile of the arts and articulated vital issues," said Robert Palmer, president of the Dialogue board of trustees.

According to Palmer, efforts to wean the magazine away from public support to become self-sustaining based upon revenues generated from subscriptions, advertising, grants and private donations were working, but the effort was unable to generate the level of support necessary to continue.

"I'm very sad about the whole thing," Meg Galipault told Arts Wire. "Dialogue has struggled throughout the years but always managed to survive. We were very generously supported by the Ohio Arts Council, both in terms of grants and guidance. The Illinois Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation stepped forward in a big way over the past couple of years, as well. Subscriptions were up, as was advertising. We tried very hard to keep it going, but without proper private support from individuals and businesses it couldn't happen."

Dialogue was founded in 1978 by John Coplans of the Akron Art Institute (now known as the Akron Art Museum) and Don Harvey of the University of Akron. Their goal was to create a communications vehicle so that institutions throughout Ohio could share information on exhibitions. Many notable artists and art educators have been involved with the publication, including Denny Griffith, president of the Columbus College of Art & Design, who served as Executive Director during the '80s.

Executive Editor Meg Galipault's background includes being manager of the MJT Dance Co. in Boston and managing her own public relations firm. In 2000, she won an ADDY award for the concept and writing of a public service announcement series about the arts.

Under Galipault's leadership, Dialogue strengthened its content, refined its design, broadened the scope of coverage to include performing as well as visual arts, and doubled ad sales. The magazine covered the arts throughout the Midwest -- working in particular to place and keep the Midwest on the cultural map and to give recognition to Midwest artists.

"What concerns me most is that the Midwest will lose its visibility on the cultural map," Galipault commented. "The amount of talent in this region is incredible, and I hope that someone will step forward to bring Dialogue back to life so that the rest of the country will continue to read about the richness and strength of all that is happening here in the Heartland."

Regular features included the annual Arts Guide to the Region, listing more than 500 galleries, nonprofit spaces, university galleries, museums, and art service organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, lower Michigan, western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Recent coverage has featured, among many others, the electronica-duo Adult from Detroit; installation artist Johnny Coleman from Cleveland; performance artist Janet Grau, originally from Columbus, Ohio, who has been working in Germany; Bloomington, Illinois-based sculptor Dann Nardi; Louisville painter Shayne Hull; and Chicago artist Vera Klement.

Dialogue had just started covering the performing arts with the January/February 2002 issue, which includes an in depth interview by Caroline Palmer with choreographer Cathy Young; singer Robert Robinson; director Djola Branner; and writer Mary Easter. Through a group discussion, the interview elicits how the group combined jazz and African traditions, the voices of Robinson's Twin Cities Gospel Choir, the rhythms of poetry, and the collective energy of about 35 performers in the collaborative performance JOURNEY/SANCTUARY, which premiered last October at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. (through a Walker Art Center commission)

With WCBE radio, Dialogue launched an innovative partnership that promoted the arts through news programs and a series of art history spots. It also produced four award-winning public service announcements promoting the arts, and it published an arts magazine designed to teach science, history and social studies through the visual arts for 10,000 sixth graders in rural areas of the Midwest.

Dialogue received support from the Ohio Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council, The George Gund Foundation, Columbus Foundation's Community Arts Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Past supporters included the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

"Despite these successes and readership throughout the Midwest, the magazine could not compete for dollars with other more high profile performing arts organizations among corporations and private foundations," the magazine notes.

However the board is committed to considering other formats and options for Dialogue to continue, according to Robert Palmer, president of the Dialogue board of trustees.

Sources/resources:

DIALOGUE MAGAZINE -- http://www.dialoguearts.com
In addition to Meg Galipault, staff included Jennifer Sadler and Alisa Reber and regional editors John Brunetti, Cate O'Hara, Dan Tranberg, and Jeanette Wenig-Drake.

"DIALOGUE Covers Midwest Arts in New Format"
Arts Wire CURRENT -- http://www.artswire.org/current/2000/cur031400.html
March 14, 2000


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