Hello and happy 2016!
My name is Laura Relyea, and I’m overjoyed and honored to be the new Executive Editor of ArtsATL. At the inception of this website, Catherine Fox and Pierre Ruhe sought to offer opinion, news, and ideas about Atlanta’s ever-developing creative community. Since then ArtsATL has become one of the city’s primary sources of multidisciplinary arts coverage. This is no small undertaking, and it’s my intention to continue that tradition with the enthusiasm and reverence that such a task deserves.
I have every intention of maintaining the journalistic ethics and standards on which ArtsATL is built and the caliber of talent contributing to our website. The reliable, lauded contributors who have been the defining voices of ArtsATL will continue to offer their perspective and insight.
Yet, in a world where we are inundated with information — not just hour by hour, but moment by moment — the responsibilities of news organizations are expanding. It’s my opinion that our obligation to Atlanta is not only to inform, but also to facilitate dialogue about important issues our community faces, and — perhaps even paramount — assist readers in comprehending and fully absorbing what all of these changes imply.
ArtsATL is planning a number of changes throughout the upcoming year. Foremost of which will be a completely new façade, thanks to the generous donation made by the Antinori Foundation in late 2015. It’s our hope that a complete rebrand, coupled with a new website, will help us to better deliver you stories in visually rich ways.
Filling that new website, in addition to the reviews and news coverage our reputation is founded on, will be all sorts of new content including longer-form features, video content, photo essays and more. New voices will also be integrated into the fold as we expand coverage within our different disciplines: art + design, music, theater, film, books and dance.
Expect writing from increasingly diverse perspectives. Anticipate compelling photo and video journalism. Envision perspective from cultural leaders and decision makers. Look forward to an honest reflection of the creative culture that Atlanta contains.