Welcome to Citizen Raw!
Stage Raw has dedicated a space on the site for special initiatives (read “unchartered territory”) in arts journalism and the arts called “Citizen Raw.” Welcome! Our aim is that the programs in this section will grow increasingly interactive, and that you’ll check back here with us regularly, and also tell all your friends and family about us too. We need your participation and feedback to make sure we get it right. Comments? Questions? Gripes? Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And thank you for your time!
View from the Bridge is the first installment in a series of Citizen Raw features involving cross-generational views. View from the Bridge has a twofold aim. The first is to help get 20-somethings into the theater, where young audiences are dwindling or almost entirely absent, despite NEA research maintaining that their participation in the arts is up. Just why is this generation steering clear of an art form so many people over 50 still hold in high regard? The second aim of View from the Bridge is to cross the divide between professional arts critics and “citizen journalists.” The former are often derided as being too elitist and insular to be relevant; the latter (aka Yelp-era commentators), for being ill-informed and lacking the breadth of knowledge to place what they’re writing about in context. Neither of these biases is entirely true, of course.
This second edition of View from the Bridge continues our program of having professional critics and citizen journalists talking to each other, so that the experience of one and the on-the-ground perspective of the other might fuse into something that’s useful to the readers of both.