The Forest for the Trees
The Austin Arts Commission has never been a model of bureaucratic efficiency, but this year it seems to have become a big cliché in action, a body so focused on procedure and minutiae and the concerns of the moment that it can't see the forest for the trees. It's compounding the problems in Austin's profoundly flawed public arts funding system and demonstrating just how poorly that process serves not only the city's artists but all its citizens.
"...a flashing red light warning spectators to be prepared for undercurrents of tension, personal agendas, lengthy digressions, intense scrutiny..."
July 6, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires