Dear Marin Arts Lovers,
It’s true. On April 28, 2020, we launched our first volume of UPTAKE as the world was shutting down. The absolute truth is that a pandemic couldn’t stop all of the creativity happening in this county. Our first volumes shared reports from our contributors on how book clubs built communities; theaters streamed their creations; music boosted spirits; art-making provided a mental health break; educators appreciated the power of creative projects to make online learning more engaging, and so much more.
Now, we’re emerging back into the world with a new appreciation for what’s happening here in Marin—slowing down and really seeing and hearing what’s around us. This year of staying put has helped us perceive Marin County not only for its natural beauty and caring community, but also for its rich cultural life.
Winter 2021 UPTAKE reflects the gems of Marin — from the performances of Bread & Roses and the exhibitions at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts to the world-renowned residency programs at Headlands Center for the Arts. Winter 2021 also kicked off our art appreciation coverage with a slow look at a Charles Anselmo photograph.
UPTAKE isn’t on a news cycle. We ask our contributors to take time to appreciate and listen. Now, we want to hear from you. As we celebrate our first anniversary in a new world and with a new regard for looking, let us know what you’re observing about the arts in Marin. What are you enjoying? What are you curious about?
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Thanks for reading.
Pamela Coddington is a writer and editor. Full disclosure: She is a big supporter of the arts in Marin County and has done work with Youth in Arts, Image Flow Photography Center, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Smith Andersen North, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Pamela is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Art History, and holds a post-baccalaureate degree in writing from U.C. Berkeley. Pamela lives and works in San Rafael with her family.