In Wednesday’s (7/29) Cricket Toes , Mary Dally-Muenzmaier reports, “With the exception of art and architecture critic Mary Louise Schumacher, nearly the entire Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff responsible for covering arts and culture have decided to take the contract buyouts offered to them by the newspaper’s parent company Journal Communications Inc, including music and dance writer Tom Strini, theater critic Damien Jaques, books editor Geeta Sharma-Jensen, broadcast media columnist Tim Cuprisin, and pop music writer Dave Tianen. … The fact that the arts and culture department is being gutted is particularly distressing as the distribution of MJS as a print newspaper is one of the major means of getting art events and issues out to the public, and the public is exactly who we artsy types need to connect with if we want them to care more about what we create and have to offer the community at large.”

Posted July 31, 2009