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Published on October 30, 2018 10:16AM

Bob Hicks

Bob Hicks

Laura Grimes

Laura Grimes

Lori Tobias

Lori Tobias

Senior editors and directors from Oregon ArtsWatch will be in Newport this Friday, Nov. 2, for a panel discussion about the organization’s mission and the state of the arts in Oregon.

Oregon ArtsWatch was established in 2011 and has grown into one of the state’s most recognized and respected online news sites focused on arts and culture. In May 2018, the site formally expanded its primary focus areas to include the Oregon Coast, and has since run numerous feature stories on art activities from Yachats to Astoria.

The site was founded by current executive editor Barry Johnson, who worked as the arts editor at The Oregonian from 1983 to 2009.

“We believe that the arts play a central role both in individual lives and in a democratic society,” Johnson said, “and Oregon ArtsWatch provides ever more useful descriptions of this dynamic interplay — the arts, the individual, the culture. We are committed to being a trusted public source for stories about the arts, written in a manner that is independent, transparent, fair, accurate and responsive.”

OAW representatives at the panel discussion will include Bob Hicks, senior editor for theater, dance and visual arts; Laura Grimes, executive director; and Lori Tobias, contributing writer. Hicks has been writing about and arts and culture in Portland since 1978, first at the Oregon Journal and for 25 years at The Oregonian. Grimes worked as a journalist at The Oregonian for 24 years and has deep experience in nonprofit arts administration. Tobias is a journalist of many years and was a staff writer for The Oregonian for more than a decade. She lives on the Oregon Coast and pens a weekly column for Oregon Coast TODAY.

The event will begin at 6:15 pm with a meet and greet, followed by the panel discussion at 7 pm, at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.

Center director Tom Webb will moderate the discussion.

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