In his column yesterday, Tom Condon suggested that City Arts on Pearl might be “paving the way for an arts district.” As I read that, I thought of A Few Queers on the Prowl and their recent discussions on art. Can such a thing as an arts district exist? Can art be contained? Should it be contained? If one area is designated as an arts district, what does that say about artists and art venues located outside of it?
Condon writes that Hartford needs to “grow its arts presence, not watch it shrink,” a point with which I agree when I take it out of context. Does the city need arts for “revitalization”? That implies that revitalization is needed, that we do not have life here. Maybe we are looking for art in all the wrong places. Maybe it’s already here, existing outside the sanctioned definitions of art.