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By Matthew Gamber

For the past few issues, there has been a flurry of comments along the tails of articles. The discussions have ranged from considered to caustic to comical. If you have wondered - yes, we read them. My opinion of it? I want to see more of it. If people are disappointed about the state of the arts, I want to see it; if people are excited about the current creative climate, I want to read it. This is a chance to write your opinions on the wall and be heard.

The comments are a great way to talk about issues raised in a piece, but if you have more to say or feel that we've missed something important, send it along. It will be read and it will be considered. Many of our writers were those who simply felt there was a lack of coverage and chose to do something about it - writing about what they were interested. This website was built out of a desire to give voice to those shows that were being overlooked. However, we can't sustain it without continued renewal from new writers willing to go to those venues off the beaten path.

This effort is volunteer - our writers are all volunteer and our staff is volunteer. Contributing is open to the public. We feature both professional and novice writers. You don't need a writing resume to submit. All you need is an interest and an some investment to hammer out a solid piece of written criticism.

For those commenters who want to take the next step, to put some weight behind their view of the Boston arts, we have made it easier than ever.

In order to facilitate our submissions process, we have added a new Submissions section for all of you who want to add to the conversation.

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About Author

Matthew Gamber is a Boston-based artist with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design and worked on digital preservation projects for Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Matthew was the Editor in Chief of Big Red & Shiny from 2004 to 2010.

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