Glad to learn that the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, recently launched a social network. I'm just now getting to know Leatrice Ellzy, who manages programming for the festival and who oversaw the rollout of this initiative. What I can say is that she's on point: It's great to see our arts and cultural organizations embrace Web 2.0 technology and find fresh ways to connect their content to new audiences. The Festival joins other great community sites such URB Alt, Afro-punk and 21st Century Hustle that are using the Ning platform.
It's the kind of thing that all of us in the culture industries have to think about: What are the new paradigms that will enable us to connected, not with everyone, but with as many who are interested in what we have to offer?