May. 26, 2015  

NPR Reporter/Arts Desk Speaks on Arts Journalism in a Fractured Cultureverse

Neda UlabyBroward Cultural Division invites artists, gallery owners, and creative entrepreneurs to an evening with NPR’s (National Public Radio) Neda Ulaby on June 24 from 6-8:30 p.m., ArtServe, 1350, E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP here.

Ulaby, who reports on arts, entertainment and cultural trends for NPR’s Arts Desk, will speak on Arts Journalism in a Fractured Cultureverse. Scouring the various and often overlapping worlds of art, music, television, film, new media and literature, Ulaby’s radio and online stories reflect political and economic realities, cultural issues, obsessions and transitions, as well as artistic adventurousness – and awesomeness.

Ulaby’s talk will be the key note address for the closing forum for the art exhibition, RETROSPECTIVE, Celebrating 7 years of DBA; doing business as… Artist Entrepreneurs alumini, an all-media presentation, highlighting the select works of an accomplished group of dbaartists alumni group. The gallery reception for RETROSPECTIVE will begin at 6PM.

Over the last few years, Ulaby has strengthened NPR’s coverage both in terms of programming and industry coverage and profiled breakout artists such as Ellen Page and Skylar Grey and behind the scenes tastemakers ranging from super producer Timbaland to James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features. Her stories have included a series on women record producers, an investigation into exhibitions of plastinated human bodies, and a look at the legacy of gay activist Harvey Milk. Her profiles have brought listeners into the worlds of such performers as Tyler Perry, Ryan Seacrest, Mark Ruffalo and Courtney Love. Ulaby has earned multiple fellowships at the Getty Arts Journalism Program at USC Annenberg as well as a fellowship at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism to study youth culture. In addition, Ulaby’s former podcast of NPR’s best arts stories, Culturetopia, won a Gracie award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Joining NPR in 2000, Ulaby was recruited through NPR’s Next Generation Radio, and landed a temporary position on the cultural desk as an editorial assistant. She started reporting regularly, augmenting her work with arts coverage for D.C.’s Washington City Paper.

Before coming to NPR, Ulaby worked as managing editor of Chicago’s Windy City Times and cohosted a local radio program, What’s Coming Out at the Movies. Her film reviews and academic articles have been published across the country and internationally. The Closing Forum and exhibition are free and open to the public, seating is limited for Ms. Ulaby’s talk, RSVP Online.

For more information about the closing forum, please call Adriane Clarke, grants specialist, 954-357-7530.

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