As my staff and I assembled this most amazing issue, which spotlights fine and performing arts in our community, I realized that I desperately need to improve my A.Q.–my ‘arts quotient.’ Why? Because I haven’t yet been to the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts or JCCC’s Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art; I haven’t seen a play or been to the Nelson-Atkins in years, and sadly, I’ve come to realize that reading the newest book in the Sue Grafton “Alphabet Detective” series or working my way through the pile of 1990 romantic comedies that I checked out from the library really doesn’t give me the material to hold up my end of a conversation based on current cultural goings on in Kansas City or what’s hot on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Thanks to some of the articles in this month’s issue, I learned that our community is littered with community theaters, choirs, symphonies and even a brass band. Who knew? Surprisingly, one can be a patron of the (local community) arts without having to drop $90 per ticket on an upper balcony, last row seat.
This little A.Q. project will brighten up the cold and icy days of February; give me interesting material for cocktail party conversation, all the while improving my knowledge of the visual and performing arts. It’s a win-win proposition.
On another note entirely, with the arrival of the New Year, we decided it was time to debut our new interactive websites. Our readers who like to surf the Internet will find more content, coupons and streaming postings on the new sites. They include all feature articles rather than just a few as had been the case in the past, an interactive calendar that includes helpful links, a page featuring special promotions from our advertisers and streaming Facebook and Twitter postings. In addition to the new websites, the magazine’s Facebook pages will now include give-aways nearly every week. We hope you’ll check it all out at JohnsonCountyLifesytle.com and look for us on Facebook.
Neighbors, I invite you to join me and improve your own A.Q, and I’ll see you around town!
Lisa Harrison, Managing Editor