Monday, June 22, 2009

New owner for Art New England

Art New England has been acquired by New Venture Media Group, which has offices in Boston’s Fort Point community and publishes the bi-weekly visitors' magazine Panorama and the Boston edition of Playbill.

If you care about local art – and its local coverage – it’s important to watch how this plays out. Art New England was founded by Carla Munsat, a transplanted Los Angelino, and Stephanie Adelman, a transplanted New Yorker, who felt Boston’s art scene was split up and isolating. They decided to launch a magazine in December 1979 to try to bring the local community together in discussion – and to expand what the idea of the local art scene meant.

As Art New England approaches its thirtieth anniversary later this year, it plans to launch a redesigned and expanded website. The press release adds that New Media Venture Group’s “interests include Show of the Month Club, the country's oldest member-based theater and travel club, and Panorama Custom Publishing, which provides editorial, design, marketing and printing services to a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit businesses and organizations such as The Newbury Street League, Massachusetts Lodging Association and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. … The company also owns and operates a theatrical development and producing subsidiary, New Venture Entertainment LLC, in partnership with a Korean investment group with offices in Seoul and Tokyo. Recent projects include the Tony-nominated Broadway musical, “Cry-Baby;” last fall's South Korean tour of Boston Ballet; and in September 2009, a two-week engagement of the Broadway tour of “RENT” in Seoul.”


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