Last month, Tacoma photographer Peter Serko emailed the City-sponsored TacomaArts listserv to ask if subscribers would be interested in a list “open to all manner of discussion.” The TacomaArts listserv states that it is not to be used to “discuss or critique postings with the entire listserv, establish an open dialogue of topics or post your artwork/photographs.” City Arts asked Serko why.
“I do think that we need to have a listserv where you can actually have a discussion, where you can follow-up. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a couple years, since I moved to Tacoma back in 2006 and got involved in the art scene. I thought that it would be a good opportunity to work together as a community and leverage some of the new technologies that are available. I just wanted to find better ways for us to work together. Most artists labor in isolation and, now that foundations and funding sources are drying up, I think a lot of people are trying to dabble in some of these new technologies. How do we actually connect with each other, other than becoming Facebook friends, in a way that we can help ourselves as artists and as an arts community? That’s sort of a mystery to me.”