Professional Development Series for Arts Journalists Launches January 2020

Join the DC Arts Writing Fellowship at Cove Co-working in Dupont Circle for a new professional development series for arts journalists. This series is produced within the DC Arts Writing Fellowship project to provide practical training for early career arts journalists, including Day Eight’s DC Arts Journalism fellows.

Space is limited and tickets are required.

Sunday January 12th 2:00-3:30: a presentation and informal discussion with curator Jonathan Frederick Walz. Walz will share perspective on his curation of the traveling Alma Thomas exhibition opening at the Chrysler Museum summer 2020, arts journalism, LBGT identity, and American art. Click to reserve a free ticket.

Monday February 3rd 6:00-8:00pm: a presentation and informal discussion with Washington Post local art reporter Peggy McGlone. Click to reserve a ticket.

Thursday March 5th 6:00-8:00pm: a presentation and informal discussion with arts journalist John Lingan. Click to reserve a ticket.

Friday April 3rd 6:00-8:00pm: a presentation and informal discussion with Kayla Randall, journalist and arts editor Washington City Paper. Click to reserve a ticket.


Jonathan Frederick Walz is Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art at the The Columbus Museum. He is co-curator with Seth Feman, curator of exhibitions at the Chrysler Museum, of a forthcoming traveling Alma Thomas retrospective set to open summer 2020. December 2019 he was announced one of six curators selected by the American Association of Curators for the 2020 International Curatorial Fellowship. An expert on American modernism, Walz received his PhD from the University of Maryland (2010) and his exhibition curation and co-curation includes Embodied: Black Identities in American Art for the Yale University Art Gallery; Florida’s Useable Past: The Sunshine State and the Index of American Design for Cornell Fine Arts Museum; and “This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today” for Bowdoin College Museum of Art. For his activism on behalf of diversity and inclusion Walz received the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chancellor’s Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Award (2015.) He is author of numerous published essays, and co-editor of a forthcoming anthology to be published by Yale University connected to the 2020/2021 Alma Thomas retrospective.

Peggy McGlone is a reporter for The Washington Post, covering arts in the Washington region. Before coming to The Post, she worked for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey as a features writer and beat reporter covering arts and education.

John Lingan is the author of Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk (2019, Houghton Miflin) and a forthcoming biography of Credence Clearwater. He writes about music and the arts for publications including Pitchfork, Slate, The New York Times, Deadspin, Time, and The Washington Post.

Kayla Randall is a journalist and arts editor of the Washington City Paper.