In a Blow to the Boston Arts Scene, The Boston Globe Cuts Back on Its Arts Reporting

As the saying goes, another one bites the dust. As if this week couldn’t get any worse, on Tuesday June 14, we learned that pages from the arts section of the Boston Globe were being cut and that freelance critics will no longer write art, music, theater and dance reviews for the paper. Long-time Globe art critic Cate McQuaid posted this news to her Facebook page and mentioned that she “will be writing a short review of one gallery show each week.” The review will be published in Friday’s paper, instead of Wednesday as usual. McQuaid also wrote that she will still be writing feature stories about art.


This is really disappointing news coming from the Boston Globe given the enthusiasm around the Boston Creates plan which outlines the city’s newly found commitment to the arts. With the dwindling of arts coverage in Boston, so does the quality of the work being produced here. And as Cate McQuaid mentioned, this means that smaller venues will get less coverage because of this decision, limiting the coverage to the big museums and productions.

Thankfully, we still have WBUR’s The ARTery as well as a handful of local art blogs, including The Arts Fuse, The Evolving Critic and Big Red & Shiny to pick up the pieces left by the Boston Globe, but this is really unfortunate.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Steven Solomon says:

    ALL the arts in Boston (large, small, well-known, less-known) form the foundation of this city’s world-class cultural fabric. They contribute to the economy, provide jobs and contribute to a quality of life which makes Boston the world-class city it is. How can the Globe, itself a world-class newspaper, ignore the arts?

    1. James Olson says:

      I think it’s been a little while since the Globe could be called a ‘world-class’ newspaper, unfortunately.

  2. Whaddevuh says:

    Unfortunate? It’s a choice, not luck, behind this decision. Boston could make the decisions and elect the leadership to be a great city and BUILD on its rich history, not just rely on it as it has now for more than three centuries. One day maybe it will grow up and invest in the things that REALLY make a city the kind of “world class” Boston so often and emptily claims: consistently functional public transit, investment in ALL of its communities, and the people in them; integrated support of the arts and artists…to name a few. Boston falls far short in so many benchmarks. And then there are the Sox.

  3. An Old Reporter (and reviewer) says:

    A newspaper is not an eleemosynary undertaking. The size of the reporting staff is limited by the amount of advertising and circulation revenue it can generate. If you want more arts coverage, what other coverage would you eliminate?

    1. david moran says:

      What he said.
      The Globe has never been world-class except in its own mind, but its classical music coverage has almost invariably been exemplary, and more, for over a half-century (as has some other coverage), and this is a real blow. But it’s the way of the world, and handwringing is to no avail.
      BMInt (, where I am an editor and sometime reviewer, is one place to look to going forward for classical coverage, fwiw.

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