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by Borderstan.com November 25, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Joan Hisaoka Gallery, U Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos, Borderstan, Kate Hays

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery on U Street NW: Neighborhood galleries and theaters are very welcoming, even if you don’t know a great deal about the arts. You just have to step inside. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Kate Hays. Follow her on Twitter @kateyhays and email her at kate@borderstan.com.

Kate Hays

Kate Hays writes about the arts for Borderstan.

A few months ago, I was commiserating with a friend (okay, Borderstan contributor Alejandra Owens) about blogging; the sorts of articles that are easy to write, and those that are hard. And how sometimes what seems like the easiest piece (say, a first-person one like this) is harder than a profile of someone else.

In the course of our chat, it came up that, long ago, I covered art galleries for a big newspaper’s online content. Once Al figured that out, she asked if I’d be interested in covering art and theater for Borderstan. I was excited but a little intimidated; it had been a long time since I’d been anything more than a consumer of art and theater.

The art and theater in our neighborhood are totally in reach and ready for your eyes, even if your last shot at art appreciation was in kindergarten finger painting. I think you’ll find the theaters and galleries welcoming and excited to see you.

And then I thought about what I love about Borderstan: it’s a blog that seeks to bring to light the best of what’s happening in our neighborhood — ideas, people, food, and yes, art and theater. I thought about how much I love this neighborhood and how Borderstan has given me even more ways to appreciate it.

So I got excited about writing for Borderstan not because I was eager to pull out my inner art critic, but my inner art appreciator. And that’s what I’m hoping to extend to you in what I write — a glimpse at why the art and theater in our neighborhood is totally in reach and ready for your eyes, even if your last shot at art appreciation was in kindergarten finger painting.

I hope that when you read what I write about plays and openings, you’ll look beyond the windows of our galleries and theaters, and step inside. I think you’ll find the theaters and galleries welcoming and excited to see you.

Take a look, and let us know what you like and what you wish you’d skipped. I’ll do the same.

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