“Only Connect the Prose and the Passion”

A Manifesto

Published in: GIA Reader, Vol 24, No 1 (Winter 2013)

Marian Godfrey
In May 2012 I was invited to speak at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ Cultural Summit 2012, which took place at the school in September. The school is on Deer Isle, part of the coastal archipelago that stitches Maine to the Atlantic Ocean, and that also includes Vinalhaven Island, my family’s home. This article is adapted from my speech.

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Marian Godfrey's brilliant manifesto

Thank you Marian, for taking us along on an elegant journey through the recent evolution of the arts in the U.S. I was happy to see your recognition of videogames as a truly new art form.  And I note that LA Game Space is on the horizon, a center that will surely highlight the potential and accomplishments of videogames as art.  Interesting that the center hasn't so far been funded by foundations, as far as I know, but is getting its start through a successful Kickstarter campaign. http://lagamespace.tumblr.com/

Linda, a belated reply, to be

Linda, a belated reply, to be sure: a tip of my hat to Ron Ragin of the Hewlett Foundation who raised my consciousness about video games as art, and to Alyce Myatt, director of the Media Arts Program of the NEA, who a couple of years ago added video games and other new forms including mobile apps to the list of projects eligible for grants.

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