In 2012, creative writer and professor Alison Barker launched NOLA Studiola, a blog that has forged a digital platform through which artists of various mediums collaborate in monthly guest curatorships. The ultimate gal, Barker says, has always been to build and support a local, artistic community by asking curators to explore central themes of place and process.
“Once I graduated [from an MFA program] and left my community of fellow writers, I had really grown to depend on, I was looking for something to continue that networking and exchange of ideas that you get when you’re a grad student and you’re surrounded by people who are constantly wanting to talk about artistic process and they’re constantly wanting to experiment and exchange,” Barker says of NOLA Studiola’s inception. “So I started the blog as a way to always be working on some sort of exchange with another artist… so I always knew I had this place to turn to, to cultivate this community even when I didn’t have it face-to-face.”
Timothy Breaux, a student in the Department of Film and Theatre at the University of New Orleans, interview Barker about NOLA Studiola’s inception and evolution.