Dmae talks with Bob Hicks, two-time Pulitzer nominated arts journalist/editor at The Oregonian and senior editor of Oregon ArtsWatch about the current state of the arts in Portland and throughout the country. After seven weeks of shelter-at-home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists and arts organizations are trying to look ahead to a time when they might be able to present their work again to a public audience.

Many in the performing arts are looking at safety not just for the audience but also for the artists and technical staff working in close proximity with each other. In this conversation we ask questions that most of the arts world, as well as its patrons and funders are also asking And read coverage of how the art world has been affected at:

(Aired 11am  5/5/2020 on KBOO 90.7 FM or always on and  iTunes.)

Featured music: Joe Kye at

Bob Hicks is a two-time Pulitzer nominee who has been writing about arts and culture in Portland since 1978, first as arts editor and movie critic at the Oregon Journal, then for 25 years at The Oregonian as a writer and editor covering the performing, visual, and literary arts. Since 2007 he’s freelanced extensively, and considers Oregon ArtsWatch his home base.

His most recent art books include Kazuyuki Ohtsu (Pomegranate, 2016), James B. Thompson: Fragments in Time (Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 2016), and Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna and Flora (Pomegranate, 2014). His work has appeared in American Theatre, Biblio, Professional Artist, Prologue, Art Scatter, and elsewhere. He also writes the popular daily art-history series “Today I Am.”


Also check out some online openings:


Virtual Vanport Mosaic Festival May 8-30, 2020 – a month-long series of series of live streaming art performances, conversations, oral history screenings, presentations to celebrate the lessons of resilience and resistance as defined and told by historically oppressed communities. Schedule:


Joe Kye performs Sat, May 9th at  7pm PT – Hosted by Alberta Rose Theatre.

Joe Kye is a violinist-looper, composer, and storyteller based in Portland. Born in Korea, raised in Seattle, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. Tonight Joe performs a solo concert – Live Streamed to your living room. $20 Gets access to the Live Stream plus the archived concert On Demand. More at:

See his video of “Stick On Me” shot in Portland.