(e)merge does a lot of good for the arts in DC – it puts DC arts in the discourse of the international arts scene; and it promotes art collecting. Something the organizers of (e)merge feel is lacking in DC and needs to be a priority of any successful Washingtonian – especially in the very-hip young professionals scene of the various growing industries in the District.
There is overwhelming support for artists, but less than expected for the young curators, writers, and gallery directors in the art world. DC is bursting at the seams with these young creatives. While there is some justification for having experienced players in the arts mentor and support the inexperienced, the line-up for programs at (e)merge is very traditional in terms of who is speaking. As a provocative forward-thinking art fair, (e)merge can delve further into the emerging art hot-spring that is the District.
Next year we hope to see (e)merge really become the place for emerging arts in DC--including the young emerging arts professionals crowd.