Mar 23

JET Alums and the art scene

What’s the connection between JET alumni and the NY art scene?  It turns out that a JET alum, Matt Schlecht (Akita-ken, 1998-99), is the editor of NY Art Beat (, an online art review and listings site, which grew out of Tokyo Art Beat.  Matt says they’re always looking for writers to contribute to the NY Art Beat blog, which features reviews, interviews, and photo reports.  So if there are any JET alums out there looking to gain exposure for their writing or photography, please feel free to get in touch with him.

Meanwhile, at the JET Alumni Author Showcase earlier today, a JET alum named Alan (I didn’t get his last name) mentioned that he’s an artist in NYC and would be interested in organizing a JET Alumni Artist Showcase one of these days.  He inquired about the best way to go about making this happen, and after additional thought my suggestion would be…

  1. Someone should start a JET Alumni Art group, either on GoogleGroups or Facebook or whatever medium you prefer.
  2. Let me know about it so I can post info about it on JetWit
  3. Let JETAA NY and other chapters know about it so they can mention it in their announcements to their members (I can help with this part too)

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