The Third Online A&S Display is now live on the Ministry of Arts and Sciences website! If you haven’t yet taken a look, be sure to head over to https://moas.eastkingdom.org/third-east-kingdom-online-as-display/ to check it out. Since online A&S displays are a relatively new phenomenon for the East Kingdom, your friendly gazette A&S editors have a few tips to promote support and constructive feedback for our entrants.
So, you’ve just taken a look at the fabulous work our artisans have displayed – how do you respond? Since these projects are being displayed in a blog-style format, there is a place to leave comments – so what should you say? Do you leave a word of praise? Do you offer constructive criticism? If this is an area you have knowledge in, do you offer your knowledge to help with future projects?
When thinking through these options, there are a few important things to keep in mind. The most important thing to remember is that, by entering a display, the artisan has NOT necessarily given the viewer consent to provide criticism or feedback. Now, the artisan might have specified in their entry that they would like feedback, but that is not a given. That goes for both online and in-person displays. In general, if you’re not sure how to respond, a simple “nice job!” or “wow, I’m really inspired by your display!” is a supportive, valid comment to leave for an entry. Those short responses act as a sort of “virtual token,” and help provide engagement with the artisan’s work. If you want to write a little more, you could mention a particular thing you liked about the piece, or if it engaged or inspired you in a specific way.