Patrick’s Cabaret is shuttered. Bedlam Theatre is defunct. The Soap Factory is in trouble. Intermedia Arts is no more. VSA Arts will close this year. NEMAA, which produces Art-A-Whirl, didn’t get big grant money it was counting on; same for Art Shanty Projects. Red Eye Collaborative is homeless. Rose Ensemble is in its final season. Et tu, HOBT? In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre announced Wednesday that “multiple anticipated income sources for HOBT’s programming year did not materialize.” HOBT said that if the theater were to continue at its current staff and programming levels, it could expect to run out of cash and close permanently as soon as June 2019. In response, the longtime arts organization will significantly reduce its staff and programming, buying time to develop new strategies to rebuild and stay alive. This will be the final year that HOBT produces its annual MayDay parade and festival on its own. MayDay is a 45-year South … [Read more...] about HOBT: Yet another arts group struggles to survive; ‘The Children’ at the Jungle
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Northrup King Building property manager Debbie Woodward first noticed the anxiety among artists when the building was being remodeled to add more rooms for people to rent. More space in the building, some artists worried, would attract more people with money — putting at risk the look and feel of the DIY neighborhood in northeast Minneapolis that for years served as the only affordable option for artists in the area. “We’re done. It’s over — gentrification,” Woodward recalled tenants saying. That was in 1998. Flash forward two decades. Minneapolis is in the midst of a construction boom that has seen building permits exceed $1 billion this year alone, and concerns over Northeast’s changing landscape have become even more pervasive. Researchers, community leaders and even elected officials at City Hall are paying attention. Young homeowners and renters, suburban empty nesters and visitors seeking craft beer and vintage shops are transforming the … [Read more...] about There’s a lot of beer, boutiques and luxury apartments in Minneapolis’ ‘Arts District’ these days. How much longer will it have any artists?
opinion The Detroit News Published 3:06 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 Depot lawn deserves iconic sculpture sign Continuing to add civic art to Detroit is a good move that would keep the excitement with Ford moving into the former Michigan Central Depot going. I believe much good would be done by installing a sculpture sign in front of the depot similar to the “I amsterdam” sign in front of the world famous Rijksmuseum and similar sculpture signs in other cities such as the “Sing the Queen City” sign on the Cincinnati riverfront. A sculpture sign would also provide an opportunity for the city, Corktown or Ford to brand the project with an eye on the endless array of Detroit branded products. So I ask the city’s or Ford’s design team to consider this opportunity as they work toward reopening the station and continuing to build on Detroit’s positive momentum. Eric Douglas Support practical solutions to lower … [Read more...] about Letters: Views on civic art, environment
Updated 9:33 am PDT, Sunday, July 8, 2018 Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 21, 2018, photo, a laboratory manager holds a cannabis sample in Oakland, Calif. A state-funded study in Utah designed to gauge marijuana’s impact on pain has been delayed so many times due to federal regulations that it might not be ready before the November general election when state voters will decide whether to pass a medical marijuana ballot initiative, the Deseret News reported. less FILE - In this June 21, 2018, photo, a laboratory manager holds a cannabis sample in Oakland, Calif. A state-funded study in Utah designed to gauge marijuana’s impact on pain has been delayed so many times ... more Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP Utah's state-funded study of pot's effects on pain delayed 1 / 1 … [Read more...] about Utah’s state-funded study of pot’s effects on pain delayed
Voting matters.It’s something that’s been drilled into us for decades through celebrity-laced PSAs, artful print ads and surreal commercials, but voter turnout among progressives and millennials has been consistently abysmal. Unfortunately, even with all the money and creativity invested in these messages over the years, the most successful get-out-the-vote campaign might prove to be the outcome of the 2016 election.With the consequences of the last election being beaten into us every moment by an endless barrage of news alerts and outraged social media posts, the organization is launching a new program to remind people they can make a difference on Nov. 6. The new 50 States initiative is a nationwide public art and political engagement campaign that will pair more than 200 cultural institutions with 175 artists across the country to create things like billboards, town hall meetings and special exhibits, all to inspire voting in November’s midterm elections.Between … [Read more...] about Largest Public Art Campaign in History Paints a Case for Civic Engagement