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?
Mural Arts and Street Dept.'s Conrad Benner announced a new temporary mural exhibit will open next month featuring Philadelphia artists — and it's run is coordinated with Pennsylvania's voter registration deadline. The show, titled "To the Polls," will feature 10, eight-by-eight, temporary murals that rally around the idea of collective action through voting, specifically in those Nov. 6 midterm elections, the organizers announced Wednesday.And while you're there, consider registering to vote if you haven't yet. Yep, a voter registration table will be set up throughout the show's week-long run from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3, just for your convenience. The warehouse exhibit, at 448 N. 10th St. in Chinatown North, takes place just before the deadline for voter registration — which we should all have engrained in our heads by now — on Oct. 9. (Note: registration will be open every day, save for Sept. 29.) You can go see it 12 to 5 p.m. throughout the … [Read more...] about Mural Arts and Streets Dept. collaboration will explore civic engagement
Viet Nam News It has been nearly seven years since Vietnamese filmmakers started talking about establishing a Cinema Support Fund at the 17th Việt Nam National Film Festival in 2011 in the central province of Phú Yên. Although a proposal for the fund was submitted to the Government and it has been discussed many times over the years, it still has not been launched. An official working session was held recently at the cultural ministry’s Department of Cinema to discuss promoting the fund’s establishment. Thể Thao và Văn Hóa (Culture and Sport) daily interviews Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vương Duy Biên about the fund. Could you explain the need for the Cinema Support Fund in Việt Nam? In fact, the model of the Cinema Support Fund is popular in other countries. This fund is useful for cinema development in any country with a developing cinema industry. The fund will support strongly film … [Read more...] about Culture Vulture: Cinema Support Fund to be set up next year
After 20 years, Space 1026 is getting kicked out of their gallery in Chinatown. The building was recently sold and the new owners have different plans that do not include the infamous art gallery. But the studio is looking to the future. “We are not sure what our new space is going to be yet, but we do have plans for the rebirth of Space 1026. We are planning to buy a building that we can count on to be our new home," the gallery said in a statement on their Go Fund Me page.Since 1997, this space has been touted as a destination for Philadelphia artistry, with everything from art shows to music shows to dance performances to putting out zines and short films. They have been home to independently owned companies such as All Ages Production, Free News Projects, and The Philadelphia Independent, as well as the Mummers N.Y.B., The Vaudevillians. As an arts collective, they have been featured in shows from London to New York City. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Kimya Dawson … [Read more...] about Arts studio Space 1026 is getting the boot from building’s new owners