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links for 2009-11-19   11.19.09

Shaquille ONeal, art curator? | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
"[Shaquille] O'Neal is branching out yet again by taking on the art world. The Cleveland Cavaliers athlete is curating a gallery show in New York that is appropriately titled 'Size DOES Matter,' which explores the idea of scale in contemporary art, according to a Bloomberg report.

'It was a little harder than I thought it would be,' O'Neal told Bloomberg. 'When you think about what each of the artists put into their work, what they are expressing and want to share with the world, you feel bad about having to narrow it down.'"

Wow. Really?

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

Remember Issue 18? It's got a new leader ...   11.18.09

Well, we've made it past Issues 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc. for 2009!

Maybe you're happy with the outcome of the vote on these issues, or maybe you've already forgotten what they were. In any case, all of those issues on the ballot got me to thinking about good ol' Issue 18.  Remember that one? A little refresher: Cigarettes sold in Cuyahoga County + a 1.5-cent-per-cigarette tax applied through 2017 = $$$ for the arts.

As we know, Issue 18 passed in 2006. And according to the 2008 Annual Report issued by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), in just three years, the tax has generated nearly 50 million dollars and enabled $33,560,000 in art-supporting grants.

SPACES benefits from one of those grants. It's a huge source of income for us, and we're grateful to the citizens of Cuyahoga County for their support through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

On a related note, CAC appointed Karen Gahl-Mills as their new executive director last week. Gahl-Mills has served as the president and executive director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra since 2006. Read the press release here.

I'm sure Meg, Achala, Donnie, and all of our friends at CAC are very excited to welcome Karen in 2010. Until then, they're keeping busy with a whole slew of workshops to inform organizations about how to apply for CAC funds. Check out the calendar of events on their homepage.

And next time you're out and about at your favorite Cuyahoga County arts organization -- favorite besides SPACES, that is -- look around for the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture name on the wall or in the program. Chances are, they're a beneficiary of Issue 18, too.

-- posted by Sarah McGreer Hoyt, Development Manager

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Benefit Volunteers: We love you   11.13.09

Party-goers rock the bidding at SPACES' benefit this year. Image courtesy of Metromix Cleveland; Photographer Brandon Davis, More images of the benefit from Metromix here.

More images of the benefit can be viewed at Spanglemagazine.com.

Annually, SPACES hosts a benefit and art auction. It's a killer party ... in so many ways: We have a wicked good time, but it is also a ton of work.

This year, to cap off our experimental school-as-exhibition, The Plum Academy: An Institute for Situated Practices, we celebrated our benefit with Erie Prom: Enchantment Under the Lake. Last Saturday, guests made their way into the gallery-transformed-high-school-gymnasium/aquarium for a raucous, colorful good time in support of SPACES. Nearly 500 party-goers came donned in everything from original prom dresses to punny get-ups inspired by famous Cleveland monikers such as "Miss Steak on the Lake". Regional and national artists generously donated paintings, sculpture, jewelery, drawings, you name it ... all in support of SPACES. The proceeds raised from the benefit go to much needed general operating costs. We are so grateful our guests came, had a good time, and bought art. We are support junkies and would be nowhere without the generous giving circle formed by our donating artists and buying art patrons during our fundraiser.

But one of the key elements of that giving circle are the volunteers who often get very little credit. Behind the scenes, before the guests arrive and during the fast-paced event, there are heroes who also made our largest fundraiser a success. This enormous undertaking requires hours, days, months of preparation and planning (we begin in June, six months before the event) and along the way we had some of the most amazing people at our side pleading for art, gift certificates, and food for the buffet, painting mermaids and seaweed in unexpected places, arranging centerpieces, taking photos for hours on end, and brainstorming, among so many other volunteer duties that require blood, sweat, tears, and loyalty.

Special thanks to Jessica Adler, Judi Balcerzak (volunteer round-up extraordinaire), Ivi Barceloni, Laura Barry, Blaise Carrier-Chouinard, Cynthia Daniels Chiplis, Jeff Chiplis (who always pulls through for us), CSU paper crew, Jacqueline DelBrocco & Josh, Joan Deveney and her daughter Jessica, Maureen (Moe) Dixon (Moe's here, never fear), Michael Dockrill, Deborah Durbin, Bryan Edwards, Risė Edwards, Bonnie Manning, Cherie Price (Bryan, Risė, Bonnie, Cherie, my personal heroes), Bruce Edwards, Heather Funk, David Gobeille, Melody Grable, Michele Gregg, Kelly Hathaway, Henry Hwang, Lori Kella, Skye Kellerman, Patti Knon, Nicholas P. Kouris (late-night die-hard and hero), Laura Kushnick (best at making waves), Leslie Lahr, John Larger, Kelly Marie Lawrence, Vanessa LaValle, Qian Li, Stephen Litchfield (who can build anything flawlessly), Steve Louzos, Jerry Mann (always getting the candid shots), Anneliesa Melari, Frank Miller III (Fabulous Dodd Photo Corner photographer), Alex Nichols & friends, Emily Ouzts, Ryan Pearl (wine connoisseur and funny man), Nick Meloro (a shining face always), Angelica Pozo, Amelia & Eliza Richardson, Jill Richardson (keeper of sanity), Scott Richardson (the pres), Liza Rifkin, Liz Sabo, Maria Samuelson, Zoey Sebastian, Alyssa Schneider, Tim Skehan, Mia Sobotka, Hallie Spooner, Matt Stevens, Sean Szczepinski, Adam Tully (always cheerful and enthusiastic), Casey Vogt, Joy Whitman, Maggie Wojton, Laila Voss, Bob Zombar (your laugh, Bob, looking forward to it next year!), and soooo many others who helped us pull off a fantastic evening.

Thank you to our rock star co-chairs John Farina and Genna Petrolla and our wonderful board!

TO ALL OF YOU HELPED THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS: Your time, devotion, positive energy, and creative force is what kept us going and made this fundraiser a success! THANK YOU!

Posted by Nicole Edwards, Communications Manager on behalf of SPACES staff

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

links for 2009-11-02   11.02.09

Fine arts not in Patricks Creative Economy?
"Massachusetts art folks had a crush on Deval Patrick (pictured here) when he ran for governor in 2006. People loved it when he said in his victory speech that November that 'You are ... artists looking to be valued' and 'We have a mandate ... to help the creative economy flourish.' But the question has always been: Who are Governor Patrick and other Massachusetts political leaders talking about when they say they support the creative economy?"


From rags to artistic riches (JSOnline)
"Grabner and her husband, Brad Killam, artists and gallery owners from the Chicago area, purchased the farm for about $150,000 and are turning it into a contemporary art space. Set among farmlands, wetlands and small rivers in Waupaca County, with a population of about 1,300, Manawa is about the most unexpected setting for the international avant-garde. And that is part of the point. The setting, which has also been a rest home, a religious retreat center and most recently a flop house, will provide seclusion for working artists and a destination for seeing art, Grabner said."
(tags: art.spaces Michelle.Grabner The.Suburban Brad.Killam The.Poor.Farm)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

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