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Thunderdome Wallpaper   02.26.11

Remember that in a recent exhibition mailer, we promised that you could download the desktop wallpaper of the fabulous Thunderdome drawing by Vanessa LaValle (http://topnotch-indeed.blogspot.com/)? Well, you've probably noticed that it hasn't been available. We've now repented and there are a variety of options for you below that you can use as your desktop (including your iPhone). Enjoy!

Wallpaper Options




Keywords: desktop wallpaper, mad max, thunderdome, vanessa lavalle
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

PressPausePlay: Cleveland International Film Festival   02.25.11

SPACES is a proud community sponsor of PressPausePlay (http://www.clevelandfilm.org/festival/films/2011/presspauseplay) at the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival. From the CIFF site:

PRESSPAUSEPLAY examines the digital revolution currently transforming our concept of art and culture. With the knowledgeable input of several well-known artists and authors of today, this documentary opens a discourse about the positive and negative effects technology has had on the industries of music, film, photography, and writing. As the tools to create become more affordable and easier to use, a democratization of art has evolved – essentially enabling anyone to be an artist, a musician, a filmmaker. Some believe that the digital age has revolutionized art for the better and that this is the most fertile time for artists. With the invention of the Internet and the explosion of social media, we are now witnessing more art than ever before. But with the democratization of a culture comes the danger of mediocrity and the threat of confusing the artist with the audience. It's becoming increasingly harder for true artists to break through all the noise and there's a very probable chance that real talent will be lost along the way. Featuring a powerful myriad of images, sounds, and icons, PRESSPAUSEPLAY is an awesomely relevant film you won't want to miss. –M.M.


Screenings

Wednesday, March 30, 9:40 PM
Saturday, April 2, 9:15 AM
Sunday, April 3, 4:15 PM



Keywords: art, ciff, copyright, creative commons, literature, music
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General
Comments: (1) comments

Take a Survey, Help Out SPACES!   02.18.11

Please take five minutes to complete the survey about SPACES. This will help us better understand your expectations of us and how we can better serve you.



Keywords: survey
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Please Take Action NOW!   02.17.11

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been a great and tireless supporter of the work we do here at SPACES, as well as at hundreds of other organizations nationwide. We must act to preserve all the good the NEA does.

Last week the House Appropriations Committee proposed a cut of $22.5 million to the National Endowment for the Arts' already modest budget. We understand that budgets must be trimmed to assure the fiduciary health of our nation, but the proposed NEA reduction would be the most significant cut to the NEA in almost 20 years.

Wait for it... it is expected that this week, during the House of Representatives debates, a floor vote to eliminate all funding for the NEA will be introduced. The dissolving of the NEA would be crippling to the cultural landscape of our country.

As we strive to remain competitive with the rest of the world, innovation and exploration are our strongest tools—and these tools are supported and fostered by the arts. Thinking and acting creatively is not a luxury, it is an imperative and an innate characteristic of humanity.

Think of how the arts have impacted you—think of the painting or performance you experienced that shifted your perception and enriched your life; consider the film that inspired you; examine the economic impact the arts have on your area. Nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences annually generate $166.2 billion in economic activity, support 5.7 million jobs, and return nearly $30 billion in government tax revenues. (Source: Data and analysis is drawn from the Americans for the Arts Arts Economic Prosperity III study, 2007)

WHAT TO DO:

Call your member of Congress NOW at 202-225-3121 and tell your representative that you oppose any and all amendments to cut NEA funding. This is very easy (it took me 90 seconds) and has a greater impact than email.

Congress is made up of ELECTED officials who represent YOU. Remind them.

To find your representative in Congress, visit http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml.

Please do not hesitate, the wheels are already in motion.

Image courtesy of NASA
Image courtesy of NASA

Keywords: arts funding, nea
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Manic Blog   02.10.11

As Elizabeth Dunfee delivers the strong message of self-depreciation through consumption, Manic Growth provides the much needed impetus to stop, reflect and explore how, as human beings, we can be more mindful and caring of our bodies and what we put in them,. Hopefully it gives us inspiration to transform our worlds (even if just 10%) on a micro and macro level.

Dunfee's exhibition will open to the public on February 11 (6pm) and is an exquisitely composed work of art that creates an environment of exploration and inquisition about life, art and the artist's statement.

After reading her interview on Cool Cleveland (http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2011/02/manic-growth-spaces-elizabeth-dunfee-explores-how-were-harming-ourselves/) I decided to look at works of art regarding the environment.

Although it is not directly related to the subject of her current exhibition, Dunfee's words about harming our body brought to mind how we also hurt our physical environments. What I found was a profound collection of photos from Yann Arthus Bertrand (http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/v2/yab_us.htm) entitled Earth From Above, a portrait of Earth in the 21st century. What first began as a survey of the earth became a project about sustainable development; in the words of Bertrand, "man cannot be disassociated from the landscape."

What Dunfee and Bertrand do in their work as artists is instigate and agitate our consciousness. What do I really eat? What does it really do to me, to the environment? What is the state of the environment, inhabited by over 6 billion people in the world? What can I do to make myself and my world better?

It is this that the artists inspire in me from their works of art, and can inspire in so many others, which make art galleries and museums around the world priceless social institutions. On this note, I leave you with this quote from Mohandas Gandhi: "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."

Keywords: elizabeth dunfee, environment, installation art, painting, spacelab
Author: Jodene Velazquez, Office Assistant
Category: General

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