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Munnneeeee!   01.07.10

It's me again, SPACES' money-grubbing development manager. It seems like everyone I talk to these days has cash on the brain. Some are resolving to save more in 2010, and others are stressed about paying off holiday credit card bills. I flip on the radio after a long day of begging for funds, and all of the stories obsess over the economy in general.

The same holds true here in the gallery. We're topical. Get a load of this:

One of our current exhibitions, Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics, reflects on artists who work amidst depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process, compensation and artistic property. Fortunately for SPACES, Art Work was funded by Lauren Rich Fine & Gary Giller and the John P. Murphy Foundation.

Our next exhibition, " ... in a most dangerous manner", takes its title from a passage in Karl Marx's Das Kapital:

Talk about centralisation! The credit system, which has its focus in the so-called national banks and the big money-lenders and usurers surrounding them, constitutes enormous centralisation, and gives to this class of parasites the fabulous power, not only to periodically despoil industrial capitalists, but also to interfere in actual production in a most dangerous manner - and this gang knows nothing about production and has nothing to do with it. [emphasis mine]

Need I mention that this exhibition includes work that - in one way or another - touches on capitalism and/or economic collapse?

SPACES brings Northeast Ohio artists a chance to build on their creative capital through SPACELab, a forum for experimentation that comes with a small $tipend (emphasis on small). We're accepting applications now through March 31!

And while all of the lovely programming folks at SPACES make their hard-earned dollars organizing art, I get mine filling out hundreds and hundreds of questions for the Ohio Cultural Data Project. It's due January 15, and funders claim that it will streamline the funding process for participants, as well as provide valuable data for demonstrating the economic impact of the arts in Ohio.

And finalllly ... I can't forget to mention the talented artists in Cuyahoga County who are receiving Creative Workforce Fellowships. These awards were announced last month by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture here in Cleveland. Talk about a cash infusion! Congratulations!

Wishing all of you a prosperous 2010!

~ posted by Sarah McGreer Hoyt, Development Manager

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

As the SPACELab turns   12.17.09

If you were able to stop by the gallery in the past couple months you have probably experienced the first four projects created through our newly revamped SPACELab program. As we say good-bye to the fall season, it is time to welcome the next four Northeast Ohio artists set to experiment and create new projects in 2010.

Wes Johansen

Living and working in Cleveland, Johansen has presented projects at Asterisk Gallery, Ingenuity Festival, Heights Arts and Loft 305. A barista by day and installation artist by night, Johansen has been working with themes of technology and nostalgia throughout his career as an artist.

Chris Kulcsar

In 2008 Kulcsar received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati before returning to his hometown of Cleveland where he teaches at Lakeland Community College. Working in both audio and visual art forms, Kulscar relies on spontaneity, instinct and gut reactions as indispensable parts of his process.

Joshua Parker

Parker is currently working on his masters at Kent State University where he also received his BFA in sculpture. As an artist, he produces things that he would want to see which often results in fantastical multi-media installations.

Corrie Slawsonnn
Printer and painter, Corrie Slawson graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design and with an MFA from Kent State University. Her interest in abandoned space and society's arbitrary value systems led her to co-found the online journal Hotel Bruce and continues to inform her artistic practice.

Only time will tell what these individuals will create, but there will be many opportunities for public interaction with both the artists and their projects. If you miss any of the artists' projects you can find links on the SPACELab archives and for the kick-off of this season check out the 2009 fall issue of Cleveland Magazine.

Many thanks to the SPACELab committee members for all of your help during the revamping of this program.

*SPACELab applicants were asked to "depict a horse in the box" as part of the application. Not meant to make or break someone's acceptance into the program, the horse box acted as a fun exercise to mix up the stiff structure of application forms.

--Susan Vincent, SPACELab Manager

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

One Click, One Vote: Help Us Win $$$!   12.03.09


Please take a moment to vote for SPACES on Chases Community Giving Contest on Facebook. Chase will donate substantial rewards to 100 non-profits and your vote makes us that much closer to the prize! Vote, tell others to vote, shout it from the rooftops!

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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

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