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Underground Activity   09.23.09

For those of us who seek something different, a little adventurous, something vintage, yet urban and gritty, and most importantly something FREE, the Viaduct will be hopping this weekend. Artists, city-dwellers, and suburbanites are invited to mix and mingle beneath one of Cleveland's most amazing hidden treasures. The Bridge Project opens up the historic subway and streetcar level of the Detroit Superior Bridge (Veteran's Memorial Bridge, right across from SPACES' headquarters) on Friday, September 25 (4pm to midnight) and (Saturday from noon - midnight). SPACES' fan-favorite, PechaKucha takes place at 8:20pm during The Bridge Project (same location). Aside from having access to one of Cleveland's most mysterious, nostalgic, and architecturally interesting landmarks, you will experience some spectacular views of the city and get to see some of the area's most talented cultural players. And, well, if you are going to be on the Viaduct, you might as well stop on by and check out our current exhibitions taking place in the gallery. We're open until 7pm on Friday and from 11am to 5:30pm on Saturday, so ... Need I say more?

Full schedule of events

Update 09.24.09: Check out the video below that gives you directions on how to get to the Bridge Project, and provides a sneak peek at the glory of the lower level of the bridge.

Posted by Nicole Edwards



Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

#DailyArtDose Round-Up (yee-haw)   09.11.09

School is back in session ...

Week of September 8, 2009

Monday, September 7: Labor Day=#DailyArtDose rest-time
Kim Beck: idealcities.com
Film: Film Makes Us Happy: wholphindvd.com
Pattie Chalmers: pattiechalmers.com
Anton Vidokle on Night School featured on ARTINFO: artinfo.com

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

As the World inTerns: Episode II   09.10.09

In this episode, Nick will attempt to discuss 9/11, the Plum Academy, and the spirit of volunteerism without too many English Major meanderings.

As the resident English Major intern, I was asked to blog about Friday, September 11, 2009: the opening celebration of SPACES Plum Academy. Recently, it has also been declared the first National Day of Service and Remembrance. Despite its new designation, 9/11 is a difficult day to host an opening. Lets face it, theres no room in perceptions of 9/11, for a non-profit art gallery. For the novice blogger, it is similarly daunting to fuse these absurdly unrelated phenomena. But what after all, creates the feeling of unease here?

In linguistics, they talk about what differentiates human language, from say, chimpanzees grunting. Steven Pinker refers to human language as a system of symbols. Words are arbitrary symbols like musical notations, an alphabet, or numbers. They, unlike a screaming monkey, dont seem to be rooted in the concrete. (Bear with me!)

After all, can you, in real life, point out to me the letter A, or a B flat minor chord, or 9/11 walking down the street? Maybe on Sesame Street, but even in that case, Id like to see how they might approach the latter...

Im straying. But my point is that perhaps 9/11, an arbitrary combination of numbers and punctuation, does not have to represent ground zero, Muslim fanaticism, or the terrifying idea of human life as not only an expendable means of proving a point.

For me, that last idea is the most difficult to get past. It is hard to see past the tragedy of it when the New York skyline is permanently changed. Thankfully, there are people who push me to do so. In April, President Obama signed legislation making September 11, 2009 the first National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Maybe the symbol 9/11 can mean something else: Instead of focusing on the fear and anger of 9/11, perhaps the best way of remembering the lives lost that day is by recreating the spirit of empathy, volunteerism and service that emerged out of ground zero. It is a call to action: do a good deed for someone else in remembrance and reverence.  

As a non-profit gallery, SPACES is dependent in many ways on volunteerism and service. And so, on September 11, 2009, the first National Day of Service and Remembrance, SPACES will not only hold an exhibition opening for the Plum Academy. We will also be working alongside our volunteers, because they are an integral part of how art happens at 2220 Superior Viaduct and beyond our walls, too. The SPACES staff"interns included" will be honoring the spirit of volunteerism that drives so many individuals who help us every day. And that is undeniably good.

Until next time,

Nick, the English Guy

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Memorial Service for Seth Rosenberg   09.05.09

Cleveland artist, Seth rosenberg, passed away Tuesday, September 1 from an apparent heart attack. A memorial service will be held at MOCA on Sunday, September 6 at 11:30AM with a lunch reception to follow.

More about Seth:
Artist Seth Rosenberg wins Creative Workforce Fellowship after shifting from abstracts to figures from the Plain Dealer
Seth's Obituary in the Plain Dealer

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Um, excuse me, but is your wordle showing?   09.02.09


Sometimes I am surprised about what Cleveland art lovers don't know about SPACES.

For example, I've had conversations with people who attend every SPACES opening, but were not aware of our amazing artist-in-residence program, the SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP), which (to date) has brought 27 artists from around the world to live and make art in our city.

"Oh, that's so cool! I didn't know about it," I've heard more than one exhibition attendee say, once they have the full scoop on SWAP.

It makes me wonder sometimes exactly what we're conveying in our messages ... emails ... conversations ... about SPACES. Sometimes as a fundraiser, it's really, really hard to know how to tell my organization's story effectively. What words resonate? How much text is too much? Are we staying on-message?

Today, though, I learned about Wordle, and never again will I have to wonder what we're conveying on our homepage. According to the website, Wordle is "a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text."

Here's our Wordle. It might not tell you everything about SPACES ... but it's kind of pretty.

-- Posted by Sarah "Give us Money" Hoyt

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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