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Because We CAN!   01.18.12

You may start noticing stacks of intriguing newspapers around town. These particular newspapers have a red cover, black text and pointing hands along the lower margin. This is the Collective Arts Network Journal (or CAN Journal). The brainchild of Zygote Press's Liz Maugans, the CAN Journal shines a spotlight on 28 different art organizations in our region to give a more comprehensive view of the region's creative output.

With the design and editing assistance of JoAnn Dickey and Michael Gill, and an essay from Douglas Max Utter, this publication is geared toward informing the public of the sheer scope of visual art in and around Cuyahoga county. The CAN Journal is littered with essays by area arts leaders extolling the virtues of the other art organizations in the region (I wrote about Brandt Gallery in Tremont, and Nancy Heaton of BAYarts wrote about SPACES).

Educate yourself on all the great art opportunities we have here to experience art in all its variations by picking up a copy today at a participating art venue, or download a copy here: http://www.spacesgallery.org/files/downloads/2012/can-journal.pdf

CAN Journal Cover
CAN Journal Cover

Keywords: cuyahoga county, publication
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

De Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet Museum   12.11.11

We (Kate Sopko, Residency Champion, and Martha Loughridge, Development Director) arrived safely this morning in Amsterdam. While we explored the central city, we came across (not completely coincidentally) De Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet Museum. (Ben and Jessica were were thinking of you!) Housed in the ornate rooms of a 1667 building alongside prestigious lawyers' and banks' offices, cat sculptures, paintings, posters, miniatures, and books about felines are exhibited in an amusingly professional and serious way. Live piano music filled the air during our visit. Created by the building owner, who lives with his five cats live on the upper floors, the museum was created in 1990 to preserve the memory of his beloved cat Tom. It was a sight to behold! To see some samples from the collection visit: http://www.kattenkabinet.nl/english.html

Keywords: amsterdam, ben kinsley, cats, jessica langley, make catopia real, museum
Author: Martha Loughridge, Development Director
Category: General

Prince Claus Awards   12.09.11

We have been invited to attend the Prince Claus Awards in Amsterdam next week on December 13th and 14th. Thanks to a small travel grant from the Cleveland Foundation we will be able to attend. Kate Sopko, Residency Champion, and Martha Loughridge, Development Director, will represent SPACES.

The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development makes sizable awards to artists from Africa, Asia and Latin America who are at the forefront of their field. Awards are made to artists and cultural producers in archeology and design, cultural heritage, film, literature, performing arts, photography and visual arts.

During a series of events over the two days, including a "Cultural Speed Date" event, we expect to meet artists and representatives of arts organizations from around the world. Our goal is to develop new relationships that will enable SPACES and other arts organizations in Cleveland to invite international artists to Cleveland for extended residencies and community interaction.

Stay tuned for updates from the road!

Keywords: africa, amsterdam, artists, asia, holland, international, latin america, netherlands, prince claus
Author: Martha Loughridge, Development Director
Category: General

Annual Giving: Board Game   11.30.11

We try to keep our pleas for donations fun and more lively than your usual form letter. Case in point, last year's annual giving letter: http://www.spacesgallery.org/blog/spaces-annual-giving-letter-2010-08-22-2011

We are carrying on that tradition this year with SPACES: The Board Game and Donation Form For Friends Who Explore and Experiment. BEHOLD and MARVEL (and GIVE)!

Donate securely online: https://www.spacesgallery.org/support-us/donations

SPACES 2011 Annual Giving Letter (click to enlarge)
SPACES 2011 Annual Giving Letter (click to enlarge)

Keywords: annual giving, entertainment, letter
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

SPACES Annual Giving Letter 2010   08.22.11

Let's be honest: donation letters are as dry and boring as C-Span. Yes, they are earnest, but they are so dragged down in their traditional letter formats that no one reads them any more. The poor recipients quickly skim the missive to determine what is being asked and then donate (if they don't just toss it in the trash first). The letters are, by nature, forgettable.

To keep our audiences from falling asleep while reading our annual giving plea, drooling profusely at their table and thereby prematurely activating the glue on the SASE, we decided to liven it up a bit. Because, what is more entertaining than a flow chart? Really!? Click on the image below to see a sample of our 2010 letter.

Our 2011 is currently in the works, so brace yourselves.

SPACES 2010 Annual Giving Letter (click to enlarge)
SPACES 2010 Annual Giving Letter (click to enlarge)

Keywords: annual giving, donate, entertainment
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General
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