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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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Think Outside the Box; Stink Inside the Box   06.29.11

There are many reasons to "think outside the box," but this may be the best.

Thanks to Nicole Edwards for the laugh today. (Yes, we are a high class organization.)
Thanks to Nicole Edwards for the laugh today. (Yes, we are a high class organization.)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General
Comments: (1) comments

Dott Schneider: Administrative Viking   05.27.11

The Artwood Derby on Wednesday confirmed what a great idea it was to move back to Cleveland. I am so proud and excited to be working for SPACES, such a vital venue for our area! If you didn't know this already, there's no real sister organization where artists can explore and experiment within a 5 HOUR drive radius! Can you imagine? It's only one of the things that makes us so unique.

There are SO many opportunities to get involved here. My position as your shiny, new Office Assistant (or Administrative Viking as I like to refer to myself) is so diverse I'm getting a well rounded education. There's never a dull moment and the team is awesome. And don't you worry, I'll be knocking at your virtual door to keep you aware of our goings on and such, as well as opportunities to get and keep YOU involved.

BTW: SPACES just turned 33 and that falls within my dating age range! ;) It's going to be a great relationship.


Keywords: artwood derby, birthday, spaces
Author: Dott Schneider , Office Assistant
Category: General

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