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The Cleveland artists waiting for Donald Trump   07.16.16

As Part of SPACES Art Writer in Residence Program, Jillian Steinhauer spent time exploring the Cleveland Arts, focusing on the activism and politically charged work that has been in the limelight. The Gaurdian was interested in her experience, and today published the results.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jul/16/cleveland-artists-republican-national-convention-donald-trump

Keywords: activism, cleveland, donald trump, politics, protests, rnc, spaces, the fixers, trump
Author: Karl Anderson, R&D Coordinator
Category: Art Writer in Residence

Be a walking SPACES billboard   12.04.14

Show your love of exploration and experimentation with the new SPACES tote. Your friends will be impressed by the cultural cache you gain by publicly announcing your affiliation with such a cool alternative art space.

Our very own Executive Director and Residency Coordinator hand-pulled each tote and sealed them with a kiss, just in time for the holiday season. They're great for packing full of locally-made art. The natural cotton totes measure 15" x 16" and include a royal purple version of the SPACES logo. Limited edition of 35, $12 each.

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Super SPACES intern Bree with her fancy new tote!
Super SPACES intern Bree with her fancy new tote!

Keywords: , spaces, tote
Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

St. Malachi Center Summer Program at SPACES   08.11.14

My name is Michelle Epps and many of you know me as the Office Administrator here at SPACES, but recently I've been feeling more like a camp counselor. If you've been following us on Facebook you may have noticed we have had a lot of kid visitors this summer. In honor of our most recent project, TAG with Jason Eppink and Thu Tran, we've been doing crafts, having snacks, and discussing collaboration! Each week in the month of July the kids of St. Malachi Center would join us here at SPACES for a fun afternoon with a different craft and snack each week. The kids ranged in age from 7-11 and are a part of St. Malachi Center's 6-week summer camp which focuses on literacy and swimming skills. St. Malachi Center serves the most vulnerable residents of Cleveland's near West Side - the homeless, low-income families and their children, with a variety of programs.

In the tradition of teaching kids how to share, we wanted to stress the importance of collaboration and how it can be used in the creative process. On a personal level, one of the greatest joys of doing this program was sharing in the experiences of the kids and seeing the wonder and excitement in their eyes as we did each day's activities. One week I told the kids we were going to be feeding them dirt pudding and I was met with a mixture of skepticism and disgust with exclamations of "you can't make me eat that!" and "I just WON'T eat it!" And, even after most of the kids had gotten over their fears and started snacking, a few were still not sure and watched in anticipation as the rest of the kids had their first bites. Then, during the last week of our program I observed one of the kids admiring Michael Loderstedt Quarter Art piece, Aviary Station, which if you haven't seen it is a beautiful display of paper engineering. When I asked him what he thought of it he inquired as to who the artist was and when I told him he said, with a big smile on his face, "I want to be just like him when I get older!"

Like all good things though, this program came to an end, but not after a lot of good memories for myself and hopefully the kids to keep with them forever. As Pablo Picasso has been attributed with once saying, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

To see the kids creations during their time with us check out the slide show. For context, see below for our lesson plan from each week. For the safety of the children participating in this program we will not be publicizing pictures of the actual children.


July 2: Introduction to TAG- Talk about the meaning of the word "Collaboration" (this will be the basis of the four week program). Watch Thu and Jason's video and discuss what they saw in the video. Play a game of "Art Tag" (played like tag, but once you get tagged you add to a drawing) followed by snack time with "Campfire Free" S'mores (made with graham crackers, Marshmallow Fluff, and Nutella).

July 9: Finding a SPACE(S)- Create bugs/pendants out of wooden pieces. The kids will then search for a blank spot on the wall big enough for them to put their bug. The bugs will then be adhered to the wall. Snack time: "Collaborate" to make dirt pudding with gummy worms (made with oreo cookies, chocolate pudding, and cool whip).

July 16: Leave Behind- The kids will create pinwheels out of marbled paper to mount onto the wall. Each group will create a batch of marbled paper which they will leave to dry for the next group to turn into pinwheels (the first group will use pre-made marbled paper for their pinwheels). Snack time: "Collaborate" to make fruit salad on a stick (made with watermelon, grapes, strawberries, blueberries).

July 23: Fuzzball Aliens- Kids will create mini-aliens to take home to award them for how well they collaborated with each other. Snack time: After all that sharing and collaborating it's time to end the program with a purely selfish recipe; make your own taco salad...but you'll still have to share the Tortilla Chips!

FuzzBall June 23, 2014
FuzzBall June 23, 2014

Keywords: art, camp, collaboration, fun, kids, lesson, spaces, tag
Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: General

Kid Art Review   07.09.14

SPACES is launching a new critical initiative, Kid Art Reviews, where we ask a child between the ages of 5-12 to comment on a current exhibition in the gallery. The review and conversation with SPACES staff is then posted for all to enjoy. If your child is interested in being an Art Reviewer, get in touch with us at contact@spacesgallery.org, or give us a call at 216-621-2314.

For this first edition of Kid Art Reviews our guest reviewer is Celia, a 12 year old who really enjoys visual arts. We asked her what she thought of the exhibition and this is what she said.

Questions about a Specific Piece in the Exhibition
(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?

(Celia) TAG's "Gig Economy" website because it is interactive. I like how it uses humor and how it focuses on specific politics. I like seeing how humor interacts with serious issues.

(SP) If you could eat this piece what would it taste like? Would it be spicy, tart, sweet, salty, bland, etc.?

(CE) Sweet & Sour: The humor makes it funnier so it lightens up the issues a little bit but the way it references the issues also makes it a little sour.

(SP) If this piece was a person you didn't know would you want to say "hi" to them or get to know them? Would they be friendly or shy?

(CE) Get to know them; they'd be sarcastic. I think they would be sarcastic because they used things you wouldn't be used to seeing on a website such as Antarctica and McDonalds-which a lot of people make fun of-so I can see some sarcasm there.

(SP) Does this piece remind you of anything you have seen before?

(CE) No, this is very new to me. SPACES is a really nice art gallery for me to go to, I just prefer it to other galleries because I prefer things that are interactive and actually puts an influence on you.

Questions about the Exhibition, in General
(SP) If you could sum the show up in one word what would that word be?

(CE) Extravagant, because they did all these projects and were able to put them into one exhibition.

(SP) Does this show make you want to do anything? Go ride a bike, take a nap, throw rocks, have a sandwich, draw, watch TV, play, etc.

(CE) Draw and go on the Internet. The website reminded me of a lot of Internet references which made me want to look at some political things.

(SP) If there was one thing you could say to the artist what would that be?

(CE) "May God bless you." I'm just messing around, because they are amazing. It's just a joke really, so it's not anything serious.

(SP) If there was one question you could ask the artist what would that be?

(CE) Nothing. I'd be too speechless to talk. I'm a little bit starstruck and their work is pretty amazing.

(SP) Out of 5 Truman's how many Truman's would you give this show?

(CE) Six, I thought the show deserved a good rating and I really liked the dog Truman and wanted to draw him.

(follow this link to see the Reviewer in action, and to see the drawing of Truman, http://bit.ly/1mIMkqK)


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Celia Reviewing the exhibition
Celia Reviewing the exhibition

Keywords: art, kids, mystery art shopping, review, spaces, tag
Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: Kid Art Review

Artwood Derby 2014   07.03.14

ArtWood Derby Fastest Car:
WINNER... Michael Klasa and his car Space Is The Place!
your car has a need for speed!

ArtWood Derby - Best in Show:
WINNER... Ethan Loderstedt and his car Mine Wood Derby
your car might not be the fastest or the prettiest but it blew the judges socks off!

Artwood Derby - Hottest Mess:
WINNER... Jack Reese and his car The Dirty Bicep
your car might not move but looks good going nowhere!

Artwood Derby - Corniest:
WINNER... Flux Factory for Go Flux Go

A big thank you to everyone who joined SPACES this year and participated at the ArtWood Derby SPACES Cup 2014! It was a blast!



Keywords: artwood derby, birthday party, pinewood, spaces
Author: Maya Tener,
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