Won't You Please Be My Special Social Networking Friend?   07.29.09

We're on Twitter and we're going to sink your battleship!

I've heard that some people are abandoning blogs in favor of Facebook and Twitter. And here we are, just catching up with the pack as they scatter. Yes, Twitter and Facebook are handy, but I don't think that their sum equals the demise of blogs.

Blogs are just a way to get information across to an audience, the same as Facebook and Twitter. But, there are a few key differences. Organizations opt for Facebook because it has a large following, you can post a variety of material, it has a built-in newsfeed and allows for event notifications on a large scale, and a large portion of its audience is obsessed with Facebook. Twitter is nice because it forces the writer to be succinct. It's like sifting through headlines without all the pesky content. Twitter reads like a newsfeed, displaying all the tweets from the people you have opted to follow. There is no need to check individual profiles for updates. It also has garnered a somewhat rabid fanbase. The problem with both of these systems is that to get full access, you have to have an account.

Facebook is notorious for altering their terms of service to figure out how to best monetize its platform. Twitter is a strange and rather opaque service at this point. There are so many hacks and special languages in order to fit desired content into a 144 character format that it can sometimes be like trying to decipher a Little Orphan Annie message without the decoder ring (and is often equally disappointing). Why are people using a pound symbol: "#"? What does RT stand for? Why should I care what you're eating?

Blogs are typically straight-forward content presented in a straight-forward manner with flexibility of length and type of material that can be presented. And, what is best, is that there are no strings inherently attached. Some sites will require registration, but for the most part, blogs are public. What is both the great things about blogs, as well as their downfall, is that there is no character limit. We need long-form content. Not everything can be summarized in a tweet or a Facebook quiz. On the other hand, once blog software became readily available, so did the pictures of every mother's child as well as rambling vacation stories. Blogs are a tool, and every tool has the potential for misuse.

So, we are on Facebook and Twitter, because they are useful, but we also started a blog. We hope that you find some use from it as well. Please let us know what type of information you would like from us, or if we're just lost in the clutter of baby photos and political rants that occupy the greater part of the internet.

Posted by Christopher Lynn, Executive Director

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

links for 2009-07-29   07.29.09

assemblage line ( / scene & herd
ON A SUNNY SATURDAY MORNING IN JULY, the art-world version of A Chorus Line (I hope I get it!) snaked around the streets surrounding White Columns in the West Village. Hundreds of artists"each one singular sensation"showed up to an open call for the untitled art project now casting by Bravo.

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SPACES on Helping Hands   07.28.09

Helping Hands is a program on Time Warner Cable's Northeast Ohio Network  designed to help "meet the dedicated people behind the organizations, those they assist, become inspired by the stories, and find out how YOU can make a difference." They visited us a few times to shoot the exhibitions and talk to staff. Other than looking like a zombie on camera just shy of moaning for brains, I think it turned out nicely and we appreciate that Helping Hands is doing this for community oriented organizations in the region.

Its currently airing locally on channel 23 at 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Posted by Christopher Lynn, Executive Director

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

#DailyArtDose Round-Up   07.24.09

Week of July 22, 2009

Miguel Nunez:
Mark Moskovitz:
Andrew Zarou:
Theresa Marchetta:
Mickalene Thomas:

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What the NEA means to us ...   07.24.09

I'd like to start by saying, simply, I <3 the National Endowment for the Arts. I've worked at three different arts organizations in the last 10 years (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and now SPACES) and all are regular recipients of NEA funding. For example, the SPACES World Artist Program (SWAP) has received NEA funding for the last six years.

Reason enough to love the NEA, right? They support fabulous art institutions that bring quality art to communities of all sizes across the United States.

But, as with all relationships, it's a little more complicated than that.

Rewind almost three years ...

I was working from my home office in Cleveland for Mid-America Arts Alliance, which is located in Kansas City, Missouri. As a fairly recent transplant to Ohio, I wanted to get to know the area, so I volunteered at the Cleveland Artists Foundation. The nice gallery manager there, Nicole Edwards, told me that there was a development manager position open at SPACES. Shortly after that, she started working for SPACES in a communications role, and I was hired for the development position.

We share an office, the same middle name (Louise) and the same taste in music. She's a really, really wonderful person to work with.

But we almost didn't live happily ever after ...

Things are tight, folks. We are a nonprofit, and I'd be kidding you, me, and a whole bunch of other people if I said that we aren't thinking a lot about where the next dollar is coming from. Fortunately, the National Endowment for the Arts used funds allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for job preservation. More precisely: to support the preservation of jobs that are threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.

We applied and received funds to preserve the communications manager position. That means Nicole  -- without whom I wouldn't have this job -- can count on keeping her job.

I love the NEA ...

~ Posted by Sarah Hoyt, Sr. Marketing & Development Manager

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