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Take a Survey, Help Out SPACES!   02.18.11

Please take five minutes to complete the survey about SPACES. This will help us better understand your expectations of us and how we can better serve you.



Keywords: survey
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Please Take Action NOW!   02.17.11

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been a great and tireless supporter of the work we do here at SPACES, as well as at hundreds of other organizations nationwide. We must act to preserve all the good the NEA does.

Last week the House Appropriations Committee proposed a cut of $22.5 million to the National Endowment for the Arts' already modest budget. We understand that budgets must be trimmed to assure the fiduciary health of our nation, but the proposed NEA reduction would be the most significant cut to the NEA in almost 20 years.

Wait for it... it is expected that this week, during the House of Representatives debates, a floor vote to eliminate all funding for the NEA will be introduced. The dissolving of the NEA would be crippling to the cultural landscape of our country.

As we strive to remain competitive with the rest of the world, innovation and exploration are our strongest tools—and these tools are supported and fostered by the arts. Thinking and acting creatively is not a luxury, it is an imperative and an innate characteristic of humanity.

Think of how the arts have impacted you—think of the painting or performance you experienced that shifted your perception and enriched your life; consider the film that inspired you; examine the economic impact the arts have on your area. Nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences annually generate $166.2 billion in economic activity, support 5.7 million jobs, and return nearly $30 billion in government tax revenues. (Source: Data and analysis is drawn from the Americans for the Arts Arts Economic Prosperity III study, 2007)

WHAT TO DO:

Call your member of Congress NOW at 202-225-3121 and tell your representative that you oppose any and all amendments to cut NEA funding. This is very easy (it took me 90 seconds) and has a greater impact than email.

Congress is made up of ELECTED officials who represent YOU. Remind them.

To find your representative in Congress, visit http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml.

Please do not hesitate, the wheels are already in motion.

Image courtesy of NASA
Image courtesy of NASA

Keywords: arts funding, nea
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Manic Blog   02.10.11

As Elizabeth Dunfee delivers the strong message of self-depreciation through consumption, Manic Growth provides the much needed impetus to stop, reflect and explore how, as human beings, we can be more mindful and caring of our bodies and what we put in them,. Hopefully it gives us inspiration to transform our worlds (even if just 10%) on a micro and macro level.

Dunfee's exhibition will open to the public on February 11 (6pm) and is an exquisitely composed work of art that creates an environment of exploration and inquisition about life, art and the artist's statement.

After reading her interview on Cool Cleveland (http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2011/02/manic-growth-spaces-elizabeth-dunfee-explores-how-were-harming-ourselves/) I decided to look at works of art regarding the environment.

Although it is not directly related to the subject of her current exhibition, Dunfee's words about harming our body brought to mind how we also hurt our physical environments. What I found was a profound collection of photos from Yann Arthus Bertrand (http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/v2/yab_us.htm) entitled Earth From Above, a portrait of Earth in the 21st century. What first began as a survey of the earth became a project about sustainable development; in the words of Bertrand, "man cannot be disassociated from the landscape."

What Dunfee and Bertrand do in their work as artists is instigate and agitate our consciousness. What do I really eat? What does it really do to me, to the environment? What is the state of the environment, inhabited by over 6 billion people in the world? What can I do to make myself and my world better?

It is this that the artists inspire in me from their works of art, and can inspire in so many others, which make art galleries and museums around the world priceless social institutions. On this note, I leave you with this quote from Mohandas Gandhi: "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."

Keywords: elizabeth dunfee, environment, installation art, painting, spacelab
Author:
Category: General

Diversion #1   02.09.11

How true, how true, Jillian Tamaki (http://blog.jilliantamaki.com/2011/02/supermutant-magic-academy-critique/)


Keywords: cartoons, indie comics, jillian tamaki
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Update on Smithsonian/Wojnarowicz   02.03.11

Here's the latest on the Smithsonian's censorship of David Wojnarowicz's video "A Fire in My Belly".

Smithsonian Institution's Governing Board Seeks Changes After Video Flap at Portrait Gallery
Associated Press, 2/1/11
By: Brett Zongker

WASHINGTON (AP).- The Smithsonian Institution's governing board on Monday called for changes in how potentially objectionable exhibits are handled while also standing behind the head of the museum complex amid accusations of censorship.
http://bit.ly/fqxogq

SPACES will screen "A Fire in My Belly" through February 13th (the date through which it should have remained on view at the National Portrait Gallery) in The Vault.

Keywords: aids, censorship, david wojnarowicz, film, h.i.v., queer, smithsonian, video art
Author: Martha Loughridge, Development Director
Category: General

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