Feb. 4, 2008
Chez David and Paulette
Ideas for our Inaugural Event
West End Arts ... a flushing out of artists in the community.
To this end, our first priority will be an open call, non-juried show.
Mary Esch presents sample calls for entries. She just curated a show at St. Kate's so has recent and direct experience with this kind of thing.
- Mary suggests a simple approach for an inaugural event. David seconds.
- Rotate show. Put some stuff up at first, then other stuff.
- Mary, Ann, Becca promote idea of artist "mixer" in the space, whatever it is, separate from the show.
- Volunteers could watch over space/show during exhibit hours.
- TBD: Would call be open to non-West End artists?
- Inquire at for rent/vacant spaces. Perhaps Dave Wick. can help us find these spaces.
- Pilney building is currently vacant.
- Remember that there would be a tax deduction for donations of space, food, beverages, etc. (Truly? Even if we're not offically a non-profit organization?)
- Dave Thune said city may be able to provide ad budget.
- Marcus Young, current St. Paul Artist-in-Residence, is good liaison to city. He's currently looking for space in the West End. He loves it here.
- West End Business Association, which has recently reformed, may be interested in providing resources. Nance is joining.
- Becca suggests establishing West End Arts membership dues of $5-$10.
- Nance would like to develop a structure for the West End Arts group: a leader, etc.
- Paulette suggests Kent Aldrich as potential graphic designer/logo developer.
- Community Reporter ran an article about the proposed artist live/work spaces at the Brewery. Paulette mentions that tax credit for such spaces is in jeopardy, and this may impact development.
- Becca will get together with Dave Wick. to find out about potential space for West End Arts inaugural show.
- Nance will pursue ad budget possibilities (by talking to Dave Thune).