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Friday, June 27, 2008

Commissariat of Creativity or smart move by Artspace? Add your two cents on CWOS 2008

Is the best way to encourage creativity and the flowering of visual culture by excluding hundreds of artists from the signal art festival of the year? Perhaps so, according to commenters on my post critical of the changes to City-Wide Open Studios. What do you think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your information is incorrect. No one is excluded from CWOS. Its still open to all. If an artist isn't selected to be in a juried venue, she/he can still open their own studio or their own alternative space.

Rob Narracci
Board of Directors

5:02 PM

Blogger jawboneofanass said...

It depends on how you define "excluded". Yes, ArtSpace has not secured a large, underutilized venue to host alternative spaces for artists without a formal space of their own. But, in my personal opinion this move is not exclusion. After 10 years, ArtSpace should not be expected to provide such a venue every year forever. ArtSpace has been for these ten years nurturing an arts community that should theoretically be ready to do it on their own. I say its time to leave the nest and fly away. Form collectives and get your own thing together. Advertise, market, brand and generate your own excitement for whatever it is that you do.

12:13 PM

Blogger Mel C said...

More opportunities, exciting changes + an amazing staff ready to facilitate a successful transition for all! Smart move all the way - Go Artspace!

10:56 PM


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