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 access+ENGAGE  the definitive alternative
  Issue #63


In this issue: Springtime Follies


As befits the season, we’re doing a bit of tidying up in access+ENGAGE. You’ve likely noticed that as mnartists.org’s offerings have grown over the past several years, so has the length of our e-mag. In the interest of streamlining what shows up in your inbox twice a month, we’re tweaking things a little, migrating our events selections from the “You Are Here” section in a+E to a new “staff-picks” feature, “Tipsheet,” on the mnartists.org blog in coming weeks. In the meantime, if you’re looking for arts happenings in your neck of the woods, look through our extensive DIY, user-driven calendar. Our newest staffer, Katie Czarniecki, has been tending the listings in recent months to keep things organized; I think you'll find the calendar's listings are both abundant and browser-friendly.



PLUS: A new crop of Community Supported Art (CSA) artists and the opening of sales for the spring 2011 season of member shares!

News You Can Use: a selection of current arts news and opportunities on mnartists.org

Artist Opportunities




»CLICK HERE for a regularly-updated list with many, many more opportunities for Minnesota artists in every discipline on mnartists.org

CALL FOR ART: Northern Lights, in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science, announces an open call for proposals for ReGeneration, a summer-long exhibition planned for 2012, in and around NYSCI, exploring the intersections of art, technology, and science

Deadline: May 2


CALL FOR ART: Altered Esthetics gallery seeks work in all types of media “sounding off on the ever-changing political atmosphere” for a group exhibition, Hope of the Union

Deadline: May 15


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY:  The Soap Factory is seeking an intern to assist with the installation and management of our summer project, The Amazing Adventures of the Corporate Wizard in the Land of LARP

Application deadline: May 15

Internship period: June 1 – August 15


CALL FOR WRITERS AND PERFORMERS: The HearSay: community open mic and storytelling showcase, presented by Twin Cities Runoff, is seeking local writers, musicians, puppeteers, performance artists, et cetera, to perform

Sign up on or before the event on May 21


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization seeks artists’ proposals for Boulevard Art, a multi-part public art project

Deadline: June 1


FILM AND VIDEO GRANTS AVAILABLE: The 2011 Minnesota Film and Video Grant Program will award grants to emerging film- and video-makers in the disciplines of experimental, narrative, documentary and animated film and video making

Deadline: July 15

Information sessions: May 24 (Minneapolis), June 17 (St. Paul)

CALL FOR ART: The Red Hot Art festival in Stevens Square Park is now taking applications from interested artists/vendors

Deadline: May 31

Homepage: Featured arts journalism and online collections from mnartists.org

Don’t Touch That

Miranda Trimmier reviews the Walker Art Center's homage to folk art, kitsch - "who we are and where we live:" The Spectacular of Vernacular exhibition, on view at the center through May 8.




Related exhibition details:

The Spectacular of Vernacular is on view at the Walker Art Center through May 8. "Glitter 'n' Horns," a Free First Saturday program on May 7, will offer families a last look at the show before it closes, as well as hit music played on mandolins, clogs and fiddles, structure building with artist Chris Larson, and using seeds to re-create favorite works from the Walker collection.




Credit: Marc Swanson, Untitled (Looking Back Buck), 2004. Crystals, polyurethane foam and adhesive. Courtesy Richard Gray Gallery and Walker Art Center, © Marc Swanson

Dome Light: At Home with Artist Martin Woodrich


Andy Sturdevant profiles a prolific community-supported Minnesota artist noted more for his unusual home than for his moody paintings: the Metrodome's artist-in-residence since the sports facility's opening in 1982, Martin Woodrich.




Related information and links:

For more information about this artist, his works, and the upcoming retrospective, click here.


Related articles: "Farm Accident: A Secret History" and "Boheme Maximale: The Untold Story of One of Minnesota's Greatest Art Treasures"


Credit: Photo ©Jeff Covey – reproduced courtesy of a Creative Commons license

You and Me


Pianist/composer (and mnartists.org's new music columnist) Jeremy Walker argues that we need to reframe how we think about the business of music, and get back to basics: forget about economic models, record label contracts, or dire predictions about the collapse of the industry. The fundamentals of playing - and the human relationships at the center of it all - haven't changed.





Credit: Jeremy Walker, photo courtesy of the author

The Pleasures and Perils of the Novelist’s Craft


Writer Alison Morse talks shop with two seasoned novelists and educators, Mary Rockcastle and Sheila O'Connor (both of whom have new books coming out), about the travails and rewards of what it really takes to get the story on the page.




Noted book information:

Mary Rockcastle's forthcoming novel, In Caddis Wood, will be released by Graywolf Press in September 2011.

Sheila O'Connor's new novel for young adults, Sparrow Road, will be released in May 2011 by Putnam.

Credit: Photo ©Toastytreat87 (via Flickr, courtesy Creative Commons)

An Appetite for Art


In the latest installment of our essay series, "mnartists.org presents," co-published with Rain Taxi Review of Books, Betsy Altheimer (Springboard for the Arts) offers manifesto for a new paradigm of arts support - one that emphasizes grassroots patronage and a direct link between artists and consumers, and which is inspired, in large part, by the burgeoning consumer-supported agriculture movement.


Read the essay in full >>


Read previous "mnartists.org presents" essays on Rain Taxi's website >>


Related links and information:

Altheimer's essay was originally published in the Spring 2011 issue of Rain Taxi Review of Books. Read a selection of additional articles and essays online, at the Rain Taxi website; or read the new issue in its entirety by picking up a print copy at select newsstands around the state or by ordering one online.


Find out more about the spring 2011 season of mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts’ community supported art (CSA) program, and find info about laying claim to a “share” of local art at mnartists.org/csa.

Credit: Photo courtesy of mnartists.org

A New Take on ARENA Dances


Lightsey Darst had an epiphany at the latest performance by ARENA Dances, I hate myself. Will you please love me? She says she's been all wrong about the company (led by Mathew Janczewski) up to now - read on to find out why.



Noted performance details:

I hate myself. Will you please love me? by ARENA Dances was on stage at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, March 4 - 6.






Credit: Photo courtesy of Jake Armour of Armour Photography

Looking for something to do?

Browse through the huge variety of happenings listed in mnartists.org's DIY, user-driven arts calendar. There you'll find theater and gallery openings, festivals and art crawls, dance, film, music, and more - all going on right now throughout the state.

Find a broad assortment of arts events going on in your neck of the woods at mnartists.org/calendar >>

Need help spreading the word about your own arts shindig? Here's a step-by-step guide that'll walk you through the simple steps allowing you to promote your events - quickly, easily, and free of charge - on the site's DIY arts calendar.


Walker Art Center

One for the Road: CSA's spring season opens!

mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts are excited to announce the selected artists for the spring 2011 season of our popular Community Supported Art (CSA) program.

A panel of local food and culture tastemakers - including artist Amy Rice, photographer Becca Dilley (The Heavy Table), and J.D. Fratzke (The Strip Club) - reviewed over 140 artist applications and selected nine artists, working in a wide range of disciplines, for inclusion in this season's offerings: installation artist Liz Miller, printmaker Drew Peterson, furniture maker and woodworker Scott McGlasson, fashion designer Danielle Everine, fabric artist Nou Ka Yang, photographer Areca Roe, ceramic artist Peter Jadoonath, painter Dana M. Johnson, and visual artist Luke Aleckson.

Get your own "farm box" of art - member shares for the spring season of this innovative program can be purchased for $300, and they will go on sale May 2 at 10 am. If you're interested, act fast - in past seasons, shares have sold out quickly!


Find out more about this season's CSA offerings >>

Editor: Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director: Scott Stulen

Program Assistant: Jehra Patrick

Program Fellow: Katherine Czarniecki

Click here to read the fine print and the full credits >>

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