Stop by the empty lot on Cedar Avenue (next door to WBSC) on Saturday from 10 - 3PM for the first in a new series of monthly market days being put on by folks in the neighborhood. This market might not have the contrived atmosphere glitz of local art fairs, or the foot traffic of our awesome farmers’ markets, but it will have vendors selling art, clothing, jewelery, second-hand items, used bikes, cd’s, records, tshirts, hand made rugs, hand made bags…and anything else that you roll-up to sell or trade. Seriously - it’s the kind of place where you can bring a blanket and a box of books to sell - no reservations needed!
There will be live music, and you can grab a bite to eat at any of the nearby restaurants.
Colin and I will be bringing our new project Movement Museum outdoors for the first time. Stop by to say hello.
Interested in creative community work on the West Bank?
Some folks working out of the Bryan Coyle Center are looking for help this summer from artists who might be interested in youth mural and art projects, i.e. painting art on balusters, garbage cans, utility boxes, etc.
We cleaned the place up! Last weekend, the WBSC crew and our friends from Minneapolis Art on Wheels (MAW) spent two days purging, scrubbing, building and organizing the space into something resembling a collaborative work environment. We even signed up for internet service.
Starting in April, MAW will be moving in and coordinating an Artist Residency Program. Visiting artists from the Twin Cities, across the country, and beyond will be using the space to create public projects. Look for updates here and stop by when you can.
Some events will still be taking place at WBSC, including our next rent party on Saturday, April 17th. Save the date!
As we clean out WBSC’s accumulated ephemera in preparation for spring - we’re reminded of this time last year, when we were scrambling to gather the resources we needed to get the space up an running. (Thank you to those who donated the organ, the candy dispenser, and the weird ceramic teapot/coat hook that keeps appearing in the office).
Over the past months there have been a number of new art & event spaces cropping up that we’re really excited about! Tarnish & Gold is one of them. Check out their website and their “wish list” and see what you might be able to contribute.
They are also looking for submissions for an upcoming show. Details here.
Seriously folks, this is an honor. Our friend and occasional co-conspirator Jeff Hnilicka is curating an evening of 2-D, 3-D, video, performance, and alternative media projects all celebrating the career and life of Whitney Houston. In the curator’s own words: It’s not right, but it’s okay.
I don’t necessarily think of what I do as event planning. I was trained as an architect so I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about where people come together. What I’m more and more interested in lately is why people come together. The programs I work on, which often manifest as events of one type or another, are a response to this. My hope is that things like Solutions Twin Cities, Give & Take, Salon Saloon, and of course, the West Bank Social Center are giving people meaningful reasons to come together and be social.
More and more, I’m finding that doing this successfully means finding new ways to draw inherent creativity and passion out of people. When you give people a good reason to leave the house, you’re giving them an opportunity to build community. Often times this involves dancing and drinking (parties are fun!), but it can also involve making something (art, food, experiences), or sharing something (a skill, a passion, an idea). Something else that’s great about this is that it necessitates collaboration. None of the projects above could have happened without help from others.
Also, it’s addictive. It activates every part of my brain in ways nothing else does. Once you realize that when you work together anything is possible, you want to keep pushing and pushing. It’s great.