Two exciting pieces of news!
First, we are having a pop up party, Neon Summer, this Sunday, May 26th, at Ash Studios from 3 to 11 p.m. We are partnering with Dallas Music who has curated a stellar line-up: Howler Jr., Track Meet, The Chloes, Missile, Mr. Kitty, and Taylor Effin Cleveland. We will have an open bar courtesy of Austin based Treaty Oaks Distilling Co. (Thanks!) We will also have some murals by Fred Villanueva, bonfire, sprinklers, and 200 water balloons. The Dallas Observer has this event listed as one of the best things to do this weekend. It is a steal for only $10 pre-sale, and $20 at the door. Get your tickets now.
Second, Art This Week has posted the video of our panel, Not Waiting For Permission: 2nd Annual State of the Emerging Arts. I would like to thank Richard Serrano for filming, editing, and posting this panel. I want to thank my panelists, Francisco Moreno, Sally Glass, Lucy Kirkman, Brandy Adams, and Michael Morris for having the courage to express their thoughts and opinions in front of a room full of their peers. I want to thank Heyd, Brian, Laura, and everyone at UTD-Centraltrak for hosting this discussion for a second year. Finally, I want to thank everyone who attended the panel and everyone who takes the time to watch these videos.
I just finished watching the videos for the first time, and here are some quick thoughts that I want to share. I might come back and expand on some of them later. I will embed the actual videos as the end of the post.
Things that still seem important to talk about a month later.
- Lucy’s call for more cross-genre collaboration
- Sally’s statement that individual curators/collectives are more important than commercial galleries.
- Defining the paths for emerging artists. Are they all equally viable?
- Michael Morris’ call for more artist led critiques. Is this a private venture?
- I like Lucy’s statement of artists and writers growing up together. Who are our generation of art writers in Dallas?
- I disagree with Brandy about being colorblind. I think it is a literal impossibility for someone blessed with sight. I think the goal of diversity and inclusion is to recognize and celebrate difference, and not let them define who we are. I applaud her for making W.A.A.S a diverse space.
- I think discussion of transgression, taboo, sins, and politics in Dallas is worth having.
- Lucy’s statement about her being a collector just as much as The Rachofskys
- Michael’s statement of working assuming there won’t be a lot of support. Does that need to change?
- Sally’s statement that we need a funding model for individual artists
- Where are the arts administrators? How do we connect them with individual artists?
- Brandy’s call for a collective to help teach artists how to write grants/ important life skills
- $200 is helpful for the people on the ground level doing the work
- Lucy’s vacant skyscrapers
- Commissioners from the Cultural Affairs Commission publicly admitted to failing the arts community over the last half a decade
- Many people have tried and failed. Can a large scale/craiglist style barter system work?
- Sally’s, “Trust is a funny word”
- Cultural Affairs Commissioner says come to the table
So, in the panel I told one of the comissioners that I would personally be responsible for making sure that my community is represented at the table. I am happy to announce that I have held true to my word. June 20th at 4:30 p.m. I will be leading a presentation to the Cultural Affairs Commission advocating for the need to fund artist projects directly. Danielle Georgiou and Jessica Martinez has agreed to join me representing Dance, Theatre, and Music. So far, Meg Friess from Arts Counsel, Liz Trosper from Artistic Dropout, Greg Metz, John Pomara, Heyd Fontenot, Michael Morris, and Sally Glass have agreed to help craft this proposal - and I will reach out in a serious way for more voices next week.
The template right now is to create a body that will advocate on behalf of individual artists and have this body be who is in charge of the grant process. There is a proposal to call this body the Dallas Artists District. We are thinking of asking the City for $150,000 and seeking a total of $500,000 to get things started. Who knows what will happen, but we will give it our best shot. Hang on to your seats, good people, things are about to get fun.