Future of the Arts in Minneapolis: Tonight at the MIA

Robyne Robinson (squee!) will moderate a panel attempting to answer the question:

What is the current state of the arts in Minneapolis, and how can we move it forward?

A vibrant arts scene has long distinguished the Twin Cities’ economy and quality of life. Yet in 2005, the scene arguably peaked as art centers expanded and national attention was drawn to the area. So how do artists, arts administrators, politicians and the public carry that momentum forward? How can Minneapolis ensure its continued reputation as an arts capital?

Panelists are Jennifer Komar Olivarez (associate curator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts), Philippe Vergne (deputy director and chief curator, Walker Art Center), Jocelyn Hale (executive director, Loft Literary Center), Lilly Schwartz (director of Pops and Special Projects, Minnesota Orchestra), John Miller-Stephany (associate artistic director, Guthrie Theater), and Vickie Benson (McKnight Foundation program director for the arts).

5:30pm. Pillsbury Auditorium at the MIA. Audience participation. Free (and free parking). Open to the public. Sponsored by the Minneapolis Arts Commission.

The panel concludes at 7pm, which happens to be when the opening party for the new Smoke and Mirrors* exhibition starts. Make it a night.

*Smoke and Mirrors: “As a photographer and scientist, Vance Gellert has traveled to Bolivia and Peru to document native healing rituals, environments, and plants.”

6 Comments so far

  1. Art (artallen) on June 12th, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    Fantastic. I will try my hardest to show up, but I’ll be cutting it close. It’s ok if I’m late though, because I’ll be coming from a meeting to organize the 5-year reunion for my class at the Arts High School in Golden Valley. It will certainly be an arts evening for Art.

    Anyone else going?


  2. Erica M (ericam) on June 12th, 2008 @ 11:21 am

    All that and you’re named Art to boot!


  3. David (jacc) on June 12th, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

    So, did anyone see clarity in the crystal ball?


  4. Art (artallen) on June 13th, 2008 @ 10:07 am

    When I left at about 7 (the advertised end time; I was starving), they had basically agreed "we need to keep a good mix of mainstream appeal and edgy, experimental stuff."

    This seems pretty obvious, and maybe it is. But solutions to problems don’t always have to be complicated if they work. And, it seems like this model is working for us.


  5. Erica M (ericam) on June 13th, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    Did the discussion at all include what’s going in our many many smaller theaters and galleries (e.g., Fringe-y type stuff, anything belonging to an art crawl)?


  6. Art (artallen) on June 13th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

    Erica: Yes, actually. They talked about competition among arts organizations, and (five of the six panelists being from our state’s biggest arts organizations) were remarkably keen on the idea. The consensus seemed to be that there is a symbiotic relationship between the big and the small, and I even detected a tinge of jealousy at the cool things the small orgs get to do (although, the grass is probably just a little greener).

    They were also really excited and happy about how many small arts organizations there are around the cities. Or, they seemed to be.



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