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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.”

Nate’s Clothing building sold

Last night, a staff member at Coffee House Press told me that the proprietors of Nate’s Clothing downtown (27 N 4th St) closed the sale of their building yesterday. The Star Tribune ran a story in March on the impending ownership change, saying it would be sold to Uppal Enterprises, which plans to install a nightlife establishment or restaurant.

Coffee House, which currently roosts on the fourth floor, will mostly likely be moving to Northeast, possibly in the vicinity of the old Grain Belt Brewery. CHP is a non-profit press that has put out some award-winning books. If you’re not familiar with them they have various events going on around the Cities in the coming weeks.

Local artist Scott Seekins also has a studio on the fourth floor of the building, so he is being displaced as well. He will have a longer trek to complete his “performance art” rounds through the downtown skyway everyday if he has to move to a different neighborhood. (If you’re familiar with Seekins, you know that he always wears either a white suit or a black suit, depending on the season. I saw him at the Mayday parade last weekend in snowy garb, and as my friend said, “That means spring.”)

So, that’s a three-for-one hit to the rootsy side of downtown: the mom ‘n’ pop clothes business, a non-profit book publishing press, and a local artist all leaving the Warehouse District. God knows we could use another Aqua.

Stop to Smell the Flowers

I’m sorry, that title was just too obvious to not use it here. If you haven’t checked out the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ spring celebration, Art in Bloom, the event goes through Sunday. The annual celebration places flower art next to the works that inspired them throughout the museum, and there are nightly events with refreshments available (provided you’re willing to exchange money for them).

Tonight you can get free docent-led tours, starting at 6pm and proceeding, I assume, throughout the evening. You can view the flowers and the MIA galleries for free.

But word on the streets is that the ones around MIA are being cleaned today, so if you’re planning to drive be aware that the free ramp will probably be full, and you may have to walk a couple of blocks if you plan to park.

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