Posted at 10:20 AM on September 1, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
The Bedlam Theatre has just decided to temporarily re-locate to "Seward Commons" (formerly known as the Bystrom Bros site) at 2200 Snelling Avenue in Minneapolis for the winter.
Bedlam Theatre was told earlier this summer to move out of its current home, in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, to make way for new tenants. It plans to vacate the space by September 7.
As part of the move, Bedlam is seeking permits for a fall art festival starting September 24, including puppet workshops, music, spoken word, and other activities.
Posted at 10:52 AM on September 1, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Funding
Last November GiveMN inspired Minnesotans to give more than $14 million to 3,434 Minnesota nonprofits in just 24 hours.
Can they do it again?
GiveMN has announced it plans to try on November 16.
Here's the twist. Last year's event was marked by both a miscommunication and an underestimation of Minnesotans' generosity. GiveMN said it would "match" all donations made on Give to the Max day. Many people took that to mean "dollar for dollar" when in fact it ended up only being a few cents on the dollar. Would people have given so readily if they didn't think their money was going to be doubled?
This year, GiveMN is no longer promising to "match" donations, but it does list several "incentives" to help encourage giving. Here they are:
- A $20,000 and $10,000 prize grant will be awarded to the top two nonprofits in the Twin Cities and the top two nonprofits in Greater Minnesota that attract the largest number of individual donors on Give to the Max Day.
- Throughout the event, an individual donor will be randomly chosen every hour to have an additional $1,000 given to the charity that received the donor's original donation.
- Donors will have the opportunity to double their dollars for hundreds of featured nonprofits that have secured matching funds for Give to the Max Day.
So in other words, if a non-profit has managed to secure its own matching grant money, than your donation may be doubled.
New this year also is a 2.9% transaction fee.
A quick run of the numbers on my calculator shows that if Minnesotans give as generously as they did last year - $14 million - $406,000 will go towards transaction fees.
It's a hefty price tag when considered in total, but I'm sure most of the non-profits participating will say it's a worthwhile price to pay for the service the website is providing.
So, will you be participating in Give to the Max Day this year?
One of the winning entries at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Building.
The Minnesota State Fair has a reputation for being about fried food, farming, big bands, and rides, in pretty much that order. But there's a lot of art to be had, in all shapes and sizes, for an enthusiast such as myself. Yesterday I spent the better part of the day at the fair, first at the MPR booth, and then wandering the grounds checking out this year's offerings. Here's just some of what I took in...
The Fine Arts Building:
This of course, was my first stop. The FAB brings together paintings, mosaics, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass and dolls all under one cool roof. While much of the artwork as you first enter is dedicated to state fair themes, from there it branches into landscapes, portraits, abstraction, and everything inbetween. I recognized local artists in the show that I've covered in the past - Teresa Cox and Deb Foutch among others - and took note of some new names.
And you thought State Fair art was just about seeds and animals...
I noted the Star Tribune's Mary Abbe panned this year's exhibition, saying it was "overrun with cute critters and clichéd imagery." That made me curious as to who was curating the show this year, so I took a look at the panel. Among them: the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' photo curator David Little, and Weisman Art Museum Director Lyndel King. Interested in finding out more about the judging process? Check out this comprehensive piece by Thomas O'Sullivan on mnartists.org.
Brenna Busse demonstrates how she molds heads for her dolls.
One of the great things about the state fair is that you don't just see the art, but you see people making it, too. At the Fine Arts Building, Brenna Busse demonstrated doll making, and kids could play with wooden blocks to create their own sculptures. This is something I love about the fair - the number of people who take time to demonstrate their craft or art with thousands of strangers.
Cosgrove street really is home to the arts at the fair, so after exiting the Fine Arts exhibition, I just strolled down the street to the Education building. This is where all the student art is on display. This includes everything from pencil drawings to woodworking to stained glass. The entries are so numerous that they are crammed in display booths several feet deep that line the walls. My favorite: a study of Paul Klee done by a group of 2nd graders!
I guess this gives credance to the old adage "my kid could draw that."
Next, on to the Creative Activities building. Wait, cue the parade! That's right, any day at the fair deserves a parade, and so as I left the Education building I was greeted by the blaring of horns and beating of drums. As Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage..."
A few steps down the street I found myself at the Creative Arts building, home to quilting, weaving, knitting, sewing, crocheting, embroidery and cross-stitch, just to name a few. Check out this quilt that won the "Rosebud's Cottage" award for being the "first quilt ever made" by the entrant:"
It was while rounding the corner that I stumbled across one of my favorite performers at the fair, Larry Scheidt.
Scheidt is a performer of the truest kind; that is, he's a salesman. About every 15 minutes, hour after hour, Scheidt gives his spiel for the "Swiss Quality Peeler." He touts the blade ("never goes dull") and its ergonomic design ("doesn't matter if you're right handed or left") all the while churning out roses carved from radishes, birds sliced from apples, and other edible decorations to tempt the eyes. I first saw him probably six years ago, and dutifully bought a peeler because I felt I'd just been treated to a great act (I still have it, and yes it works great, but no I have not made any roses out of radishes lately).
My favorite work of art at the Minnesota State Fair, Larry Scheidt.
Happy to see that Scheidt is still going strong, I headed off to the Agriculture/Horticulture building for some honey ice cream, a tour of the beeswax carvings and of course to check out the seed art (I was talking to artist Linda Paulson - daughter to "seed queen" Lillian Colton - about her work when the power went out, putting a crimp in her demonstration style). There craftsmen of the culinary sort were showing off their finest apples, wines, squash...
By this time I was ready to call it a day; I hadn't yet made it to the talent show stage, nor had I paid my respects to the butter sculpture (the Dairy Barn was shut due to the power outage), but I'd seen an eyeful of art, been treated to live music at the MPR booth, and observed the theater of the fair in full swing. Indeed, the Minnesota State Fair offers a little something for everyone.(5 Comments)