Art in a Time of Economic Crisis


Apr 28, 2009
07:30 PM


The Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA) will be hosting a Community Forum and Panel Discussion on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. The topic of the forum is: “Art in a Time of Economic Crisis.”

Since 2008, the local arts community has suffered a series of financial setbacks and major closings. With the economy in a tailspin, major cultural institutions such as the Walker Art Center and the MIA have been forced to lay off many of their full time employees.

But it is the hundreds of small-to-midsized arts organizations that have suffered the most. In an age of shrinking endowments and a declining donor pool, many long-running galleries and theaters—such as the Minnesota Museum of American Art—have been forced to shut their doors. It is these smaller, grassroots organizations that have helped to revitalize struggling neighborhoods and enriched local communities.

It is for this reason that the Stevens Square Center for the Arts has chosen to convene a community forum to discuss what we can do to help support the arts. This event is free and open to the public.

Panel discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m., featuring short presentations by:

Vickie Benson, Program Director, Arts, The McKnight Foundation
Gwen Cannon, Program Director, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Melinda Hobbs Childs, Program Manager, Forecast Public Art
Andrea Jenkins, Senior Policy Aide, 8th Ward City Council Office
Sarah Schultz, Director, Education and Community Programs, The Walker Art Center (and) Board Member, The Soap Factory
Laura Zabel, Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

There will be a question and answer session following the formal panel discussion.




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1905 Third Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN

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