Big news in the paper about UR and the Modlin Center for the Arts stepping up downtown-style. Thanks, y'all! What the city won't do, the West End will!
Of course, there is always more to the story (as I wrote to the RTD)
Thank you for your piece concerning Curated Culture, First Fridays, and
the Modlin Center at University of Richmond.
As a member of art6 gallery, I am thrilled for this wonderful gift from UR and look forward to Christina Newton's continued hard work for this downtown event.
Here are two additional points to consider:
1) eighth blackbird has been scheduled to perform at November First Friday for
since early spring. The Modlin Center has not "provided" them. They are also
performing for the ticketed ticket-only pre-show opening on Thursday Nov.
1st (see art6.org website for info). We are actively seeking sponsors for eighth blackbird and local restaurants to donate appetizer trays for Nov 1st and 2nd . The support provided by UR is for Curated Culture and all the downtown
galleries, not just one group.
2)'Holiday window displays means art in windows of vacant buildings. The city promised the art galleries could fill those ugly places months ago At art6, we're ready right now and have been! While a handful of windows (if that) have been done, there has been little guidance by any city contact to make this happen. I sincerely hope it finally gets off the ground in December.
In the meantime, the people come by the thousands, First Friday happens in spite of city government and the bloated-budget Centerstage organization. To suggest Ms.Newton contact yet another group for funds is typical city maneuvering instead of dialogue and assistance.
Thanks to Christina's hard work and countless volunteer hours by local artists in all the galleries, we've made it happen anyway.
Please join us on First Friday, come look, come buy, come support
your local artists!
BTW-LEILA PENDLETON HAS HAD TO CANCEL HER PEFORMANCE FOR SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH- However, WE WILL BE OPEN - DONATIONS ACCEPTED- Music, Poetry, Short Stories, Dance, Refreshments. 7:30pm
art 6- Open when we say we are- downtown!