Art is one of those intangibles that keep the tangible life demands in balance so every so often I need to touch base with the arts community in Kent, see what’s happening and what they’re working on. Here’s a few things that have come across my desk recently promoting the arts in Kent.
Dear Mr. Ruller,
The Artists Network of Kent (TANK) is hosting an informational meeting this Thursday evening at 7 pm at the KSU Museum. The topic is the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute, a highly successful course developed by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland. TANK, along with the Kent Regional Business Alliance, is hoping to convince CPAC to bring this course to Kent in the fall of 2008, and this meeting is to introduce it to area artists, and to gauge interest in the arts community. I’ve attached the flier (scroll down) we sent out to the community for your info.
I’d like to invite you, albeit on very short notice, to come to the meeting and find out what it’s all about. I have been very appreciative of your vocal support for the arts in Kent, especially their benefit to the economic development of the community (yes, I lurk on your blog!). The AIE would be an excellent tool to help artists realize their financial potential, and perhaps a vehicle to assist their economic impact in Kent. If you can make it, I look forward to meeting you there; if not, I’ll be sure to send you an overview of the meeting, along with any printed material that CPAC and KRBA bring along.
Thanks again for your support.
The Artists Network of Kent
I wanted to follow up so you’re aware of what is going on with TANK and the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute. After our public meeting (see above), we sought to determine the active level of interest, and the response we got was extremely positive. CPAC, (Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cuyahoga Co.) who produces AEI decided that the response was so good that instead of shooting for a fall 2008 date, they would bring the April 2008 AEI to Kent – which is great news for all involved!
We met again last week with Jack Crews at KRBA, who are going to act as an additional sponsor for the AEI. We still have a lot of details to work out, and will need to promote this thing as far and wide as we can, but it seems as though it is a go. We have tentatively scheduled the institute for the weekend of April 11-13, in what CPAC calls the “boot camp” format. We are seeking local experts in marketing, legal, accounting and other areas of business management to serve as teachers, although CPAC will bring in some of their past participants as well.
As things move forward I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. I feel that this is an excellent project to help bring the arts into an even more prominent place in the economic redevelopment of Kent, and I trust we can count on your support.
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
10th Annual Pie Festival and Art Sale Fundraiser
– Delicious Pies and Baked Goods Sale
– Art by local artists
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 10am-8:00pm
WHERE: North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent
CONTACT: Please call 330-673-4970 to donate or order a Pie
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment. 330-673-4970
Yes, you may still be recovering from your Thanksgiving meal, but there’s always room for dessert, eh? It’s Pie Time at the gallery again! Come on down for a slice, or buy a whole pie. We’ve got apple, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, peach, apricot, and sweet potato pies.
We’ve got pies of all sorts to please your palette, pies that don’t even have a name yet. If you have special dietary needs, we can take special orders as well. There will be other donated baked goods for those who prefer something different. And we have some fine paintings, prints, cards, and jewelry by local artists for the folks who enjoys locally made gifts.
Proceeds benefit the Art & Education Programs of Standing Rock Cultural Arts.
Thank you for supporting the Arts,
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240