The Art School in The Art School News March 4, 2010

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Upcoming events

All the following events will take place at The AS in The AS  Headquarters: 1003 E. Fayette St. Apt 10 (enter through back door)

Friday, March 5, 10 pm-until whenever
The Avant Garde Experimental Underground Lounge (AGAEUL): Matrilineage Edition .
Head down to the Art School after artist Amy Alexander’s VJ performance at COLAB at the Warehouse. with DJ “witchever singularity.” Celebrate the Matrilineage Symposium (

Thursday, March 25, 6-9 pm
One Night Video Installation: Acting Out, by Chelsea Knight and Austin Shull

Chelsea Knight ( ) and Austin Shull ( ) are two New York based video artists. They have collaborated on a new video installation piece called Acting Out:  “The video explores the inheritance of specific forms and structures of confinement. Working with ten actors and a director inside the Skowegan Jail, the artists record the rehearsal of Ubu Roi, an early 20th century political parody play and precursor to the Theater of the Absurd. The rehearsals and performances by the actors highlight the arbitrary and farcical nature of our systems of confinement and incarceration.” Chelsea and Austin will be visiting artists in Time Arts at SU.  Their installation coincide with the opening of the Sensational Remix, the Matrilinage exhibition at Spark.

Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10 am -6 pm
How to Make and Art School (a day long retreat)
We will begin by pretending that art schools don't exist, but that we are charged with creating one. What is the purpose, goals, philosophy of a school to educate artists? How do we take into account multidisciplinary practices, socially and conceptually engaged art, art that includes gallery/art market systems as well as institutional and community-based work, artists as citizens and cultural producers? We will end by developing some rough draft practical proposals that will be given to The College of Visual and Performing Arts at SU.
If you'd like to participate, please RSVP to Joanna Spitzner:

Creative Economies Discussion Series

building on our discussion of Art Work(, The AS in The AS will be looking at different aspects of the economy this Spring.

Wednesday, March 10, 7pm
Joanna Spitzner: Alternative Funding: Models and Brainstorming Session
We'll look at some alternative funding models—microfunding, bartering, cheap art auctions, selling goods, selling shares, job banks, trade for services, sliding scales, playing the lottery, and things we haven’t even thought of yet. We’ll also spend some time brainstorming as a group about ways to explore funding--for individual projects, and as a group.

Wednesday, March 24, 7pm
Tom Gokey and Meg Backus: Starting a Micro-Lending Bank
Meg and Tom have the idea of starting a zero-interest micro lending bank to fund education loans. There have already been a couple for-profit on-line micro lending banks created like this just in the last couple of months. You can create an account and your grandma and aunts and uncles can give you a $10-$1000 loan that you would pay back at competitive interest rates. If you can do this, why not do a zero-interest version that is indexed to inflation? Grandma and aunts and uncles would get their money back in the end, but why profit off your own grandkid/niece/nephew? Why not just help them out? We'll talk about this idea and how to get it off the ground.

Wednesday, April 7, 7pm
Mark Grimm: Student Loans, Debt, and the Arts: A Introduction to Strategies for the Uninformed Professional Student
In this workshop we will cover financial strategies, problems and debt related issues due to excessive educational goals in the arts contributing to personal financial crisis. We will learn to fill out paperwork associated with cutting student loan and credit debt and learn some ways to build new credit. We will also discuss how artists can manage their education in ways that minimize debt and strengthen credit.

Wednesday, April 21, 7pm
Frank Cetera: Grassroots Economies: from the Democratic Economy Network to the Alchemical Nursery Project.
Frank is involved all sorts of green and social entrepreneurship in Syracuse: the Alchemical Nursery Project, the Syracuse Social Economy Network, and he’s a Green Business Advisor at the OCC SBDC. He’ll talk about the Democratic Economy Network (DEconN) [], then flow downwards into Alchemical ( and the fiscal sponsorship program it operates, and then talk about Green Business. We’ll learn how the services these different networks offer could benefit folks.


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