Artscape: Rant postscript
About that aforementioned rant:
Of all the people to take umbrage with my litany of bellyaches in the paper today,Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape, was very upset with my characterization of his arm's-length city-associated agency as "tiny" (he didn't like "city agency" either).
While it's completely true that, with the addition of the Wychwood Barns and the forthcoming Shaw/Givins School redux, Artscape's physical holdings are far from tiny in the literal sense, I was suggesting that, in the context of actually meeting the need of a perpetually migrant art community, Artscape, though it provides desperately-needed space buffered from the market, is barely a drop in the bucket when it comes to demand.
I'm planning a good, long look at Artscape in the fall, so we may as well get this started now. Tell me about your experiences with the agency, whether it be applications for space, its priorities, how well it fulfills its mandate, its general transparency. This is an agency meant to serve a community in the context of the so-called "greater good" of the city. How's it doing? Let's talk.
**VERY IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION!! You don't have to comment publicly if you don't want to. Just email me, as some of you have already done. I'm all ears ...