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 Post subject: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2000 7:03 pm 
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With skyrocketting costs of real estate, many arts organizations are suffering from high rents. In cities such as San Francisco where according to one study, 1 in 11 jobs is related to the arts, the high cost of rent has become a "civic sore point" according to the SF Chronicle. In a public hearing last week, organizers were swamped by complaints from 200 artists, four times the expected number. Read the article:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/05/03/ED82602.DTL" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/05/03/ED82602.DTL</A> <P><BR>Do other cities have similar problems? What are they doing about it?


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2000 7:43 pm 
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Here's a reader who took major exceptions to the article in the SF Chronicle. She thinks the article is unfair to artists:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/05/09/DD4774.DTL" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/05/09/DD4774.DTL</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2000 1:05 pm 
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In relation to this topic, did anyone read a copy of the recent article about Trisha Brown in the NY Times. Apparently, her company is going through the same problem..getting squeezed out of their large studio space on the upper West Side of Manhattan due to skyrocketing rents. I guess the company is touring for three months to Europe next fall because (rather than their usual 6wks) becasue, since they don't have any studio space to return to in NYc, they are going to stay abroad.and generate some income I guess!! Stay tuned!!


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2000 7:27 pm 
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I guess it is happening everywhere. Good thing then that ODC/SF bought their own space that they have used to train in as well as to showcase up and coming talent. I wonder how many companies actually own their space.


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2000 7:19 am 
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This issue has taken on crisis proportions in SF, with companies and arts organizations facing exorbitant rent increases. Dancers' Group for example is losing its space of 18 years due to a 400% rent hike! Lines Contemporary Ballet, as another example, faces a 250% rent increase.

This has forced some creative thinking on the part of small companies. Shipp & Company, as an example, has invented a new genre called Retail Dance, which I suppose can be considered a form of site-specific dance. There is a discussion of this at:
http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=6&t=000020

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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2000 5:04 pm 
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Where is Dancers' Group's space?


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2000 7:50 pm 
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Dancers’ Group<BR>3221 22nd Street (at Mission)<BR>San Francisco, CA 94110<BR>415-824-5044 <A HREF="http://www.dancersgroup.org" TARGET=_blank>www.dancersgroup.org</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2000 11:09 am 
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From the Associated Press, "Some of America's best performing artists have inaugurated The New 42nd Street Studios, a 10-story, $29.6 million building of rehearsal space for nonprofit arts companies":<P> <A HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20000621/aponline062112_000.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20000621/aponline062112_000.htm</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2000 9:36 pm 
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Azlan,<BR>Not exactly what you were talking about but along the same lines of arts and money pushing the arts out, there was an article in one of the broadsheets here in England arguing that arts students should pay a greater amount of the university fees because subjects like dance and drama are just a hobby. <BR>When will ridiculous coments like this stop?<BR>Mairead


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2000 10:58 am 
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The rent situation is getting serious in SF. Here's a story on the eviction of Dancers' Group Studio Theater:<P> <A HREF="http://www.sfbg.com/News/34/38/38ogdan.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sfbg.com/News/34/38/38ogdan.html</A> <P><BR>And here is story about an interesting program to provide one-time emergency loans for the purpose of avoiding evictions:<P> <A HREF="http://www.sfbg.com/News/34/38/38edfund.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sfbg.com/News/34/38/38edfund.html</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2000 6:42 pm 
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From the Dancers' Group:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A Call to Action...<BR>Come out<BR>and support<BR>Dancers’ Group...<P>Horace Mann Middle School, Valencia & 23rd St Wednesday, June 28 7-9PM Dinner at 6:30pm. <BR>Child care and translation provided. <P>On Wednesday June 28 at 7:00pm at Horace Mann Middle School the Director of San Francisco’s Planning Department, Gerald Green and SF Planning Commissioner Hector Chinchilla will listen to community concerns about displacement of artists and other low income residents, non-profits and community based organizations due to the rocketing rise in real estate prices and the invasion of high tech offices in the City’s Mission District. The community will be asking the Planning Department to rezone the Mission so as to help stop displacement and to protect existing businesses and communities.<P>Wayne Hazzard, Executive Director of Dancers’ Group will be making a presentation to the meeting to explain the situation at Dancers’ Group Studio. Not only are Dancers’ Group in an extremely critical position (for those who don’t know, they are scheduled to be evicted along with Joe Goode in the middle of August) but this is a serious phenomenon that affects the arts community as a whole.<P>This e-mail is to urge those of us working in the arts in San Francisco—and our friends and supporters—to come to this public meeting to support Wayne and Dancers’ Group. We need to have a large, visible and vocal presence, and people willing to offer testimony as to the organization’s vital importance to the community. We cannot afford to lose another dance space!<P>Please pass this message on.<BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Thanks, Kim, for forwarding this to me.<P>{edited by Stuart to take out the problems caused by copy and pasting e-mails}<P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited June 24, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2000 10:45 am 
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Hi there - ran across this interesting article today. She (Janelle Brown) begins by talking about the rent issue in SF (and other places) and how it's bumping artists out.<P>Oops - forgot this part earlier: <A HREF="http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2000/06/27/idealive/index.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2000/06/27/idealive/index.html</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Prisanh (edited June 27, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2000 6:48 pm 
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Thanks, Prisanh, for that article and here's another to add to the sad tale. Apparently, Silicon Valley, just south of SF, is also affected by swelling rents. According to Pusata Reang of the SJ Mercury News, "Many non-profit organizations worry they may have to pull up long-established roots or curtail or discontinue services." This is bad.<P> <A HREF="http://www.sjmercury.com/front/docs1/044855.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sjmercury.com/front/docs1/044855.htm</A> <P><BR>Once again, I thank Kim Shipp, AD of Shipp & Company Dance Theater, for forwarding this article to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2000 7:14 pm 
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This website is mentioned in the Salon article Prisanh cited above:

http://www.idealive.com/

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Welcome to idealive...

Funding the next generation of independent artists.
Providing investment opportunities in arts and entertainment.
Listening to music, film and art fans to identify up-and-coming talent.

Register as an idealive member to discover and support new artists.

Sign up as an investor member to access a selection of creative investment opportunities.
I started a new thread to discuss dot.com and the arts:

http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=3&t=000079

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[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited June 27, 2000).]

<small>[ 08-10-2002, 15:31: Message edited by: salzberg ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: Rent vs Arts
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2000 9:55 pm 
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Despite the fact I am truly in awe of the situation for non-profits and am myself feeling the pinch as a young dance company looking to the bigger boys for performance venues and service support, I offer one thought. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.<P>Artists have always been tossed around on society's' whimps and economics and have creatively adapted to stay standing. I have resolved to try to find creative partnerships for my company with the very entities which are pushing us out.


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