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Work-for-Hire

2010 - 12

Ithaca, NY

Arts Council Director

Stella's Restaurant, Bar, & Cafe

On 23, Feb 2013 | In Work-For-Hire Projects

Inspired by the idea of a dear friend and fellow artist-server (mentioned off-handily as she was leaving town to move West), I founded & managed a volunteer group of my fellow restaurant staff members that organized in-house arts activities.

 

Exhibits
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Within our cafe and downstairs spaces, we hosted frequently changing art shows. Artwork was selected through consensus by the Council, and I coordinated the schedule and installations with the artists.

I also spearheaded that installation of a sophisticated rail hanging system to facilitate quicker and more professional hangings and a safer environment for our high traffic cafe.

Music
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The other main focus of the Council was to vet and diversify the weekly live music program.

Occasionally, we hosted special one-time-off music events, which were consistently well-attended.

Community

Stella’s Arts Council also served as the coordinating tool for hosting community events, such as poetry readings, and sought to forward artistic pursuits within the staff through internal art salons, a book club, and re-occurring “Crafts and Drafts” events.

Loosely connected with these activities was the founding and editing of the on-lines arts magazine Rag Mag {Occasionally}.