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Community Meeting For Artists June 26

01:33PM / Monday, June 18, 2007

North Adams - The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center will host an informational town meeting for area artists on Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m., at MCLA Gallery 51.

Presented by Kathleen Bitetti, artist and executive director of the Artists Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Kolok Gallery and North Adams Open Studios, the meeting is for artists working in all disciplines, including visual art, dance, music and theater.

Learn why passage of state Sen. Jack Hart’s Senate Bill 2461, an act to further regulate Consignment of Fine Art, is important to all artists, and why it is a national model. Also learn about the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law and what new responsibilities individuals have, and what new health care programs and services have been created as a result of the new law.

Information will include state legislation filed to help artists working in all disciplines. Also learn about additional legislation important for artists to be aware of.

Additional information about how to become a citizen artist, and why it is important to do so, will be discussed. Participants should bring a pen and paper for taking notes, as well as business cards as the meeting is expected to provide an opportunity for networking.

The meeting is free. Interested artists should RSVP to an
afinfo@artistsfoundation.org e-mail address.

For more information, go to www.artistsfoundation.org and a www.healthcareforartists.org Internet website.

MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St., in North Adams. For more information about the gallery or directions, call 413-664-8718, or vists a www.mcla.edu/gallery51 Internet web site.
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just thought the way the article was written didn't sound like it was open to all in the community. we are in a "creative economy". i'm sure there will be information provided that all in the community could use. no negativism here. i've said it before i don't care if you're an artist or a garbage man.
from: chris tremblayon: 06-19 00:00:00-2007

I agree that there will most likely be information provided that could benefit self-employed individuals other than those in the arts. Certainly, anyone interested in attending should, I'm sure even attendees who would not consider themselves artists would find that their participation would be fully welcomed. To those that may think the arts community is 'elitist', I would highly recommend that you attend any one of a number of gallery openings in North Adams. The North Adams arts community is made up primarily of North Adams residents, so I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised at who you might run into.
from: Kurt Kolokon: 06-19 00:00:00-2007

Contrary to Donna's concerns about this being exclusive, much of this information will be relevant to the arts in a broad sense (dancers, actors, writers, etc.). Additionally, it is not about artists being taught how to "interact with the rest of the world" but about helping a growing segment of the economic base of our city navigate new legislation that will have an impact on them financially. Finally, this is a program that is being both initiated and supported by people involved in the arts to help others involved in the arts. If there were legislative changes that impacted another economic segment of our city, say people involved in manufacturing for example, one would hope that they would have the gumption to get together in order to understand the impact and help one another.
from: Joshuaon: 06-19 00:00:00-2007

Chris,

Why the automatic negativity? Although I'm not an artist, I certainly didn't get the impression that the presentation was in any way an exclusive event. If you or anyone else has an interest in learning more about Consignment Law, or just in making a positive contribution to developing the arts and tourism in our great City, then by all means please attend if interested. I'm sure you'll be welcome, and you may come away from the event having learned a thing or two.

from: Joe Conwayon: 06-19 00:00:00-2007

One and all are welcome. It will be geared primarily towards artists (who national surveys show only 18-25% have health insurance) but I assume it will be helpful to one and all. So please join us. And of course come to the opening of the next show at MCLA Gallery 51 later that week- Conversations from the Edge of the Cosmos, a retrospective of the work of Kent Mikalson. Opening receoption is Thursday June 28th from 6p - 8p.

jds
from: Jonathan D. Secoron: 06-19 00:00:00-2007

I would suggest that art and therefore artists are in the eye of the beholder. If you believe you are an artist, who's to say different? Frankly, I plan to attend. Are these people so elitist that they have to hold special meetings to be taught how to interact with rest of the world? Apparently so.
from: Donnaon: 06-18 00:00:00-2007

this seems like a great way to facilitate a better community involvement. if you're not an artist, don't come?
from: chris tremblayon: 06-18 00:00:00-2007


 
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