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July 19, 2005

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Ron Newman

This year's ArtBeat had many organizations which could be considered political, in the sense that they want governments to act in particular ways.

Besides Amnesty International and Somerville Climate Action, I also recall seeing STEP (advocating a Green Line extension), the Mystic River Watershed Association (advocating a cleaner river), Groundwork Somerville (advocating a Community Path extension), and other environmental groups.

I was glad to see all of them at this year's ArtBeat, and don't understand why the Mystic River Greens could not also have been included.

As a long-time ArtBeat supporter and volunteer, I've sent a letter to the Mayor, asking that the city apologize to the Mystic River Greens and invite them to participate in a future Somerville Arts Council event.

Artist

Hmmmmmmm, maybe it's just me but shouldnt Artbeat be about art???? I don't think anyone who isn't artsy-craftsy should be allowed at all. Can an artist go the next green party political event and set up a table and sell their artwork? I think not. There's a time and a place for everything and I think the Mayor should keep everyone who isn't an artist out of Artbeat next year. How many stupid pieces of literature did I have to accept from bleeding hearts all day that day???? It was the only bad thing about the whole day.

Adam@make them crazy.com

I say we propose a question to be put on the ballot to construct a nuclear power plant right here in Somerville! Noting like the great smell of warm cooling water flowing down the mystic! Now wouldn't that question blow the fuse box on this site?

Jamie

In response to Artist:

Sure lets make Art Beat about only art. No community groups, and no non-art vendors (that includes food). Absolutely, just make it about art. Sadly, I doubt it will happen, then.

Actually, the Mystic River Green-Rainbow Action "virtual table" had a lot of art around it. We chalked out boxes on the side walk that people could use to make their own art or message. Got a lot of responses. I'll post them here when I get them up.

And if you don't want a flyer, don't take it.

Artist

Jamie, your stuff was a cool sort of art form I agree. But that's not why you were there. You decided that if you can;t beat em, join em. So you improvised and blended with the "artists". That's an art form! Now if that's what you planned on doing from day one you would have been allowed to have a table, get it??? And for the record it's easier to take the stupid literature and smile and throw it in the next trash can you pass by than to listen to the bleeding heart lecture you'll get for refusing it. Artbeat is about art, it's not a political forum.

annie

dear mr. newman,
ever heard of guernica? if you think art is not political then you must not be an artist. diego rivera? judy chicago? artemisia gentileschi? margaret bourke white? goya? the clash? faith ringgold? jacob lawrence? the list could go on forever.

annie

dear mr newman,
ever heard of guernica? if you think art is not political then you must not be an artist. diego rivera? judy chicago? artemisia gentileschi? margaret bourke white? goya? the clash? faith ringgold? jacob lawrence? the list could go on forever.

Ron Newman

I'm not sure what you're responding to, annie, because I never made any statement that "art is not political".

Jamie O'Keefe

Actually, by Artbeat rules all community org tables had to have some form of interactive art. Ours was going to be "Make pictures of peace and justice" that we would then post around Somerville and scan in and put on our web site.

It looked like few community orgs were doing that.

Again, if you are going to deny non-art groups then you have to deny way more tables than "political groups".

Here are the pictures I promised of the art people chalked on the street:

http://jokeefe.typepad.com/photos/art_beat_05_grp_table/

Maybe next time we should bring paint? ;-)

annie butler

dear ron newman, i am annie and i apologize for directing my comments to you. i have never responded to a "chat". i thought the signatures came before the message not after the line. i was actually talking to someone who posted as "artist" i was part of the virtual table. so, again, sorry and thank you for your supportive statement.

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