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Make Space for Artists: Design-a-Studio


by Sarah Jane Semrad 29 Oct 2008

Guest blogger Sarah Jane Semrad is Executive Director of La Reunion TX. Collaboration. It’s not just a way to generate ideas and maximize resources… For La Reunion TX, it’s a way to create focus group! Please join us Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Creative Connections as we present to North […]

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Guest blogger Sarah Jane Semrad is Executive Director of La Reunion TX.

Collaboration. It’s not just a way to generate ideas and maximize resources… For La Reunion TX, it’s a way to create focus group! Please join us Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Creative Connections as we present to North Texas “Make Space for Artists : Design-a-Studio” at the Dallas Museum of Art. Remember Make Space for Art? That’s the international juried architecture program La Reunion TX held last year and the beginning of this year. We received 68 awesome sustainable ideas from 19 countries of what we should build on our 35 acre site in Oak Cliff. We took one component of the winning entry – from Dallas’ own Bang Dang – and created a spinoff to “design-a-studio”. We’re curious: What does a painter need in her studio? A photographer? A dancer? A writer? A geek writing code? How can we dream – design – create – build a place on 35 acres in Oak Cliff that satisfies all those needs?

Old skool pencil and paper entries are welcome, and those who fancy themselves remotely tech savvy are encouraged to use the free software program Google Sketch Up. My 9-year-old Eva plays with it all the time. It’s really easy! And fun! Free Google Sketch Up workshops are slated throughout the program, which wraps Feb. 12. We’ve poked around on the Internet – nothing has been done like this before as far as we can tell.

Join La Reunion TX, The Dallas Museum of Art and community partner Corgan MediaLab as we launch this innovative program next week. We’ll begin with a brief program and video in the C3 Theatre and then have a tour of the Tech Lab space. And if you’re an artist (working in any media) in North Texas, be sure to submit shots of YOUR studio space to the Online Artist Studio Tour that Art&Seek is hosting in conjunction with Make Space for Artists.

Come one, come all. The Make Space for Artists: Design-a-Studio program is open to artists, students, musicians, lovers of art, designers, architects and anyone interested in learning a new skill on the computer. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries at an awards ceremony in February.

See ya November 6!


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