Arts From the Dept of No Shit, Sherlock
posted by December 6 at 18:37 PMon
Apparently ConWorks is dead. Who knew?
SEATTLE, WA, December 6, 2006. Consolidated Works announces with regret that it will cease operations at the end of the year. The organization announced this past summer that it was unable to renew the lease for its warehouse space due to seismic improvements required to be made to the building. Later, it had to let go of its staff while efforts were made to find a formula to relocate and carry the organization forward. Unfortunately, those efforts have proved unsuccessful.
Allena Gabosch, President of ConWorks, observed, “This is a very difficult time for arts organizations. We see institutions like Empty Space Theatre closing after more than 30 years of operation, and we hear from other arts organizations that they too are considering closing. ConWorks has been at a standstill for several months now, and restarting the organization in the present climate seems less practical than throwing support to others in the hope that they will survive this period.”
ConWorks takes this opportunity to thank the many artists, staff members, donors, volunteers, and audience members who have supported the organization over the years. ConWorks is thankful to have had the opportunity to add to the cultural fabric of Seattle and the Northwest.
A couple of thoughts:
1. ConWorks comparing (even tangentially) its own rise and fall to that of Empty Space is nauseatingly arrogant. The difference in impact and scope and long-term community value and plain old longevity—not only aren’t they playing in the same ballpark, they’re not even playing the same goddamned game.
2. What “support” will ConWorks be “throwing” the rest of the arts community? It sold off its assets in a motherfucking garage sale.
To exit on a note of false benevolence and relevance is worse than just slipping out the door without saying goodbye.