Arts Tonight: Save Oddfellows Hall
posted by January 16 at 12:09 PMon
Remember back when Ted Schroth bought Oddfellows Hall (read about it here)?
Remember when everybody was freaking out and some people (like me) said: We don’t know what’s going to happen, so let’s not freak out yet?
Looks like it might be time to freak out.
Rumor says Schroth is raising the rents and demanding minimum five-year leases, meaning Freehold is out, Velocity is probably out, and the Century Ballroom is trying to negotiate a deal to stay for a couple of years, but will eventually probably be out.
Matthew Kwatinetz, of the Capitol Hill Arts Center has organized a meeting tonight to discuss the future of Oddfellows Hall. (Technically, it’s a Chamber of Commerce/CHAC/Creative Conversations meeting about real estate and the arts, but all anyone will want to talk about is Oddfellows Hall.)
Likely to attend: Jim Kelly and Charlie Rathbun (4 Culture), Susan Shannon (Mayor’s Office of Economic Development), Michael Killoren (Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs), Nick Licata (city council), and a pack of bunged-up artists.
Likely topics of discussion: Arts spaces, government subsidies for arts spaces, non-profits that are rumored to want to buy Oddfellows back from Schroth, people’s memories of and affections for Oddfellows Hall, and the Save the Oddfellows group, whose website is here.
5:30. CHAC. Be there.