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Artbeat, Calling all Artists [Mar. 27th, 2006|01:34 pm]
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Hello we are wondering if there are any artists in the area that will be participating at Artbeat in Somerville this year? We are wondering what experience any of you or your friends may have had with this sort of thing, check it out: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4772832 Seems like there are one of those shops in Somerville.

"Handmade goods are such a competitive industry, she said, that new and small businesses will be unable to survive against people and businesses with more power." "The minute something becomes popular in Maine you suddenly see the exact same item made in China. In the Christmas Tree Shop in Portland, there are 35 pieces of stained-glass items all under $15. I can't compete with that." read more of this here: http://www.downtowndexter.com/news/bdn062804.html

Its funny because they are putting in all that big box retail in assembly square yet they want a Green line T extension. One of their biggest arguments for mass transit is that it "decreases traffic and pollution". I guess the State must think they are crazy, look at this: http://www.redhook-brooklyn.org/ and then this http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/diseases/articles/2006/03/27/asthma_hits_ne_hard_study_finds/

Anyway, we are looking for any feedback especially from local artists or mom and pop businesses that are interested in supporting the community. Post your stories here and\or the contact information if you like. We would like to see businesses like Ricky's in Union Square Somerville survive the the Big Box invasion!

Thanks so much for your support!

Here is a link to Somerville's Artbeat: http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/programs/artbeat/

[User Picture]From: haptotrope
2006-03-27 09:04 pm (UTC)
Really interesting... I keep having to be out of town for ArtBeat Every single time...

But the article is likely true.. and on top of it, crafters feed off of eachother as well, then someone gets an idea and tries to run further with it -- and its really hard to see the difference between "inspired by" and "stolen from" and If I had to get copyrights for all my original pieces to protect them it would suck, and put individual craftspersons under... just to pay the trademark/copyright/etc fees.
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[User Picture]From: livias_fiction
2006-03-28 12:28 am (UTC)
Outsourcing and big box retailing are two economic maladies that are so irking these days. It made me twitch when i read of the decision of whether to usher in a big box retailer or use the money to extend the green line. I'm for the latter because i am so sick of seeing big business and i'd rather see our infrastructure being improved. We can't have both guns and butter. But then again that's yet another feature of the manipulation of politics these days, appealing with social issues when all they have in mind are economic exploits.
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[User Picture]From: julishka
2006-03-28 04:15 am (UTC)
you keep saying "we." who do you represent? artbeat? NPR? mystic view task force? other?

your post is very confusing as to what you're trying to get information on.
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[User Picture]From: push_stars
2006-03-28 01:33 pm (UTC)
we are just regular people, members of the community, residents, with common intrests and values trying to learn and raise awareness using the Internet. We don't have a specific agenda, we are just friends of Artbeat, MVTF, progressive democratics and any other special intrest group trying to improve our community. If we had a mission statement it might be to re-phrase Winston Churchill: "First we build our cities and then our cities build us". So what do you think now julishka? Do you have anything to contribute?
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2006-03-28 01:36 pm (UTC)
Are 'we' an organized group with a name? Are 'we' a group that collectively posts under the name push_stars?
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[User Picture]From: julishka
2006-03-28 03:45 pm (UTC)
it sounded like you were actively soliciting an opinion wrt something, i kept waiting for the "who you are" part of your post as opposed to just throwing out stories which have been hashed over and over. what i found missing was some sort of stuff tying it all together, so i'll have to do it for you.

like: we're an organization who would like to better inform the arts council about these problems and we're wondering whether you in the artistic community are finding your ideas in copycat stores like xmas tree shops?" contact us to let us know and we can see if there's a reason for pushing forth an initiative (insert contact info) (btw, xmas tree shops are owned or are about to be owned by bed bath and beyond.)

or, i thought you were going to mention the somerville town meeting on the arts that's happening tomorrow as a venue to voice your concerns and opinion on the arts in somerville.

or, i though you might mention that the deadline for submitting proposals to participate in Artbeat in davis square is March 31st and that there's another arts festival starting up in Union square.

or perhaps clarify that by having the green line extension cut through somerville that it could indeed reduce the amount of commuter traffic through the city and hopefully then help improve the air quality in somerville & make it less a hazard for asthma sufferers.

there ya go.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2006-03-28 01:33 pm (UTC)
Are you saying that the Christmas Tree Shops are stealing and reproducing designs of art that is displayed at ArtBeat? Please tell us more.
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[User Picture]From: livias_fiction
2006-03-30 12:01 am (UTC)
i leave the interpretation of 'we' to your own faculties. and it was only used once.

let's look at the big picture.
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