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A local economic impact study that actually shows us the numbers

Of course, it did NOT come from city hall. That would go against their fierce opposition to transparency.

Findings reveal the non-profit arts and culture industry generates $104.5 million in total economic activity in the Sioux Falls area, supports 3,567 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $71.1 million in household income to local residents and generates $2.8 million in revenue to local government.

The Study found that on top of admission costs to events, arts and culture audiences spend an additional $30.35 per person per event. This figure is up from $21.57 reported in a similar study released in 2012. The effect of these dollars is felt throughout the local economy: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services, and acquire assets within the community while audiences spend money locally on meals, hotel rooms, and gas, among other things. The ripple effect of arts and culture spending in Sioux Falls amounts to $84.8 million annually.

Add to this the $20.8 million spent by arts and cultural nonprofits themselves, the result is $105.4 million in cumulative economic activity in Sioux Falls.

What I found interesting is that while the Pavilion participated, SMG (Events Center) and the Convention Center did NOT. You would think that if both or either one participated, these numbers would look very different. But like I said already, that would require letting the public look at the books.

I have requested a full copy of the study.

Poetry Club w/Charles Luden

Lawyers and doctors are always practicing their professions.

Do they ever perfect them?
Perhaps it’s like musicians always looking for the cool notes 
hoping to blow them hot 
in the small hours.
Charles Luden
at Dunn Bros Coffee.

Detroit Lewis DOC review; Tom Waits: Tales From A Cracked Jukebox

My favorite songwriter of all time.

Using rare archive, audio recordings and interviews viewers are taken on a trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Tom Waits – a portrait of one of modern music’s most enigmatic and influential artists.

Only three musicians make me cry almost instantly, Hank Sr., Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits. I have about 90% of his stuff, and some rare European live crap. I did an art exhibit a few years ago that were paintings based on his music. The only show I sold completely out of. If you are not a fan, I suggest you watch this DOC done by BBC, and learn a little about this fantastic artist.

Is Sioux Falls really an artistic community?

First, I would like to say that it is (in some respects) and has really come a long ways over the past 5-7 years.

That being said, when I think of the genuine artistic side of Sioux Falls, I think of the artists themselves. Sioux Falls is spilling over with talented visual and musical artists. We also have many great people involved in theatre, dance and literature. But when I think of our business community, I don’t think they really ‘get it’ and it’s not that don’t want to give money or support it (Arc of Dreams) I just think they have too much focus on ‘Economic Development’. Guess what? Not everything in life that you do will bring you wealth, maybe it will bring you happiness?

Sioux Falls artists made it clear the current political climate isn’t the only barrier to a more robust scene.

Zach DeBoer, who owns Exposure Gallery and Studios, said he would like to see more dedicated funding from the city.

“We don’t currently have something like that,” said DeBoer, who has been a public advocate for the arts and serves on the city’s visual arts commission

Even if we were not talking about the arts in Sioux Falls, there seems to be this mentality from the business community that everything we invest in Sioux Falls should have a return on it. While I would agree when it comes to the arts and entertainment (which we don’t currently have a positive return on) at the grassroots level and the arts it’s more about community building than anything and supporting local artists is much like supporting local business.

I don’t get involved with LOCAL art clubs, groups or committees anymore, but I certainly support the young artists in our community that do, hopefully they can succeed where I just gave up fighting the arts political hierarchy. Anything is possible.

Detroit Lewis DOC review; Burden

I think If I would ever aspire to be a great artist, I would want to be Chris Burden. I think his transformation from crazy performance art to amazing sculptor is fascinating.

Maybe the city budget isn’t so tight

When I see things like this in the city council’s consent agenda (Item#1), it makes me wonder just how ‘tight’ the budget is and all these supposed cuts and fee increases. Sure, this was probably budgeted last year, but the council could pull it from the agenda and vote it down, or even push it to next year. I think the Orpheum will be just fine.

Saving the Mural at Black Sheep Coffee

From Charles Luden

First branches were cut down to remove shadows. A series of high resolution images were taken to be spliced together later. Measurements were taken so the camera was always the same exact distance from the wall. Mark, Bill’s father-in-law, initiated the saving process.  (Bill, now deceased bought Black Sheep from Todd.)  Bill’s uncle now owns Black Sheep. Paul Heckel who has an ad agency and more did the camera work. His company is named LIT and is on the north east corner of 10th and Main – across from the Carnegie building where the city council meets. Charles Luden shot these photos during the process. I don’t know when Paul will have the finished image completed, but he we will probably print them out at 100% and have the mural recreated.

Eyob Mergia (who know lives in Las Vegas) based the mural on the painting Jazz Band ( Dirty Style Blues ) 1944 by Jean Dubuffet 1901-1985 France French.

Eyob and I did this mural by my hot tub called ‘Swimming Ladies’

Poetry Reading

There will be a group of poets reading their stuff  Saturday May 6th at 7 PM at Zandbros in downtown Sioux Falls. The reading celebrates the release of the recent Scurfpea Publishing poetry anthology, I Walked by the River

Detroit Lewis DOC review; Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Love the above quote.

Some in power in this great town think they are the ONLY one who gets to make the grand decisions, like when it comes to Indoor Pools or Administration buildings.

In this Documentary, Jane Jacobs takes citizen activism to her city, NY, on a large scale;

Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood.

Jane shows that you can make a difference on a local level, and take on the ‘big wigs’ and win.

Detroit Lewis DOC review; Traceroute

Besides the fact TRACEROUTE has won numerous indie doc awards and has gotten fantastic reviews, you don’t have to be a Nerd or into Nerd culture to enjoy this film, in fact it may get you to understand it more.

What makes TR great is that it is hilarious. Not rolling on the ground, crying, trying to catch your breath funny. But constantly laughing in your head because of the constant comedic comments by the director, producer, writer and and narrator Johannes Grenzfurthner.

“You can’t make fun of LA, it’s beyond parody, like Henry Kissinger receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.”

And while Johannes is covering a topic that has been covered a million times before, he brings originality to the film, by making fun of mundane documentaries, by filming this like a mundane documentary. (oh, and on a personal note, they stop at the Henry Miller museum in Big Sur, a place I have been).

You will either really like this DOC, or you will be cursing me for wasting 2 hours of your life. Oh well.

Traceroute is a 2016 Austrian/American documentary film directed by Johannes Grenzfurthner. The autobiographical documentary and road movie deals with the history, politics and impact of nerd culture. Grenzfurthner calls his film a “personal journey into the uncharted depths of nerd culture, a realm full of dangers, creatures and more or less precarious working conditions”,[1] an attempt to “chase the ghosts of nerddom’s past, present and future.”[2] The film was co-produced by art group monochrom and Reisenbauer Film. It features music by Kasson Crooker, Hans Nieswandt, and many others.