Local arts nonprofit Eyedrum continues to face a dire financial situation. After an announcement last July explaining that the arts org could be forced to close its doors, Eyedrum rallied and held an art auction to raise some much-needed cash. The auction grossed roughly $15,000, but much of that was quickly swallowed up by past-due rent and other debts.
Eyedrum's biggest challenge may be it's high rent costs. As CL's Wyatt Williams reported last month, "The group readily admits it cant afford the cost of rent for its massive converted industrial space in Grant Park. Theres been some talk about moving, but the Board of Directors is divided on the issue. Regardless of some of the boards desire to change locations, its lease on the Grant Park property runs through December of 2010. Negotiations with the landlord, Braden Fellman, have deteriorated. 'Theyre a landlord, they want their money. They dont say anything, really, though. They dont return phone calls, e-mails.'"
Enter the 24-hour Dance-a-Thon Eyedrum fundraising Part Deux this Sat.-Sun., Sept. 26-27. The event's organized by the Harold Group and Atlanta's independent arts community, according to a press release, and involves dancing, an art sale, and a bicycle scavenger hunt. Complete details follow after the jump.
What: The Eyedrum, a critical, if not crucial, organization and space in Atlantas independent arts community is struggling to pay rent after providing 11 years of service. To help the organization stay afloat, the community is organizing a 24 Hour Dance-a-thon, Art Sale, and Alley Cat (bicycle scavenger hunt). The event begins in the evening on Saturday, September 26 and ends 24 hours later on Sunday, September 27. Revelers will be treated to a variety of dance party DJs and live bands including Atlanta Sedition Orchestra, Strezo, and Pleasure Cruise. The party also includes performances by aerialists and burlesque dancers, a kissing booth, and dance contests. Food and drinks will be available.
Admission is $5, or free with an Eyedrum membership purchased at the door (starts at $35 and includes free admission to Eyedrum events for one year).
When: September 26-27, 2009. Full event details available at: www.eyedrumdanceathon.com.
Where: Eyedrum, Suite 8, 290 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
How to get involved: Community members are invited to volunteer, donate to, attend, and participate in the event.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
yeah, because Grant Park is miles away and isn't a park
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