Monday, October 29, 2012

Free talk at the Goat Farm to examine the arts-for-profit model

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM

We've all heard how challenging the past few years have been for arts organizations. But can the arts still be approached as an entrepreneurial endeavor? Can an arts organization actually be run for profit?

Those are just a couple of the intriguing questions which will come under consideration this Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. at the Goat Farm Arts Center. In a discussion titled “Pushing Culture as a Farm,” Goat Farm owner Anthony Harper will talk about the philosophy behind the Goat Farm as a for-profit arts organization.

The Goat Farm recently won Creative Loafing's 2012 Best of Atlanta Critic's Pick for "Best Place to Witness the Local Arts Renaissance," and we described the Harper-guided transformation of the property this way:

In just three years, the Goat Farm Arts Center has gone from well-kept secret to Atlanta art institution. The rustic 12-acre compound first began to draw artists in the 1980s when sculptors, musicians, painters, and photographers flocked to the studio spaces in the Victorian-era former cotton gin. Anthony Harper and Chris Melhouse of Hallister Development gained control of the property in 2008 with an eye toward creating a mixed-use development of condos, boutiques, and galleries. The economic downturn stifled those plans, and the partners turned the property into a center for the arts. The Goat Farm is now the permanent home of dance company gloATL, theater troupes the Collective Project and Saiah, and arts publication BurnAway.org. The number of events hosted there has exploded in the past two years, including concerts, performances, fundraisers, benefits, readings, screenings, meetings, parties, conferences, and more. In August, gloATL announced the collaborative series Tanz Farm, a full performance season of international contemporary dance. We'd never heard of this place a few years ago; now it seems like we're there every week.

Tuesday's talk will be hosted by Creative Loafing's new Editor-in-Chief Debbie Michaud, so it will be a great opportunity to put your finger on the pulse of what's ahead for Atlanta arts and media. The event is free and open to the public.

The talk is just one of the free initiatives of Tanz Farm, the Goat Farm's inaugural season of contemporary dance performance. The week includes several such initiatives.

Pierre Rigal is among the artists performing at Tanz Farms inaugural season.
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  • Pierre Rigal is among the artists performing at Tanz Farm's inaugural season.
On Saturday, November 3, at 6 p.m., Goodson Yard at the Goat Farm serves as the setting for another free conversation with Atlanta's Theatre du Reve and New York's Sidra Bell.

And if all the talk about art and dance gets you in the mood to move around, you're in luck. Tanz Farm is also hosting several free movement and dance workshops, also at the Goat Farm's Goodson Yard:

Fri Nov 2 | 11:30-1:30 p.m. | Theatre du Reve
Fri Nov 2 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Sidra Bell
Sat Nov 3 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sidra Bell

And of course, at the center of the Tanz Farm week are the ticketed performances. French choreographer Pierre Rigal performs tonight, Monday, October 29, and New York artist Sidra Bell performs with Theatre du Reve on Thursday, November 1 at 8 p.m. and with Theatre du Reve and singer Eliza Rickman at 8 p.m. on November 3. For more information, visit Tanz Farm.

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