Breaking Ground – The Artspace Celebration, now in its third year, is the annual celebration of the work we do and the artists we serve. The Celebration unites the national Artspace community of nearly 2,000 artists and 250 creative enterprises affiliated with Artspace’s 37 completed projects in 24 cities coast to coast.
This year’s Breaking Ground features the talents of a number of Artspace resident artists, including the hosts for the event: award-winning Twin Cities-based actor Ansa Akyea (an Artspace resident artist) and Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel (an Artspace commercial tenant). Performers include Chicago blues phenomenon Ivy Ford (Artspace resident artist) and the Ivy Ford Band, and the DLS Onyx Step Team.
In addition to the performances, the evening will include the presentation of the Artspace Artist Awards, honoring three resident artists and one arts supporter who have shown a commitment to advancing the arts and enriching their communities. Each Artspace Award is named for an artist or an Artspace supporter who dedicated his or her life, in part, to making a difference in the arts community and in the larger community as well. This year, Jacqueline Romano, a resident of the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts in Fort Lauderdale, will receive the Dejunius Hughes Award for Activism; Austin Williams of the Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts in Seattle will receive the Su Job Award for Education; Tracy Todd Hunter from the Artspace Patchogue Lofts in Patchogue, New York, will receive the Steve Kramer Award for Community Service. The Paul Brawner Award for Support of the Arts will be presented to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Learn more about the 2015 Artspace Artist Award recipients.
Join us before the event at 6:00 p.m. to partake in lobby activities with local Artspace artists – make art pins, have your portrait taken and much more.
Artspace affiliated artists can receive complementary tickets at the box office.
If you can't join us in person, you're going to want to watch it online - it's going to be a great night!