On September 19, 2019, Artspace kicked off its Annual Fund Campaign with the second annual AMP it Up! fundraiser, this year held at Artspace’s Grain Belt Studios in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. The aim of the event is to “amp up” support for affordable space for the arts with art, mimosas, and pancakes. Unique this year was a VIP studio crawl featuring a trifecta of talent: visual artist Tom Riggle; theater company Dark & Stormy Productions; and The Library Recording Studio. Musicians HALEY and Ben Noble—who live and work in Artspace buildings, respectively—kept the party rocking with lush melodies; while Juxtaposition Arts’ Patricio Delara created an Artspace-inspired original print, with the process live-projected for all to witness. Some 130 guests came out to show their support— many of whom were new friends to Artspace. Collectively, attendees and sponsors helped us raise $54,268 throughout the evening.
We are incredibly grateful for the support of our residents, board of directors, and champions both locally and across the country. Artspace projects like the Grain Belt Studios are made possible by the support of many. If you were unable to attend AMP it Up! but would still like to help, please consider making a gift of $40 to Artspace in celebration of Artspace’s 40th Anniversary. Your impact will be doubled by TCF Bank, who is graciously matching gifts dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000, through the end of the year. Affordable space is needed for artists now more than ever; and with your assistance, Artspace will create, foster, and preserve affordable and sustainable spaces for the next generation.
Above: Attendees of Artspace AMP It Up! enjoy pancakes and mimosas. Below: Studio visits showcased a wide variety of creatives throughout Grain Belt Studios. Photos by Paul Hjellming.