Spaces to SPACES: A Roving Housewarming
organized by Christina Vassallo
January 14 - 15, 2017
SPACES / Cleveland, OH

The highly anticipated grand opening of SPACES at the Van Rooy Coffee Building featured two days of celebration on January 14 - 15, 2017. The weekend showcased the new neighborhood and home of SPACES--in the Hingetown area of Ohio City--as well as the impact we’ve had on artists and audience members for almost 40 years.

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 6 – 8pm: Just for VIPs
The magical weekend begins in style with a progressive dinner party and art performances! Sponsors and VIP ticket holders are invited to arrive early for a walking celebration of Hingetown. Enjoy cocktails, hearty hors d’oeuvres, main course, dessert, and performances at 3 easily accessible locations, prior to the main event at SPACES. This traveling dinner in 3 acts is led by artists Julia Christensen, Kristin Rogers, and Pita Brooks. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8pm – 12am: A Super Hot Housewarming
Artworks by members of the expansive SPACES community will unveil the parts of our new building that audience members normally won’t see. Moments of discovery in unexpected places will take the form of installations in the closets, office spaces, kitchen, bathrooms, artist studios, and artist lounge. Projections, sound art, and other forms of artistic experimentation will activate the building façade and entryway. Guests will be led in a line dance by Kendra Willis and will party on the dance floor in the large SPACES gallery. The Mistake Lab will be the site for a space age lounge lizard act by Cosmika, and the reprise of a 1983 performance by Jeffry Chiplis on his homemade portable medieval pipe organ, among other surprises.  This exhibition is curated by Corrie Slawson & Christina Vassallo.

Sunday, January 15, 2017, noon - 5pm: FREE for All
Enjoy light refreshments and explore the new SPACES via tours led by SPACES Executive Director Christina Vassallo and project architect John C. Williams of Process Creative Studios, Inc. Also, No Exit presents a drop-in performance by members of the St. Paul, Minnesota-based new music ensemble, Zeitgeist.

SPACES Grand Opening Committee: Kristin Rogers, Julia Christensen, Pita Brooks, Carrie Carpenter, Alex Budin, Corrie Slawson, Graham Veysey, Marika Shioiri-Clark, SPACES staff.