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BIG RED ON-THE-TOWN: THE SMALL ARTS GROUP DIE-OFF @OUTPOST

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By BIG RED


January 13, 2008 Several arts groups directors, visual artists and performers gathered there for a mock funeral for themselves and their organizations in response to The Boston Foundation's (TBF) recent report on the Arts Economy of Boston, "Vital Signs." The "funeral" was for any artists who wished to participate in the evening's "Die-Off" by drinking Kool-Aid (think Jim Jones' Peoples Temple). TBF's suggestion that struggling arts groups' directors "consider exit strategies" has incensed many local arts leaders and lead to calls for an apology. The evening included lively conversation and performances by Ian MacKinnon of Artezani Theater and Musician Eric Zinman, artist Ian Thal of, artist Marcus Nechay, poet Mick Cusimano, and artist Alisia Waller of And So No Sin performance troupe and Mobius.

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