Sunset Community Roundtables

In our sunset season, Patrick’s Cabaret invited artists, organizers, and others who care about the future of radical creative spaces in the Twin Cities to join us for monthly Community Roundtables from February to June 2018.

Community Roundtables are intentional spaces for critical and productive conversations about how we as a community move forward the legacy of Patrick’s Cabaret following the organization’s conclusion. Together we explored how we, as an organization and as a community, can “pass the torch” to the next generation of artists and organizers.  As the Twin Cities community has seen several radical arts organizations close in recent years, the intention for these Roundtables is both social: to gather together and honor each other and our work, and practical: to imagine and build the future we want for artists in the Twin Cities, particularly artists of color, artists with disabilities, and artists with queer and trans identities.

COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULE:

Monday, February 26th, 7 - 9 pm at Ragamala Dance Studio. On Monday, February 26th, over 40 community members gathered at Ragamala Dance Theatre’s studio for a two hour long Community Roundtable to discuss how to move Patrick’s Cabaret’s 32 year legacy forward in the midst of the organization’s sunset season. Notes from the session can be found here, and you are invited to add your own to this shared google folder.

Wednesday, March 21st, 7 - 9 pm at Phoenix Theatre. On Wednesday, March 21st, over 30 community members gathered at the Phoenix Theater’s lobby for a two-hour long Community Roundtable to discuss how to move Patrick’s Cabaret’s 32-year legacy forward in the midst of the organization’s sunset season. As the Twin Cities community has seen several radical arts organizations close in recent years, the intention for these Roundtables is both social: to gather together and honor each other and our work, and practical: to imagine and build the future we want for artists in the Twin Cities, particularly artists of color, artists with disabilities, and artists with queer and trans identities. Notes from the session can be found here.

Thursday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m. at Pangea World Theater. On Thursday, April 26th from 7 pm to 9 pm, more than 20 community members met at the Pangea World Theater Studio to continue the conversation. We built on our March discussion to imagine and create the future we want for artists in the Twin Cities, particularly artists of color, artists with disabilities, and artists with queer and trans identities. Notes from the session can be found here.

Monday, May 14 from 7-9 p.m. at Open Eye Figure TheaterOn Monday, May 14th from 7 pm to 9 pm, more than 20 community members gathered at Open Eye Figure Theatre for a two-hour long Community Roundtable to continue the conversation. This session was marked by fresh grief at the news of both the sale of the Town House Bar and the eminent closure of Red Eye Theatre. Notes from the session can be found here.

 Monday, June 25th from 7-9 pm at Public Functionary. "The Tipping Point reminded me of how energy created cannot be destroyed. While we face the closing of Patrick's Cabaret, along with many physical spaces we have once called home, we [queer & trans BIPOC artists] will still be here doing our thing and doing it well." – Julia Gay. Gratitude for all who joined us for this beautiful gathering Monday evening. A special thanks to our panelists Roxanne Anderson, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Sharon Day, Xochi de la Luna and Oskar Ly for gifting us with their words and wisdom and to Tricia Heuring and Public Functionary for opening their doors to us. Now it's time to take the magic we conjured in space and gift it to the world.

 

This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.