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Public Consumption Art Drop

1 Jan

Public Consumption, a project by the Rogue Citizen artist collective, was supposed to result in a sudden and mysterious drop of 40 works of art in public places today. If you are bummed that you couldn’t find any of the pieces around town though, don’t worry that you’ve missed out. After winning funding for the project through the first FEAST (Funding Emerging Arts with Sustainable Tactics, which we covered here) and publicity on facebook and l’etoile’s LOL/OMG blog, the drop did not happen as planned today. Several days ago, the members of Rogue Citizen were contacted by Anti-Graffiti Task Force of Minneapolis’ Finest, who threatened them with arrest and fines if the project went ahead as planned. Rogue Citizen has been in touch with Mary Altman, the City of Minneapolis Public Arts Administrator to see about getting the proper permits through the city, and on top of that, proof of insurance for the work if the city requires it. All of that will cost more than the $700 grant (which has already been spent to produce the work), not to mention delay the process indefinitely. Doing things legally, especially at a time when cities are strapped for resources and is looking to capitalize on any public interation is often out of reach for your average arts collective, so an actual public date to consume this art is not announced until things are sorted out with city hall. Moral of the story, if you do happen to find a painting on the street, just take it home with you and don’t tell the cops, mmkay?

In perfectly legal and above board happenings, the artists of Rogue Citizen will be present at the Nomad Wold Pub on January 8th, accompanying a killer line-up of Phantom Tails, To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie, Junkyard Seraphim and Zombie Season. Come on out to support the temporary autonomy that is art and music.

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