Near Southside Cancels Remaining 2020 Outdoor Events

Near Southside Cancels Remaining 2020 Outdoor Events

We love our city, and we love our amazing annual festivals. 2020 has been a tough year for a lot of reasons, but one of those is watching our friends make tough decisions to postpone our favorite annual events. As we’ve come to expect from the amazing team at Near Southside, lemons are actively being transformed into lemonade as we try to make the best of the year of the pandemic.  This just in from Near Southside:

Near Southside, Inc. Members, Partners and Friends –

In the time since our spring outdoor event cancellations, we’ve been assessing prospects for upcoming events including ArtsGoggle, PARK(ing) Day, and the remainder of the Friday on the Green season. We know that you have also been thinking about these important Near Southside community events and that for many of you they are not only a beloved annual tradition, but also a means of income.

We’ve monitored conditions, taken guidance from public health officials, and consulted with our production partners for many months. There is little clarity in what public health conditions will be in the late summer and early fall for events that require planning and financial investment many months prior to their date. As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise locally, it’s clear that a return to normal life isn’t likely to happen soon.

With an abundance of caution for your safety, today we are announcing the cancellation of our remaining 2020 outdoor community events including ArtsGoggle, PARK(ing) Day, and the September and October Friday on the Green concerts. We’re disappointed that we aren’t sharing better news, but we remain hopeful that we will return for a dynamo 2021 season.

Despite the cancellations, the fall still offers exciting opportunities for our Near Southside community. Below, we’re sharing new projects planned in lieu of our regular programming with artists remaining front and center.

Again, we want to thank all of you for the incredible Near Southside spirit we see on display everyday as you face challenges of all kinds. We’re here to help you in any way we can so that we make it through these tough times together. Let’s stay strong and all do our best to keep each other healthy!

Your friends at NSI,

Mike Brennan
Megan Henderson
Becky Bethel
Allison Docker
Natalie Chapa

 

2020 FRIDAY ON THE GREEN SEASON IS CANCELLED

If you would like to embrace the spirit of Friday on the Green this year, we encourage you to find opportunities to support local musicians, sound engineers, makers and food entrepreneurs. They are undoubtedly vulnerable as the city experiences wide-scale event postponements and cancellations, and we are dedicated to remaining their partner and advocate during these difficult times.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
In April, we established the Southside Culinary Arts Retail Entertainment and Service Fund to provide $250 relief grants to Near Southside creatives, gig and service workers that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Since launching, the fund has received broad support from the Near Southside community. To date, our generous donors have raised over $140,000 and issued more than 540 grants to those in need. WOW!

However, as of today demand now exceeds capacity
and those who apply are being waitlisted for help.
With another round of mandated closures for bars, breweries, and events, many in our community are in urgent need of financial assistance.

YOUR DONATION IS URGENTLY NEEDED

Please help us keep the Southside C.A.R.E.S. Fund operating.

Donate via PayPal phone app @southsidecares or at wegetbytogether.com.

 

2020 PARK(ing) DAY IS NOW SIX MONTHS LONG!

Our annual participation in PARK(ing)
Day is a part of a global event that turns everyday on-street parking spaces into one-day parks, playgrounds, patios and people spaces. This year’s global event is planned for Friday, September 18 but
we have decided it is best to sit this year out. Fortunately, parklets will still call the Near Southside home this year.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

Near Southside restaurants and retailers currently face limited occupancy indoors, so in partnership with the City of Fort Worth, we have helped to establish a City-led temporary Parklet Program. Now central city businesses with nearby on-street parking can reserve parking zones as patio expansion areas for up to six months. The program increases the footprint of vulnerable businesses and offers diners and patrons a safer outdoor experience. Parklets can be as elaborate as the structures you’ve seen at PARK(ing) Day events or a simple as a few outdoor tables with traffic protection. Not all business will participate, but we have heard from many who are interested and planning to apply. For details, click here to learn more about the Parklet Program. Please encourage your favorite street-side businesses to participate.

ARTSGOGGLE IS OFF BUT ARTOBER IS NOW ON.

There is a lot to consider when planning ArtsGoggle: the artists, musicians, food vendors and production partners that depend on this event for their livelihoods; the huge economic boost that it offers our district’s retailers and restaurants; the tens of thousands of faithful friends who enjoy the event every year as patrons; and our organization’s focus on making art and culture a priority in the Near Southside.
But above all, we must first consider the health and safety of everyone involved. We aren’t confident today that we can produce the traditional ArtsGoggle program and ensure safety to our partners and patrons. So, with great care and thought, we must cancel ArtsGoggle 2020.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”
– Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)

We’re mixing up a big pitcher of Southside lemonade! If we can’t hold our annual one-day, no holds barred, celebration of arts and culture then we will hold a one-month virtual version good enough to become an annual tradition.

ARTober (Art+ October = ARTober) planning is underway for a month of virtual experiences that advance the arts and cultural assets of the Near Southside. We have a long list of ambitious ideas ready for feasibility vetting, but here is a preview of what we have in mind:

ART STUDY

Near Southside is working with Minneapolis-based nonprofit development group Artspace to study the feasibility of building a Near Southside Creative Incubator project that would provide housing and workspaces for artists and other creative sector workers, as well as space for anchor arts organizations and early stage creative businesses. This project could help shape a new future for Fort Worth’s creative community by addressing pressing needs such as affordable housing and workspaces for Near Southside artists, while delivering an innovative project unlike any in Fort Worth.

In October, we will host a series of virtual focus group discussions, led by Artspace, that will engage a diverse set of leaders from the creative, philanthropic, financial, civic, and development sectors, to assess our community assets and needs, solicit ideas, and discuss potential paths for collaboration and involvement toward a goal of bringing the project to reality.

We would model best practices in development approach and program, as tested by Artspace through dozens of projects they’ve developed or assisted across the country. If you would like to learn more about Artspace, please visit their website www.artspace.org.

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ART SPACE
As construction continues on Saigebrook Development’s Everly Plaza age-specific affordable housing project on 8th Avenue, their team has generously partnered with Near Southside to utilize the premium ground-floor retail as a community art space when the building opens. The project will still be under construction in October, but the month will usher in big vision when the TCU College of Fine Arts graduating design students take on the branding of this space as their senior project. Under the direction of instructor Jan Ballard, Near Southside will review several concepts before making a final selection. We look forward to sharing the new branding with you by the end of year.

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ART PROMOTION
Planning is important, and the efforts above will be landmark in their time, but we also will use October to take action in support of artist and cultural creators. Repurposing our tools for ArtsGoggle, such as the digital guide, social media channels, and strong small business partnerships in the district, we are confident that we can offer artists, musicians, and food entrepreneurs important exposure and sales opportunities during October. While it isn’t the one-day sales bonanza we typically enjoy, online “events” and shopping can offer promotion and bolster income for businesses and creatives.

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ART PARTNERSHIP
ArtsGoggle started when Near Southside storefronts offered to host artists indoors, so we’re embracing the past for this year’s ARTober programming. Storefronts that remain open to customers, with an emphasis on those that are carefully monitoring occupancy and social distancing mandates, are still perfect partners for artists. This year, Near Southside will return to the role of matchmaker and work to pair business owners with artists to display artwork in October and possibly through the holidays. This partnership will benefit both parties by keeping our local makers and businesses in the public eye. Stay tuned for details in the coming days.

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ART PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
In June, our organization and an incredible group of leaders comprising our Cultural District Designation Committee chaired by JO superstar Jennifer Henderson, submitted an impressive application to the Texas Commission on the Arts to formally recognize the Near Southside as a state cultural district. As part of the submission, the committee used public feedback to draft a cultural district plan, marketing plan, and new branding for the effort. Now, we eagerly await approval with an announcement expected in late October. This effort further positions and protects art, artists and cultural experiences as the center of the Near Southside’s history and future vision.

ARTober = STUDY + SPACE + PROMOTION + PARTNERSHIP + A PLAN

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10 Pairs of FREE TICKETS to Urban Artist Market!

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THIS JUST IN! We’ve got 10 SETS OF FREE TICKETS to the Urban Artist Market! We’ll send a set to each of the FIRST TEN SUBSCRIBERS that sign up for the giveaway.  Sign up ASAP!

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The Fourth Urban Artist Market will be held on July 17-18 at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. The Urban Artist Market features the work of more than 75 regional artisans from a variety of disciplines in an indoor environment.Art in Fort Worth

“Local art is a vital contributor to the growth of a community and its economy,” said Urban Artist Market Event Producer Christopher Miller. “This year the mission of the Urban Artist Market is to provide local artists the opportunity to sell their work in a safe, Covid-19-aware environment.” The show will provide the option to pick up a mask upon entering the show to add a level of safety and comfort.

The Urban Artist Market has adjusted their schedule to provide longer show floor hours with less condensed traffic. On Friday, July 17, 2020, the show opens from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. On Saturday, July 18, the show will open 10-12 noon to provide early shopping access for immune compromised and our community 65 years of age and up. The show will remain open from noon through 6 p.m. for the general public. In addition, the event will be selling a limited amount of tickets for each 2-hour time slot to reduce capacity to 50%.

“We based our strategy on some of the best safety business modules currently practiced and have created a physically-distant market where shoppers could feel safe,” said Miller. The show floor has been reconfigured for more physical space, one-way directional traffic and sanitization stations throughout. To further enhance touch-frees shopping, buyers are asked to only touch items that they are purchasing.

The Urban Artist Market has rescheduled their “Best of Show” competition and Emergency Artists’ Support League fundraiser for their October 23-25 show. “We wanted to focus on our core mission,” said Miller. “Providing our artists with the opportunity to sell their work and make a living.”

$10 admission tickets are available by visiting urbanartistmarket.com. Tickets are also available at the door and children under 12 are admitted free. Parking is $5.

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Taste Community Restaurant opens PATIO!

Taste Community Restaurant opens PATIO!

We were thrilled when we heard about the reopening of Near Southside’s Taste Community Restaurant, a “pay what you can afford” culinary experience designed to help feed and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure population. The food is outstanding, and we highly recommend a visit.  This week we learned that Taste has opened their patio — doubling their occupancy and bolstering Near Southside’s already strong patio offerings.  Here’s the deets.

Taste Project announces today the opening of the outdoor patio at Taste Community Restaurant.  The space doubles the restaurant’s limited occupancy by providing an additional 8 dining tables each spaced 6 feet apart.

“We want to be sure everyone in our community has a place to go for a healthy meal,” says Jeff Williams, Founder and Executive Director.  “With the current health and economic crisis, food insecurity is on the rise.  Making space for our community allows us to feed, educate, and serve more people, so they may ‘…taste and see the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8).”

Earlier this month, Taste Project announced that closure was not an option and declared Taste Community Restaurant ‘Open for Good’.  And today, our community continues to connect one meal at a time.

“Yay!  Another reason to come visit!” says Tracy.  “You know how to do it, so that it’s very inviting!” says Lorna.

Taste Community Restaurant is the first project of the Taste Project organization.  It is designed to help feed, educate, and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure population, a total of 13.9 percent of Tarrant County’s overall community (Feeding America, 2018).

Taste’s solution is a fresh and healthy pay-what-you-can restaurant where everyone in the community regardless of financial means can enjoy a healthy, high quality meal, made from seasonal ingredients from the surrounding area. The menu has no prices. Guests are asked to:
Pay what you can afford;
Pay what you would typically pay; or
Pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra to help a neighbor in need.
You can join the community at Taste Community Restaurant.  The outdoor patio is open for lunch Tuesdays – Sundays (Closed on Mondays).

Taste Community Restaurant
1200 South Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Open Tuesdays – Sundays (Closed Mondays)
11:00am – 2:00pm
Reservations recommended.

About Taste Project
Taste Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to feed, educate, and serve our community so they may “…taste and see the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8.  We believe everyone should have access to healthy nutritional food. Our vision is to see our community become the solution to the challenges our community faces as it relates to hunger.  Our first project, Taste Community Restaurant at 1200 South Main Street in Fort Worth, focuses on healthy, quality meals made from fresh ingredients. Our menu has no prices. This is a give and take concept. We ask guests to do one of the following: 1) pay what you can afford, 2) pay what you would typically pay, or 3) pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra.  To learn more, visit us at www.tasteproject.org or find us on Facebook.

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The Modern announces July MODERN TV Screenings

The Modern announces July MODERN TV Screenings

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has played a huge role in placing Fort Worth on the map for Arts. While viewing their gallery and exploring museum is an unparalleled experience, they’re always at work providing outstanding digital and virtual experiences.  This just in from the team over at The Modern…

Experience the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth‘s film and video collection from home with our new program Modern TV. Every other Saturday at 7 pm, free screenings of videos by leading contemporary artists will be livestreamed with a link from the Modern’s website,
www.themodern.org/node/5043.

We invite you to stay connected with us through our online resources and special events. Visit https://www.themodern.org/online-learning-programs and follow us on social media for updates and opportunities.

Yinka Shonibare
Odile and Odette, 2005
July 11, 7-10 pm CST

Yinka Shonibare’s Odile and Odette, 2005, portrays an account of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet Swan Lake. The ballet tells the story of a prince who must choose between the good swan, Odette, and the bad swan, Odile. Traditionally, the two roles are danced by the same ballerina, with Odile in black clothes and Odette in feminine, finer garments. In Shonibare’s Odile and Odette, one black and one white ballerina dance the parts on either side of an empty gold frame, mirroring each other’s movements. Both dancers wear pointe shoes and tutus of batik cloth, a fabric associated with the European colonization of West Africa. By editing the film so that the two women perform interchangeably, as equals, Shonibare nods to the fundamentally erroneous narratives that fuel colonialism and racism. “The roles – one as the ego and one as alter – in my version are more ambiguous: you would not necessarily be able to tell who is the bad swan and who is the good one,” says Shonibare.

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970
and
Melanie Smith, Spiral City, 2002
July 25, 7-10 pm CST

This installment of Modern TV brings together two distinct but connected filmic works in the Modern’s permanent collection: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, 1970, and Melanie Smith’s Spiral City, 2002.

Robert Smithson is best recognized for earthworks such as Spiral Jetty, 1970, a swirling 1,500-foot-long landmass comprised of rock, dirt, and salt that juts out from the shore into the Great Salt Lake. Known for disappearing and reappearing as the water level of the lake fluctuates, the work is a testament to the artist’s interest in environmental shifts and unstable situations – ideas that continue to have great urgency today. The film Spiral Jetty, a “portrait” of the monumental earthwork, is an artistic endeavor of its own identity. Featuring voiceovers by Smithson and juxtaposing the industrial violence of Spiral Jetty’s construction with the peaceful beauty of its surroundings, the film provides an ambivalent, disorienting perspective of the artist’s iconic work.

Melanie Smith’s Spiral City, 2002, is a response to Smithson’s Spiral Jetty earthwork and related film. Her video transforms a brief aerial journey above the streets of Mexico City into a meditation on history and modernity, time and space, order and chaos. Founded on an island in Lake Texcoco nearly 700 years ago, Mexico City has grown into one of the world’s most crowded and polluted urban areas. Filmed from a helicopter as it climbs in widening spirals, Spiral City confronts the city’s unending grid of streets and buildings. As Spiral Jetty testifies to the entropic processes of natural materials, Spiral City suggests that the urban environment is subject to crystalline-like patterns of growth and erosion.

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Eat Local | Eat Often

Eat Local | Eat Often

Buy a Tee — Save some Jobs!

This has been a devastating year for the local culinary scene.  What’s Up Fort Worth has been on the lookout for ways to #supportthefort and assist local restaurants with funds to stay afloat while we’re social distancing. 

We’ve partnered with Ben E. Keith and the Texas Restaurant Association in a fundraising effort YOU CAN WEAR!

For the entire month of July, we’re selling EAT LOCAL | EAT OFTEN tees. Every dollar we make on these t-shirts will go straight to the Texas Restaurant Relief Fund — supporting local restaurants and their employees while traffic wanes due to the Pandemic and Social Distancing. 

The Texas Restaurant Relief Fund

Amidst one of the most unparalleled times in our history, while the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic catastrophically impact restaurants across the nation, the Texas Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation (TRAEF) has established the TX Restaurant Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to Texas’ independent restaurateurs and their employees.

The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) has been and continues to be at the forefront of navigating this crisis, fighting daily to support the evolving needs of Texas’ more than 50,000 restaurants and their 1.4 million employees. As the Association continues to work with local, state, and federal officials to ensure that the essential services provided by restaurants remain available to our communities, we must also look toward the survival and the immediate financial need of restaurateurs and their employees.

The TX Restaurant Relief Fund, established through the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF), the not-for-profit workforce development arm of the TRA, has a simple yet critical mission: To provide immediate financial relief to Texas’ independent restaurateurs with funds designed to save employee jobs. Independent restaurateurs will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000 per unit through the TX Restaurant Relief Fund.

“Restaurants are facing a challenge unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association and Education Foundation. “We know that help is on the way, however, it can’t come fast enough. We thought long and hard about establishing this fund, but as the leader in industry education and workforce training and certification across Texas, we knew the TRA/TRAEF had to play a critical role in this relief effort. Restaurant owners are in a fight for their lives and those of the employees they value most. I am proud that in partnership with our incredible partners, suppliers and frankly, anyone who loves restaurants, we will be able to play a key role in supporting the industry we all need and love”.

This relief fund was designed to provide independent restaurants with immediate financial support that will supplement the low-interest loans and other relief packages being readied by our federal and state governments. “As a small business owner, myself, I have felt the direct impact of the Governors Executive Order mandating the closure of dine-in options across the state,” said Sharon Van Meter, Chairwoman of the TRAEF Board of Trustees. “I know every bit of support we can provide owners could result in them being able to stay open for one more day, or to keep one more employee working. In times like this, every bit of financial relief helps.”

The TX Restaurant Relief Fund has a goal to raise a minimum of $10 million to be able to provide immediate support to 2,000 restaurant locations across the State of Texas. The real need is much greater, and so the Association will continue to raise funds and issue grants on a first come, first served basis.

“Eating in restaurants brings people together. Restaurants are the heart of every community, where sporting events, engagements and family celebrations are held. Our independent restaurants are community members. By supporting the independent restaurants that make up the core of where you live, you are supporting the future of your own community and ensuring that when this crisis is over, your favorite taco, barbeque or salad shop is open and thriving,” said Knight.

The TRA is calling out to all of the industry’s suppliers, distributors, allied vendor partners, and other corporations to support the TX Restaurant Relief Fund. Texans get more than 50% of their food from restaurants. We must band together to ensure that they don’t just remain open for our needs today, but that they are here tomorrow and continue to play an integral role in society and in each of our lives.

All donations to the TX Restaurant Relief Fund are fully tax-deductible, subject to applicable laws and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations. Donations can be made by texting “TRRF” to 31996, via the Fund’s website, https://www.txrestaurant.org/TXRestaurantReliefFund, or by emailing trrfdonations@txrestaurant.org.

About the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF)
Established in 1994 by the Texas Restaurant Association, the TRA Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on providing the necessary resources to help restaurateurs confront educational and labor challenges with the latest innovations in education, technology, and training. The Foundation’s mission is to provide educational opportunities to build and maintain a strong professional foodservice workforce in Texas. The organization’s flagship program is Texas ProStart, an industry-based, two-year high school culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum. Texas ProStart is currently in more than 150 Texas high schools, reaching more than 15,000 students annually.

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