Lately, the first place I take visiting friends and family is Crosstown Concourse. It never disappoints. The vendors, the gallery, the (slowly becoming iconic) red staircase, the building’s enormity, etc, eventually lead to them saying “Wow…but…what is this place?” Well in this episode we only get into the question of “What is Crosstown Arts” while scratching the surface of the rest. We chat with Caitlin Hassinger, Eso Tolson, Jenny Davis, and Joy Marseille for a better understanding of the initiative known as Crosstown Arts. Enjoy!
1:45 Introducing the gang and getting right into some history thanks to Caitlin.
5:30 Joy breaks down some of the community programs (art, dance, theatre, music). The metaphors begin lol. Eso Tolson is the performance coordinator. Jenny is a musician and is also currently apart of the music department at Crosstown.
12:14 Outreach. Giving kids a chance to “be” which is essential to the creative process.
15:40 Strategies to actually reach out.
21:00 Love affair with suburbia?
25:40 Not afraid of dead air…and things you might not see, like Shared Art Making Labs
28:00 The Doll House: new state of the art theatre and since the interview Carl and I had the opportunity to perform a concert and it was really fantastic. The acoustics are incredible
31:30 Don’t forget about 430 N Cleveland…its still active and was the incubator for Crosstown Arts. The future and measuring the success of the first year.
34:53 Carl has another “Revelation” moment. Anticipation of the Art Bar. Mentoring and spreading the message of Crosstown.