academie: Walters Update

Edvard Gayer scavard at
Mon Sep 3 12:49:46 PDT 2001


There are still scant few details, but I've been digging around a little and 
think I've come up with some info worth sharing.

First - As part of the Walters' re-opening in October, they are hosting a 
two-day street fair -slash- arts festival called "ArtBeat".  (details below)

Second - Based on reading up on the festival, I believe it is must more 
likely that we've been invited to perform at the festival, NOT as part of 
their indoor exhibit.

Third - Even with that, it still seems like a good thing to do, assuming 
that we can achieve critical mass *and* we can learn more about the minimum 
level of authenticity they're looking for.

As an aside, crash space for 4-5 folks is available for those who would be 
coming great distance, and my understanding is that the Academie would be 
performing *both* days, possibly multiple times per day.

Here's a link to detailed info about the festival, followed by a few 
cut/pasted blurbs:

"Two-day Arts Festival Reopens Walters Art Museum

"You're marching with an Egyptian mummy, enjoying ethnic cuisine with 
medieval knights and chatting with the goddess Athena when suddenly the hit 
vocal group Rockapella bursts into song. No, this isn't a dream - it's 
ArtBeat on Centre Street, a two-day arts festival full of spectacle and 
surprise. The festival, marking the Grand Reopening of the Walters Art 
Museum after three years of renovation, will bring art, food, and 
entertainment into the streets of the Mount Vernon Cultural District on 
October 20 and 21, 2001.

"ArtBeat will fill Centre Street and the parks of Mount Vernon with 
troubadours, street performers, hands-on arts activities, and musical 


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