About this project
PHONEBOOK 3 is a directory of independent art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the United States and a collection of critical essays and practical information written by the people who run them. Previous issues of PHONEBOOK published in 2008 and 2009 focused mainly on alternative spaces. PHONEBOOK 3 will expand to include public programming, unconventional residencies, alternative schools, and community resources; all of the projects that form and support art ecologies across the nation, as well as historical documents marking their past.
The directory organizes art spaces into four categories depending upon the primary tools they provided to artists and their community including SPACE to show art, TIME to present performances, a PLACE for artists to stay and make work, and RESOURCES in the form of physical materials or research archives. Each section of the book includes commissioned essays by creative arts administrators and organizers providing individualized accounts of innovative and relevant strategies to keeping projects afloat. These essays will focus on art spaces that have made the transition from small and temporary to large and permanent while maintaining the values and principles they began with. Also included will be short essays interspersed throughout, describing practical bits of skill-sharing and personal reflections as well as historical documents from art spaces and residency programs that have shaped and expanded the definition and function of independent and alternative art spaces in the United States over the last 100 years.
Phonebook 3 will be an essential guide for artists and arts administrators looking to connect with others in this ever-changing realm of independent artist-run culture, including everything from nonprofit and community institutions to flexible and self-organized art spaces. Each listing also includes the projects’ mission statement or organizing principles, so that curators and artists can easily find organizations with similar values. Phonebook 3 will be launched October 2011 at the Hand in Glove conference in Chicago, IL, hosted by threewalls and organized by the Alliance of Independent Arts Organizers, a professional organization that provides resources to independent, grass-roots organizers and facilitators who support creative practices that challenge traditional formats, and innovate new genres.
More information on the conference is available here: http://www.three-walls.org/programs/conferences-symposiums/
More information on the phonebook is available here: http://www.three-walls.org/programs/phonebook/
Project location: Chicago, IL