Culture Connect Featured Event

Help Support our Second Year by Celebrating our First! Please join us at Franklin Street Works for our first fundraiser.
Ticket Price: regular $25, student $15
For Tickets, Contact: Organization

On October 27, 2012, from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. Franklin Street Works is throwing a party to celebrate our first birthday! Open less than one year, our not-for-profit space has exhibited more than 60 artists and hosted over 20 events. A celebration of our accomplishments, the event will benefit Franklin Street Works through sponsorships, ticket sales, and the launch of our membership program. Your participation helps to ensure Franklin Street Works’ top-notch contemporary art programming will expand in year two! Many of the artists and collaborators will join us in looking back at a phenomenal year of exhibitions, discourse, and community engagement. Tickets will be $25 with a student rate of $15! 

The event will feature fare that includes farm-to-table snacks and curated food experiences.  We will share diverse wine, beer and cocktail selections bottled by local and pioneering vineyards, brewed at microbreweries, and designed by cutting-edge mixologists. This indoor/outdoor autumn event will also include a musical journey through the ‘70s, chronologically sequenced and curated by Adam Rosen. For fun and edification, an auction of everyday objects purchased for art projects at the request of last year's collaborating artists is guaranteed to make you smile and, simultaneously, shed some light on how and why contemporary artists do what they do! The event will also include our first annual "Cultural Worker Awards," honoring four dedicated arts professionals.

All of this happens in the midst of an exhibition that celebrates the alternative impulse in the United States’ art scene! What alternative approaches in cultural production have influenced art as we know it today? This desire to do things differently, experiment, and take chances is at the core of Franklin Street Works’ mission, consequently, the alternative art spaces of the 1970s and today serve as models, influencing the attitudes and ambitions of our space. For the exhibition, curators Mackenzie Schneider, Terri C Smith, and Jess Wilcox will explore three threads of alternative art production: artists using media such as radio, television, and newspapers as alternative platforms; conviviality and food as components in alternative art space programming and mission; and artist collectives from 1988 to today presented in a living archive. The exhibition will also include commissioned original artworks that reflect the themes of the show, which is on view from October 27, 2012 - January 13, 2013. 

To purchase tickets for the event please visit the “Get Involved” page on Franklin Street Works’ website: or email them at [email protected]. To volunteer for the event, email Gallery Manager, Sandrine Milet at [email protected]. For inquiries about becoming an event sponsor please contact Development and Communications Manager, Jennifer Lauren at [email protected].