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Military Base Closures: an opening for art?

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I was listening to a report on the radio last week about military base closures and realignments. There is apparently a lot of hassle when it comes to this whole thing - environtment and toxin cleanup mainly. Often times the military and/or government cannot find the proper funds to allocate for full cleanup; at other times there is the question of how to deal with the property. Sometimes cleanup is conrtacted out privately; sometimes the bases are turned into wildlife sanctuaries, or partitioned into housing or businesses. It was interesting to hear that a portion of one base was being used for the arts - what sounded to be like a lot of studios or large spaces for installations. This led me to dream of a huge compound for the Collective. Some sort of permanent studio, with residences and places for room for our own private shows and exhibits. A boy can dream, can't he?


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I've attended events at retired AFBs, replete with areas cordoned off for "environmental remediation." the sites are HUGE. The closure of such a base is nearly always accompanied by an economic depression in the host community -- usually the base was the area's largest employer, largest draw for visiting family/friends of enlisted men and women, and largest supporter of local retail and service industries -- even the largest source of community pride. When the Air Force packs up and leaves, it takes many, many things that don't belong to it.4/13/2005 3:57:31 AM
stargrazer
Yeah, that's what a lot of the report I heard was talking about. As a result, some areas were searching for creative ways they could turn that economic frown upside down. Where was the base at that you saw the exhibit?4/13/2005 11:07:05 AM
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It was an outdoor concert at Loring AFB in Maine.4/14/2005 2:30:32 AM
stargrazer
i agree, virtual space is cool and allows for global interaction, but a tangible "home-base" (sorry, no pun intended) would be nice.4/16/2005 4:11:17 PM
pax
If nothing else, we could use a permanent space to exhibit/house our collaborative projects.4/16/2005 11:54:35 PM
stargrazer
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