If you’re an artist or organization that doesn’t have a regular venue, you know the difficulties of finding places to rehearse or perform.  My organization, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is fortunate to have a semi-regular concert hall that we perform in frequently throughout the season. But, as we work to get into the community and meet people where they are, we’re running into the same challenge of finding appropriate performance venues.

Many artists may be aware of Fractured Atlas and use some of it’s services; they have a particularly awesome blog that is varied in article topic.  Their SpaceFinder site which allows artists in 14 large cities search through more than 5,000 spaces for rehearsal, studio art, and other creative rental spaces.

SpaceFinder

This whole thing is cool to me.  But one of the coolest features is the ability to search for venues that are accessible.  As artists and arts organizations begin to (finally) work with these populations and become more inclusive, it’s critical that are venues are inclusive and accessible.

SpaceFinder DC accessible

It is limited in scope to those 14 cities, but there is a way to suggest and vote up different cities. Denver, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and others are among the suggestions up now.

About Sarah Marczynski

Sarah joined the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in 2010 working with the Marketing and Development staffs and quickly became interested in community engagement and education. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration focusing in Nonprofit Arts Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where her capstone and other work under Dr. Christopher Horne examined attendance patterns in high-art cultural institutions and network relationships between local arts agencies and cultural partners. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Vocal Music Education from UTC, where she studied under Dr. Kevin Ford and Ron Ulen.

Sarah has been active in the Chattanooga arts community, serving as the founding chair of the Chattanooga Young Artistic Network (CYAN), graduating from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, and working with the Chattanooga Boys Choir, the Choral Arts Society, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Chattanooga Bach Choir.

Outside of the arts world, Sarah pretends to be an excellent cook (but she's broken 2 ovens), reads Jane Austen novels, and watches way too much House of Cards.

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