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Space-Fest draws on native creative community to keep the Space afloat

Workshops, puppet shows, tarot readings and live music demonstrate the Space’s artistic range in just one night




6 p.m. Saturday, July 12 | The Space, 1206 E. Colonial Drive | 407-205-7572 | thespaceistheplace.com | $5

Superstitions are not just for sports fans. Artists get just as attached to creative rituals, objects and places, establishing what’s almost a dependency on these fixed muses to repeatedly inspire new works. In Orlando, there’s a spot that has lit up the minds of local writers, artists, comedians, thinkers, dancers, musicians and more. It’s called the Space, it’s located above Anthony’s Pizza at Colonial Drive and Mills Avenue, and it is more than just the blank canvas for some of the city’s most original events.

“The venue is unique because anyone can make a show and anyone can go,” the art installation collective known as Shine Shed testifies. “This promotes unprecedented experimentation, creativity and accessibility for the Orlando art and music community.”

To utilize the Space, you can try to reach out via their website (thespaceistheplace.com) and describe your event. If granted access, the cost to reserve the Space is “whatever you feel is an appropriate amount to give.” As a truly DIY venue, the Space relies on donations from patrons and arts organizations to pay the rent and cover general upkeep. Rather than pursue grants or cry for outside funding, the Space, dignified, looks within.

“I’ve personally used it for a rehearsal space and a place to hold an art event,” says Orlando artist Jessica Earley. “Meg [McNash, the Space’s founder] has always told me to give a donation of whatever I can, so I donated all the profit from the art event to the Space because her generosity helped me do a lot of things I otherwise would not have been able to do, due to finances. Totally love this place.”

The event Earley refers to was called I Believe in You and featured the works of seven local artists, each dotingly curated by seven different artists in August 2013. They paired up, artists propping up artists, the experiment strewn throughout the Space’s different rooms. That event inspired The Caress of Progress, a combination of live music, storytelling and theater that was presented as an “interactive ride,” steering attendees through installations created by Shine Shed. Our arts critic, Seth Kubersky, called the show “intoxicatingly original.”

33 weird/beautiful moments from ‘I Believe in You’

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