Breaking down the barriers between artistic disciplines

Say you're a patron of the arts and you enjoy listening to up-and-coming musicians. Would you go see a concert inspired by a piece of architecture?

If you love sculpture, would you attend a CD release party in your favorite gallery space?

More and more museums, art galleries, and concert halls are breaking down the walls between artistic disciplines and encouraging artists to team up -- and audiences to try something new. This trend is exciting to people like Susannah Schouweiler, editor of

Schouweiler told Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer that she's noticing more arts institutions encouraging collaboration between artists. Here are some examples:

A composition project at McNally Smith College of Music asks young composers to create music inspired by art and architecture from local artists (ongoing in the school gallery and viewable online). There's a public reception and performance on March 27.

TalkingImageConnection's upcoming reading on March 27 by local writers, "Back to the Garden," with pieces inspired by the "New Land of Milk and Honey" exhibition at the Soap Factory.

On April 3 at the Ritz Theater: PowderKeg Live's second performance, which is a collaboration of songwriters, Electric Arc Radio writers & friends, and sketch comedy, Childish Films screening classic animated shorts from all over the world for kids in the lobby of the Ritz, while their parents watch the show.

Chris Koza & Rogue Valley at the Fitz, April 10, songs from "Crater Lake" accompanied by stories from a bevy of local writers.

April 14, Bryant Lake Bowl: Find the Girl book launch, a combo dance performance and reading by local poets.

Also of note is the marriage of live music series with small, indie galleries: Rogue Buddha's iQuit series, Art of This and the Tuesday Night experimental music series.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.