ARTIFACTS

Following this summer’s uncertainty about Contemporary Art Month’s future, Robert Tatum, co-founder of its current incarnation, has reasserted control, announcing that the festival will move to March in 2010, and telling Artifacts this week that he’ll soon announce seven new “dream team” board members. `See “CAM O’ War,” June 25, 2008.` Tatum also confirmed a rumor that he’s requested a meeting with the Mayor’s office, and although he’ll say only that he’s “working closer to get the city players’ backing,” it seems likely he’s seeking PR synergy and cash in a move to March, when CAM could play with Luminaria, Mayor Hardberger’s city-wide arts festival. “Things are very solid for the future of cam,” Tatum emailed. “Next July will prevail.”

While we’re on the subject, Luminaria has selected new steering-committee members and applied for 501(c)3 status for year two. But at least one 2008 participant is unhappy with the ’09 fest’s progress. Gabriel Velasquez, who co-organized CALO, an association for independent Chicano/Latino artists that brought dozens of visual artists and performers to this year’s event, says co-chairs Marise McDermott of the Witte and Matthew Drutt of Artpace squeezed him out. More on that in the Queque.


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