Minnesota Fringe Festival Resolution
Last Friday, the Council passed a resolution that I authored both recognizing the contributions of the Minnesota Fringe Festival to the local arts scene and declaring July 30th "Fringe Day." The Fringe has a large number of locations in the Second Ward, including Augsburg College, Bedlam Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, Nomad World Pub, the Playwrights' Center, Southern Theater, and the U of M's Rarig Center.
Here's the text of the resolution:
Resolution of the City of Minneapolis
By Gordon, Benson, Colvin Roy, Glidden, Goodman, Hodges, Hofstede, Johnson, Lilligren, Ostrow, Remington, Samuels, Schiff
Recognizing the Minnesota Fringe Festival and Declaring July 30th Fringe Day
Whereas, the Minnesota Fringe Festival is an annual eleven-day festival of unleashed performance; and,
Whereas, since it was founded in 1993, Minnesota Fringe has brought thousands of artists to metro-area stages in performances ranging from shows created by teens to radical politics, from classics to the avant-garde; and,
Whereas, this year, one hundred sixty-two productions will present eight hundred forty-seven performances at twenty-two venues; and,
Whereas, the Fringe Festival will span the Mississippi for the first time in 2009, with venues in both Minneapolis and St. Paul; and,
Whereas, the Fringe Festival brings artists from across the state, the country, and the world; and,
Whereas, the Fringe Festival is one more reason that Minneapolis-St. Paul is a nationally known hotbed for the performing arts,
Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved by the City Council of the City of Minneapolis,
That the City of Minneapolis recognizes the contribution of the Minnesota Fringe Festival to the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities.
Be it Further Resolved that the City Council declares July 30th, 2009, Minnesota Fringe Day.