What makes our concerts different is that we provide a venue for up-and-coming musicians. Performers no one has heard of, but are working to establish themselves in the music world. We support aspiring artists when no one else will. Your swan donations and attendance are your way of also showing your support for the arts, so help us keep our free Concerts on the Dock series alive.
Ah, yes. 2016. For many, it was a year of despair. From losing several iconic artists and musicians to that challenging election, it seemed as though the year would never end. But rather than fret over all the bad, terrible, gut-wrenching sadness that occurred, we strive to stay positive by focusing on all the good that came from the year. 2016 was a year of growth for us at Lowe Mill A&E. We expanded North Floor with the addition of five new studios and later took over the entire first floor of the North Wing, giving the public access to the entire building.
Several new tenants now reside in our First Floor North including Deb D’Zio, a wonderfully weird quilter who also crochets and teaches classes, as well as Aveum, a commercial space and aeronautics startup. Wander through our First Floor Connector and explore the First Floor of the North Wing. We’re also in the process of brining in a few more tenants who cannot be announced at this time. Stay tuned!
We said “hello” several new artists to the facility, and farewell to a few.
Our galleries expanded thanks to the revitalization of bringing new, amazing regional and national shows to our public art spaces.
And we welcomed several new members to our Mill family including our event coordinator’s Lucy Littlesong, Radiant Shade’s Phaedra Jane, and many more. Our former gallery coordinator left us for bigger and better endeavors (we will never forget you, Aaron!), but his leave brought on a vibrant new member. (Welcome, Amy Mayfield!)
The National Poster Retrospecticus came to us for a last-minute collaboration for a pop-up show in our Railroad Room 2 at the Mill in September.
But perhaps the most exciting part of the year was the announcement of the new sky bridge connecting our neighborhood to Downtown Huntsville, ultimately branching the entire arts and entertainment district. Additionally, this new bridge provides a safer route for cyclists and pedestrians venturing between East and West of the Parkway.
As if things couldn’t get better, the City of Huntsville later announced new retail development space filling the empty lot across from the Mill. Rather than removing aspects of the neighborhood, the City has decided to expand our thriving community. Helping our neighborhood prosper by adding to and not destroying what we hold–that’s just part of the big picture.
Our neighborhood deserves a little attention, and we are looking forward to seeing these changes in the coming year.
But a reflection wouldn’t be complete without a little future insight.
So what does this new year look like for our arts facility?
More growth. More events. More change.
Jamey Grimes brought one of our most popular exhibitions to the Mill in January 2016. This cycle of shows was an introduction of all the new, exciting installations we are bringing to our six public art spaces in 2017.
Here are a few things to get excited about in 2017:
Plus tons more surprises along the way. That’s usually how things go at the Mill. We try to “plan”, but most ideas just arise in the moment.
We closed out the year with a Stranger Things Christmas Party, a collaboration with Vertical House Records in their soon-to-be new space at the Mill.
Thank you to everyone who supported us this past year. We are so grateful for all of our patrons, the swan donations, sponsorships, artists, makers, and the Hudson family.
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