Emily Morrison 
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Re: “Bywater Art Venue Closes Under Permit Pressure

Trouser House is open until November 30, with regular Salon hours from noon-5pm, Fri-Sun.

As I mentioned in the earlier post, Trouser House first approached the city for permits beginning in August and had difficulty communicating with City Hall until a letter was written to the Office of Cultural Economy in late October. This letter was responded to almost immediately, and was the beginning of a positive relationship with the Office of Cultural Economy--an arm of local government that is extremely supportive of the local arts community, and who invited Trouser House into their office with open ears and an interest in helping in any way they possibly could.

As for handicap accessibility and code compliance, I do find it hard to believe that a building constructed in 1890 could follow contemporary requirements, but am confident we will be able to find a space (whether permanent or mobile) that is acceptable for the type of use we are seeking.

The Trouser House mission will survive well beyond its location on St. Claude, and is a viable project regardless of the physical space it inhabits. I hope that all who visited Trouser House on St. Claude will continue to support community initiatives and recognize the impact the arts can carry when implemented in a positive, well-thought out manner.

Posted by Emily Morrison on 11/15/2011 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Art space Trouser House to close

For the record, Trouser House first approached the city for permits beginning in August and had difficulty communicating with City Hall until a letter was written to the Office of Cultural Economy in late October. This letter was responded to almost immediately, and while Halloween was a nail on the proverbial coffin for the existing space, it was the beginning of a positive relationship with the Office of Cultural Economy--an arm of local government that is extremely supportive of the local arts community, and who invited Trouser House into their office with open ears and an interest in helping in any way they possibly could.

As for handicap accessibility and code compliance, I do find it hard to believe that a building constructed in 1890 could follow contemporary requirements, but am confident we will be able to find a space (whether permanent or mobile) that is acceptable for the type of use we are seeking.

Though I founded Trouser House with little funding and business experience, I was able to find a supportive community of artists, community organizers, and even business-minded people who came to love and grow the space in an incredibly supportive manner. Of course it is a lot of work to relocate, but anyone that has visited Trouser House over the past two years knows that we are not deterred by any amount of work. In fact, we look forward to the possibilities presented by this new challenge.

The Trouser House mission will survive well beyond its location on St. Claude, and is a viable project regardless of the physical space it inhabits. I hope that all who visited Trouser House on St. Claude will continue to support community initiatives and recognize the impact the arts can carry when implemented in a positive, well-thought out manner.

Posted by Emily Morrison on 11/14/2011 at 11:00 PM

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