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Crosstown Arts Launches Community Digital Lab

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Crosstown Arts’ new Digital Lab is a space for artists to not only create but also to network with one another.

Crosstown Arts has launched a new, six-station digital computer lab outfitted with industry-standard technology. All six computers in the Mac-based lab offer the full Adobe Creative Suite of software. The computers also offer Avid’s Pro Tools, to artists and musicians working at any level of expertise on their creative projects.

Christopher Miner

Photo: Christopher Minor, Crosstown Arts

“The hope with the digital lab is that it’s not just a place where anyone in Memphis can have access to the computers and software to make their work, but also a place where people can meet other artists and musicians and be inspired by seeing what other people are working on,” Miner said.

Things to know:

  • Monthly memberships to the Crosstown Arts Digital Lab are free and open to the public.
  • Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All users are required to present a valid form of ID and sign a use agreement to work in the facility.
  • To ensure a quiet work space, there will be no software instruction in the lab during open hours, but Crosstown Arts has launched a series of artist-led digital media workshops for a range of ages, thanks to a grant from ArtsFirst.
  • During non-class times, the lab is open to anyone.
  • Examples of software available include InDesign (for graphic design), PhotoShop and Lightroom (for photo editing), and Premiere Pro and After Effects (for film editing).
  • To enter the lab, ring the doorbell at the Crosstown Concourse Parcels Leasing Office/Visible Music Community School (430 N. Cleveland).

Schedule:

  • The Digital Lab is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-9pm and Friday and Saturday, 10am-6pm.
  • The Digital Lab will be closed to the public for youth workshops on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3-7 pm, from October 18 – December 14 (excluding Thanksgiving week). On these days, the lab will be open to the public from 10AM – 3PM, and then will re-open from 7PM – 9PM. This new workshop series is funded by a grant through ArtsFirst/First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis. Additional workshops will be announced soon!
  • Free monthly memberships will continue through February 2017, in anticipation of Crosstown Arts’ upcoming expansion into the Crosstown Concourse building.
  • The lab will move to the Crosstown Concourse building in the spring of 2017 as part of a shared art-making facility that will include a shared wood shop and other art/music-making equipment and resources available to the creative community through affordable monthly memberships.

For more information, contact Crosstown Arts and follow Crosstown Arts Digital Lab on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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