Dearest Supporters of Art and the Phoenix Asylum:
Phoenix Asylum’s 2nd Fridays Art Openings are designed to provide artists and performers with a venue in which to showcase their art and to provide you, our community, with a rich artistic and creative experience. The Phoenix Asylum has a strong vision around providing this experience to a growing audience.
Which is why, with saddened hearts, we have decided to cancel this month’s Circus of Love 2nd Friday event, previously scheduled for February 12.
We have set a high bar for ourselves, and high standards sometimes come at a cost. As part of our effort to ensure that these events happen safely and legally, we have applied to the City of Boulder for a Special Events license to cover the next several 2nd Fridays events. This application triggered a property inspection that included five (!) city officials.
Given the age of our building and the types of activities that have been historically held there, we have been informed that we have some work to do to bring the space up to code for the types of activities we wish to conduct. In order to protect the long-term vision of our space and maintain a positive working relationship with the City, our strategy is to complete the work on the space before holding additional events. Suffice it to say, that we have learned from the experiences of NIMBY in San Francisco!
We sincerely apologize to you and to our artists and performers for the last minute notice. This situation came to our attention and a decision was made within the past 48 hours. Many of our artists have worked hard to prepare for this show, so we welcome any suggestions on other venues in Boulder looking for artists. We want to help make this right for the participating artists.
Keep reading for more information on what we need to accomplish in the space and how you might be able to help.