New Digs/New Plan!
November 7 @ 8:00 am - November 30 @ 5:00 pm
Tapp’s has been an outpost for independent artists and cultural producers for the last eight years. Though this move is fast, it’s definitely in the right direction. We are excited about the coming months and new year as we transfer to a new shell to host our endeavors. Stay tuned and stay patient as we form!
In partnership with RockBlock Foundation, Tapp’s Arts Center is announcing a new, temporary home in Five Points. The new venture, dubbed “Tapp’s Outpost”, brings the two organizations together to build a business and production incubator for cultural entrepreneurs. The Tapp’s team will be available for November’s First Thursday on Main Street (Nov. 7th) to answer questions and share details of the upcoming plans. RockBlock and the OUTPOST will host a soft launch party on December 6th at the White Mule to raise funds for this new venture and invite the public to see the new space.
The partnership was made possible by the forward-thinking and collaborative spirit of Trae Judy, founder and CEO of the RockBlock Foundation and owner of the neighboring White Mule music venue. Trae has been cultivating his own incubator program focused on musicians, making it a good fit with the Cultural Entrepreneurship Incubator Program (CEIP) established at Tapp’s Arts Center in 2015. RockBlock Foundation provides an opportunity for music production entrepreneurs to hone their craft and understand the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a live show. Tapp’s Arts Center similarly works to support artists through co-producing exhibitions, cultural events, workshops, and classes with artists and small arts organizations.
“Working with RockBlock Foundation allows seamless access to the programs and opportunities that artists have grown to rely on from the Tapp’s Arts Center over the last five years,” says Tapp’s Arts Center Executive Director Caitlin Bright. “It’s an opportunity for us to continue doing what we do best with the partnership and support of another like-minded collaborator dedicated to supporting local and regional artists.”
The unique Five Points location boasts an exciting new floor plan for the arts center and will provide easy access to Tapp’s Outpost events, White Mule musical performances, artist studios, and parking. The floor plan will also includes a maker space, flexible performance space, and venue rental opportunities.
While the long term goal for the arts center is to find a permanent home, Tapp’s Outpost keeps the doors open to the much needed all-access, inclusive community arts scene and helps Trae achieve his vision of becoming a one-stop shop for rising musicians. Trae states, “Both of us want to see artists–recording artists, visual artists, and others–succeed. I’m trying to connect all the different pieces on my end and Caitlin connects the others on her end. It’s a win-win for everyone.”