We have hit the 1,000 mark and it keeps going up. 1,000 artists participating in the 2008 Artomatic.
(1,013 to be exact, last time I checked the registration files.)
Artomatic has floors 4-12, and the very large rooms on the main floor (which are going to be the music areas/stages) and something special on every floor: a tattoo parlor on 12, the bar on 11, an education workshop, a huge theater/film room, a poetry lounge, a Visual Artist Resource Center, the Artomatic store, and open lounges on every floor. I made a list one day of all the special section and what floors they were on, and left it there on site. Trust me - something for everyone. (Even workshops for kids on Saturdays!)
And, yes, the Fire Dancers will be back. Our performance calendar is packed this year, we've got bands and happenings every single night we're open.
This building was completely empty when we took it over - we have had to run electricity, lights, build all the rooms, build the partitions for artists to have walls to display on... it has been an incredibly huge undertaking. And I'm very impressed at how quickly so much has been done. I haven't hammered a single nail (I've been in meetings for most of my time. Or maybe it just seems that way.) but the folks in the EM committee have been working their asses off. I think some of them have moved into the building, or maybe it just seems that way because they are always there making sure everything is being built and set up properly.
But now comes the hard/fun part - less than two weeks to get my space ready to show. Let the craziness begin!!
Artomatic opens on Friday, May 9th.