Elsewhere 2013 season opens today

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:24 pm

Take a stroll down Greensboro’s historic Elm Street and you will find one of the most unique museums North Carolina has to offer. Elsewhere, the living museum and art studio, opens today for its 2013 Season.

Located in a former thrift shop, Elsewhere’s history as a living museum is as unique as the museum’s contents. In 2003, George Scheer uncovered thrift items from the late 1970s from his grandmother’s run-down thrift shop. The discovery inspired him and some college friends to make art from these treasures. Unlike a typical art museum, visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the transforming collection and talk with artists who work in the museum. The tours encourage a dialogue about art and how it continues to affect us every day.

What constitutes a “living museum?” As artists are continually inspired by the treasures and trinkets they find from the remains of the late thrift shop, they rearrange, modify and manipulate the antiques. Shelves reaching the ceiling are crammed full of books, games and fabrics. Stacked suitcases become a breath-taking rainbow of color inviting guests to experience art in a way they would have never imagined. Old cash registers become works of art and a stocked kitchen becomes an invitation for visitors to explore their creative sides.

As a not-for-profit company, Elsewhere strives to incorporate as much community involvement as possible. Part of their mission statement reads “We create new futures from old things through creative projects, education initiatives, and public works with global artists that enliven and inspire downtown Greensboro and the world.”

New to their 2013 season, Elsewhere is hosting a variety of events in their facilities and around the state. “A-LIVE in the Kitchen” is being presented by Elsewhere at the Scrap Exchange gallery in Durham as an ongoing project until April 15. These cooking shows feature the use of “alive” ingredients such as yeast, herbs and fungi. Guests of the show are strongly encouraged to come to the gallery to create their own broadcasts with puppets and scraps as props.

The latest and most inspirational events Elsewhere is hosting reach out to the LGBTQ-identifying youth in the southeast with publication of the magazine “I Don’t Do Boxes.” In collaboration with YouthSAFE and Guilford Green, Elsewhere is currently collecting short videos, oral histories, editorials, and visual artworks produced by youth in collaboration with artists, regional queer communities and allies. The first issue of “I Don’t Do Boxes” will be available in June in both a digital and print format and will be distributed to local organizations, schools and community centers. They are currently seeking storytellers, writers and editors to contribute to the magazine through written and visual means. To contribute, you can visit their website atgoelsewhere.org.

Elsewhere lives by their mission and continues to inspire change not only in Greensboro, but throughout the country. Their mission statement says, “Our culture of constant curation allows for arrangements, artworks, and chance to layer material traces throughout the environment, re-telling a collaborative story reminiscent of the narratives shared in attics and basements across the country.”

The museum is opened Wednesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to10 p.m. with a $1 entry fee.