Third Space is frontier of forward-thinking community innovationWritten by Stacy Jurich | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Space is going into full bloom, having developed conceptually and physically during the winter months. Third Space is home to three entities and offers a “third space” in addition to a person’s typical two spaces — work and home. Located in the Davis Building, a hard-to-miss yet somehow-missed building Downtown on Michigan Street between Monroe Street and Jefferson Avenue, Third Space encompasses headquarters for the Lucas County Green Party, B-Bop Records and the Media Decompression Collective (MDC).
The concept of sharing a common space is not new, yet it is still considered unconventional. What is new is the manner in which a political party walks the talk of grassroots democracy, decentralization, sustainability and community-based economics. By collaborating to share expenses, the Green Party fosters a sustainable way to support a space for itself and a local business and for a community space for arts and activism.
A portion of the art aspect in Third Space is the Media Decompression Collective Toledo (MDC), which MDC supports efforts toward collective social change by providing screenings of independent films and documentaries that have a focus on social, political and environmental issues. Before its new home in Third Space, MDC had semipermanent locations but mainly traveled with its projector to various establishments in Toledo, including screening at an outdoor film series. MDC typically screens films once a month. Since it is a collective, MDC is always open to community members who are preselecting independent films and organizing screenings.
The business and most visible tenant in Third Space is B-Bop Records. Amjad Doumani has owned B-Bop Records since 1987. He had operated online since closing his brick-and-mortar shop in 1994. Third Space has allowed B-Bop to reopen a storefront and put an extensive selection of new and used LPs, CDs, 45s, videos, books, magazines, memorabilia and rare music collectibles on the shelves once again.
In addition to stocking the shelves, B-Bop Records has a calendar stocked with an eclectic assortment of events that, otherwise, may have never found their way to Toledo. On May 5, Third Space is welcoming Dr. John Fielder of North Queensland, Australia as he presents “Basic Principles of Natural Healing” from 2-4 p.m. He will explain why and how we need to change some of our usual habits in order to regain or maintain our health into old age.
This spring and summer, Third Space will be open during the Arts Commission’s Art Walk. The first one is May 10, and local independent writer and published author Craig A. Combs will perform a solo reading at Third Space. A former resident of the Old West End, Combs has returned recently with “a transformed, and some would say visionary, perspective on life, following two decades of living in the Deep South and traveling around the world on his personal quest for truth and self-discovery.” He will share stories from his recently published book, “Taking Tea in the Black Rose: Singing Through the Shadows Until We’re Dancing in the Light,” from 7-9 p.m.
Following the Art Walk will be a live concert by Tim Kaiser: Live Electro-acoustic & Electronic Music Soundscapes, starting at 10 p.m. sharp. An international performer for more than 30 years, Kaiser will bring his own custom made electro-acoustic and electronic instruments to create ethereal sonic atmospheres. Doumani says this is a show not to be missed.
To top these off, Toledo native artist-expressionist Wade A. Harrison will be conducing a live painting demonstration all day May 15. Wade will be painting a portrait of Sun Ra, which will then be gifted to B-Bop Records for permanent display. The demo will be during B-Bop’s regular store hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Third Space can be rented for meetings, fundraisers, book clubs and performances. It has been home to organizing for groups such as Shut Down Davis-Besse, Justice for Danny Brown and Occupy Toledo. There is a progressive library, free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea and a lounge area.
An appreciation and passion for art and music, forward thinking and community engagement permeates the air at Third Space. Social justice and the betterment of the community, its people and the environment are at the forefront. Third Space is paving its way on an unprecedented and truly progressive path.
To stay up to date with events and to get involved, visit www.thirdspacetoledo.org or on Facebook.