Created: 07/01/2014 8:26 PM
By: Kristen Garcia, KOB.com
Catalyst Club was created two years ago and it’s first project was ArtBar. ArtBar by Catalyst Club was a membership-based nonprofit club that would generate grant funds through the sale of alcohol.
After about a year of business, ArtBar, located on 2nd and Gold in Downtown Albuquerque, closed its doors.
ArtBar secured almost 2,000 annual members, created 10 new jobs, and worked with countless organizational partners and individual artists. ArtBar also hosted hundreds of cultural and entertainment events.
"We are incredibly saddened to report that we will be closing, effective immediately. The state of New Mexico's Alcohol and Gaming Department has made it impossible for us to continue this enterprise," ArtBar said in a letter to its members.
The Alcohol and Gaming Department issued ArtBar two citations in the past six months. The first concerned how their membership program was structured. The second was for advertising.
Private non-profit clubs are not allowed to advertise their events. The evidence for the second citation was an editorial article in The Weekly Alibi. If they had been issued another citation for any reason in the next 12 months, they could've automatically been shut down.
"Regulators should work with citizens to ensure compliance with the law and uphold a consistent, objective application of statutes, not apply subjective interpretation in selective classes," Artbar wrote.
ArtBar is asking people to add their name to their petition called ArtBar Allies Petition for Change, New Mexico: Support Innovation.
View full letter: ArtBar Open Letter
The petition can be found: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/new-mexico-support-innovatio?source=c.em.cp&r_by=10843787