The Highlight Reel:xxxx August Board Meeting
FREMONT ARTS COUNCIL SEPTEMBER COW MEETING
by Kirby Lindsay
The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) holds an entirely open-to-the-public meeting at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North) on the second Tuesday of each month, which starts at 7:10 p.m. sharp! Called the ‘Committee of the Whole’, or COW, the personality of this gathering varies in agenda, attendance and attitude from month-to-month with the stereotypical fluidity of an artistic sensibility. While holding a meeting may be a necessary construct to complete business, the start time reflects the allowances the group will make for the potential absentmindedness, or distractions, of attendees.
The FAC may represent the more artistically inclined of our community, but don’t let that fool you. The September 8 COW involved many laughs, like the description of the 24-hour Flash Fashion Challenge (being held during the 6th Annual Sustainable Ballard festival (fest.sustainableballard.org) on September 26 & 27,) and much serious business, like the discussion about upcoming Board elections.
Illuminating Green Lake
Luminata, which starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, at Green Lake, also took discussion but most of it continued the sense of goodwill and harmony that characterized this COW. Talk of Luminata, an event begun by Denise Fogleman Henrikson as a simple, intimate expression of beauty and community, would be difficult to hold in any other climate.
The solemn walk, a celebration of the Autumnal Equinox, has grown since its humble beginnings, although it remains a straightforward event. Several long-term FAC members spoke of the “folksy,” “low impact” and “Arts Council friendly” aspects of the gathering. Chuck Harrison, who appeared to be organizer of the event this year, definitely has expanded its scope but he also spoke of volunteers, expected to step forward to manage certain aspects if they are to be incorporated.
What It Takes
For instance, Chuck has planned, leading up to the day of the event, nearly daily lantern-making workshops for anyone interested who attends. This year group participatory singing on the walk will be encouraged because, Chuck explained, two volunteers stepped forward to form a song team. He also expects to have a water-borne lantern, placed on a boat, on the lake, provided a volunteer steps up to row. Finally, attendees will be invited to write wishes on slips of paper that shall be burned at the end of the walk, again because a volunteer at the COW stepped forward to help.
While the event has a permit, through the City of Seattle, this celebration of the arrival of fall will only be the sum of those who step forward to volunteer. As with many FAC celebrations, this is one of participation more than observation. Everyone is welcome to stroll the lake and watch the lanterns, but the FAC way to ‘do’ Luminata is to go to the Powerhouse between now and then. Learn to build a lantern, volunteer to be a greeter or hold pieces while others glue them together.
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