‘THE VALUE OF WORTHY COLLABORATORS’
by Kirby LindsayThe March 9th Committee Of the Whole (or C.O.W.) meeting of the Fremont Arts Council (FAC) had sparse attendance, at times. Yet the meeting, which President Jerry Smith started, almost but not at all promptly at 7:10 p.m., had enough people flow through to make decisions, dispense information and crack jokes – true to FAC policy.
The report, on the website, had to be done three times as the most recent arrivals asked about it, or further reported on it. A redesign of the FAC web site is hoped to be more accessible, flexible and easier to update. Attendees were asked to review the demo and give feedback so tweaks can be made to get the site up and running soon – and provide timely information from the Solstice Parade organizers. The site will also, Smith mentioned, acknowledge Parade sponsors and, hopefully, have a moderator.
Attendees listened attentively to announcements, as it is expected do the 450+ subscribers to the FAC e-list, about the pending Rummage Sale fundraiser (April 3 & 4), Moisture Festival and B.F. Day Tile Mural. Also, Honk! Fest West, a celebration of brass bands, will be the weekend of April 9 – and everyone within the outer reaches of Fremont may hear about it. The weekend will launch with a block party Friday night at North 35th Street and Phinney Avenue. Gary Luke, one of the organizers, mentioned sign-ups by 18 brass bands, and over 300 musicians. The event will be free, Luke admitted, with donations accepted, and strongly encouraged.
Barb Luecke, an FAC Board Member, reported that Sound Transit has hired a lead artist, D.K. Pan, for decoration of the “huge construction wall” along Broadway (between John & Denny). Luecke, a Program Manager with Sound Transit, mentioned a pending call to artists for works that, “don’t have to be limited to murals.”
Melanie Masson, Fremont First Friday Art Walk organizer, introduced herself and asked for collaboration with the FAC. As the weather warms, she wants to reanimate ‘Live at Lenin’ events during the Walk – with performers, bands or general activity to take place at the base of the sculpture. Sonia Telesco volunteered to organize an art making event – perhaps creating colorful flags for use in the Solstice Parade – at the May 7th Walk.
Smith initiated discussion of a new sign for the Powerhouse building, one that promotes the FAC - not just the Solstice Parade (although, Luecke pointed out, the current sign recycled one donated by the Swallow’s Nest.) With a small group the discussion went quickly with a call to artists to be drafted and a committee (including newbie Masson) empanelled to review proposals and choose the best. “We get to pick out art,” Smith said, “Yay!”
Rodman Miller, another FAC Board Member, took this moment to discuss another long overdue improvement for the building - a roof or cap to stop (hopefully) leaks from the chimney/smokestack. Once the boiler room for B.F. Day Elementary School, the building has a recurrent water leak and Miller described an artistic cap that could solve the problem. Miller agreed to gather figures for a formal proposal, and others would pursue a grant to pay for the repairs, and consultation by a structural engineer.
Smith reported that contracts with organizers for the 2010 Solstice Parade will soon be finalized and signed, with parade preparation proceeding on-time, so far. Meeting attendees were asked for, and gave, their visions for this year’s parade. These included ideas about large varieties of movement and colors, individualized costumes, more fabric, bigger ideas, bells and gongs, worthy collaborators, the Rube Goldburg float, new float builders, promotion and getting the word out, light and tall, balloons and lofting fabric, task lists, the web page, good times, and hospitality.
Many spoke of the need for, and desire to be, a worthy collaborator. If you would like to learn about what that entails, drop in at a COW meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month (next one April 13) at 7:10 p.m. at the Powerhouse. Everyone is welcome, and no collaborators turned away – worthy or otherwise.
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