Indomitable Spirit On Display
by Kirby LindsayWith snow falling outside, a larger crowd than usual gathered for the January meeting of the Fremont Arts Council (FAC). Seated on chairs carefully tucked amidst the detritus from a celebration in December, meeting attendees unhesitatingly addressed themselves to celebrations yet to come. Time plows forward, and meeting attendees seemed to want to be ready when the next ones occur.
1. One Minute Announcements
Among a short list of announcements offered, Rodman Miller announced that he’d procured, thanks to a very generous donation from the Ballard QFC, 1000+ flower bulbs. He asks for the donation of their surplus bulbs for planting in public parks and common green spaces. Anyone willing to plant some, while the soil is thawed, can contact Miller at 206/283-3164.
2. Board Election Nominations
The annual election, of the 2011 Board of Directors, will be held February 8th. Among nominations were Barb Luecke, Maque daVis, Rodman Miller, Jerry Smith, Rachel Sprague, Michael Falcone, Michael Clark, Peter Toms, Chuck Harrison, and Christie Wolf. Nominations will remain open, reportedly, until the night of the election.
In addition to the election, the ballot will include a vote on a by-law change (as previously described on Fremocentrist.com, November 15, 2010.)
3. Winter Feast Re-Cap – “It was great!” announced Maque daVis. ‘Nuff said?
4. Hello, Horses Cut Shop
Three new faces at the meeting - Kalani Cattell, Gabe Johnson and Jeff Ludwig – increased the attendance. They’d come to introduce their business, Horses Cut Shop (4306 Fremont Ave N) located up the hill. They also wanted to learn about the FAC, and see how they can support its work. Their business operates primarily as a working industrial/graphic design studio, but also hosts an art gallery and event space, with plans for creative gatherings for up to 60 people.
5. Storage Search
The search for a new space – for at least 24 months – to store Solstice Parade floats bases, and other materials (including stages and a choir set-up), continues – and grows increasingly more dire. daVis and Barb Luecke have ramped up their search, and asked for assistance and/or direction. They’d prefer a space near Fremont, fenced, of 6,000 to 10,000 square feet and, perhaps, covered, but daVis admitted to being less and less particular.
6. 2011 Solstice Parade
“In about five months we’re going to have a parade,” stated meeting facilitator Chuck Harrison. The need to plan for it, and get organized, had popular support during the meeting. Including the fact that last year, the Dave McKay Grant process got done very last minute. Both Luecke and Mylinda Sneed described ways to get less haste and more consideration involved. Attendees set a tentative date for the annual Parade Retreat - the weekend of February 26 & 27, possibly at Horses Cut Shop. They also launched a Parade Committee, with Luecke, daVis and Sneed signing on.
The Fremont Chamber of Commerce suggested last year that the parade end at the Fremont Street Fair, rather of Gasworks Park. The lure of lawn and quiet held sway during a discussion of this change, although the FAC has had difficulty recruiting volunteers to organize the post-parade at the park. Attendees left this decision for further consideration.
7. Spring Events
The Spring holds other events, in addition to parade prep. Tricky Bunny has volunteered to host a Valentine Making Party again this year, described by those who’ve attended as a Kindergarten arts & crafts with a loony teacher, and a lot of glitter. Exact time and dates will be posted on the FAC Yahoo e-group. The annual May Day celebration, on May 1st, falls on a Sunday this year – so Miller and daVis suggested a start time of 3p. Finally, if the FAC rummage sale is to be organized this year, it will need a new leader.
With awareness of snow accumulating outside, the meeting wrapped. While the participants had discussed a load of work, they ended the meeting cheerful about the celebrations to come at the end of their efforts. To lend a hand – or just an ear and eye - attend an upcoming monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:10 pm at the FAC headquarters, the Powerhouse at 3940 Fremont Avenue N.
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