Thorough, Yet Quick
by Kirby LindsayThe March meeting of the Committee of the Whole (COW) of the Fremont Arts Council (FAC) started later than usual. The small group that gathered dawdled until forced to acknowledge that no vast influx of people would arrive shortly.
When facilitator (and FAC Board Member) Peter Toms called the meeting together, he reasonably observed that it could end quickly due to the low turnout. Yet, the meeting covered a wide spectrum of issues that, no matter how quickly, required time.
Monster Rummage/Jumble Sale
Sonia Telesco announced, “I need help.” FAC members are needed to help clear out the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Ave N) to prepare for the sale and, specifically on the evenings of March 30 – April 1, from 6p – 9p, to help clean, organize and price items.
The sale will be held over two weekends this year - April 2 & 3 and April 9 & 10 – to hopefully raise more funds for the 2011 Solstice Parade. Of course, the most necessary assistance will be in the generous donation of treasures and trinkets to be sold. These can be dropped off at the Powerhouse during the evenings mentioned above, and on Sunday, March 27th, from 2 – 4p.
Bridge Way Mural
While a date hadn’t been set, as of the March 8th meeting, new FAC Board President Michael Clark said that cleaning and painting parties for the Bridge Way mural will begin immediately, once the weather cooperates. He mentioned the support offered by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Neighborhood Council. Clark has also spoken with the manager of a nearby apartment building who offered access to a bathroom, and possibly water for washing the mural. “I see this as being weekends and weekends,” Clark admitted, as the mural will need cleaning, priming and painting.
Fate of 4Culture
Several attendees referenced the looming budget crisis at 4Culture, and the blow to the arts community should their grant program shut down. FAC members were urged to lobby their elected officials – county and state – for locating a funding source for this organization.
A 4Culture grant could fund much needed repairs to the Powerhouse, including fixing the roof, chimney and brick work. The Seattle School District leases the building to the FAC, and expects it to be maintained in good repair. Clark would also like grant money to purchase sewing machines, a drill press, a spider box, and new signage.
Roman will soon announce dates for the first work party at the new Fremont park, across the Fremont Bridge along Dexter Avenue. He presented his plan to ask the FAC Board to help pay for a permanent sign for the park. He wants a sign that could identify the park, and inform potential volunteers about upcoming work parties. This would also help deter litter and alcoholic/drug campsites. He also asked for a volunteer to build/maintain a very basic website for the project.
Under The (Ballard) Bridge
Maque daVis breezed in to update the assembled on the timeline to remove all FAC storage, and float bases, from beneath the Ballard Bridge. Seismic work, which could take up to 24 months, has displaced the FAC. Two potential alternative sites have been identified, but none are firm. daVis called for a work party on Friday, April 15th to remove remaining items, except the floats which will move on Sunday, May 1st, to a parade workshop space – also, so far, unidentified.
Due to organizational changes at the School District, the Board decided that during a Rummage Sale work party would be a good time to change the locks on the Powerhouse. Toms announced that those who have a key can trade it in for a new one by contacting an FAC Board Member.
Toms also pointed out that the School District charges the FAC less than market rate rent for the Powerhouse. In exchange, the FAC does things for the community. Clark has attempted to reach out to work with some area schools (temporarily located at the Lincoln High), but attendees focused on ways the FAC could help at B.F. Day. Clark offered to contact the school’s art teacher about the tile mural project.
2011 Solstice Parade
Leslie Zenz will coordinate the Parade again this year. Toms said, “Leslie is doing great work,” and he floated the idea of paying her, and other staff she will hire, a bonus, should fundraising efforts allow. The Parade takes place at Noon on Saturday, June 18th, with another, mini-parade traveling through the Fremont Fair on Sunday, June 19th. An event will follow the Parade at Gas Works Park with more entertainment and festivities than previously, but of shorter duration. A beer garden is also planned, to raise money for the 2012 Solstice Parade…
To learn more, attend an upcoming FAC COW meeting, on the second Tuesday of the month (next one on April 12,) at the Powerhouse. Anyone can be part of the committee, and all are welcome! Another way to keep up on FAC activities is through their e-group on Yahoo.com Check it out!
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