by Kirby Lindsay, posted 12 September 2014
The September 9th meeting of the Fremont Arts Council (FAC), of the Committee Of the Whole (COW), was facilitated by Board President Peter Toms. Toms reported that the FAC Board met the previous Sunday, and in his President’s Report, on the state of the FAC, he said, “the state is very good.” He did acknowledge that the 501(c)3 organization’s home base, The Powerhouse, is “full of stuff” and doesn’t have a functioning bathroom. Still, he said, “we have some money,” and the FAC is, “coming out of its quiet season,” as they’ve “kicked into high gear,” on planning for Luminata (September 21st,) Trolloween (October 31st,) and Winter Feast (December 21st.)
Business Before Fun
The Powerhouse is currently crowded with mountains of materials displaced by the loss of the FAC’s long-term storage space. Some materials, and float beds, are being stored off-site, on land next to the Fremont Troll, but only until that property starts being developed (into Troll’s Knoll Park) in December.
FAC representatives have asked the City of Seattle for vacated or park land on which they can, long-term, store 10 float beds and two shipping containers, but they haven’t gotten a response. Toms and Maque daVis, who has personally managed the storage for many years, would prefer to find new storage space in the Fremont area and, because they have containers now, they could use an outdoors space.
The FAC have also asked for help from the City, and/or King County 4Culture, to fund necessary repairs to the Powerhouse plumbing. The building is owned by the Seattle School District, but the lease agreement requires that the FAC do all maintenance. In the meantime, there is a port-a-potty out front.
Toms also reported that the contract with Kudra Migliaccio to serve as part-time Office Manager has run out, so the FAC is without staff. The Board is accepting resumes. Meanwhile, they have found a potential candidate for the position of bookkeeper.
On behalf of the FAC, Member Tara Shuttleworth has done outreach to seven area colleges to find out how the FAC could provide students with opportunities, with credited art classes or as interns. She has received favorable responses from three, and will continue to find out about the process.
Bus Art Program
Brooks Running has arrived in Fremont, and their new, hyper-green headquarters at the foot of Stone Way. They brought along an exhibition double-decker bus, originally from Ireland, with its steering wheel on the right-side. Brooks had removed the seats and modified the roof to raise and lower, for when they previously used as the ‘Cavalcade of Curiosities’, a Steampunk-ish museum of shoes.
Brooks has offered the bus to the FAC, and members have come up with varied ideas of how to use the generous gift. Just before this meeting a suggestion was made to convert the bus into a piece of art for Burning Man, and sell it to an interested buyer for a substantial donation. Toms said that he spoke with representatives from Brooks who agreed to the eventual sale, although the FAC would have to take possession of the bus, and convert it, before selling. This raised potential legal and accounting questions, and the COW agreed that professionals be consulted before firm plans were made.
Troll’s Birthday Celebration
daVis reported that he has nearly given up on using land beneath the Fremont Bridge for the finale to his roaming Halloween-night show, called Trolloween. For many years, the October 31st roaming haunt that begins at the Fremont Troll at 7p, would end beneath the other bridge, to avoid any rain storms. However, the property manager has refused to give permission.
For now, Plan B is to use a parking lot between Theo Chocolate and the Burke Building. This would allow for more roaming during the haunt of the neighborhood, and the ‘public opera’ daVis is producing, inspired by Homer’s ‘The Odyssey.’ For those who want to help, or learn how, to build the giant puppets, stage scenery and costumes for the show, daVis will need volunteers starting October 1st. Also, there are still openings in the cast. Contact daVis about all the volunteer opportunities at 206/498-7392.
Another group has been searching for a location for a fundraising party, called Troll-A-Go-Go, for after Trolloween. For the 2015 celebrations, daVis is thinking to create an entire day of Halloween festivities in Fremont.
The Annual Lantern Walk
The FAC will also celebrate the autumnal equinox (the start of Fall) with a free, open-to-the-public lantern-walk at Green Lake called Luminata. This year, the walk will be held on Sunday, September 21st at dusk, starting at the Small Craft Center/Aqua Barn.
“We’ll have a little more artistry this year,” reported FAC Member Angela Pershnikov. She distributed a three-page outline for the ceremony, which will focus on the journey of the Heroine. She envisions a more contemplative event this year that will include a portal near the end of the walk for participants to step through either to enter another dimension of their journey, or a new year.
At the last Luminata, sales of lanterns created by volunteers netted the FAC a profit. Volunteers will also sell cider at the end of the walk, and cookies (although they won’t pre-buy as many as last year when they lost money on wasted product.) They need more sales people, for both the lantern booth and concessions. The budget, of $1,700, may also need to stretch to cover rental of port-a-potties, unless the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation can be convinced to leave the public restrooms open a little later at The Bathhouse, where the walk concludes.
As to Winter Feast, until a location can be found for the grand banquet, no other details can really be set. If you want to learn more about the FAC, and see the state of the FAC for yourself, attend the next FAC COW meeting on October 14th at The Powerhouse precisely at 7:10ish.
Hope to see you there!
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