A ‘Testimony to the Human Spirit’
by Kirby Lindsay
The July Fremont Arts Council (FAC) Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting had such low attendance that facilitator (and Board Member) Gyan Davies had considered scratching the planned meeting altogether.
Matters for the Board
Instead, the gathered heard reports on progress by the FAC Board. In June, Board Members made a presentation on the need for changes to the FAC by-laws, and spoke of a pending vote. Davies now reported, “Our intention is to have the election by August.” The vote will be held on-line, with paper ballots available at the next COW meeting (August 10) and information posted on the FAC Yahoo e-group. According to Davies, this election will only make it slightly easier to make changes to the by-laws.
Michael Clark, another Board Member, spoke about on-going consultations with representatives from a few elementary school programs – two of which will be located in the old Lincoln High School building this fall. They’ve asked if the FAC could provide an arts program, or art experience. Clark sees this as an opportunity to apply for education grants and expand the presence of the FAC in this community. Discussion directed Clark to do a call for a committee – after gaining authorization to do so by the FAC Board – to establish contacts and research what resources might be available.
Clark has also begun research on a 4Culture Landmarks Challenge Grant to fund repairs to the FAC home base, the Powerhouse, which occupies part of the site of the B.F. Day Elementary School. Clark mentioned work needed on the roof and chimney and, when asked, admitted that no estimates have been collected yet.
A plumbing problem also exists. During recent parade workshops, the bathroom failed. Immediate repairs were done, but extensive work will be required to keep the problem from reoccurring. The Board will determine whether to do a large scale repair now, or wait.
Activities Present, And Past
Davies then mentioned on-going efforts to repair/maintain the Bridge Way Mural. FAC representatives have spoken with the City of Seattle and submitted a grant application to the Fremont Chamber of Commerce to fund maintenance. According to Davies, the mural has three issues: 1. paint out the graffiti, 2. restore the mural to its original colors, and 3. prevent future tagging/graffiti (using security cameras, a monthly maintenance contract, sealants, etc.)
Discussion moved to the next big event, Luminata – the annual FAC walk around Green Lake held near the fall equinox (September 21.) At some urging, the Board has considered assigning a budget to this traditionally free-will volunteer event. A leader for the event will soon be announced.
Finally, an open discussion was held on the 2010 Solstice Parade. As is traditional, the facilitator first asked people to say what they liked – and attendees mentioned: the overwhelming support, good audience (even in rain), video broadcast, Yellow Submarine ensemble, Rube Goldberg float, early start to parade building, workshop cleanup, supplies available, volunteers, etc. Also, the Green Hat – the Parade fundraising ensemble – did very well. They raised $19,000+ this year and “blew the old record out of the water,” according to Davies.
The small group then answered the question ‘what could we improve?’ Discussion ranged over problems with plumbing, damage to paint brushes and training people to properly use the workshop space and power tools. A crew hired from the Millionaire Club helped set up and clean up at Gasworks Park, and Davies (the Gasworks post-parade celebration organizer) suggested that this program be expanded. Davies, and others, also noted a need to educate audiences, donors and the general public that the Parade and the Fremont Fair exist as separate entities – and donations received go to different causes.
To find out more about the FAC, and what is coming up, Davies recommend checking out their sites on Facebook, Twitter, and the Yahoo e-group. Also, join! Membership in the FAC is easy, and only $25 a year (as they say, ‘cheep!’) and can be done at an upcoming COW meeting, held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North) at 7:10p sharp!
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