‘This is the August Meeting’
by Kirby Lindsay
While turnout was low, and the agenda short, the Fremont Arts Council (FAC) still managed to chug along through another monthly Committee Of the Whole (COW) meeting – and report on a number of exciting projects currently underway.
During opening announcements, Mike Kleven introduced himself. A local filmmaker, he is working on a documentary about the FAC Solstice Parade. He intends to collect interesting narratives – and interesting characters – to go with footage he took this year. The finished film will be available to share or distribute to other communities. Jerry Smith, FAC Board President, agreed that other projects have given “a window on the pandemonium” that is the Parade, but “not much of a road map.”
Michael Falcone, another local filmmaker and FAC Board Member, mentioned that he is working on a short film about the Fremont Troll, to celebrate his 20th birthday this year. The FAC Board voted to fund his project with $1000, and Falcone intends to shoot in high-definition. Both Peter Toms and Maque daVis offered historic photos of the early days of the Troll’s history.
Luminata Plans Illuminated
Toms spoke on preliminary plans for the Luminata Lantern Parade planned for Tuesday, September 21st, on its 10th Anniversary. “As always, we will go part way around Green Lake,” he explained, from the start point at the Aqua Theater to the Bathhouse Theater, “and start at night fall, approximately at 7:45pm.”
Luminata will have a story line this year, as Toms described, “the Prince of Summer is putting on a banquet for the King of Winter, who will arrive by boat.” Fremont business Far East Handicrafts will help with Nepalese lanterns, to augment the primary part of Luminata – the lanterns made and carried by participants. Toms hopes to hold classes/open workshops for lantern building on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and hopefully Wednesdays) in the first weeks of September. Specific times and dates will be announced through the FAC e-notices.
“I want to turn it up, to get at least two marching bands at the front or the end,” Toms admitted about organizing the event, “also some fire spinners would turn it up visually.” Smith saw the event from a boat on Green Lake last year, and described it as “this ethereal procession.” As Toms explained, “it’s been this quiet, underground thing, and I want to build it up.”
Basic Business By The Board
Smith gave a report on grant funds the FAC received from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce for up-keep of the Troll and the Bridge Way Mural. He then boldly stated, “I’m making an impassioned plea for volunteers to help re-paint the mural.” A painting party will be scheduled soon, and all hands will be needed to combat the graffiti again.
When asked about previously discussed plans to seal the painting, to protect it from graffiti, Smith acknowledged that such a move is still being considered. “It could cost up to a couple thousand dollars,” he explained, and the original colors (or a fair approximation) must be restored before sealing the mural for good. The original color key has been lost but Smith and others want to develop a painting kit, to be kept at the FAC Powerhouse, to make fix up easier, and more consistent.
The FAC Board, according to Smith, has given renewed focus to grant writing, to raise funds towards several projects, not specifically the mural. The FAC headquarters, the Powerhouse, has a clogged main drain which will be expensive to fix. The Board just renewed, with the Seattle School District, the lease of the building. Smith said they, “still got the sweetheart deal,” except for an expanding number of maintenance projects that need to be addressed, including repairing an old chimney and tuck-pointing brickwork.
“We are dealing with post-parade absenteeism right now,” Smith admitted about the low meeting turnout. Yet, things still keep happening, and more willing hand will always be welcome. To find out more, attend a monthly COW meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month (next one is September 14th) at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North) starting at 7:10p.m. sharp-ish. That empty seat is waiting for you!
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