I don’t know how well I’ll be following this, but that roundtable I mentioned earlier is this,
At the risk of political persecution, here’s what happened:
The group was asked to come up with what artists need to do what they do. I was hoping for a numerous list of items. After the third group (out of ten) repeated the same list, I felt we had wasted our time. The good stuff was in the divergent ideas and the question as to what can be done.
So we need money, tools/ resources and exhibition/ performance space. Everyone (visual, theater, dance, musician, literary, gamers) agreed on that. The next step is more important, I think. But our time was up. I really hope they follow up with another roundtable to address possible solutions and bigger picture thinking. In the meantime, here’s a thought that I had at the end of the night, when I got home.
I lean toward libertarianism, so when people were demanding the city/ government to provide services and support I cringed. For example, yes, a Dillo route would’ve have been awesome during EAST. It would have shown the City’s commitment to its art scene. On the other hand, all of those pedicabs that litter downtown were given an opportunity to expand their services into the daylight hours on that weekend. Where were they? I didn’t see any. Maybe one, off-duty I think.
That’s entrepreneurship. Seeing a marketable opportunity when others don’t. That’s what EAST is about. Artists opening their studios to show and sell. Yes, institutional support is a tremendous help. But if you can deliver, people will notice and buy into it.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.