Haven’t posted in a dog’s age, although dogs have nothing to do with it. In the video for the RAIQ on-line correspondence project I made last April, I spontaneously vowed to break the boundaries between my artistic practice and practice as a change agent, and indeed, that would appear to be more than an obvious direction and overdue. (The word, “indeed”, always makes me think of Ron Gabe but that has nothing to do with this more than dogs.) I maintain 2 websites (one art, one consultant), but no longer have 2 different email signatures. (Such are the measures of incremental change.)
Things on the boiler include: a commissioned piece for Niagara Dance Company for November on the Cultural Capital theme of “boundaries”. I have worked with the boundary between audience and performer(s) off and on since 1976 and the last time was April 23 & here. On that occasion, I used Jitter software but it cost a fortune and the audience didn’t care one bit or even notice. So I want to up the ante and use a technology in which instruction can flow both ways between performers and just a few brave audience members with cell phones.
Also on the boil is a project with YWCA Niagara, Wrap Her In Warmth: knitting communities together. This is a project that prior to my vow, I would have considered as part of my admin | change agent life, but now I am looking at as key to breaking down that bifurcation. This was assisted by remembering Suzanne Lacy’s Crystal Quilt Performance, and thinking of her role as facilitator in the communication amongst the women participants. I am looking to work with two local young fibre artists and met with one already. I have a history with YWCA Niagara, both as partner from the early days of my tenure as Executive Director of the sadly-departed St. Catharines and Area Arts Council, and because I am a sometime poster-girl for them as homelessness advocate. (I spilled ice cubes down Margaret Trudeau’s decolletage when we delivered keynotes at the 2011 Women of Distinction dinner and she was very good about it.)
Jean Bridge and I are in a fairly long gestation of a project which I am slightly at sea about, although it is about trees, not the sea. The community part of it is unclear to me and whether or not seeking local funding with fixed parameters about community development is supportive of the project or not.
And then there is The Main Event for which I recently had the great blessing of receiving an Ontario Arts Council grant. Later.
Mid-July, I posted an on-line training tool for dance artists about interest-based negotiation – How to have those Awkward Conversations in a Small Community. I should have done it while I was Executive Director of CADA-ON and didn’t, so did it for free – an association of guilt and money I should perhaps abandon. I haven’t yet heard a peep of response but I think it is very good and very useful.
Of course there is the incomplete Microfinance for Artists Research Project report which will be completed and posted very, very soon.
As for the photo, well that’s because my daughter Nell and I just returned from our very first backcountry camping trip and we are pumped about it.