Wriggling and Wriggling
As February begins the lid has certainly been cut off the tough shell of this project. The whole month is set to be a lot of wriggling movements so that we are able to emerge as a vulnerable creature as we enter into the caterpillar stage.
The bids for the project are coming in. The focus for the team is to set the construction budget that will then be woven into the overall 2019 – 2020 capital budget. This budget is set to be approved at the March Board meeting.
The main challenge is the bids are coming in much higher than they did in 2016. This is to be expected and is completely logical - but, it sucks! The team will be meeting to go through each item and line by line of the budget so they can set where they need to negotiate and strategize. With this information, I will begin developing a staggering of openings for various program areas in the space as possible scenarios. This will all get sorted to a point by mid-March but will probably need to be constantly revisited and different scenarios drafted.
Our first town hall happened! There was a decent turn out and the discussion was quite deep There were ideas brought forth that Dawne and I had not thought of prior to the session. Next up is the Music Town Hall on Feb 16th. This one will be a heaver lift. I am going to present the variety of ways that we have presented, made space for, etc. for music since 2009. The various financial arrangements are all over the place, which I think makes it hard for bands or musicians to know how to take advantage or know what Fringe offers. I would like input on how to make this process more attainable, yet flexible.
I am spending a lot of time in our operating budget over the next week to make adjustments. Staffing needs are rising to the surface and Fringe needs to staff up to ensure our programs are ready to serve our artists and audiences. We received such an increase in applications to the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival; and are excited to add two more new venues to our SW Festival grounds. This gets set this month and producer trainings begin in March!
February has never been my favorite month, but this one is going to be a tough one!