Save a Tree + Community Town Halls
The first four town hall community meetings--Theatre, Music, Visual Art and Culinary Arts—have been announced. When I originally planned to hold town hall meetings, I had them slated to take place in the fall of 2018. Just like much of this overall process, everything takes longer than anticipated. Dawne and I are now working on the pre-and post-town hall survey for each group and the format for each town hall. There is a lot of scenario planning that has to go into preparing for each session. I can already tell from the RSVPs that we have a few non-artists that are planning to attend. While, everyone is welcome, the intent is to hear directly from artists, and not donors or folks that are deeply passionate about a particular discipline (there will be other opportunities for this type of engagement). Each town hall requires a bit of a different structure as the artists needs and services and support Fringe can provide are different depending on the discipline in which they work. Yet, at each meeting we need to obtain comparable data and content so we can efficiently produce a public report to outline clearly how the Logan Fringe Arts Space will operate and how to differentiate it from the annual Fringe Festival. Dawne and I will get some of it nailed down in our preparation. However, we won’t get it all figured out ahead of time. We will need remain open to tweaking the structure to respond what is happening in the room at each meeting.
If you have been to the Logan, you certainly have noticed the huge oak tree out front. In the process of prepping the Logan for construction it was determined that due to the tree’s proximity to a water pipe that we need to tap into (the water pipe is apparently from 1888) the oak tree would need to come down. When I first heard, this I was vehemently against it. Over the last few months I have struggled with what to do and the possibility that it must come down. I couldn’t face the fact that the Fringe was going to be the reason the 100-year-old tree gets cut down. Thankfully, in a meeting this week we made the decision to satisfy our plumbing problem while attempting to save the tree. Like everything else in the process, a consultant is required to produce a tree care plan. This whole renovation / addition is certainty a job generator but in the process, we get to save the tree!!
In the week ahead, I am attempting to enjoy the magic of the season and not work. For me, this is easier said than done. It is rare to be in DC during the holidays. There is a lot reflect on and process in the coming week. Good thing I have the new Murakami novel and plenty of hot cocoa.