For the past 18 months, our team has been working on expanding our social media presence. We were able to grow our Facebook likes from 500 to about 1,500, a great increase.
Then, I saw that Quincy Area Visitors and Convention Bureau was doing a campaign: to get 2015 “Likes” in 2015. We decided to challenge them, to see who could get there first! The loser would get a pie in the face from Mike’s Place. The winning Executive Director would be able to smear it into the other’s kisser!
Yes, this was a great gimmick to increase our “Likes” but it became a really great opportunity for us to do good in the community as well. QAVCB was also going to give 2,015 nails to Habitat for Humanity but what do we do?
I then was inspired by Jennifer Bock-Nelson, who last year, while teaching an art workshop, noticed that not everyone had crayons, so she fund-raised to get money for crayons.
The staff at Arts Quincy decided upon buying a box of crayons for every first-grader in Adams County-public and parochial-whether we won or lost. But over the weekend, we won! We have exceeded 2,015 likes and beyond! So, we now have begun a crowdsourcing campaign on IndieGoGo in order to raise the money needed to provide this important service to area first-graders. If you’d like to help, simply click the link and donate. Click Here
I can’t tell you how excited I am to smear Holly’s pretty face with a messy pie. I also can’t wait to see a new house go up with the nails from QAVCB, or to see what incredible drawings these students will come up with using their new crayons ( we hope they will send us some of their artwork!!).
Yeah, I really love my job…now go out there and make some ART!
Well, Dogwood is here for another year, and again, I have a slight dilemma: I love the fact that the parade goes right past my house, but I always feel I should participate!
This year, I tried to see if we could get a majority of arts groups to be represented under the banner of Arts Quincy, and I was not successful, so I will try again next year.
That doesn’t mean I can lollygag around watching it from the comfort of my front porch. I am also on the Quincy #175 Committee, and there is always another person needed, so off I will go, handing candy out to the crowd. Another dilemma: The wife is out of town, so what to do with the dog?
We have an adorable Cocker Spaniel, and she just loves it when the whole town gets together to celebrate her cuteness, so I will be leading her towards Washington Park near the beginning of the parade and she can glow in the adoration thrown her way.
Unfortunately, I’ll have to ditch her in the afternoon so I can be on “Garbage Patrol”…yes, it is a glamorous life I lead. I do have an “All Access Pass,” but who will want to hug me “hello” after lifting 39 smelly containers? Another Dilemma: Will I lift more garbage cans or beer cans?
Hope to see you all out there for fun and festivities: Music, Home tours, Comedies-check out our events page for details.
Now get out there and make some art!
What is art? Well, greater minds than I have wrestled with this burning question, but I have a specific area for this inquiry. Is food art? Well, I think it can be. I know many people quote “art is in the eye of the beholder,” but I can tell you a fry burger at a fast-food joint is not art. But in my opinion, an incredible ground sirloin grilled to perfection with Applewood smoked bacon, killer cheddar, crisp dill and a fresh-baked roll can be.
On Sunday, I attended one of Thyme Square’s farmers dinner with my wife, mother-in-law and our friends, the Dr. Robert & Jen Gervasi, and I totally experienced art.
Cream of Asparagus soup, Cured Salmon with a smear of goat cheese with fresh dill, duck confit salad with an egg poached to perfection followed off by one of the tastiest pork bellies I’ve ever tasted, served on a bed of creamy polenta with grilled asparagus. Topped of with a Cherry and almond tart. MMMMmmmmmmmm...
Another group of friends, Mark Drummond and Carol Sowers were there, and, for those who know the judge, with an incredible wine selection paired with the different courses. Being shy like I am, I groveled for a few sips of their Nectar, and was rewarded with a dram of each, which I promptly shared with my friends, and Voila! Culinary Magic. Hats off the Chef Shupp and to Bacchus, God of Wine.
Good food, good wine and great friends...now, if that’s not art, what is?
The last Sunday of the month, the Sunday Music Series, run by Dr. Phyllis Robertson, showcases some of the extraordinary talents we have in Quincy and the surrounding areas. The March 29 show consisted of many talented musicians that sang, played piano, clarinet, cello and Basset Horn, to name a few. A large portion of the selection was modern music, most of it new to me. One after another, these talented musicians paraded up in front of a mostly full house at the Unitarian Church and played their hearts out to the best of their abilities. We listened with rapt attention, again and again, applauding each of them with enthusiasm.
But who put this event together? Yes Dr. Robertson runs the series, but she gives freedom to area artists to put together a show of their choice.
On this particular Sunday, Robert March was the leader of this series, and behind every one of those talented musicians, was Bob and his incredible skills on the ivory. Awesome? Flawless? Incredible? I would answer each of those to his particular performance.
An accompanist greatest skill is to feature and follow the lead, and Bob was not only gracious and generous, but his playing was phenomenal! Have you ever heard him? If you like music and you live in the Quincy area, I’d say yes!
I am in awe of him! In his eighties, he goes from performing in the Pit of Spamalot, to running his church group, to singing with the Symphony Chorus to rehearsing and performing for the Sunday Music Series. He served in the armed forces, plays for the Rotary Club of Quincy (boy do we love that), and is a father.
I say hats off to this indomitable soul who has given so much to his country & community.
Bob March, you are THE MAN!
Whew! These last few months have not been easy! Yes, it was my idea to make so many changes. No, the board and I decided to not implement all of them. No, I didn't have to do them all at once. But, in the end, it will prove to have been a wise choice and to have been worth it.
I’ve been furiously writing grants in order to pay for these changes, and have been negotiating with area firms to make it an affordable prospect, but I am excited. It is that excitement that is getting me through these past few weeks, and the next few upcoming ones.
Excited for the new format of the color Arts Quincy Magazine. Excited for the new website and all of the things we can do with it, such as; on-line membership renewals, and eventually, selling tickets and taking registrations for classes. Excited to finally change our commercial, because, even though I love the Big River Harmonizers, it’s time to change the “It’s for youuuuuuu-Ding!”
It’s great to have all new technology to help us fulfill our mission, but can someone tell me why that one printer won’t recognize me?!?
As with new technology, a number of things had to be changed or go by the wayside:
Our old data system had become obsolete
Our new website will help us put it all together again, but it may take some time-but we’ll get there!
We changed the focus of our two award programs-the George M. Irwin Arts Awards and the Arts Quincy Student Arts Awards- and with that comes some figuring out.
We changed the Riverfest to ArtsMANIA, held at the Quincy Mall, with a complete focus on our Partner organizations and their activities. Oh, that’s right, we changing how we call the organizations under our umbrella, from Member Organizations to Partner Organizations.
Some of our changes were very difficult, and they were internal changes that affected our personnel, and with that, we lost some of our greatest resources, but they still remain our friends.
We now have new personnel, and they are working like I am, to make this organization the best it can possibly be (and, truth be told, they’re the ones who do all the work!).
So, change ain’t easy, but it can sometimes be great, and this is one of those times.