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.
Now get out there and make some art!