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Rest the Feast – Build the Team!

As the nights grew longer and talk turned from Luminata to Feast of the Winter Solstice, the Board realized that we do not have the capacity on our leadership team to plan, organize and lead the Feast this year.  

The Feast, as do all FAC events, requires a solid team of volunteers to plan, organize and build it, not just board members and volunteers the day of the event. With this in mind, the Board held a public meeting on October 24th to discuss the feasibility of Feast 2019 and to see the level of interest among the membership. Three board members attended to answer questions and facilitate the meeting. Only one other person came. The consensus was that we should rest Feast because of concern that the limited number of volunteers who are producing all of the FAC events would burn out, and risk other events fading away as a result. 

After much reflection, the Board has decided to rest the Feast of the Winter Solstice this year. In the future, we hope to have a Winter Solstice event that embraces the membership in a way that reflects our community. 

It is essential that the FAC use these upcoming winter and spring months to focus on outreach, fundraising and development of the organization in hopes that we can come back in 2020 refreshed and ready for a new year of community and celebration. The FAC must clearly focus on building up our core volunteer team that makes the magic happen year ‘round. 

Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help the FAC shine?  We invite you to find out more and to please step up:

The greatest needs right now are for year ’round skilled and enthusiastic support with administration, fundraising, communications and volunteer engagement. Champions are always welcome to help with event planning, powerhouse support, and a wide range of other tasks. If any of that speaks to you, and you are ready to roll up your sleeves — please come to the next COW meeting on November 12th.  (Meets most second Tuesdays at 7pm at the Powerhouse).

The FAC has the opportunity to have an expanded Petit Troll fundraising event at Lagunitas Brewery on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and we hope you will join us – to create art, create petit floats and create community as we kick off a glorious new year. 

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you all in 2020!

Artfully Yours,

Farley, Brigette, Dayna, Linda, Marie, Maque, Owl, and Lymarie

Fremont Arts Council, Board of Directors

{photo B. LaGarde, 2018}

November News

Trolloween Thank You!  

A big Thank You! To all who made Trolloween a fabulous success.  

Rest the Feast – Build the Team

The Feast of the Winter Solstice is a spectacular annual gathering for members of the Fremont Arts Council. After much reflection, the Board has decided to rest the Feast this year. It is essential that the FAC use these upcoming months to focus on building up our core working team that makes the magic happen year ‘round.  Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help the FAC shine?  We invite you to find out more and to please step up!…

Fall Membership Drive

Want to be part of something big? Become a member of the Fremont Arts Council today and expand this diverse network of people who build community through the art-making process. Already a member? Are you sure your membership is up to date? Your membership dollars and volunteer time are essential fuel for the Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration, Luminata, Trolloween, the Feast of the Winter Solstice, May Day, care and feeding of the Fremont Troll. Your membership helps to keep the lights on, the rent paid and art supplies flowing at the Powerhouse Art Studio where the magic is born.  Click here to join or renew. Or Make a donation …

Call for Photos

Do you have fabulous, professional quality photos of Luminata, Trolloween or other FAC events that you would like to share with us?  Perhaps they will show up on our website or facebook sometime soon.  Details …

All Are Welcome Here!

We  affirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all races and backgrounds to create art and celebrations. There is no place for racism, sexism or sexual harassment at our events or in in our community.  In support of this, the Fremont Arts Council affirms our Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion.  Details ...

Volunteer!

Have you been hankering to get more involved with FAC? We need you and your talents! Let us know who you are and what you’re interested in, and we promise to find a fun way to scratch that creative itch. Volunteer …

Get Involved!

Join the FAC Team!

Will YOU join our circle of friends who make community celebration art events happen?  The FAC needs to grow our team of folks that are directly involved in event production, communications, fundraising, administration, and a myriad of other essential tasks year round.  These awesome events are made possible by volunteers. Join the team!! …

Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting –  Tuesday, November 12, 7-8:30 pm

This month: Get Involved!  Please join us at our monthly COW meeting. This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Share ideas and one minute announcements of interest to our community. Meet and Greet. Find out what the FAC is up to and how you can get involved.  Hear from and get involved with FAC leadership teams. Meet at the Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle at 7 pm.

Join the “FAC List” our Inner Circle Collaboration Group

The “FAC List” is a moderated discussion group for our inner circle of friends that want to stay in touch, learn about our current happenings, participate in event planning, share community art postings of interest, and help the FAC thrive. To join: visit faclist and click “apply for membership”.  Or, if you don’t have a Google account: Subscribe to our Mailing List … – and check the “get more involved” option for  “FAC List – Subscribe Me”. 

Support Community Art!

Want to keep the Fremont Arts Council in glitter and goo-gahs? We could not create our events and community art workshops without the support of our community. Donate or become a member …

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The Fremont Arts Council engages community to cultivate the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist! Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting 

November 12

 

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{photo H. Graham, 2011}

Join the Team!

Are you interested in using your time and skills to support the Fremont Solstice Parade and community celebration art and events throughout the year?

The Fremont Arts Council is looking for a few individuals to join our circle of friends who are committed to supporting the organization year-round.  This network will enlarge the base of people directly involved with event production and other essential tasks.  This is your chance to meet a parade of new friends and grow in your knowledge about celebration art.  It is a wonderful way to support the Fremont Solstice Parade and to help make community art happen and thrive.

Volunteers are needed right now to fill any of these roles:

  • Event Champions: You want to help with planning, management and logistics for any or all of the FAC’s amazing events.  Luminata planning is underway. There are lots of great ways to plug in!
  • Communications: You have excellent verbal, written and editing skills and would like to help manage our social media presence and other communications. Write content for newsletters, web, and press releases. Comfortable with building community relations an partnerships. Graphic design skills a real plus.
  • Powerhouse Champions: Organize the Pow! Crew. Coordinate powerhouse host schedule, art workshops and cleaning parties. Keep powerhouse ship shape and supplies well stocked. (also help to track Troll maintenance, storage areas, and other “capital”).
  • Administration Team: Keep us on track with calendars, agendas, minutes, meeting announcements, reminder emails, permits. Coordinate with communications team to send out our monthly newsletter. Help to keep our google drive, membership database and website running smoothly. You like record keeping, lists and systems. Super organized and detail oriented. Support the board and the events and outreach teams.
  • Fundraising Team. You are passionate about fundraising. You enjoy cultivating relationships with sponsors and donors. Grant-writing is a plus. Record-keeping is important too.  Help secure funding to support our community celebration artful antics!
  • Volunteer Engagement is your passion!  Help the FAC to improve systems to engage, recruit and manage volunteers to strengthen and expand our core programs and leadership.
  • Racial Equity & Inclusion Action Team: Work to assure that people of all backgrounds and identities are offered the opportunity and feel welcomed at all FAC events and activities.
  • Treasurer. You are adept at financial systems, financial reports and budgets.  Taxes and banking doesn’t scare you.  You can help support the bookkeeper and the fundraising team. You are good at Quickbooks or a fast learner.
  • IT Support: You help manage our google drive, ISP, Domains, and troubleshoot the internet connection at the powerhouse.

Ideal team players have:

  • Interest in volunteering at least 10 hours per month; plus attend at least an occasional COW meeting (held monthly on a Tuesday evening).
  • Enthusiasm for community celebration art
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Experience or skills that can help make this team shine.

This work is in support of our shared vision for:

  • Continual improvements to build a supportive and inclusive community culture.
  • A solid foundation for the Fremont Arts Council, with year-round leadership teams and year-round staff.
  • Support world class art and celebrations.

Questions can be directed to volunteer@fremontartscouncil.org

Interested?

  • Drop by our next COW meeting to find out more.  This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Meet and Greet and Eat snacks.  Monthly on the Second Tuesdays 7pm at the Powerhouse. (3940 Fremont Ave N.).  Check the Powerhouse Calendar as we sometimes reschedule.
  • And/Or:  Register on our volunteer page. You will then have a chance to tell us about yourself, and what you’d be interested in helping with.

Join the “FAC List” our Online Discussion Group

The “FAC List” is a moderated discussion group for our artful friends that want to stay in touch, learn about our current happenings, participate in event planning, share community art postings of interest, and help the FAC thrive. To join: visit faclist and click “apply for membership”.  Or, if you don’t have a Google account: Subscribe to our Mailing List … – and check the “get more involved” option for  “FAC List – Subscribe Me”.

{photo J. Tymczyszyn 2019}