GAC 2011. Some organizational notes. Thanks to. Daniel Walker
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The ideas in this piece are founded on and ripped from his initial email sent to the people who attended the first February meeting here in Gwangju. Daniel, like others, have moved on, not identifying an immediate way to get involved in GAC. I think his words and ideas are the legacy that he leaves us to move into a more organized organization in 2011.
Here is something I want to offer to the group to discuss in anticipation of another meeting. In what I offer I am trying to take into account what I see as a need for organization and responsibility given a diverse membership – by “diverse” in this context I am pointing to how the group attracts artist members looking for various types of support as well as non-artist members looking to enjoy and support the arts/artists in general, though of course other diversity factors are active.
GAC Board meetings should request attendance by a GIC rep only if the agenda truly requires it.
The GAC should function to support the GIC and greater Gwang-ju, not the other way around and a simple e-mail of the minutes and group activity info can be e-mailed to the GIC rep when a GIC rep does not attend.
Dedicated to offering classes and/or organizing group art projects.
Some people love art but are not artists and some artists want peer support but do not want to participate in group projects.
Some people want to make art but have no training and would enjoy some lessons.
This group is for classes and group projects and can certainly involve overlapping sets of people, but this group and the other groups should remain organizationally/functionally separate.
This group might not always be active, and its meetings would thus vary.
Needs a rep.
The Board should approve classes or projects if the projects look to use GAC identity or resources, and approval in turn may depend on approval by the GIC since some resources are owned and controlled by the GIC.
Dedicated to raising funds and giving back to the community, either through GAC artists or otherwise.
This is not about artists serving themselves – this is about a group of artists and/or art-lovers serving the people of Gwang-ju in the form of supporting those active in the arts, especially struggling artists and art-friendly businesses. Two examples:
a) support a locally-owned coffee shop that hosts a monthly poetry slam / art auction by showing up and buying a coffee and a pastry and some art or a chapbook;
b) collect money from foreigners through donations, auctions, book/food sales, and then use that money to host a contest that rewards local artists with money and an exhibition;
c) if any exhibited works sell, give a percentage to a local charity (Sung-Bin, etc).
Needs a rep.
Meets as needed.
The Board must approve and oversee any fund-raising activities.
This is potentially down the road a fairly high-end division.
Going beyond simple fund-raising and any public relations involved in any of the above groups, this group would be looking to make serious connections with major players in Gwang-ju (e.g. government officials, local/national level businesses, major art patrons, big museum peeps, etc.).
Meets as needed, and
needs a rep.
The Board should approve and oversee any significant community relations activities.
The above is meant to provide structure and responsibility while serving varies needs and interests, but not necessarily much bureaucracy or even real complexity is involved. Four to six dedicated people could take on 1-2 responsibilities each to get things rolling in a friendly but organized way.
I hope my contribution to the greater GAC conversation is somehow useful. ^^