Art Walk. In the first years, it was to allow makers
to display their products in their studio/home, make
some sales, and get some feedback.
We all contributed 150 pesos for expenses: maps,
a few signs, etc. In the first 2 years, we had
money left over, and kept it in an account to use in case we were short next year. Then someone suggested we donate that excess registration fee money to children's art programs.
Then, gradually, the funding of those programs
became the mission of the AW.
Art Walk became a fundraiser, according to the Steering Committee who then became the Art Walk Council.
To raise funds, many more features were added, including: selling of T shirts, businesses recruited as sponsors, (so that their 200 pesos would help buy materials for kids art), competitions of art and T-shirt design in the schools, a display of children's art at the Ejido building. (All these new features also added fun and excitement to the event, too) However, there was quite a cost to making the event more elaborate.
All these new features took a lot of time, and the participant artist/craftspeople dwindled as 'volunteers' as the workload increased.
And finally, because of not enough help, the Council resigned as leaders of the Art Walk.
How is my memory of all this? I apologize if I've mistaken any of the facts...and welcome being corrected. If you do have any corrections, I suggest you post them under my response, not as a response to the main thread.
It leads me to this proposal:
Let's separate the 2 missions:
1) Art Walk is an opportunity for artists to show their work, leaving artists/makers free to 'give back' to the community in whatever way they see fit
2) Children's Art Support Association (or a similar name) is a separate group with a different mission.
This will make the Art Walk more manageable again, the way it was when we started in 2007.
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