Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

8 Feb

So.  I’ve been absent from these pages for a couple of weeks.  Normally I make every effort to have something listed here, either for our sake or for our artists sake, on a regular basis.  However, it being the time of year that it is, that’s not always possible; we tend to enter high gear around the middle of January through June.

Just to give you an idea of what’s going on with the staff;

The Spring 2011 Run For The Arts;  confirming sponsors, confirming prize contributors, lining up prizes, working with the Student Designer and winner of the T-Shirt Design Contest in preparation of producing t-shirts, getting the schools signed up and getting out press releases (for more information, click here).

Mad Hot Burnin’ up the Dance Floor;  selling tickets and/or tables, getting the Run of Show ready, creating the printed Program, deciding on a menu (it’s harder than you think), getting the celebrity dancers trained, getting the kids selected and trained to perform at the event, organizing the Event Registration, decor, setting up a website to do online dancer voting and what feels like a thousand tiny loose ends (for more information, click here)

Arts for Learning;  we’re in the Pilot year, so we’re working hard on getting that worked out with Beaverton School District, Young Audiences’ National Office, the University of Washington and WestEd.  This is a 5-year project funded by the DOE (US Department of Education) in an I3 grant to Beaverton SD which will rolled out district-wide.  No small feat (for more information, click here)

2011 Sunburst Awards Luncheon;  we’re beginning to focus on this appreciation event which take place on May 17, 2011.  I’ll update you as we make progress.

Performances and Residences in the Schools;  September through December is usually slow, but once everyone returns from their winter break, the focus is on getting artists into the schools, which is the core of what we do.  Needless to say, the pace quickens amazingly fast.

There you have a snapshot of the first six months of the year for us, however blurry and murky.

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