Just to kick things off I’d just like to say WELCOME to the new blog for the W(here) Festival! Here you will find updates about the project and community conversation about its development. Please feel free to share this blog with arts enthusiasts locally in Pictou County and friends far afield!
Our first public event, the Networking Cafe, was held on November 5th at the Pictou Academy Auditorium. I would like to thank all of the participants the amazing conversations and enthusiasm. It was a great success with over 20 participants (visual artists, activists, sculptors, local business owners, press, writers, filmmakers and actors) attending. Participants came together to share their practices and to discuss what the future of arts and culture initiatives in Pictou County might look like. Basically a speed-dating event, we were all amazed at the wealth of expertise in the room and the strong desire for a more visible arts community in Pictou County. Many ideas were tossed around… from spearheading a new arts column in the local paper, The Pictou Advocate, to a performative walking tour.
Participants included: Shari Burns, Lennie Cheverie, David Craig, Dian Day, Amanda Gillis, Steve Goodwin, Linda Little, Raina MacDonald, Mary MacDonald, Ruth MacKay, Susan T Manley, Fenn Martin, Dawn MacNutt, Susan and Lindsay Moland, Susan Overmyer, Anna Pereda, Dawn Peters, St. Clair Prest, Judy Suraine, Carolyn Vienneau, Rita Wilson and Luke Young.
So! The question is…
Where do we go from here? What would you like to see in Pictou County? Share your ideas below!
I would also invite participants to share their experience of the cafe below. Lets keep the conversation going!
A special thank you to those of you who helped spread the word and to volunteers: Shari Burns, Carol MacDonald and Marion MacDonald as well as Pictou Academy for the fantastic space. See you soon!