Artists' Group Meeting, July 2001
The July meeting of the Artists' Group was held on
July 1, 2001, 2:00 PM-approximately 5:30 P. M.,
at the home of Wendy Burch and Jon Steel. Those attending:
Nancy Beckman, Tom Bickley, Wendy Burch, Brad
Fischer, Philip Gelb, Kathy Kennedy, Kathy Gresham Lancaster, Scot
Gresham Lancaster, Marianne McDonald, Lisa Mischke, Katherine Setar,
Mary Setar, Jon Steel, Toyoji Tomita, and Joe Zitt.
The meeting consisted of a snack pot luck, group discussion, a group
sounding, occasional jazz renditions, and a ritual burning in "a small
fire of surrender." You can see photos
of the meeting.
An encapsulation of the salient points of the discussion are as follows.
- In advance of the meeting, Wendy Burch asked Pauline Oliveros to comment
on her aspirations for the POFBA. In brief, Pauline hopes that the
group would devote time to their listening practice, and that members of
the POFBA would submit proposals for projects under the aegis of the
POF. A administrative fee for awarded grants would be remitted to the
POF, and would thereby be a source of income. These comments elicited
the following discussions:
- Toyoji Tomita hoped that someone could clarify how working within
the POFBA would help in the acquisition of funds for projects designed
for individual artists. Specifically, he wondered how POF underwriting
would help him acquire a grant from the City of Oakland.
- Katherine Setar suggested that one possible project that might
eventually lead to a grant proposal could be a Pauline Oliveros
retrospective. (Other composers, such as Cage and Catalano, were also
mentioned.) The POFBA consists of several dozen members, and by pooling
our talents and resources, we could produce some of Pauline's earlier
(and possibly large-scale) works. Specifically, Katherine explained that
she had examined all of Pauline's written works from the 1950s through
the early 1980s as a part of her doctoral research, and that this
project could fill an artistic and musicological niche by documenting
rarely performed or poorly recorded works.
- Philip Gelb announced that the POF is (tentatively) planning a
celebration for Pauline in 2002. Currently, Philip is in the process of
trying to rent Grace Cathedral for this purpose.
- One member (sorry, I can't remember who made this comment) noted
that Clorox Corporation is a good source of funding.
- Wendy mentioned that several POFBA members might prefer meeting
every other month.
- Philip commented that the POF is offering a position for
someone to focus on fund-raising projects.
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