No Success without Risk
At the beginning of every bi-monthly Arts District Board of Directors meeting we have a word of the evening. For July's meeting, "Risk" was the word offered by President Josh Blanc. He commented on the need for artists to take risks now to change what is going on, in reference to the recent events surrounding the death of Philando Castile. He commented that it is in our nature to keep doing the same thing. His message for artists: "The Arts District is your space: own it, work for it, fight for it. Get out of your normal mode of operation."
The Board's responsibility is
to be the voice of the District. We accomplish this by writing articles and commentaries and making connections to people in "the system."
he District Board became involved initially to sustain the Arts District. "The risk is believing that someone
is going to make sure the Arts District succeeds." Josh says, "while a handful of people are trying, more players are needed."
We need to come up with more than tax breaks to sustain the creative community. What is the incentive for artists to stay? Artists need affordable, safe, flexible work space and living space.
The Board will continue to encourage artists and cultural workers to collaborate more and to become more involved in community issues.
To mitigate risk, the Board is looking into creating and sponsoring a study that would include a District map of live/work space. The Board will begin to research grants to fund an update to the Arts Action Plan.
The Board took a risk in presenting the Creative Sustainability Forum in June because--to be perfectly honest--it may fail. However, taking risks is necessary to open the doors to success.
Excerpts and enhancements from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Board Meeting Minutes.