Ring the Bell that Can Still Ring,

forget your perfect offering, there is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen

Cultural Affairs Commission Retreat today. It ended in a way no one anticipated, so the universe (via laughing squid) provided its explanation with a random calendar listing driven by the quote above.

Right before the agenda crashed, there was a screeching sound. The little red ball that rolled out in the street is stored out at spokes of a hub. Go get it and throw it back here.

We can get a few more up before it gets too dark to play.

And thanks to these folks for putting on a show that required laughing squid in the first place.

the difference between a proletariat and a proletarian

something more than a consonant.


I only mention it because in a post that I forwarded on behalf of Spokes of a Hub, Proletariat Bronze was called out as Proletarian Bronze. I hate misspelling band names almost as much as I hate hearing band names mispronounced by KALX DJs when they read the calendar listings.

But yes, Oakland Arts, it’s all up inside those references and here’s why:

Spokes of a Hub is convening again:

  • tuesday 25 may 2004 at 6pm
    at the new pro arts
    550 second st at clay
    oakland, california
    alliances, collaborations and advocacy
    a candid panel discussion with funders and collaborators

This is my first billing as a Moderator and I’m hoping it goes straight to my head. I’ll spend Sunday morning watching the news shows to hone my skills.

I think it’s tidal

You are invited to help create a vision for sustaining Oakland’s vibrant arts and culture.

Gather around the table on March 29 from 6:45-8:15pm at
Arts First Oakland
at First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St at 27th Street in the Gallery. Room 20.
Light reception at 6:45pm.

See agenda below.

We are Six Women with an Idea:
Raissa De La Rosa
Amy Kweskin
Eve Lindi
Suki O’Kane
Stephanie JT Russell
Elena Serrano

Our Goals:
1) Bring together arts and culture workers and introduce our vision and mission for alliance and
2) Encourage networking among participants.
3) Discuss a shared vision for vibrant and sustainable arts and culture in Oakland.
4) Create buzz – pass this email on to 5 more people!

Host and Facilitator Eve Lindi of Arts First Oakland

RSVP to Amy Kweskin at amy@amykweskin.com
Eve Lindi at 510-444-8511 x15

If you can’t attend let us know if you want to be on the email list.

6:45–7:05-People arrive, sign in, network, nibble,
share marketing collateral (tables in atrium)

7:05–7:15-Welcome, host introductions, and purpose of
meeting (Eve facilitator, Amy, Elena, Suki, Stephanie)

7:15–7:25-Introductions: name & organization

7:25–7:30-Introduce Small Group Discussion Questions:
–What is a collaboration – what does it mean to be an
–If arts service organizations, funders, business
partners, etc. were in the room with us right now,
what would we say to them about the unique strengths
and challenges of Oakland‚s arts and cultural
–Looking at the following areas of interest, what can
we do better in collaboration (vs. within our own
existing organizations)? What differences would an
alliance make?

1) Professional Development & Learning

2) Board Development

3) Resource Development
–Technical (legal, fiscal, technology, skills bank,
marketing & PR)

4) Public & Inter-Org Communication
–Audience development – demographics, geographic
–Media support

5) Others?

7:30–7:50 Small Group Discussion

7:50–8:00 Re-gather and report back on areas
identified for collaboration

8:00–8:05 Next Steps – Announce next gathering in May
at Pro Arts and explain follow-up survey

8:05–8:10 Brief Evaluation (one-word feeling)

We look forward to seeing you there!