It was 'lissa's Dad's birthday so she didn't come. I reckon most everyone else fell victim to the cold cuz it was just Randy, Becky Lu and I (who arrived 30 minutes late). We chatted a bit about the Naturalist's Vision exhibition that will be happening at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun later this year. Will there be multiple purchase awards? Or will there just be the one for $1000 and the rest be generally awarded? I'll have to follow up on that with John and Mary Nell.
We then got to discussin' the Rome Art Coterie's 2nd Annual Jane McCord Art Educators Mini-Grant co-sponsored by Rome Area Council for the Arts. Becky Lu, like 'lissa, is a local arts teacher. Also, like 'lissa, she won grant money last year. They are our inside to the complex world of teachin' and a complex world it must be. We (Rome Art Coterie w/RACA) offered $250 each to 2 local public art educators and received response from exactly 2 local public art educators.
No questions. No correspondence. Just 2 completed applications.
I don't intend to represent teachers in a negative light as we're just trying to understand their situation but, apparently, they tend to be so overwhelmed with requests for their time that they tend to only do things expressly "ordered" by their school's administrative personnel i.e. principals. As our offer of the Jane McCord grant didn't attach itself to a principal's bearing (and our intent is not to force the issue as the grant is an offer not an edict), it held no weight and thus the email we sent out requesting teachers to apply, most likely, got trashed like so much spam. Expressing concern over this lack of interest, we came to the conclusion that, if there be so little interest, we shall not offer the grant next year. Becky Lu intends to bring the grant up with her teacher buddies when they gather and see why there was little response.
We discussed some other odds n' ends and worked for the rest of the time. Becky Lu was working on a bird for a future "paper" work. Randy was working on another in his ongoing Africa series. And I just piddled in my sketchbook. Didn't have any ideas but wanted to put some marks on a page to keep in practice.
When I got to the apartment later, I added some hues to a selection of cards.