My supervisor for CAFTA is out of town this week, so I've been going to meetings without her these past few days. I even had to lead our general ArtsFest planning committee yesterday, which felt very strange. About 95% of the committee members are older than me, so I didn't know how they would react to me leading the meeting.
CAFTA has no paid staff, only board members and community volunteers, so I don't know how they pull off ArtsFest every year! This week alone, I've been to two meetings, and I have two more tonight. Keep in mind, ArtsFest isn't until October. I think they need a full-time staff person to work on ArtsFest, or even part-time! The work is shared by several hard-working volunteers, and just a few really dedicated board members.
Tonight I have a meeting with a bicycling organization here in Conway about planning an architectural scavenger hunt on bicycles during the festival. How cool is that? There are a lot of gorgeous historic homes around downtown Conway, and it would be nice to incorporate some of the beautiful architecture into ArtsFest.
Conway is trying to grow their downtown area, and it's already had great success with another festival called Toad Suck Daze (you may have heard Rep. Vic Snyder talk about it on Colbert).
There's also the Silver Moon Cinema, which shows outdoor movies downtown.
Off to more meetings!