I've been accused of spazzing out about Kre8 Kamp by more than a few people. I prefer to think that I'm getting all wiggy, but that's just splitting hairs on the semantics.
But what happened exactly? Good question.
I could show you about 500 continuing e-mail exchanges back and forth from the participants that are also trying to define that so we can tell you accurately.
What I will say is this: the ultimate goal that I think I heard is to stop always talking about arts and culture from the "economic development" standpoint, and start talking about arts and culture from the "this is great stuff, and makes this a great city" kind of standpoint.
So, my specifics that come from this (not necessarily those of the full group assembled, though I do believe that the majority would concur):
1. Include more artists in further discussions on how this initiative to make all Milwaukee realize that arts and culture are not a "nice-to-have", but are a "must have."
2. Invite a number of artists to a 150 person follow up to this past meeting.
3. Invite even more to a 400 person follow up to that meeting.
4. Make sure that at each new meeting we have, there are action items coming out.
5. Come up with a name for what it is we are trying to do.
6. Work tirelessly to elect a mayor who cares about arts and culture.
7. Work with civic leaders so that arts and culture are always important talking points in their discussions on why this is a great city.
8. Do my work as a theater artist and writer so that I'm not just talking about it, but rather, contributing to better arts and culture all around.
9. Make more things with more creative friends.
Truth be told, we shouldn't even need to have this discussion. We should just be doing our creative stuff. And maybe this is all it will take. A nose down approach to creation, because we love it, and any stamp of validation is nothing more than noise in the air. If we artists just make the art, forget about the economics of the whole thing, its bound to be better than just talking advocacy.
And to those questioning what the Cultural Alliance is doing, I have heard them talking about the implementation of a cultural arts directory of everything that is going on. I believe it will take shape in a website. And I have heard it said by many people involved in Kre8 Kamp that it is time to go to our creative communities and seek them out, rather than waiting for them to crawl out of the woodwork.
I will also specifically continue to meet more people. And with those people, I will talk about art. Cuz I just like talking about art.
Done. Sleep. Glorious sleep.