At the risk of sounding contentious, the wind farm is not located in a "fairly populated area" by anyone's standards. What strikes me as odd is the fact that Mountain View Electric Association, (an electric co-op which serves eastern El Paso county), and its members will not gain from the wind farm being situated within MVEA "territory".
I have spent a good deal of time in areas abroad where wind farms are common and I have never been disturbed by a wind turbine or many wind turbines. They are a sound and reasonable source of energy.
It seems that folks in the U.S .are not willing to embrace any kind of energy development be it petroleum, wind, solar or hydro. There is always an issue. There is always some who says, "Not in my back yard".
Sean, people follow Olympic Athletes in the high profile, money sports, skiing, snowboarding, skating, gymnastics, etc. People do not follow Olympic Athletes in the less glamorous sports like shooting, archery, wrestling, boxing, fencing, etc. If you think that Colorado Springs can become a mecca by following an expanded "Olympic Path" you, and many others, are seriously mistaken.
And indeed, champions are made...those training for a spot on any US team work their asses off day in and day out. Don't confuse the athletes' tenacity and determination with a pie in the sky idea cooked by a city who can't run a decent bus system or keep the street medians tidy.
George, maybe in your world, "Capitalism & its mistress techno-science waves a wand over nouns and transmogrifies them into verbs", but not in mine. No matter, schlock is not a verb, even after you've waved your wand over it and attempted to transmogrify it.
I had to re-read your comment several times to make sure I was not in an art history nightmare.
Greenberg has been dead for years, and yes, his opinion drags on in some art-speak but I don't think most people ever think about embracing "media-specific formalist art theory", whether they belong to a museum or not.
I'm also not sure that Mad Men & Breaking Bad have impacted the western world more than Rothko or Goldsworthy. "An open embrace of that media would compromise the legitimacy of "fine art" institutions". Which media? Television? Advertising art? Sculpture? Photography? I'm confused.
Define fine art. Is it truly your opinion that "No "fine art", avant-garde or otherwise, holds any relevance to contemporary audiences"? This is a statement which might be uttered in an "academic" discussion of fine art, but it's so broad that it must seem incomprehensible to most people.
What is the "aura of fine art" and what specifically is , "snake oil" vis a vis the arts or what you have designated as "fine art"? What one likes or dislikes about a specific work or body of works boils down to personal taste. An institution's choice to show specific works doesn't address the taste of an individual viewer.
The shoes you are selling simply don't fit all feet. Museums and galleries all over the world will attest to it.
I don't think it is arts partnerships per say, but art partnerships which have become deeply entrenched in each others business plans and are no longer looking outside their own organizations for input and growth.
I would also assert that arts organizations that lack transparency and accountability to share holders and members are a liability, to themselves and arts organizations within the same community/network.
The arts can and should play a vital role in the development of a community. How we grab a participant's attention is vital. When we find a hook that works it is our responsibility to define it, hone it and use it to our best advantage. We need to reach out and find out why it works and build on that model. To turn our backs on the voices of the community is irresponsible. If we ask for their feedback and listen to their responses we are taking the 1st step in reengaging and restoring true community involvement in the local arts scene.
Supporting local arts is not about a snappy name or a boho, naive idea of what is art and what is not. There are plenty of arts communities in the US which have survived the crappy economy, built amazing arts communities and have done so without alienating the wide spectrum of artists within their communities.
There is a serious difference between partnership and domination. There is a serious difference between a thriving institution and an institution hanging on by the skin of its teeth. At some point there needs to be a serious assessment of the weaker institution's ability to reach its perceived audience. If they are failing their mission, the mission needs to be reassessed, perhaps restated and relaunched. That failing, they should restructure and/or fold so that a healthy institution can grow in its place.
The challenge faced in "busting" one bureaucracy out of its mold is "busting" other bureaucracies supporting it out of their molds as well.
One of the best ways to implement change is to rethink, modify and/or dissolve some of the incestuous relationships existing among bureaucracies and the institutions/people supporting them.
Holding a public forum is only worthwhile if the opinions and ideas expressed by the public are seriously considered. To hold a public forum gratuitously is a waste of precious time and resources. Somehow I have the feeling that a public forum regarding any arts organization in this town would be a waste of time.
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