Dear Community Partners and Board,
First of all, thank you to Anchor Initiative for being our Title Sponsor. Your support really helped "Stained Glass: An Architecture Tour" fly, and it definitely helped to serve your purpose of bringing people downtown. It was so nice to see people wandering the sidewalks today, even in the rain.
When comparing last year’s numbers to this year’s numbers, although we were more successful fundraising this year, our attendance was down. We assume that it was due to the rain. Last year, our first lecture (10 a.m.) was the largest lecture, and this year, it was the smallest. Ten o’clock was when it rained the hardest today.
Nevertheless, ACAJC feels really good about this event. A big thank you to all of our docents for your wonderful work, and to the churches and County Building for having your doors open and a volunteer or staff person at your buildings all day. We received a lot of nice feedback from the event. People loved engaging with congregational members who obviously love their church so much. It was truly a touching event, having so many volunteers so emotionally involved in the buildings that they were presenting on.
Also thank you to the County Tower Building. People were truly impressed that a government entity had their doors open to the public on a Saturday. That’s true civil service!
This event engaged with the creative sector in a really good way. I love when history can be presented through the arts. While walking around today, I heard docents throwing in historical information about their organs, pews, statues, and more. It was a win for the creative sector of Jackson County all the way around.
And speaking of history, thank you so much to Jeannette Woodard and Barbara Kreuger for all the content on Stained Glass. Your research, enthusiasm and passion for the subject matter at hand, was inspiring. The stained glass demonstration was impressive, and enlighting. All of the articles that Barb brought to support her presentation was helpful. I truly believe that people did not leave without learning an impressive amount on the artform, from it’s purpose to it’s process.
Thank you to Jackson District Library for allowing us to borrow your wonderful staff people to man our reception desk, and for the use of your portable microphone. Also, we appreciated your help this week to promote “Iggy Peck, Architect,” a children’s book about architecture, with the intention of helping us reach a youth crowd for the event. Also, thank you to Ella Sharp Museum for supplying volunteers to provide a craft for children. It is part of ACAJC’s 2018 strategic plan to make sure there are children’s activities at our events moving forward. This was the first time that we made sure to include a youth component, and it certainly has room to grow.
Thank you to Jackson Community Foundation for the Arts and Literacy Grant, which helped to support our Marketing Committee’s job, which was to promote this event. Marketing Committee did a wonderful job. After the event, I had dinner with my parents who both said that they heard the event promoted everywhere. That is especially interesting to me, coming from my Dad, that he noticed at all :) Mallette Blum did a beautiful job with the brochures, and Elaine Lok's photos are a work of art! Great Lakes Graphics did an awesome job with the printing...as always!
Some impromptu conversations today with guests and volunteers, leads us to the idea that we may be able to promote some follow up materials for further reading about stained glass. It’s nice to feel like the community reached that level of engagement when we’re being asked for additional information. I will make sure to follow-up on these ideas.
On behalf of ACAJC, I wish to extend our gratitude to all involved, for another successful event!