Friday Fish Wrap 11.9.18

Five things worth knowing this week


Some super fun photos

Nothing says the holidays like the Nutcracker Ballet, and here at VCA, we love ours!  This year we decided to go all in and asked island photo-wizard Jeff Dunnicliff to come photograph our wonderful 2018 principal dancers Duncan Barlow and Mia Giovanna Kuzma.  You’ll get to see the formal output on the cover of our upcoming Island Arts (among other places).  In the meantime, here are some fun “outtakes” from the photo session.


Help VCA Claim a $50,000 Match

If you live on Vashon you should have received mail from us with a big blue headline that says . . .

Art really can change the world.  You can help!

If you did, and you haven’t pitched it, I’d consider it a personal favor if you’d open and read it.  If not, here’s the gist of it.

I found a statistic the other day.  Actually, I’ve known about this number for a long time.  It’s the amount of media we American’s consume every day.  Television.  Cable.  Surfing the Web.  Reading email.  And unless you really are an extreme outlier, this means you and me . .

The average American spends nearly eight hours a day consuming media.

That’s an astonishing number.  And it really isn’t helping.

So if nothing else, my plea is SPEND MORE TIME WITH ART!  Make some, buy some, see some.  And we can help with that.  We have a full schedule of show, exhibits, and classes to help you and yours replace some of the time spent consuming media with time spent swimming in art!

All the good things we are doing here at VCA cost money.  The very good news is that we cycle the vast majority of our budget right back into the island economy in the form of payroll, payments to artists, local purchases, and property taxes.  It’s well over $1.5 million dollars each year.

So to my ask . . . we are stretching to reach out annual fund raising goal.   We could sure use your help.

Through the incredible generosity of an anonymous donor we have raised a $50,000 match.  That means any donation you make between now and the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar until we reach a grand total of $100,000.

If 200 people each donate $250, we’re there!

May I ask that you support us with a generous gift.  Every dollar helps us together make the world a better place through art.  Be one of our 200!

To donate, click here.  Thank you!


This Lecture is Definitely On My Calendar

I’ve had the opportunity to get to know David Armstrong these past months.  He carries the hefty title of Artistic Director Emeritus of The 5th Avenue Theatre and is an expert and leading light on the significant role the Broadway musical has played in American society.  I’ve heard him speak on this topic and honestly it’s riveting.  Even if you don’t think you love Broadway, the lens it affords us on the forcing shaping our shared history is just plain fascinating.

His talk is called  Genius Handed Down: The History of the American Musical in One Continuous Thread of Artistry and you can buy tickets here.

Sunday, November 11 | 4 pm


Support us on Social Media

While I’m making requests, may I add another?  We put a lot of energy and love into our presence on Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook is a workhorse for organizations like ours.  It’s a place where we announce our events, a place where we tell stories about our organization and the people who are part of it, and a place where we connect with the community.

For us, Instagram is much more about our stories as well as a way to reach audiences who prefer the channel.  For the record, we are not on Twitter.

So to my ask.  If you are on either of those platforms, and you’re inclined . . .

  1. Pleas like and follow us.
  2. If you see a post that captures your fancy, it helps us a lot if you write a comment.  Bizarrely, the magic black box algorithms really favor us if you include a couple of emojis,
  3. Even batter, consider sharing a post you like with your network.

Why am I asking?  It helps make us more visible to your community as a whole and to people in your network.  Conversely, if nobody likes or follow us, if nobody comments or shares, we disappear.

Can’t have that!

Click Facebook and Instagram to go to our pages!  Thank you!


Say Hello

We have been remiss in announcing new staff members, so allow me to make up for lost time.  Say hello to Michael, Maria, and Tara!

Michael Hayes is our new Technical Director.  He’s the guy in charge of making everything fabulous from a production standpoint in our theater.  Sound?  Lights?  He’s our guy.

Michael is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts and brings over 25 years of production experience to VCA.  Locally, Michael previously served as Technical Director for the Capitol Hill Arts Center and Production Manager/Technical Director for Hugo House.

He has extensive experience in lighting design, audio engineering and as electrics lead for companies such as Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theater, and NY Harlem Productions.  In addition he has applied his talents to large festivals and corporate events when working with Live Sound and Stage and Bold Hat Productions.  Ask him about his massive project helping to build out the Old Rainier Brewery!  Michael is a most welcomed addition to the Vashon Community!

Maria Glanz has two jobs with us . . . As Front of House Manager she is the person in charge of the guest experience before and during a performance.  As Volunteer Coordinator she is the person who looks after our relationship with our 400+ registered volunteers (and thank you volunteers for all you do!).

Maria is an experienced not-for-profit administrator and project manager; a passionate community arts producer and educator; an exceptional communicator and relationship builder with award-winning writing skills and a warm public presence; an accomplished, fast and flexible writer; and a great collaborator.

Tara Morgan is our new Patron Services Manager. She is the person to see about tickets for anything in our theater.

Tara splits her professional interests between arts and non-profit administration and the sport of rowing.  She holds a degree in Arts Management from Ithaca College (NY) and has worked in several capacities including development, marketing and production for PacNW organizations like Pilchuck Glass School and  Seattle International Film Festival.  She is the Founder and Head Coach of Seize The Oar Foundation, championing inclusion in rowing and has spent the last near-decade coaching the Learn To Row Program at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing.  She’s new to Vashon Island as of December 2018 and looks forward


Finally, and this is a sixth thing

Tagging on my post about musical theater, I asked David Armstrong to provide me a few clips of things he would discuss.  If you want to get a running start on his wonderful lecture, please enjoy these!


Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Caen. While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember. Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.

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