Friday Fish Wrap 3.23.18

Five things worth knowing this week

New Website. It’s no longer news but it’s Fish Wrap worthy . . . we soft-launched our revamped website this week.  Besides a much-needed visual refresh the site allows us to update and display our events and classes in a much more efficient and visually pleasing way.  The site is also home to our new blog (you might even be reading this there).  There is lots more to come and we’ll officially announce the new site in the next week or so.

Speaking of which, we are now live with Summer Camp registration. This year we have on offer a veritable bounty of cool classes and programming so if you know someone, or are someone, looking for something fun to do this summer, make our summer camp page your next stop.

I had the opportunity last night to pop into the dress rehearsal of our Original Works show. So incredibly fun and something you can enjoy this weekend.

In case you don’t know about this, Vashon Center for Dance launched this stand-alone performance of unique works by young island dancers and choreographers five years ago. Called “Original Works,” the production has gained a following as a vibrant showcase for Vashon’s youth performing artists to express their creative concepts and choreography for contemporary, modern, tap, ballet and hip- hop dances.

“Original Works” will open at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kay White Hall

This is a fun note from a friend of VCA and is a wonderful testimony to the love and care of our great volunteers.

Hi Kevin . . . I wanted to share with you an extremely positive experience I had with two VCA people after I screwed up trying to buy tickets for the Chopin event in April.  Unbeknownst to me, the friends with whom I planned to attend had already purchased tickets and my efforts duplicated theirs.  I called to inquire if I could undo the process that I had done two hours earlier and reached Mary Margaret – who did not seem at all taken aback by my request.  Then Stephanie Jewett called me to tell me that she had refunded the bank card charge and was also most gracious.  Good people.  The overall impression was bright people who genuinely care about the VCA and the community.

Have to tell you how it happened that I wanted to attend the Chopin lecture in the first place.  On Sunday a fellow church goer actually got up and told the assembled crowd that the Schubert event had been simply spectacular (especially the pianist) and urged us all to sign up for the rest of the series.  So now God is on your side.

We can only hope so!

Looking further afield, I’m pleased to note that the FY 2018 Omnibus spending bill contains an INCREASE in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to $152.849 million each.  Here’s a list of all the allocations.

Key Federally Funded Arts Program/Agency

(in $ millions)

President Trump’s


U.S. House 


U.S. Senate 

Committee Proposal 



FY 2018 Funding

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) *Termination $145 $150 $152.8
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) *Termination $145 $150 $152.8
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) *Termination $231 $235 $240
Corporation for Public Broadcasting *Termination $445 (plus $0 for interconnection system) $445 (plus $20 for interconnection system) $445(plus $20 for interconnection system)
Assistance for Arts Education $0 $0 $27 $29
Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants $0 $500 $450 $1,100
Smithsonian Institution $947 $885 $878­ $1,043
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts $36.7 $36.7 $36.7 $40.5
National Gallery of Art $147 $155.5 $156.5 $166
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum $54 $57 $57 $59
Save America’s Treasures $0 $4 $3 $13
Commission of Fine Arts $2.6 $2.6 $2.8 $2.8
National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs $0 $2 $2 $2.75
Educational and Cultural Exchange programs $285 $591 $634 $646
Community Development Block Grants $0 $2,900 $3,000 $3,300


Finally, and this is actually a sixth item, I mentioned a wonderful movie called Big Sonia in last week’s Fish Wrap.  There is an incredible scene inside a prison where inmates are reading together something called the Optimist Creed.  I find myself looking at it often and recommend it to you with humility and gratitude.

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.


Why “Fish Wrap”?  Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Cain. 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.


Kevin Hoffberg



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