The Establishment

November 23, 2008

So, I have many passions. One that is overriding is a fondness for community. One sunny day (rainy afternoon? wintry evening? foggy morning?), I realized that this passion for community could easily be COMBINED with my many other passions. From this realization came the birth of my greatest invention of all time: The thing-for-which-I-have-not-yet-found-a-snazzy-one-word-description. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

I like books. I like tea. I like theater and other performing arts. Why not combine all of these things into one great space?

In the basement is a full-featured theater which can double as a dance club. Tech Booth doubles as DJ booth, and seats can be extracted (somehow) creating a dancefloor that spills up onto the stage. This allows for awesome parties or concerts, but also for people to do community theater-type things.

The first floor is a cafe and bookshop. We stock interesting books, and can order other books for you. The idea is to stimulate people’s brains, rather than give them a comprehensive selection of stuff. People are welcome to take books off the shelves and read them, and there is a specifically “hang out for as long as you want” policy, as long as you aren’t harassing other customers. The cafe also has an open mic on occasion, for more acoustic-y type things, poetry readings and the like.

The idea would be to encourage people to come and hang out, building community and encouraging a popular involvement in cultural development. I think it would probably be run like a non-profit: meant to sustain and promote the arts rather than really earn a massive amount of money. For that reason, I imagine it would be something that I would take up after whatever my main career is, although these days I begin to wonder if I shouldn’t just cut to the good stuff.

The beauty of this business is that it could easily be established in a large city, becoming a neighborhood focal-point, or anything smaller than that down to a fairly small town, where it might be a major gathering point and tourist attraction of some sorts.

By encouraging and promoting local creative endeavors, and by bringing outside artists and performers in, this business could single-handedly develop an arts enclave, while acting as a mediator between “The Artists” and “The Townsfolk” hopefully by showing each that they have much in common with the other. With “civic betterment” as its primary purpose, I imagine that this business of mine could eventually expand into other socially beneficial projects, from adult literacy programs to food drives and any number of other philanthropic pursuits.

Oh! Also! I thought that perhaps this establishment could welcome individual artists or performers to serve as artist-in-residence for short periods of time. Ideally, these artists would receive food, housing, and perhaps a small stipend, in exchange for local outreach projects – such as arts seminars at materials cost, or “public beautification” projects. More of the same advantages, clearly.

Alright, that’s kind of disorganized, but it’s good enough for me.

Random Fact: “Alan Smithee” is a psuedonym used by directors who feel they have been stifled in their creative control of a film; it requires compelling proof that the director was prevented from exercising creative control over the project, as monitored by the Directors Guild of America.

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One Response to “The Establishment”

  1. themetaphor Says:

    we came up with this together! good idea, my friend. good idea.

    you’d be everyone’s favorite person.


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