[Perform-talk] Talent Show: Whose Responsibility Is It?

Marion Gwizdala blind411 at verizon.net
Thu Apr 28 13:24:55 UTC 2011

Dear All,
    I have been reading the numerous messages on this list about the quality of the talent show and I wanted to offer my perspective. Several of the messages criticize the quality of the broadcast and a few comments shared the challenges they faced hearing themselves while performing. Though there were one or two individuals who offered input on how such issues could be resolved, a majority of the messages were only criticisms with nothing constructive offered to remedy the issues.        
    The Performing Arts Division is a membership organization. As such, the organization belongs to the members. Membership carries with it certain privileges, among those, the right to speak on the floor, vote, and hold office. With every privilege, there are concomitant responsibilities. Our speech should be respectful and the leaders we elect should be diligent, accountable and responsive.
    Producing a talent show takes quite a bit of work and providing good sound takes a little bit of money. Membership dues are not intended to be a fund raising program but a token of commitment. PAD raises funds through its other endeavors, such as the sale of albums. I believe that last year's talent show featured about 30 performers. yet, only a handful of those performers volunteered to staff the PAD table and raise funds to help defray the costs associated with the show and the other initiatives of the division. In fact, to the best of my memory, it seemed that the same few individuals staffed the table the entire time the exhibit hall was open.  
    If this division is to be successful achieving its goals, it requires the support of its membership. This means more than just paying dues; it requires you to be involved. If you want the division to produce a quality Showcase of Talent, you must do more than just show up! As the adage says, "You are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution!" Which will you be?

Fraternally yours,
Marion Gwizdala

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