Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Response from the Fremont Arts Council about Solstice Parade

Last month, I wrote an open letter to the Fremont Arts Council about the sub par experience at this year's Fremont Solstice Parade. I felt compelled to say something because this year included some participants to were not very family-friendly and in general the parade didn't seem very organized compared to past years. Here is their response:

Dear Kali,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for your support of the Solstice Parade over the years.

We appreciate that you took the time to write and that you were kind enough to include some great pictures. The Fremont Arts Council is forever reinventing ourselves and input from people like you is information that helps guide our progress.

I'm sorry that you didn't like the Parade order. I promise I won't be the person to do that next year and therefore it will be done differently.

I can't promise that there won't be distasteful ensembles in the Parade. We don't preview the art that goes in the Parade and every year there's at least one ensemble that offends someone and sometimes it's one we never would have suspected before hand.

We will also always be a forum for political expression, even of controversial ideas such as the legalization of drugs. While that particular group (which was in the Parade last year as well, by the way) may or may not be in the Parade next year, rest assured there will be controversial ideas in the Parade every year unless we overhaul the entire philosophy behind the Parade.
I have forwarded your message to the Arts Council Board so that they can have the benefit of your input as they plan out the future of the Solstice Parade.

Enjoy your summer! See you next year!

Lars Henrikson
Ex-Solstice Director 2007


Is it me or is that the most politically correct and extremely polite way of saying "thanks very much but we're going to do whatever we want"?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a journalist, the added commentary was uncalled for. Just the facts ma'am, just the facts...