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Today is Independence Day. On AFI we celebrate our individualitiy every waking moment. I have been with vocal groups before but YOU ALL define the concept of a "think tank."


So I wondered about all I have read over the past months. Could we get it down to:



(no repeats, except to add an inportant concept to the original)


How high could we go? Each person number your change.


I'll start.


1) I love creating. But I hate having to make enough money to keep the accountant happy. If I could change ONE THING I would improve the economy faster.




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Comment by S. Michelle Babcock on July 4, 2011 at 1:08pm
I would not have to write another artist statement. If I were good at writing, I would have become a writer.
Comment by Pat Falk on July 4, 2011 at 2:41pm
3)  It is beautiful today in Minnesota.  If I could change one thing it would be to have perfect weather for every show.  Never having to pack up in the rain and then go home and put it all up again would be a plus in this business.
Comment by Scott Martin on July 4, 2011 at 2:56pm
I know its impossible but parking behind your booth. Great post BTW!
Comment by Scott Martin on July 4, 2011 at 3:03pm
5) My wife who does this with me wants to add "that tents could assemble with a push of a button." She just did her first show completely by herself and now realizes the effort of tent set up.
Comment by Linda A Shields on July 4, 2011 at 3:34pm
Remember to number your CHANGE! Let's see how high we get.
Comment by Michele LeVett on July 4, 2011 at 5:52pm
7) make all my good shows closer to home
Comment by Bruce Meyer on July 4, 2011 at 6:58pm
8.) booth fees returned when an artist cancels his/her participation at any time for any reason IF the space is filled from the wait list.
Comment by Larry Berman on July 4, 2011 at 8:34pm
9 and 10.
I thought this thread was going to be about the art world. But it's about the art show world, which is a whole different animal.

9 - If shows pay musicians to perform, why do artists have to pay for their booths. They are both attractions that draw the public.

I just walked the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival (Greensburg PA) about 45 minutes from my house. The hours for the show are 11:00AM to 8:00PM each day. Even today, the last day, they exhibitors (or should I say vendors) had to stay open until 8:00 because the music (and food) is scheduled until 8:00.

The reason I say vendors is at most 20% had quality work. Too much loving hands stuff and lots of buy sell. Every artist with decent work told me it was their first and last time doing the show. So why do they call it an art and heritage festival when it really is a craft and heritage festival.

10 - How about shows actually advertising what they are.

Larry Berman

Comment by S. Michelle Babcock on July 4, 2011 at 9:12pm
Well said Larry.
Comment by Del Calhoun on July 4, 2011 at 11:59pm

Ok so this may not quite be in the spirit of your question, but…..

11) I would like to change myself into an outgoing, charismatic, artist who has fun chatting with all the patrons at the show.

I love it when I see someone who appears to be a natural at this art show thing. It will probably take me ten or more years but it’s definitely one thing I would change.


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