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Podcast: What Really Happened in Houston at Bayou City

May 22, 5 pm ET: Listen live and call in at 805-243-1338

As the new interim executive director took on the reins at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston late last year, it became apparent to Susan Fowler that the organization was stretched beyond financial viability. This is a festival that depends on an admission charge that had been negatively impacted by the weather.

Four festivals back to back with rain had drained their savings  that were in fact a literal rainy day fund because the Bayou City Art Festivals are outdoor events.

The Art Colony Association, which hosts the Bayou City shows, needed to do something fast to keep the popular festivals alive and well.

When the Board of the Art Colony met in January they put the wheels in motion to expand the event from 300 artists to 450 artists plus several other changes that they hoped would lead to financial stability.

We'll be speaking with the Executive Director Susan Fowler and Kelly Kindred, Director of Operations to learn

    •    how a board of directors oversees an organization and its' fiscal responsibility
    •    how the decision to increase the size of the show was made
    •    how successful were the changes that they made to the Spring show
    •    what they learned from this experience
    •    what to expect next from this festival

and lots more.

Listen live at 5 pm ET. Call in with your questions: 805-243-1338. Email me with questions and comments. Leave questions for me to ask them in the comments below.

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Comment by geri a. wegner on May 25, 2014 at 1:18am

Well Connie, that makes the situation more pathetic than previously thought.  And both Kelly and Susan are conveniently "blaming" their board for all the decisions made.  

Each time I read something about Bayou City, I notice more things that could have been done so much better if there were actual competent people running this show.  

They should clean house and start all over.  It can't be any worse.

Comment by Melanie Rolfes on May 27, 2014 at 6:38pm
Just had time to listen. Great job Connie


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