Places and Spaces Finding suitable venues for our size event in Asheville is no small task. We’re honored and appreciative of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) for being able to use their space (almost) every Sunday for their dances alongside other community events. Having a regular venue space with the amenities of a place like the JCC (affordability, size of space and quality of floor, storage, a childcare room, parking, etc.) is invaluable.
We thank the JCC for making space for the Asheville Movement Collective to thrive! We look forward to continue our collaboration and to dance at the JCC in 2018. A more distant vision is the creation of our very own building to call home. We hope to make the first steps to that journey (probably the initiation of fundraising to seed larger Grants through a floor fund) in 2018.
We are always looking for possible venues and supporters, don’t hesitate to get in touch to make recommendations or connections!
As has become a tradition, we also had a Christmas dance & fundraiser for OurVoice (a local nonprofit that supports sexual abuse victims). This year our dance community contributed $500 plus supplies to support victims of human trafficking.
We are excited about outreach, working with children and diverse populations and those who don’t have context for freeform movement as a practice. This is a part of our vision for 2018 in addition to the recently created Special Event Framework, which was created with goal of making collaboration and live music events easier to produce. Look forward to more & better collaborative events is a goal for 2018!
We are also inspired about creatively collaborating and interfacing with the growing Asheville dance community.
Participation and Childcare
AMC is a community run organization. That means the people who make AMC happen are all dancers themselves, and moreover that there are many ways for dancers to help make AMC happen. It’s a very ‘choose your own adventure’ kind of organization with many different ways to participate. Recently CJ O’Reilly was elected as the new Volunteer Coordinator and is also tasked with revamping the childcare program. We are always eager to bringing community members into the fold, whether it’s helping with miscellaneous tasks, serving as a Room Coordinator, or otherwise. We recently realized an interesting fact : if every AMC regular (over 200 dancers) volunteered once or twice a year, then the volunteer calendar would be completely filled!
When you volunteer, you actually get 2 free dances (including the one you work, which you can dance for)! Volunteering is a wonderful way to understand more about how AMC works and get to know the community beyond the non-verbal space of the dance floor. There are childcare volunteers too! (They get to dance – for free – and support by checking in and helping kids move between the childcare room and their parents in the dance space).
The Asheville Movement Collective is a 501c3 Non-profit organization which uses Dynamic Governance (A.K.A. Sociocracy), a modified consent based decision making process, to make governance decisions. We maintain a regular meeting schedule, complete with minutes, and ample avenues for community involvement. Currently, we have multiple guest slots available on the Core/TeamAMC/Board – which all comes down to joining the Joint Circle Meetings. The goal for these guest slots is to ensure a strong connection between AMC decision making and the community as well as create pathways for deeper participation. If you’re interested in participating in AMC governance, email us at [email protected]. We ask that you commit to attending a series of 4 meetings in sequence of 6 months. Check out our Joint Circles meeting schedule. This is a great first step to becoming an AMC facilitator as well! In Dec. 2016 AMC facilitators Marta Martin and CJ O’Reilly stepped into the roles of Interim Executive Director and Interim Executive Secretary. This was in the context of completely depleted financial reserves, and not enough money in the bank to pay the existing executive director, events coordinator and volunteer coordinator. This was to very high venue costs (at the Masonic Temple), low attendance (varies seasonally and year to year), and administrative overhead. Jane Smolnik stepped up as Volunteer Coordinator and served for the bulk of 2016 as well. Our team is larger than that however, with a handful of RC’s who fill in in other capacities as well. You’ve surely seen us on the dance floor, but you may not know what else we do! Meet the AMC Team Through the good fortune of our new supportive venue (the JCC is very affordable in comparison), and slashes in operational and administrative overhead, AMC has rebuilt full operation and rent reserves as well as additional savings which is now being put into bringing back online overlooked operational elements (the event coordinator position), improving our childcare program, and more.
Now in December 2017 Marta and CJ’s positions have been made official (no longer ‘Interim’), and AMC is looking towards a Thriving 2018. We still have a small team however,
More on AMC’s vision for 2018 to come! What visions do you have for Asheville Movement Collective?