When we first started CAFE we had a definitive focus on the arts and that informed our name selection. Thus, when we came up with CAFE it stood for Creative Arts Funding Endeavor – plus it has a food connotation so it was a perfect pun tie-in. We still love the arts and want them to thrive in Huntington but, really, the projects that present at the monthly dinner aren’t always art projects – but they are all pretty darn creative.
Thus, I think it is important to change the meaning of the ‘A’ in CAFE.
Last night at the Chat-n-Chew we discussed the CAFE a bit and I was asked what the hardest part for Simone has been in coordinating all of our previous dinners. My impression has been that it has been difficult to find presenters that want to compete for the money. A couple of the people in attendance at the Chat-n-Chew said the reason they have heard people give them for not presenting is that they didn’t feel what they were doing was artistic enough. No amount of convincing would change their mind and thus they steadfastly refused to submit their project to present.
That’s a shame because some of those projects probably could have won. Even if they hadn’t they would have benefited from the exposure that comes from presenting at CAFE and from meeting other creative (not necessarily artistic) people.
I really think we need to change the ‘A’ in CAFE.
So I’m changing it.
After talking with Simone we’ve settled on “ACTION” so it is now Creative Action Funding Endeavor.
Therefore if you have a project or an idea that you think is just a little bit creative but not artistic at all don’t fear submitting it for a chance to win a CAFE Grant – you’re eligible and we want to help you make your project a success!