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Part II of BT's Ramblings About 2018 and the Near Future.
Posted January 15, 2018

Instead of letting ourselves get distracted by my previous post about what we could have done better in the last few years, lets talk instead about how we're going to do a better job in the new year. First of all, we plan on continuing to do the Third Thursday Concert Series in Downtown Jamestown and we definitely plan on doing our Spring Showcase Cookout at JCC Park / 100 acre lot as well. For those of you keeping track, this year will be the 7th Anniversary of the Third Thursday Series, and the 13th Anniversary of the JCC Park Showcase Party. Right now we're building the core group of people and the coalition of local business sponsors who can help us grow our booking and promotion cababilities for the live music side of these events.

We will definitely also be bringing back the "All Decks on Hand" skate deck art show in 2018, but beyond these "regular" annual events that we've been doing for the past few years, I personally would like to see us renew our focus on the visual arts, and on organizing group art showcase events in new spaces and venues and new cities. Something similar to the "Art Exchange" Shows we did in Jamestown and Pittsburgh in 2013 would be great to do again, with a group of artists showing their work together in several cities, like a mini tour. We have AAAlliance members all over the east coast. Who wants to help make this happen? Holler at us.

Another part of the new and improved plan for 2018 is for this blog to be updated much more frequently, by yours truly, and with more transparency into the planning and decision making processes. More stuff coming soon.

Stay Tuned
-BT-

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Here We Are In 2018; Part One of A Long-Winded Rambling Reflection on the Past, Present, and Future Trajectory of the Active Artists Alliance :: By Bill Thomas
Posted January 02, 2018

We were motivated to start this vague networking project fourteen years ago when we were basically a bunch of kids from Jamestown NY, and we thought nothing cool ever happened there. We made an email list at a party, designed a logo, bought a domain name and launched a website in the Fall of 2004. It was the very beginning of the social media era, and we were essentially creating our own online social network, even though the phrase “social media” wasn’t in our vocabulary. We did start a Myspace page fairly quickly, but things like Twitter, Youtube, or smartphones didn’t even exist yet. Facebook was less than a year old, and was still a couple years away from becoming widely used. For most of us, The Active Artists Alliance was our first big collaborative project that we had worked on, and it was exciting to be a part of creating something that felt brand new.

As a group of creative individuals with almost no experience organizing anything, it took us a while to figure out what it really was that we wanted to do, or how to make any kind of decision at all. It took over a year of discussion to finally figure out how to organize our first Art / Music / Poetry showcase event at a local brewpub, but we eventually did pull it off successfully at EBC in Fredonia NY in April 2006, and it felt amazing. The following summer we were presented with the opportunity to display our artwork at some local music festivals, so a few of us chipped in the money to buy a big white heavy-duty carport tent. We began figuring out how to securely set the tent up and make it into a mobile art gallery to share our work with festival goers and meet more like-minded creative people from around our region.  

To promote these local festival appearances, and the one or two yearly shows that we would organize around this time, we would mainly use our website, our direct email list, a couple of local music forums, and physical posters that we would hang in hot spots around our county. There was one local alt-weekly newspaper who would regularly run our press releases & event posters for us and we were, of course, increasingly using social media for promotion, simply because it was becoming easier & easier to reach a much larger audience. By the Fall of 2008, everybody’s attention was focused on Facebook, and when we wanted to promote something, we could easily reach several thousand people with one post, rather than the four or five hundred people we were reaching through our website or the large amount of legwork involved with hanging posters. This was a time of transition, where we were growing our network faster than ever, building awareness, and improving our ability to organize events in the real world, but not focusing as much effort and energy into real world promotion or the online community around our website, since it had become so much more efficient to communicate and promote and reach people via Facebook. Over the decade that followed, this trend continued, for better or worse.

Now, in 2018, it still feels great to look back at the 100+ art & music events that we’ve been involved with, the creative community we’ve all become a part of, and the great things that have been have happening in our hometown region lately, BUT we can’t help feeling that we, as a non-profit artists’ collective, could be doing a better job and focusing our energy in more effective ways. We definitely need to step up our efforts to generate interesting content for our website, and to keep people informed of the shows & events that we already regularly organize. A quick look at our blog here shows that our header image is almost three years old, and we’ve only made three or four posts since 2014, even though during that time we have been doing plenty of stuff that people would probably be interested in hearing about. We know we need to do better, and we feel that the time has arrived for another transitional period for us, to not only begin working closer to our full potential, but to chart a new, revised course for the future direction of the Active Artists Alliance. Anyone who has read this far and who thinks they might be interested in helping us determine the answers to these, and other philosophical questions, should definitely reach out to us at AAAllianceWNY(at)gmail(dot)com.


(This post has already become much longer than intended, stay tuned for Part Two, which will be shared here later this week. I'm working up to something with this, I swear...)

Stay Tuned
-BT-

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Woodpark Wednesday - BRAND NEW free outdoor concert event - Downtown JTNY
Posted July 27, 2017
Woodpark Wednesday - BRAND NEW free outdoor concert event - Downtown JTNY

We're organizing a brand new FREE, ALL AGES outdoor concert event to celebrate our thriving local music and arts scene here in Jamestown. Since our monthly Third Thursday concerts have been so well received, and many of our friends had asked why we dont do them more often, we are trying something new in this beautiful, classic, underused little downtown park on the night before Lucy fest kicks off. 

The Wood Park a.k.a. Potters Terrace is located at the intersection of East Third Street & Potters Alley in the heart of downtown Jamestown

Music lineup features local legend Dave Mcdonald, as well as Kaleidoscope Sky from Salamanca, NY, and Jamestown's own Trip the Deuce . 

Come check out some great live music and help us get a new concert series off the ground. If this woodpark event is well recieved, then we will try to make it a regular monthly event for next summer. 

Thanks for your continued support

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PINE FEVER :: THIRD THURSDAY AFTERPARTY @ MOJO's
Posted May 17, 2016
PINE FEVER :: THIRD THURSDAY AFTERPARTY @ MOJO's

On May 19th, after the Third Thursday concert ends, The fine young gentlemen from Pine Fever will be adjourning to Mojo's to further entertain us with their melodies and harmonies.

We cordially invite you to attend.

Mojo's is located at 104 E. @nd Street in Downtown Jamestown

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THIRD THURSDAY 2016 KICKOFF :: MAY 19 :: BOGARTS & PINE FEVER
Posted May 17, 2016
THIRD THURSDAY 2016 KICKOFF :: MAY 19 :: BOGARTS & PINE FEVER

Third Thursday is a FREE, ALL AGES community arts event and concert series in downtown Jamestown NY, presented by the Active Artists Alliance. It takes place on the Third Thursday of each month in Winter Garden Plaza, right downtown next to the Wine Cellar. 

The May 16th concert will go from about 6-9 pm, with live original music by Pine Fever AND The Bogarts (The Bogarts Fan Page). Afterparty will take place at Mojo's with an additional performance by Pine Fever.

A few local AAAlliance members will be bringing their easels and paints out to the plaza and working on their paintings and other creations. Any interested local artists or crafty folks should feel free to bring their materials down to the plaza, to work and network with the other artists, or just to show off what you have been doing lately. 

(for the sake of public relations and our own health, we have to say NO SPRAYPAINTING at these Third Thursday events!)

As usual, thirsty patrons can enjoy a beer during the event on the Wine Cellar's new patio, which will have a perfect view of the bands and artists.

HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation
Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce
BioDome Project
Jamestown Skate Products
...

This is a FREE, ALL AGES, family friendly event, and all members of the comunity are welcome and invited to attend!

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