Illustrations by Ladianne Henderson
This fairy tale is a re-imagining of the Arts & Science Council’s (ASC) fiscal year 2015. Highlights range from Robert Bush being named ASC president and the debut of the arts advocacy film “Spiral Bound” to the release of the Cultural Life Task Force recommendations and the community’s Cultural Vision Plan.
Once Upon A Time in 2015, there was a council of 41 Poohbahs in a glittering land.
They decided to go on a quest to make their kingdom even MORE fun, alive and fascinating.
So they crowned a new King of Culture and told him to SHAKE THINGS UP!
The king and his minions knew what to do; in a single year, 2015, they let fly a whole new Cultural Vision Plan for all the people of the kingdom.
And the Poohbahs were happy.
The king’s scholars taught students to make a magical movie called Spiral Bound and it blazed a trail all the way to the Left Coast to premier at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
And the Poohbahs applauded.
And the scholars’ Studio was 345 times more wonderful than any other school in the land, because all of its children graduated and felt proud.
And the Poobahs sang its praises.
A rich man in the kingdom learned of the king’s work bestowing blessings on children, so he gave one hundred thousand dollars to buy trips in from the field so thousands of children could see actors, dancers, musicians and more.
And the Poohbahs were pleased.
The king decreed that all the people should connect with culture, so his minions declared a special day on January 10th when more than 5,000 people came out to play .
And the Poobahs, their friends and families, played too.
And when the people played, they paid too; thousands of people in the kingdom gave millions to the King and the Poobah Cabinet’s Campaign for Culture.
And the Poobahs worked and worked and worked to make the campaign zing.
And the minions made art that went “Pop” on huge signs in the sky; made CSA bags full of wonderful prizes that gleamed and sold out in a flash – the kingdom’s artists beamed at the abundance.
And the Poohbahs wept with joy.
The king’s minions celebrated 10 years of training leaders called CLTs, a myriad 400 more Poobahs of arts, science, history and heritage dis-patched in the kingdom to do good works . . .
And the Poobahs saw themselves in these young leaders and were proud.
Listening to the king, the minions made art public, with disks that spun in the wind on sculpture’s own international day, and art sprung up everywhere, from hamlets to public squares to train tracks.
And the Poobahs saw joy in the faces of all people in the land.
The Poobahs, their king and the minions looked over their year’s work and rejoiced, for they had made much progress in their quest – millions on millions had fun upon fun.
But there was much left to do . . . so the Poohbahs, their king and his minions took a deep breath and began again . . . to create new ways to govern, listen and act . . .
To make 2016 and even better year of culture for all the people in the kingdom.
Thank you to all, and to all a good day!