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As many of you know, SNAG has undergone a number of changes in the past year. There is a new executive director, new president, new conference producer and many new board members. All of these changes have made the upcoming Minneapolis conference one of the more challenging to produce.
Administrative changes are not the only ones taking place for this year’s conference. I will talk more about some of these changes in future posts, but for now will focus on the changes that I have been involved with as a member of the social events committee.
The social events committee is in charge of the pin swap, pin swap after party, final night party, and fundraising event. A decision was made for this conference to hold the final night party in conjunction with the fundraiser to encourage higher turn out to both events. In the past these two events have been held on different days at different locations with mixed results. I have been told that these particular events in the past have fallen a bit flat and have not been very memorable, this year we plan to change that! Connecting socially with fellow conference goers is an important part of the conference experience. The fundraiser is an important aspect as well; we could not have future conferences or even an organization without raising money. Our goals as the social events committee are to strengthen the connections made during the conference, make these events memorable and fun, and to raise a whole bunch of money for SNAG. We want these events to be something to look forward too, something to talk about, not just an after thought.
The reason I chose to volunteer as part of the social events committee in the first place was to help throw a great party for SNAG. When I began the process I figured I’d be booking a DJ and helping to coordinate logistical decisions. I was under the assumption that there were ‘higher ups’ at SNAG that would make all the big decisions and had a vision that we as volunteers would be helping to carry out. The fact is SNAG has very few ‘higher ups’ and for the most part they have their hands full with running the organization. That means that volunteers are a VERY important part of producing the conference. Just to be clear, this does not mean that volunteers have free reign to do as they please, all of the ideas proposed are approved by conference producer Monica Hampton and/or the board. There is also close attention paid to SNAG’s constitution and by laws to make sure that all parts of the conference uphold the overall vision of SNAG.
What this all meant for me was that I could pretty much take on as much responsibility as I wanted. I could choose to volunteer a bit of my time here and there, or I could choose to take on real responsibilities and have a chance to add my voice to the conference. I enjoy planning events and have a fair amount of connections to professionals in the entertainment and event industry here in Minneapolis. I decided to take on the responsibility of being in charge of the final night party. And since this year the party and fundraiser are being held concurrently, I also took on the responsibility to plan that as well. In addition to booking a DJ and helping with logistics, I was involved with planning the concept and themes for the events, writing promotional materials, planning an exhibition, and writing a call to entry.
In the next post I will talk in depth about the planning of these events and the evolution of ideas that our committee worked through to get the concept and theme for the evening, “A Night of Glamour and Gold.” I want to leave you all with a quick note about the "Interactive Red Carpet Exhibition" that is a part of this year’s fundraiser. The deadline for the call to entry is approaching, and I want to encourage members of SNAG here on Crafthaus to take a look and apply. The application is free, and I would love to see some fellow Crafthausers represented. The call can be found here: Red Carpet Call to Entry. It is also listed under the Call & Workshops tab right here on Crafthaus!