Cheryl Rae of Sundancers, Wild Women & Dreamweavers fiber arts has just drawn my attention to a project she has just launched in her blog.
The Colorado Network Project will act as a complete resource for anyone who visits the state. It will be listing of what is happening, when and where and who to contact for further information. This deposited information applies to events, resources, and competitions in Colorado.
This is an excellent idea. Any traveler who has had the experience of arriving home jetlagged and exhausted only to hear that there was a fantastic event, exhibition, or even shop just around the corner from where you have just been knows the sinking feeling and frustration of ‘If I had known!’
This type of specialized information filtering, collection and publication is where weblogs as a genre may prove to be invaluable. Firstly information provided by government funded tourist departments and similar organizations often list large events and this is often because those events can afford to advertise. Smaller events and grass roots community groups are simply not listed because of cost.
In Australia small regional museums and galleries are often tucked away and hard to find if you do not know about them. The practice of textiles as a craft and as an art, is dominated by grassroots community groups. There is support from various government bodies for some elite members of the community but this is the tip of an iceberg. By far the mass of activity is local, self funded and hard to find out about if you do not know someone who actually lives there.
For instance here in Canberra as a local I am aware of numerous events and activities within the textile arts community but anyone passing through would have no idea of the hive of activity the place is. A weblog that keeps track of such events, places of interest and community groups is such a good idea I wish I had time to do a similar thing.
Toddles away muttering to herself it’s a good idea
Oh dear …
I might just end up stealing this idea and doing a similar thing as its too good
you don’t have time for it
but it’s a good idea
Will have to give it further thought
you are muttering to yourself
but it’s a good idea
just think how useful it would be
surely it would not take up too much time
just think it through
remember your promise to keep this stuff in check
you don’t have time
oh shut up!! Who is boss around here?
But it’s a good idea