2018 Replay

It is clear from our name – Majestic Collaborations –  that we have always valued collaborations. Initiating, executing, and following up on collaborations is at the heart and soul of Majestic Collaborations, Inc. We are mindful of the quality of each relationship and project we dive into, and highly cherish our ability to work across multiple fields and arenas. When looking back at 2018, we can’t really say it was “The Year of the Collaboration.” Because collaboration is our baseline behavior. For Matthew, Molly, and Ali, 2018 was the year of Conversion and Transformation.

 

  1. We took our efforts to the next level right away with the implementation and release of the Denver Music StrategyWe initiated a three-year contract with Denver Arts and Venues during the inaugural year of the Denver Music Advancement Fund. 

 

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  1. Emergency Preparedness – We worked together with Denver Arts and Venues, Performing Arts Readiness and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch the Arts & Cultural network for Emergency Preparedness

 

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  1. Tactical Urbanism – Using tactical urbanism as a strategic tool, Molly North and transportation engineering collaborators encouraged neighborhood drivers to “Slow the Funk Down!” as a tribute to funk luminary Bootsy Collins.

 

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  1. Kowal attended 2018’s Event Safety Alliance Summit “Designing for Safety: Planning, Creativity, and the Art of Problem Solving,” which explored intentional design and safety/operational plans, training, event structures, and careers.
    • Kowal spent several days networking, workshopping, and participating in positive collaborations with key players concerning everything that could possibly go wrong with crowds and events.
    • Good design fortifies communities, large and small. Emergency Preparedness can be a way to engage with crowds at festivals and other large events.
    • Hands-on skill sharing events can be helpful in training people to be prepared in all types of emergency situations.
    • Many of our goals for 2019 center around the actualization of a viral Event Safety movement that boosts awareness about event safety.
    • Stay tuned!

5. HOWDY A2RU, FROM MATTHEW CHÉ KOWAL!

  • In a video filmed for A2RU, Kowal discussed immersive experiences, Majestic Collaborations, emergency preparedness, and the importance of recognizing the history of land and its people. This is a great summary of what we feel is important here at Majestic Collaborations, Inc.

 

6. Music Cities Convention

  • Majestic Collaborations and Kowal were pleased to support Sound Diplomacy’s Lafayette Music Cities Convention.
  • Our participation helped to tend the application for a 2020 Music Cities conference in Denver.
  • On the very same note, NoCo’s very own community music association, The Music District, hosted Surround Sound Bash, an event that also sparks awareness and advocacy for local music economies.

 

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7. Civic Center Conservancy Event Greening and Power Upgrades

  • In September, Kowal used his knowledge of music festival temporary electricity to aid in running 90% of Civic Center Eats’ (CCE) food trucks on grid power instead of gasoline powered generators.
  • This feat was the result of the combined efforts of four different teams & some seriously practical skill sharing.

 

 

8. McNichols Civic Center Building

 

 

9. The Reals and Matthew Ché Kowal are grateful to have been able to share their music for another year, performing for several great community events and local philanthropic causes and organizations:

 

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More information on all these collaborations – scroll below!

Slow the Funk Down! – A Tactical Urbanism Project

Slow the Funk Down! – A Tactical Urbanism Project 

Written by Molly North

Tactical urbanism is a strategic tool used to try out new or necessary infrastructure, usually related to prioritizing people in the transportation system. The intent is to install something temporarily, measure the impacts, adjust to make improvements, and eventually install it permanently.

For this project, I wanted to see if I could impact the speeds of vehicles on the street next to our house.

I drew on inspiration from tactical urbanism project in Boston, MA and a year-long study in St Paul, MN. Jonathan Fertig, a Boston resident who has installed many projects over the years, responded to the Mayor who blamed a bicyclist for getting hit and killed by a driver. Fertig installed eight 2-D cartoon characters in the buffers of protected bike lanes. The characters had speech bubbles that said things like “Look for bikes before opening your door (that’s what this buffer is for)” and a conversation between Marty and Matt Damon that goes “C’mon guys, you can pahk better!” “Marty, why don’t you just put in some bollards” “What, I suppose you think you are some sort of genius?” “Um, well, no. But I played one.” In St Paul, Nicole Morris, director of the HumanFIRST Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, measured the number of drivers stopping at crosswalks for pedestrians. Morris installed official-looking street signs around the city to indicate both the percent of drivers who stopped last week and the record. She intentionally used “human factors psychology” to try to influence people to change their behavior toward the behavior of the majority.

My collaborators and I decided to measure speeds on 44th Ave for five weeks (one weekday morning, one weekday mid-day, one weekday evening, and Saturday morning) and then post the percent of people observing the speed limit at the end of each week. In discussion with my adviser, I determined that Westbound drivers would see a human cutout holding a sign with the percentages; Eastbound drivers would see a black and white, campaign-style sign with the percentages. My hypothesis was that drivers in both directions will be influenced to obey the speed limit, but they will be more influenced by the sign being held by the human cutout.

 

 

 

 

I decided to add WalkDenver’s “Slow the Funk Down” campaign signs to the same side of the street as the human cutout. In discussion with my husband Matt Kowal, we decided Bootsy Collins would be the best artist to (literally) carry our message. Bootsy is the luminary of funk, one of America’s greatest musical styles. We are seeking to use the power of music and art to help make the neighborhood safer.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Week of October 29 – I measured speeds on 44th Avenue
  • November 3 – I asked Matt and two friends to help, and we created a Bootsy Collins cutout. We installed the two different signs at opposite ends of the block on 44th
  • Week of November 5 – Matt will measure speeds and we will see if there is a change!
  • Check back next week for an update!

 

 

 

 

 

Molly wrote this November 4th.

On the evening of the 4th, or perhaps Monday morning, Bootsy was tragically stolen from his corner outpost. However, his spirit lives on! Boosty’s message can be duplicated and replicated for the benefit of all the neighborhoods in our fair city.

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