September 25-27, 2018
CIVIC CENTER EATS Green Week (guest post by Antonina Clarke)
Last week through the combined efforts of four different teams & some seriously practical skill sharing, we were able to run 90% of Civic Center Eats’ (CCE) food trucks on grid power instead of the fleet of gasoline powered generators traditionally relied on. Matthew Ché Kowal, founder of Majestic Collaborations, used his knowledge of music festival temporary electricity to suggest to Eric Lazzari, director of operations for Civic Center Eats, that the food trucks be powered from existing grid infrastructure from the city instead of individual gasoline mechanisms.
Eric and Matt then collaborated with Pamela Maragh of Siteline Events to teach six of her eager workers in a new practical skill: temporary electricity. Utilized for more than just food trucks and concert lights, temporary power is how cities get back on their feet in emergencies; an important part of Matt’s intention to teach his practical knowledge of how to draw and distribute power safely. In order to pull this off, the team at Siteline Events learned a whole new language of power jargon with terms like spider boxes, California twist locks, feeder cables, turtles and L14 30’s in order to operate the equipment, which was provided by Sunbelt Rentals.
The food truck operators then enthusiastically participated in this important pilot program as it not only meant a day of not running their fumy loud mechanical portable power sources, but because the information offered to them on their wiring set-ups enables them to connect at more breweries and outdoor festivals safely in the future. A few rigs were discovered to have faulty electrical hookups their operators were unaware of.
This is where convenience appears again and again as an obstacle in our long term evolution toward more efficient systems. If the electricians hired to wire the food trucks initially hadn’t taken shortcuts, some costly and safety-compromising mistakes could have been avoided. Currently gasoline is so cheap, and generators are accessible to many, and convenient in the short term, but in terms of energy efficiency, we CAN do better.
The success of supplying grid power to 49 uniquely wired food trucks is a testament to collaboration, skill sharing, and changing toward better methods. The fact that the lines the city has laid are able to tap into renewable energy sources, reduce air pollution in the immediate area, and create safer electrical systems for all, make green-lighting this program for next year a serious consideration.
Antonina Clarke is an artist-carpenter, welder, trades-lady who had the opportunity to assist Matthew and Pamela and learn heaps in the process, as per Majestic Collaborations’ ethos of empowering creatives and their communities through skill sharing and cross pollination.
Performing Arts Readiness has employed Majestic Collaborations though funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop emergency preparedness in Colorado’s creative and performing arts community. This position, also know as “Circuit Rider”, is hosted by Denver Arts & Venues
July 12, 2018
Kowal to work as Emergency Preparedness Consultant for Denver Arts & Venues
The concept of safety at performing arts events is of utmost importance. Steps need to be taken to manage risks at such events events to prevent incidents of all types in order to ensure that concerts, outdoor festivals, live music, dance, choral and all other events of this type continue to be safe, enjoyable, and profitable for both attendees as well as investors.
We at Majestic Collaborations are very excited to share that Matthew Kowal will be working with Denver Arts & Venues as their new Emergency Preparedness Consultant. He will work to define the scope of the Emergency Preparedness Program, develop emergency preparedness plans, and build networks and partnerships with performance art entities in the Denver area. In addition, Kowal intends to work closely with students and faculty from the University of Colorado college of Arts and Media.
Kowal’s new position with Denver Arts & Venues was made possible by a grant funded by the Andrew W. Melon Foundation, a foundation that provides advocacy and support for the humanities and the arts.
October 11-12, 2018
Majestic Collaborations will be heading to Lafayette this October for the Music Cities Convention, the largest and most extensive global gathering on the topic of Music Cities. This conference brings together leaders from governments, cities and regions, academics, organizations, and the music scene to discuss, debate, and introduce new thinking regarding best practices for improving urban planning, quality of life, city policy and development strategies through music. Majestic Collaborations will provide marketing, media relations and community liaising for this conference.
Amazing news! The Denver Music Strategy and Music Development Grants are out!
Majestic Collaborations’ Matthew Kowal and Denver Arts and Venues’ Lisa Gedgaudas have been actively collaborating on the Denver Music Strategy and the ongoing Music City Development program. Contracted through 2021, Majestic Collaborations will consult and assist with grants funded and led by public-private partnerships between artists, business, and civic agencies to develop and build the music strategy. This important initiative will ultimately provide support and resources to Denver’s music ecosystem.
November 9-11, 2017
Matthew Kowal and Majestic Collaborations collaborated with multiple different national and international organizations, musical groups, local vendors, and government officials to bring about Canadarado, a musical trade mission to inspire advocacy for Colorado’s music community. The mission supports the continued pursuance of creative and business opportunities across Canadian and Colorado musical industries and educational sectors. Majestic Collaborations believes that the application of international perspectives is always important understanding of the different forces at work to improve and expand any musical ecosystem.
October 28, 2017
Majestic Collaborations’ Matthew Kowal and Denver Arts and Venues’ Lisa Gedgaudas traveled to Washington, DC to share the Denver Music Strategy at the National Endowment for the Arts’ DC Talks, resulting in a cross-sector dialogue concerning today’s digital culture. Over the course of this one-day conference at Georgetown University, musicians, documentary filmmakers, comedians, podcasters, researchers, and government officials discussed the role of the public sector in expanding digital culture landscape by addressing the following questions – “How can various arts communities and the media learn from each other?” And, “How can like-minded creators benefit from integrating strategies and networks?”
October 25-27, 2017
Majestic Collaborations participated in the 2nd Music Cities Convention to be held in the United States. This Memphis edition focused on “Music, Equity & Access in Cities” with topics ranging from mass music participation in cities to philanthropy in music’s role in cities to music city strategies and smart music cities.
September 13-17, 2017
Matthew Kowal and Majestic Collaborations were thankful and honored to represent at BREAKOUT WEST in Edmonton, Alberta by the Canadian music agency FACTOR. Hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, BREAKOUT WEST is a music festival and conference with over 60 bands + musical mavens + industry luminaries.