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!

CIVIC CENTER EATS Green Week 

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.

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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 Matthew’s intention is 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.

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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. All parties were excited that the patrons would be able to smell food (not gasoline) and hear the live music (not generators). The vendors were also asked to bring all compostable wares and most were happy to comply – we achieved very good diversion from landfill thanks to staffing and waste stations from Cut the Plastic. 

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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.

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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 

Below you’ll find a few impromptu phone-captured videos documenting a few atmospheric, technical, and collaborative details of our work with CIVIC CENTER EATS Green Week !!