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!

Howdy A2RU!!

Howdy A2RU, from Matthew Ché Kowal!

 

In this video filmed for A2RU, Kowal discusses immersive experiences, Majestic Collaborations, emergency preparedness, and the importance of recognizing the history of land and its people.

Scroll down for a synopsis of the video!

 

 

Immersive Experiences

One of Kowal’s first immersive experiences was his combined twelve years of involvement in New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat, a festival comprised of “costumed artful parties in the park, with a potluck-vibe. TDF was truly an immersive, cooperative experience centered around bicycle advocacy. There was a car-to-bike trade at every event, a 1000 person dance contest to win a bike, and a “slow ride” emphasizing the bike’s inherent ability to make people slow down and appreciate life.

Majestic Collaborations

Majestic Collaborations was established in 2016 by Kowal and his wife, Molly. Majestic connects bands, brands, and agencies to their communities through community involved events, initiatives, and policy work. Some of our recent clients are the City of Denver Music Strategy, FACTOR Canada, and Sound Diplomacy. Currently, we are serving a Mellon Foundation grant to do Emergency Preparedness for performing arts organizations.

Emergency Preparedness

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. This idea came to Kowal while he was at Standing Rock where he noticed a great similarity between emergency planning for large demonstrations and emergency planning for festivals.

Indigenous Recognition

Majestic Collaborations believes in the importance of recognizing the history of a land and its people. In Canada, event producers begin each public event with a call to recognize indigenous history. We hope this idea spreads! And, we’re looking at ways to help ground people and remind them that where they are standing now belongs also to the people of the past.