Monday, October 19, 2020

Reinventing the Guild - October 19, 2020

I wanted to tell you that this guild is preparing to rework its identity… to reinvent itself. As a result, its by-laws will have to reflect and represent those changes. We, as a Board, have a lot of work ahead of us as we revisit and revamp these by-laws. It is no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic is restructuring our workshops as well as our membership. We’re relying more and more on handling matters remotely and online. This summer, we experienced a surge of membership, both domestic and international, with a more specific need of various workshops and online events open to all levels of calligraphic artists from beginner to professional. Our members are thirstier for knowledge and creative outlets now more than ever. There is an increased desire for a type of morale/emotional support and social community that we’ve not experienced fully before. We find ourselves both isolating and expanding at the same time. It has urged us, as well as other guilds throughout the country, to reassess certain amenities, like program meetings and online skill demonstrations. But, more pointedly, it brings more to the forefront our relevancy in even existing. What does it now mean to be a calligraphy guild during these times? Does it/ should it serve the same functions as a guild did a decade ago?

Please look forward to changes occurring on our website, https://www.calligraphersguild.org/, stepped-up notifications via our email blasts, and information about upcoming by-law decisions in the next Bulletin (Jan/Feb). These trends and decisions will hopefully involve more of you, our members, to participate in a different way of voting, especially with the WCG election process coming around the corner in April/May 2021. We won’t be able to hold elections in person as our by-laws currently mandate; and we’re researching methods of voting either via Zoom, e-mail, or a Members-only section on our website. We’re looking forward to having you be “present” and having your feedback and interests exemplified in a smoothly-running and more accessible way. Not all of us are local and we, as a guild, need to address that more directly than we have in the past.

Bear with us; we’re very much delving into reconstruction and unknown territory.