August 11, 2019 Village Meeting, Zimfest Association Board Synopsis
Board Members in Attendance: Chris Halaska, Daniel Lockley, Mandy Walker-LaFollette, Alex Weeks, Janis Weeks
Board Members Absent: Jacqueline Fallon, Tendai Muparutsa
Non-voting Board member in attendance: Claire Jones
Lucky Moyo and Michael Sibanda opened with a birthday song involving all meeting attendees..
Approx. 270 registrations – 2019
Approx. 420 registrations – 2018
26 festivals in 28 years!
Board meetings are the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Fundraising – Travel Fellowships for Zimbabwean guests
- Returning Teacher – Michael Sibanda
- New Teacher – Tafadzwa Gapara
Thank yous to the board, organizing committee and tech. committee
Peter and Paul Quilt Project raffle
Claire – Appreciations
Outside of Olympia, WA
Dates: July 30 – Aug. 2, 2020
Even years only at Evergreen?
Will be more expensive than WOU
Patience – 4 ‘orphaned’ nieces and nephews, ⅓ of kids at school are orphans. Thank yous to Kutsinhira.
Benita Tarupiwa, Josephat Mandaza. Bought instruments for 6 girls.
Marilyn K – Working Visas
P – US agent applies on behalf
Q – cultural organizations apply
Working visas, tour US, make money, universities and communities, teach, presentations
Musicians Union letter
Cost approx. $1K
Homeland Security State Dept. – interview in Harare
Can come every two years on a Q visa
Artists from abroad – Marilyn K has links
Certificates to Zimbabweans
Alex – attendance down 40%
Liaison with youth festival?
Young people are stepping forward
Forum for discussion to follow Dandemutande forum
LA Studio – Recording Facility can put up people (but terrible at organization)
Encourage school groups – Evening stage