Gregarious – definition: seeking and enjoying the company of others ; sociable
My weekend was spent in the company of a few members of my writing group at Culture Days in Sherwood Park. This event is in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days- http://culture.alberta.ca/culturedays/. All types of artisan’s attend to show visitors their craft and sell their unique wares. Everyone has to have a gregarious nature to make these events successful.
Sadly, arts and culture seems to be low on the list when it comes to the general public. We are constantly trying to find new ways to entice visitors to these events. Do we blame technology for the lack of interest in crafts and hobbies that require hands on participation?
Have you attended similar events? What was your experience like? Do you have any tips on how to garner public interest?
We have found if there is free food at any event it is successful…do we make batches of cookies to hand out every time? Is that really practical?
My group, The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, hosted an interactive writing workshop with the theme write your story. With pads of paper, pens and our Writing Prompt Journey book http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/writing-prompt-journey-road-your-creativity and Your Life Time of Stories http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/your-lifetime-stories workbook on hand to help the process we encouraged visitors to participate.
The other table I was present at (yes, I multitask!) was Dream Write Publishing, where I handed out coloring sheets for my Rumble competition. I received a few enthusiastic entries there and then. Rumble sat at the end of the table for friendly cuddles.
With a vast display of books ranging from children’s books to poetry, there was something for everyone. If you could not visit feel free to visit the web site and order from there.
- The Gregarious Life (gregariousphilosophy.wordpress.com)