Regarding a new venue for Celebration: Hooray! Juneau has long taken it for granted that it would have Celebration without any effort on their part. In addition to requesting bids for a new venue, let us go a few steps further: Change the date to after the summer tourist season is over and before the snow and ice become a hazard. This change would: lower the cost of transportation to winter rates; lower the cost of lodging to winter rates; allow residents with seasonal employment to participate; create a measurable impact we have on the economy; allow more people to participate when we do not have to compete with tourists for services.
University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) students might arrange for their participation by keeping a diary of things they did and how they felt about their experiences and/or get class assignments in advance. Or, better yet, have teacher in-service so all educators can attend (maybe arrange UAS credits) to become more familiar with us.
I have participated in art markets where the hosting city would: waive the city tax requirement for Native artists (had to have a BIA card to qualify); arrange for an "umbrella state tax ID" for all vendors to use for sales; give a 50-100 percent discount on the hall rental; businesses would give discounts for hotels, meals and other purchased items, for example, with coupons distributed to registered participants.
We have just opened the door to many new possibilities.
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