The Friday Night Club
An informal group of people based within any suitable specific geographical area who all agree to attend the same small arts event. There was a one-off event by some positive pranksters that got me started on this idea. The way the story goes, the group of improv actors attended an unknown band’s first-ever gig and packed the audience with (pretend) superfans. There was a mosh pit, they made band t-shirts, and no matter how the band played the crowd went wild. The band figured it out, early on, but said they didn’t care, it was the best night of their lives.
And I got to thinking about how there’s arts events in our area every Friday night that could stand to have a big crowd turn out to support them. Much of the time, the difference between a lame night and a great night is a half a dozen to a dozen people. I know this is the case anywhere in the world.
So the idea is have one person be The Decider, and have an email list of participants. Participants can suggest venues, certainly, but one person is The Decider (some groups may want the role of Decider to change in some fashion, maybe it’s required that everyone do it for a month, or, maybe if you make a suggestion that gets acted on you become the next decider, or whatever). Every Friday morning The Decider sends out the event details, and as many people on the list as are able to do so show up at the event. The crucial point is that the events chosen NOT be the big event, the popular thing, that the events chosen be events that are not likely to draw much (if any) crowd.
It commits a group of people to attending and supporting arts events in their area on a regular basis, and, it occasionally consolidates several small groupings into event-changing groupings, thus making for regularly successful art events. The world needs more of that.