“Beneath the deepest snows
The secret of a rose
Is merely that it knows
You must believe in spring.”
Alan and Marilyn Bergman wrote these lyrics to a great Michel Legrand song about having faith in the passage of time, of better days ahead.
So we hope something good will eventually come of our project, the St. Paul Snowblower Ballet.
But — and alas there is always a but — the St. Paul Snowblower Ballet will not be happening this winter.
Because we were unable to raise the money to make the required match for the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant, we’ve had to put the project on hold.
Our efforts, which ranged from seeking arts grants to crowd funding to buying lottery tickets, were not crowned with the success that we hoped for.
At this point, you may be about to suggest that we ask Toro to sponsor the project. Yeah, we tried that.
So right now we’re regrouping and evaluating what else we might try to raise the necessary funds for a possible attempt next winter.
If we go ahead, we’ll need a clear, realistic path to a sponsorship before we can spend any more money and time on the project.
The vision for the project might have to change. We might need to find a different venue, possibly outside of the city of St. Paul.
Someone once asked me — I think it was in a grant application — what my definition of success would be. My real answer was that the first goal was that nobody gets hurt.
In our efforts to raise money and create a proof-of-concept performance, we took some financial hits, but no one was injured by a snowblower. So I have that to be thankful for.
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to come through for them on this project.
But these two great organizations have other wonderful performances scheduled in the new year that I urge you all to attend.
Meanwhile, please contact me if you would be interested in buying a used snowblower or two.