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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Arts & Sciences in the East Kingdom!

Here can be found the Kingdom Laws and responsibilities regarding your new office. Before you can officially be a local MOAS, you need to become warranted, and here's what you need to do:

Send me your group name, your mundane and medieval names, your membership number, let me know if your email can be posted on the list of local officers (here) and have your local Seneschal confirm your election in a separate email or phone call. See, easy!

MOAS Reports are due March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1, with a year-end recap to be included with your December report. (Also, an April Fools report should be included with your March report) I don't need a novel, or a who's who of your group; a sentence or a paragraph is fine, but a report IS required by Kingdom Law.

Otherwise, I can't improve on what my predecessor says below, so I'll just direct her to your words.

If there is anything I can do to help you in your new Office, if you have questions, concerns, suggestions or comments, please let me know.

Baroness Danabren Madadh-Mara, OL
East Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences.

Congratulations on your new post!

I've got good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that there is no MOAS handbook. But the good news is that your job doesn't come with a lot of restraints, so you're free to do whatever you think will best encourage the arts and sciences in your local group. You may find the complete set of The East Kingdom Arts and Sciences Policies here.

The only real responsibility you have is to observe A&S activities in your local group and report to the Regional Deputy or the Kingdom MOAS on them every 3 months. You can also always feel free to talk to me directly. My job as Kingdom MOAS is to support the local MOAS's and to report the overall activity in the arts and sciences to the Society MOAS.

As far as encouragement, I'm always willing to give that. I was an MOAS for my local group for er, um, longer than one is supposed to be (I think it was 6 years by the end).

Some Things Your Group Might Want To Do:
Regularly scheduled sewing/garb/embroidery/other small project days (my neighbor group calls it "Quiet Night")
Workshops on specific arts (pewter-casting, leather work, woodwork, brewing, calligraphy, etc.)
Musicians gatherings/rehearsals
Trips to see museum exhibits or other special events
Host an event with A&S activities
Support each other for individual activities, like teaching a new class or entering an A&S display or competition
Ask them for more ideas

Here are some lessons I learned:

Be realistic and patient with your group members because they're volunteers and this has to stay fun for everyone, especially you! Any regularly scheduled thing has to be on a calendar for at least 4 occurrences before most people in the group will even be aware it's happening. Even after 4 occurrences if you don't announce loudly and repeatedly that it's happening less than a week beforehand, people will still forget. So the bottom line here is that if you or someone else coordinates dance practices, sewing practices, a series of classes, etc. that are intended to be ongoing events, don't be too disappointed if you only get one or two people to show up at first. That's completely normal. You have not take it personally - and if you start to find yourself taking it personally, talk with someone you trust to figure out if it's just a passing feeling or if it's time to start trying something different.

One-offs, like workshops on a specific topic or trips to see things seem to be better attended because people can't think "oh, well... I'll just go next month".

Don't try to host everything yourself. Encourage people to host things, and make sure you support them by showing up as often as you can. Some people may need a few gentle nudges to commit to hosting/leading something, but you'll be amazed at how much people know when you actually pin them to a date and make them talk about things they've been working on. Also, if you encourage others to take a leadership role in the Arts and Sciences, the whole group will benefit, your job will be easier, and you'll be able to hand over your office at the end of your term to someone who has experience.

Encourage people to sign up for e-mail lists for specific interest areas, especially if they're feeling like nobody else is interested in the things they want to learn. I've learned SO much about textiles from being on spinning and weaving lists, and met so many wonderful people online. There are a lot of SCA arts lists on Yahoo... you just have to search for them.

Encourage people to attend events outside of the local group so they can meet people in person who pursue the same arts as they do. That's really difficult in some metropolitan areas because a lot of people don't have cars, but it's still worth suggestion. Car-pools are a good thing, and if a bunch of people all pick one event they want to attend, it might even be worthwhile to rent a van or something.

Much Luck!

In Service,

Mistress AnneLiese, Former Kingdom Minister of Arts & Scienes

Last Updated September 10 2009 12:01:41.