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Hello Monday – June 15, 2020



Welcome to Hello Monday, the weekly, company-wide show for the volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit, Blue Legacy. We were founded in 1989 to empower underrepresented storytellers, bring diverse people together, and make storytelling accessible across all mediums.

Every Monday we share all the announcements, casting calls, job openings and news for our four divisions that each focus on a different medium: Blue Forge Films, Blue Forge Press, Blue Forge Gaming, and Blue Forge Records.

If you are one of the artisans who work with us – an author, musician, game designer, filmmaker or actor – keeping up with Hello Monday keeps you in the loop. And you don’t have to watch: You can just listen to the episode or you can read the transcript at www.tiny.cc/hellomondayblog

My name is Jennifer DiMarco and I’m a director and author at Blue Forge. I’m also your host for today’s episode. My thanks to Faith DiMarco, the dedicated editor of Hello Monday as well as an actor and producer at Blue Forge.

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The Future of Blue Legacy. In a time when all of us are seeing businesses close and others file for bankruptcy, the Board of Directors has asked me to make it very clear that we’re not going anywhere. As CFO, I focus twenty hours a week on securing grants and partnership that allow us to carry on into the foreseeable future. And while this meant I couldn’t turn my attention to grants for specific projects or films, the business as a whole is strong.

I would like to thank Brianne, Maxwell and Faith (who is now full-time) for volunteering more than a thousand hours since Washington entered quarantine. Your dedication to this company and all of its artisans did not go unnoticed.

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YOUR Future with Blue Legacy. Roughly eight years ago, I had to make a public statement when a small group of parents working on our show Ghost Sniffers, Inc., strongly objected to my sexuality – a personal, private fact about me. But as the CFO of this company, I don’t have the freedom that most people have to say: None of your dang business.

Apparently, the time has come for me to make another public statement. This one is a little different but just as important:

Blue Legacy – which means all our divisions – has been against profiling since we were founded in 1989. That means we stand by our mission statement: To bring voice to the silence and light to the shadows, to break the stereotypes and shatter the misconceptions that have built up around race, age, ability, size, gender, religion, sexuality, class, and education. We believe in equality.

If you have a problem with this truth – that Blue Legacy and all its divisions support unity, equality, and visibility – please write to blueforgegroup@gmail.com today and request to be released from your contract due to irreconcilable differences. Thank you.

Now for the weekly news:

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Mall-based Events. Malls were hurting financially before COVID-19 and, understandably, even more so now. Five of our seven contacts with our mall partners have lost their jobs and management groups are trying to find legal loop holes that will allow them to change existing contracts (like ours) to charge more money and require more restrictions.

As of this morning, none of our mall partners in Washington State are allowed to host events and Feast of Words counts as an event. But what will be different when we do return to the malls?

Only one artisan will be allowed per table.

There will be one cashier. Artisans cannot run their own cards.

There will be hand sanitizer at every table.

Other changes will depend on the venue. Some will require masks. Others will require that we supply bags. Etc. As the specifics change and evolve, we will cover them in Hello Monday.

We have been asked if we’re planning additional events to fill the gap until the malls fully reopen. Yes. We are working to create both stop-gap and permanent events to support our artisans. If you’d like to be part of the “town meeting” that discusses potential event venues and specifics, please join us this Saturday, June 20, at 3pm Pacific Time, at our online meeting space. It can be accessed starting at 3pm that day at tiny.cc/bluehall.

If you attend and participate in the meeting, please keep in mind that this will not be the time to talk to a staff member about your personal projects. Please stay on topic or you will be removed from the room.

If you need a live meeting with a staff member, this next topic is for you:

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Video Meetings. We are now offering one-on-one meetings for artisans. Load Zoom or Duo (two free video conferencing apps) onto your smart phone or laptop and then email us at blueforgegroup@gmail.com and request a meeting. Let us know who you need to meet with (Jennifer, Maxwell or Brianne) and whether you are using Zoom or Duo. We aren’t currently offering meetings on any other software. You can find Zoom and Duo tutorials for free on YouTube if you aren’t familiar with them.

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Studio Rentals. Some artisans missed the Hello Monday where we discussed in detail why the campus closed about two weeks prior to the governor’s call for quarantine. Maxwell is on a medication that suppresses his immune system. A medication that has seen high fatalities among its patients when a patient contracts COVID-19.

So while I do not expect nor ask the world to cater to my son, I will not risk his life for someone else’s nonessential desires. The world is changing and change is hard but change is also a constant state for all matter. A stagnant world is not a world we want.

That being said: We will be re-opening the Green Door Studio and the Black Door Studio in July 2020. The Green Door Studio will be retrofitted to serve all projects that would have filmed in the Blue Room. There will be a private bathroom available to these studios.

Why are we waiting until July? Because without contractors who can work on the repairs to the main building on campus, Brianne and I are having to handle the work ourselves in June. We have everything from foundation work, to siding, to roof work. Thank you for your patience.

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That’s all the news for this week. If you have questions or would like us to cover something next Monday, please don’t hesitate to write to us at blueforgegroup@gmail.com or post a comment below.

And remember: Monday doesn’t have to be a day you dread. Monday can be the first day in the best creative week of your life.

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