A&S lovers READ THIS!!!
cdoelle at Starbase.NeoSoft.COM
Fri Mar 31 12:51:23 PST 1995
>The probem here is not the experts, but the beginners. They are the ones
>who will get discouraged if they compete and repeatedly don't get
>recognized. I think that was the whole point. Why should someone who is
>doing something for the first, or even fifth, time have to compete
>against a Laural?
Because that is how people improve - again, it goes back to why they are
competing....if they are in it for awards then they should realize that
they must improve to win those awards.
>That is the whole point isn't it? To encourage the beginners.
I don't think that the level of competition is a factor in whether or not
they are encouraged to participate
>Why would it? It allows them to shine above the best in their field. It
>also allows for the field to be larger instead of only allowing one to
I guess the difference here is a fundamental one - how can a master
artisan "shine above the best in their field" if they are not allowed to
compete on an even playing field?
>The difference here is encouragement. How often does the standard SCA
>person encourage someone to enter A&S no matter what? Fighters, on the
>other hand, seem to be encouraged to continue fighting no matter what.
>Fighting against someone who has greater skill is considered a good
>trait, but competing in A&S against the odds, is considered futile. This
>is of course IMHO.
By George, I think you've hit on it!!! You're right! Maybe that is what
all this energy should be focused on - building participation and
encouraging entrance into A&S competitions. Instead of bringing the
"art" of Arts & Sciences down to a level where everyone can get their
warm fuzzies by winning something - build up the glamour of participation
in such events. I do believe that is the answer. I know that A&S is
always one of the most interesting things for me at events - but it is
always a small part of the event itself.
You've got me going now - I would like to put on an Artisan's Faire - a
weekend event where the highlight of the event will be A&S and the "meat"
of the event will be instructional classes on these arts.
If anyone is interested in pursuing this anywhere in Ansteorra, I would
love to help set it up. I am in Stargate but would welcome talking with
anyone about it. (Lookout - I'm excited about something now!!!!)
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