[Bards] Summary thus far
alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Mon Nov 6 14:10:04 PST 2006
Personally, I would argue that if we are going to be an organization (be it a college or a guild) that is associated with the Kingdom of Ansteorra, that our group should exist under the authority of the Crown, via the Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences, and/or his/her appointed deputy. It should be through that existing organizational channel that oversight of the college's adherance to Corpora, Kingdom Law, and the best interests of the kingdom should be maintained.
I think it would also serve to better incorporate bardic representation with the A&S community as a whole by keeping as close a connection to the KMOAS as we can. We should want to improve our relationship with other artisans, not further distance ourselves behind the walls of a college.
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>> Statement of Purpose
>> * The Ansteorran College of Bards is an informal guild whose members
>> practice and promote the bardic arts in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.
A. (It should be noted that neither of these positions mentioned below
may be viable officials of the College. It may be that a
College-specific office will need to be designed that combines many of
the duties spelled out below. This may be a rotating position with a
time limit and would open for bids or be subject to a majority
approval. It may also be a permanent position. These decisions have yet
to be made and will likely require much debate.)
It may also be concluded that the College requires no official
B. (the following is subject to the agreement of the individuals that
currently hold these positions as well as consent for such additions
from their administrative supervisors, if they have any. Further
specification is expected in this area. Future applicants and
competitors for these positions will be made aware of the position's
relations with the College prior to acceptance.)
>> * The officers are the Premier Bard and the Deputy Kingdom Minister
>> of Arts and Sciences (Bardic).
>> ** The Premier Bard (chosen at the yearly kingdom Eisteddfod, or
>> Kingdom bard competition) is the spokesperson for the bardic
>> Their job is to communicate with members of the college to determine
>> their needs, to anticipate their needs, and to communicate those
>> needs to the Kingdom officers. It is also their job to travel the
>> kingdom promoting the bardic arts by performing, teaching, speaking
>> about bardic, and encouraging local bards to do likewise.
It can be rightly argued that most of this is already the realm of the
Premier Bard. What remains to be seen is the views of the current
Premier. Planning of the Eisteddfod is currently perceived as a
responsibility of the Premier Bard.
>> ** The Deputy KMoAS (Bardic) is the spokesperson for the Kingdom and
>> the corporation. Their job is to communicate with other Kingdom
>> officers, especially branch seneschals and event planners, to promote
>> bardic activities at events, especially the Kingdom Eisteddfod.
This will involve some detailed discussions with the Deputy, the
Kingdom Minister of A&S, and likely approval from the Kingdom Seneschal
to change the wording of these position's descriptions.
>> * Anyone can be a member of the Ansteorran College of Bards. To be
>> one, say you are one, or display the insignia of the College in
>> whatever form (belt favor, banner, etc.). The insignia is "Or, a
>> mullet of five greater and five lesser points within the frame of an
>> Irish harp sable".
The wearing of a sky blue sash (often decorated with gold fringe,) to
indicate a readiness to perform is the choice of every performer and is
included here as an option.
** The duties of a member are to communicate with the officers of the
>> college, and to personally work to promote the bardic arts within
>> Ansteorra. They can do this many ways. Examples include (but are not
>> limited to):
>> *** perform bardic at events
>> *** attend branch meetings, perform bardic at them, and encourage
>> newcomers to talk to them about the bardic arts
>> *** host bardic circles -- at events, at practices, at demos or in
>> your own backyard
>> *** teach classes in bardic, either formally or informally, in a
>> class setting or one-on-one -- it doesn't matter, as long as teaching
>> and learning are getting done
>> *** put out a call to other bards when their assistance is needed,
>> such as to hold classes or bardic events
>> *** answer the call put out by other bards, within the limits of your
>> abilities and resources
Note that the previous are not requirements for membership, but are
suggestions for furthering bardcraft in the Kingdom that members may
want to give consideration in their day-to-day involvement in the SCA.
> "Membership in the Ansteorran College of Bards grants neither
> expertise nor authority.
> No member of the College, to include officers, shall have the right to
> A.) Deny (was determine) membership in the College
> B.) impose standards of performance on any participant in the SCA
> outside the particular format chosen for an individual competition or
> bardic venue, in which participation remains the choice of the
> The opinions and views of the bardic arts offered by a member or an
> officer will be those of the individual member or officer only and
> will not necessarily represent the views of the Ansteorran College of
The exception to this will be when the Premier Bard acts as a
spokeperson for the College as a whole concerning issues that affect
the entire College.
Otherwise, the Premier Bard's personal critiques will remain their own.
>> * To facilitate communications among the members and the officers,
>> there is an email list (bards at lists.ansteorra.org) and a site on the
>> world wide web (<http://bard.ansteorra.org/>). All official
>> communications of the college shall be made there.
A yearly gathering of College members to discuss the year's events
and the goals of the College has been proposed.
Further specifications are expected concerning this topic. This
would also be a forum for meeting newcomers.
This yearly gathering, or bardmoot, would not hinder or replace
other College meetings throughout the Kingdom.
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