This project would be extremely easy if all we had to do was gather a group of brilliant artists, give them facts (or perceived facts), and let them percolate ideas. The challenging part is the community. The future of the Ute Ulay Mine is entwined with their own. For every supporter there will be a detractor (maybe not quite that ratio). I've alway appreciated the Chinese dragon symbol which stands for both danger and opportunity. To me, that is what the community is. I want them to be well served, help arrive at workable options, listen to them, have them involved, an reassure them. In that poorly constructed sentence lies the dragon. My work between now and July 15 will mostly be about engaging the community so that we are not a bunch of outsiders telling them what to do. Ok. now you know my fears.
The last week of April I will be going to Lake City to meet with: Editor of the paper, Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioners, educators, and others. Of course, that is just a beginning and these folks enjoy their own challenges of trust within the community. How best to have involvement trickle down to a community that we don't live in?
I welcome ideas you may have on how to engage the community before, during and after Hardrock Revision.