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Mike Meyer

I'm a 33 year resident of Eugene whose first stop then was WOW Hall. The Leftover Salmon show started my journey of rabid music involvement in Eugene, with approximately 1000 Oregon concert productions with many of them at WOW Hall. I also have rented the hall as a social worker for ecstatic dance and wellness productions. This center has held a special place for me of community, music, healing arts, and social justice. Yet it has also been a place of deep division, narrow programming, and lack of management leadership. I believe the hall is for everybody with divergent interests, and membership and a General Manager can forge a new path of cooperation, ambition, and inclusion. As a social worker I believe that BIPOC, new youthful directions, and traditional arts can flourish with elder guidance and youth leadership co-existing. Simulcast broadcasts, multi-faceted arts, and attention to history and tradition all couldn't have a better home. I'm a dj with public radio weekly shows on 4 Oregon stations and look forward to community radio, arts organizations, and social justice partnerships with the CCPA. 

I have been a CCPA board member 2x and am excited about WOW Hall emerging from the COVID era with renewed vision and enjoyable community alliances. I have advocated for a General Manager with experience and outreach skills to reconnect WOW Hall to the broader community, including fundraising. I would also like to see WOW Hall affordable for non-profit and community ventures and fulfill its mission statement of diversity and promotion of the arts. WOW Hall can and should be included in already existing arts projects like the artwalk and EugFun while creating its own festivals and celebrations of diversity, heritage, and creativity. 

I wholeheartedly endorse the work of Friends of WOW Hall, have had an ongoing working relationship with staff whose tireless work I deeply value, and have enjoyed working with prior board members. Thank you for this opportunity,

Mike Meyer