Apart from the statistics I gather, I consider the nature of the interactions I have feedback. In Minden, library patrons didn’t hold back. In an age where the arts are on the political chopping block, I’m encouraged by the number of times people took the time to say: “Oh, I’m delighted you’re here doing this” or “This is a wonderful thing you are doing” or “I’m so glad this project is being funded.”
The support of a woman who left abruptly with tears in her eyes after a reading was implicit. She later confided the letter reminded of her own grandfather and the close relationship she had with him when she was a little girl in Germany. And the day I returned to Minden to strike the show she approached me at a restaurant to tell me she was coming for another reading.
I’m immensely grateful to Agnes Jamieson Gallery for hosting the Minden chapter of this project and to the Haliburton Public Library, Minden Hills Branch for embracing the idea of turning the library into a stage set, studio and laboratory.