Guest Post: My Life in Numbers

Author: ZAPP Team
Date: March 18, 2013

My Life in Numbers (AKA Why Event Producers Are Crazy)

The Bayou City Art Festivals are produced twice a year — one spring, one fall — by arts nonprofit group Art Colony Association. Executive Director Kelly Kindred distills her life down to the hard figures.

Stakeholders to Whom I Answer

  • 12 Board Members
  • 4 Emeritus Board Members
  • 1 Featured Artist each Festival
  • 300 Artists Participating in any given Bayou City Art Festival
  • 1000+ Artists Applying to any given Bayou City Art Festival
  • 92 middle school artists
  • 50 high school artists
  • City of Houston
  • 19 Nonprofit Partners
  • 20+ Sponsors
  • 30,000+ Patrons
  • 100+ Members

People Who I Manage (and Who Are in the Trenches Helping)

  • 2 Full Time Staff Members
  • 0.5 Accountants
  • 1 PR Team
  • 1 Design Firm
  • 1 Concessions Management and Catering Company
  • 1 Production Manager
  • 6 Contractors
  • 5 Operational Committees
  • 9 Committee Heads
  • 100+ Committee Members
  • 1000+ Volunteers

What I Give

  • Lots of sweat
  • A little blood
  • Sometimes tears
  • Much more than 40 hours a week at the office
  • Hundreds of hours of my personal time attending events, spreading the word about the Bayou City Art Festivals
  • Dozens of sleepless nights either working late or worrying

Who Loves Me and Keeps Me Sane

  • 2 dogs
  • 2 cats
  • 1 horse
  • 13 family members
  • 20 close friends who understand why I disappear from their lives for the three months around festival time twice a year. Yes, that’s 6 months a year.

What I Get

  • Lots of satisfaction knowing I’m following my passion for the arts, supporting the arts and community services in Houston, and helping festival artists by providing them a solid place to sell their art.
  • Money, but not a ton. I’m not in this to get rich. Far from it. After, all I work for a nonprofit. You work for a nonprofit because you love it, not for the money.

by Kelly Kindred
The 2013 Bayou City Memorial Park Art Festival takes place March 22-24, 2013 in Houston, Texas.