GAC, WVIK partner with eye on year two of music series

Mike Landis, Editor
The Galva Arts Council and WVIK (FM 90.3) have formed a partnership for the second year of Galva’s summer music series in Wiley Park.

The final note sounded in early August, but the work behind the scenes carries on for the Galva Arts Council and its summer music series.

Music series organizer John Taylor announced this week that the Arts Council has entered a partnership with WVIK (Quad Cities National Public Radio, 90.3 FM) for the second year of the music series.

“Their audience is the kind of demographic we want to tap into,”Taylor said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Their audience is very supportive of the arts and music.”

Taylor said the partnership has the potential to open many new doors for the concert series — just what doors remain to be seen.

“They have the platform to create content,”Taylor said.

Ideas that have been part of preliminary discussions between GACand WVIKinclude playing taped recordings of the concerts on the station and getting involved with podcasts — whether that be the GAC’s own concert series podcast or appearing on podcasts already offered by WVIK.

“The relationship is just kind of starting. There are more things we can do as we get more creative,”Taylor said. “It’s going to grow over time.”

Fueled by a $25,000 matching grant from the Levitt Foundation, the initial year of the summer music series in Wiley Park was a huge success. The 10-week concert series attracted more than 7,000 music fans and involved 18 area non-profit organizations. The second year of the series is expected to have an even bigger impact —thanks in part to partnerships with organizations like WVIK.

“The concerts serve as the vehicle to bring people together, shining a light on an underused public space and creating a welcoming destination for everyone in Galva and the surrounding communities to come together and enjoy free concerts,”Taylor said.

Stage talk

Taylor and a number of community members attended August’s Galva City Council meeting to stump for a permanent stage in Wiley Park.

“The community support is there,”Taylor said. “The community wants a permanent stage. That message was definitely heard loud and clear.”

Right now, the devil is in the details when it comes to making the Wiley stage happen — design, logistics and funding.

“The challenge is getting everything organized and coming up with a design that fits our needs,”Taylor said.

Taylor said one approach could be to build the stage in stages —a roof structure in the spring or fall of 2019 while utilizing the current stage in the park, and finishing a permanent stage deck under the roof in the future.

“We don’t want to have a construction project while the concerts are going on,”Taylor said. “So many people want to help. We just have to see how everything will fit together.”