Interview with Daniel Klotz – Part Deux

On Tuesday we began this interview and today we will finish it.  Once again, Daniel Klotz is an active member in Lancaster PA’s community and is an member in the Lancaster Young Professionals, Lancaster Poetry Meet-up and also the New Tech Meet-up of Central PA.  And he still has time to Twitter!  Here is the rest of what we talked about:

3) The Creative Works of Lancaster is a new project that you are involved in.  Why do you think it’s important that Lancaster have an arts venue like this proposal?
I think that Lancaster needs and deserves a grassroots, accessible nexus of creativity on a much larger scale than currently exists. The performance venue will be first-class, and worthy of the performances we will stage there. I find myself busting on The Chameleon a lot, sometimes unfairly, but the fact is that it’s good for loud bands and not much else. It doesn’t compare to New York’s Bowery or Roseland Ballrooms, for instance. As a community with such a strong music scene, we need a venue where well-crafted and nuanced music can be listened to and appreciated. That’s a necessity if Lancaster’s music scene is going to move to the next level.

What I’m most excited about is the fact that the Creative Works of Lancaster is going to create a venue for the whole space for conversation and idea-sharing (a comfortable cafe), then space for creative production (well-equipped conference/project rooms and a large, fully-functional coworking environment), and then space for the display and presentation of finished work (“gallery” wall space and a flexible performance theater), which will then lead to new conversations in the cafe. It’s the whole creative cycle being sustained and encouraged in one place.

I’m also excited that despite that apparent self-sufficiency, this is going to be the most community-driven, transparent, and cooperative project we can possibly make it. There is a lot of connecting and sharing going on amongst creative Lancastrians right now, and the work of the CWL will multiply that effect.

4) How do you see Lancaster’s “creative class” influencing the city’s future?
  1. The creative class is going to make Lancaster a place where young people want to return to after they graduate from high school, go to college, and travel a bit.
  2. The creative class appreciates the historical as more than just “old.” Lots of creatives are buying and fixing up properties in the city.
  3. The creative class will be what carries Lancaster from an unsustainable economy based on the use of natural resources to a more sustainable economy based on creating value through knowledge work.
  4. The creative class will, over time, make political parties far less relevant in our community than they are today.
  5. The creative class will allow Lancaster city’s population to become majority Latino within twenty years without any major tension or conflict.
  6. The creative class with adapt and reuse what the city has, rather than tear it down to start over. Look at the preservation of the Watt & Shand facade, for instance, versus the horror of Lancaster Square and the Bulova building.
  7. Etc.
5) What one piece of fine art/fine craft that you own is your favorite, and why?
What I’m appreciating the most right now is a new hardcover edition of John Milton’s masterful Paradise Lost, with an introduction and notes by Philip Pullman, who wrote the His Dark Materials trilogy. It’s illustrated with beautiful reproductions of the twelve engravings from the 1688 edition. The bookbinding details are delightful, particularly the crimson paper inside the covers and the satin ribbon bookmark. Milton’s writing is exquisite, at many times reaching elevations above even Shakespeare.