On the relationship between the A&S Minister and the A&S Champions

A question to the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White:

“How do the roles of the A&S Minister and the A&S Champions interact? Since they are both tasked with promoting the arts & sciences in the Kingdom?”

A reply from the Minister:

You’re exactly right. The A&S Minister and the A&S Champions are both tasked with promoting the arts & sciences. So how do we work together?

Let’s start with looking at what our roles are. We can begin with a description of the office and positions from Kingdom Law:

The Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences:

  • Acts as advisor in all matters pertaining to the Arts and Sciences within the Kingdom to The Crown and subjects of the Kingdom, and supports study in those areas.
  • Supervises the Lesser Office of Chancellor of the East Kingdom University.
  • At the request of The Crown, works with the Kingdom Chamberlain to coordinate and supervise the creation of regalia.

What does all that mean?

There are the simple parts of helping The Crown, helping the Chancellor, and helping the Chamberlain.

There’s also the administrative part of helping all of the local and regional A&S offices and the Kingdom Guilds. That means being a resource for them as well as supervising reporting and activities.

It does not mean the office is “in charge” of any and all arts and sciences that happen in the Kingdom. The office is charged with supporting those activities as best it can.

The King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champions:

  • Defend the honor of The Crown.
  • Advise and assist The Crown in the organization of the tournaments to choose their successors.
  • Further the practice of their arts throughout the East Kingdom.
  • Serve as members of the Royal Household, and attend The Crown in court.
  • Have the right to bear the regalia associated with their positions.
  • Provide to the Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer a written estimate of costs uniquely related to the organization of the tournament to choose their successor.

What does all that mean?

There are the more ceremonial parts of serving The Crown. They may attend The Crown in court or in other services. They may travel with The Crown to events.

They may provide specific functions and services as requested. For example they may create special pieces of regalia or largess. They may be asked to represent the East as A&S entrants at Pennsic War or other wars. They may also initiate individual goals or challenges for the position and for the Kingdom in order to support the community.

It does not mean these positions are “in charge” of any and all arts and sciences that are related to The Crown. These positions are charged with supporting those activities as best they can as directed for The Crown and for The Kingdom.

Now how do these roles interact?

The A&S Champions are not officers of the Kingdom A&S Minister. They do not report to the Kingdom A&S Minister. They are direct servants to The Crown.

They do partner directly with the Kingdom A&S Minister on many projects.

The biggest project they all work together on is creating a successful and meaningful King’s and Queen’s A&S Championship competition that promotes teaching and learning in addition to excellence and research. They also work on a number of projects through the year.

If you’d like to help with any of the projects that we are focusing on, remember:

  • Volunteer.
  • Share your ideas.
  • Hold us accountable.

Let’s work together!

Remember… Have fun! Learn! Teach!

Your Servant to Command,

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