Winter Front & Center w/Adam Remnant TreeWater Initiative Benefit Touvell & Viny Art Exhibit Closing Reception Afternoon Arts Registration
Saturday, Jan. 25, 12-1pm: Winter Front & Center. Features a special guest musician performance and Q&A, followed by school-age children's open stage. The winter special guest is singer/songwriter, Adam Remnant! Adam will play a few songs and field questions from the audience. Then the stage will be opened up for any local school-age musicians who wish to share a tune, whether vocal or instrumental. Admission is Free. More info @ Winter 'Front & Center'
Thursday, Jan. 30, 7-10pm: TreeWater Initiative Benefit. An evening of entertainment to raise funds for the Treewater Initiative, a nonprofit started by long-time Athens resident, Jeannie Amash, dedicated to planting trees in Gaza. Jeannie is an American born daughter of Palestinian refugee, Dr. Paul J. Amash. After his death in 2016, she visited Palestine to understand the events that shaped his life. The tree planting project is a step toward creating a new story of peace for the people of Gaza. Jeannie has already planted over a thousand olive trees, and plans to plant another thousand in March. $10 Suggested Donation Plants One Tree. More info @ Treewater Initiative Benefit
Friday, Jan. 31, 5-7pm: Art Reception for Charlie Touvell's "Major Vibes" & Wendy Minor Viny's Solo Show. Charlie and Wendy's artwork is on display through Jan. 31 in the Arts West upstairs and downstairs galleries. Charlie's show features a 22 piece tribute to Major Arcana Tarot Cards, which will culminate into a 2020 calendar to be available at the closing reception. Wendy is a lead artist in residence at Passion Works Studio. She excels in a variety of mediums and incorporates cast-off items into her art with the idea of breaking down the objects’ traditional boundaries and re-introducing them in surprising, fresh contexts. The closing reception on Jan. 31 includes food, drinks and live music! Admission is Free.
More info @ Art Reception: Charlie Touvell & Wendy Minor Viny
Square Dance Social & Jam Drum Circle Music Jam PRISM Youth Arts Program Art Outside the Box - EXTENDED Afternoon Arts Registration
Thursday, Jan. 16, 6-9pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam. Caller Sean Fen and musicians The Corndoggers will offer an evening of lively old time music. All levels welcome. No partner needed. Come dance or stop in just to listen. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing 7-9pm. $6 Suggested Donation. More Info @ January Square Dance Social & Jam
Friday, Jan. 17, 8-10:45pm: Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Flow artists as well as any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Whether you drum, dance or just listen and take it in, there is a place here for everyone. Even if you have never played an instrument, feel free to borrow one and participate in the sound! 3rd Friday of the month, Sept-March. $5-$10 Suggested Donation. More Info @ Drum Circle @ Arts/West
Mondays, Jan. 6 – May 18 (when ACSD in session), 3-5:30pm: PRISM LGBTQ+ Youth Art Program. PRISM is an after-school arts program that creates a safer space for LGBTQA+ youth to be, explore and express who they are. Prism is FREE and open to youth ages 12-18. It offers community, art programming and workshops, support, networking, games, free music lessons, books/library, snacks, cooking lessons, and much more for LGBTQ+ youth and allies. You may join at any time. More Info @ Prism LGBTQ Youth Art Program
Now thru Friday, Jan. 31, at 5pm: Call for Art Outside the Box Entries. DEADLINE EXTENDED to January 31 at 5pm. AMAC is seeking up to 10 art designs to be applied onto vinyl wraps to cover traffic control boxes in Athens, Ohio. AMAC encourages submissions of Athens specific artworks that will make Athens Art Outside the Box purely “Athens.” Artists will be selected by jury process. A $500 honorarium will be awarded for use of chosen designs. The selected artist designs will be printed onto a vinyl wrap, and applied to traffic boxes by the City of Athens. Eligible Artists: Athens County residents age 18 and up. More info and submission guidelines on City of Athens website at: AMAC Current Calls for Entry
Thursday, Jan. 9, 6pm: West Side Community Association Meeting. The first WCA Meeting of the new year, with news, discussions and info about upcoming events. All West Siders invited to attend. Students welcome. It's your community. For more info or to receive e-mail updates, please email AthensWCA@gmail.com.
Sundays, Jan. 12 & 19, Noon-5:30pm: Two-Part Childbirth Preparation Class. With Ash Dasuqi, Midwife (CPM). For gestating folks and their support persons. Topics include: Art based birth preparation/fear engagement; Progression of labor; Polyvagal theory & neuroscience basics; Trauma conscious birthing & parenting; Labor support person guidance; Claiming your space & pain coping; Herbal support; Birthing Choices; Breast/Chestfeeding. $145* per birth person- includes attendance of one support person. Snacks & Break included. Email/call/text to register at firstname.lastname@example.org 248.894.6988. (*Ask about reduced rates for indigenous N. Americans/First Nations, people of color, & trans identified individuals). More Info @ Childbirth Preparation Class
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 5-6:15pm: 1st Rehearsal for SATB Choir's Spring Concert. A perfect time for interested singers to join! Music will be provided and singing will commence in preparation for the Spring 2020 benefit concert. SATB: A Different Kind of Choir will rehearse on Tuesdays up through the June 13th concert. The music selections are themed in celebration of Pride, and donations collected at the performance will benefit the PRISM LGBTQ+ Youth Arts Program. More info @ 1st Rehearsal for SATB Spring 2020 Concert
Saturday, Jan. 18, 5-6:30pm: OPEN Movement Workshop. Join Cleveland-based performance artist and movement educator Marcia Custer for a workshop open to all. OPEN Movement is a judgement-free, individually-centered, therapeutic class. It's a dedicated hour to listen to your body; A place to stretch, strengthen, and center your mind, body, and creative practice. Includes a range of somatic techniques. OPEN Movement holds space for and celebrates all bodies, all levels, all identities, always! Class facilitator: Marcia Custer (www.marciacuster.com/openmovement), has extensive experience in dance, somatic practice, improvisation, and expressive arts. Fee: $20. Register by emailing email@example.com. More info @ Workshop: OPEN Moverment in Athens
Square Dance Social & Jam Winter Solstice Drum Jam Call for Entries: Art Outside the Box Poet Laureate Extension Arts West Holiday Hours
Thursday, Dec. 19, 6-10pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam. Caller Joe Burdock and musicians Matt McElroy & Friends with some lively old time music! All levels welcome, no partner needed. Come dance or stop in just to listen. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing at 7pm. $6 Suggested Donation.
More Info @ Square Dance Social and Jam
Friday, Dec. 20, 8-10:45pm: Winter Solstice Drum Jam. A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Flow artists and all acoustic instruments welcome. Instruments are available to borrow! Kids are welcome too. $5-$10 Suggested Donation. More Info @ Winter Solstice Drum Jam
Now thru Friday, Jan. 17, at 5pm:Call for Art Outside the Box Entries. AMAC is seeking up to 10 art designs to be applied onto vinyl wraps to cover traffic control boxes in Athens, Ohio. AMAC encourages submissions of Athens specific artworks that will make Athens Art Outside the Box purely “Athens.” Artists will be selected by jury process. A $500 honorarium will be awarded for use of chosen designs. The selected artist designs will be printed onto a vinyl wrap, and applied to traffic boxes by the City of Athens. Eligible Artists: Athens County residents age 18 and up. More info and submission guidelines at: AMAC Current Calls for Entry
Now thru Friday, Jan. 10, at 5pm:Call for Poet Laureate Proposals EXTENDED. The City of Athens and the Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) is seeking its third Poet Laureate. AMAC encourages project submissions from candidates that embrace poetry and explore its place in the community. This honorary 2-year position commences February 1, 2020. The Poet Laureate is an advocate for the arts and fosters a love of poetry and literature among the diversity of all residents. A $2000 per-year honorarium will be awarded to the selected poet. The poet will be selected by an ad hoc committee of 3-4 members from the Athens poetry community and one representative from AMAC. More info, full prospectus and guidelines at: AMAC Current Calls for Entry
Arts West will be CLOSED Dec. 23rd - Jan. 1st for a Holiday Break
Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!
For the Love of Athens Photo Contest Liz Shaw Student Concert Square Dance Social & Jam Afternoon Arts Registration Open
Saturday, Dec. 14, Midnight: For the Love of Athens Photo Entry Deadline. For the Love of Athens is a photo exhibit for images of people, places or things in Athens County. Chosen photos (30-35 pieces) will be exhibited in the Arts West galleries for the month of February, 2020. Send up to 5 photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or enter via Instagram #fortheloveofathens and add number #1, #2, #3, #4, #5. Take photos with traditional, digital or smart device methods. Selection notification will happen Monday, Jan. 6. Opening Reception with awards, prizes and slide show for runners up will be Friday, Feb. 7, 5-7pm.
More Info & Submission Guidelines @ For the Love of Athens 2020
Please Note: Photos selected for the exhibit will need to be printed and framed.
Friday, Dec. 13, 6pm:Liz Shaw Student Holiday Concert. Join Liz Shaw and her music students, ages 5-18. Holiday tunes will be performed on piano, violin, guitar, banjo, and ukulele. A reception will follow the concert. Donations for Arts West will be accepted.
Thursday, Dec. 19, 6-10pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam. Caller Joe Burdock and musicians Matt McElroy & Friends will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing at 7pm. $6 Suggested Donation.
Afternoon Arts Registration Open for Winter 2020 Session:
Monday, Jan. 6 - Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020, 3:45-5:15pm
Students in grades K-5 will experience arts instruction in a variety of disciplines. Students can be registered for one or more days per week.
(There will be a Spring Session starting after Spring Break:
Mar. 16 - May 28, 2020)
COST: For this Winter 2020 Unit - Monday will meet 8x and T/W/Th will meet 9x.
$68.00 for 8 week session of 1 class (1 day per week)
$76.50 for 9 week session of 1 class (1 day per week)
$297.50 total for all 4 classes (Mon-Thurs)
Class Descriptions & Instructor Bio: Mondays: Geek Arts Dates: Jan. 6 - Mar. 2, 2020 (8 weeks of class)*
*Please Note: Class will not meet on Monday, Jan. 20 due to the MLK Jr. Holiday. Description: Students will "geek out" with this innovative art class! The focus will be on the creation of games and comics, as well as the developemnt of world building and character design.
Tuesdays: Micro Art! Dates: Jan. 7 - Mar. 3, 2020 (9 weeks) Description: Utilizing various materials and techniques, students will receive instruction for projects that explore the concept of "micro". Miniature art will be generated in both 2-D and 3-D format.
Wednesdays: Puppet Design Dates: Jan. 8 - Mar. 4, 2020 (9 weeks) Description: Students will spend time learning about multiple puppet making and performing techniques, and will get to make four different types of puppets to take home with them.
Thursdays: Enormous Art! Dates: Jan. 9 - Mar. 5, 2020 (9 weeks) Description: Utilizing a variety of materials and techniques, students will be encouraged to experiment with visual art in both 2-D and 3-D format, and will create projects that are truly ENORMOUS!
Instructor: April Felipe - April is a professional ceramic artist with an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. She has decades of experience teaching classes, at camps, and outreach opportunities for children in the visual arts. She brings a wealth of knowledge, and a delightful energetic sense of humor to her classroom.