Monday, September 27, 2010

Ohio Citizens for the Arts- are you a member?

Ohio Citizens for the Arts
Play Your Part in Protecting Ohio's Arts and Culture!

Ohio Citizens for the Arts, established in 1976, is a volunteer nonprofit grass roots organization working to increase public support of the arts in Ohio.
Through the efforts of thousands of individuals and arts and education organizations, Ohio Citizens for the Arts advocates on behalf of arts and culture throughout the state.


You can play your part in protecting Ohio's arts and cultural assets by joining Ohio Citizens for the Arts. We will provide you with information and resources so that you can be connected locally, statewide, and nationally.
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How does Ohio Citizens for the Arts
Carryout its mission?
Ohio Citizens for the Arts:

  • Monitors and speaks out on public policy issues affecting the arts and arts education in Ohio.
  • Provides a year-round presence at the Statehouse through legislative counsel and a network of volunteer arts advocates.
  • Provides information to individuals, members of the legislature, and state administration about issues that are important to the arts at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Advocates for all arts disciplines including visual arts and crafts, music, dance, theatre, literature, design, film, and video.
  • Provides a unified voice for citizens, artists, and arts and education organizations throughout the state, and strengthens communications among local communities and all levels of government.
  • Provides a monthly electronic newsletter, action alerts, and an E-Advocacy Center for ease in making legislative contact.
Ohio Citizens for the Arts Member Benefits
Ohio Citizens for the Arts:
  • Publishes a monthly newsletter with information pertinent to the arts field locally, statewide, and nationally.
  • Tracks legislation effecting the arts in Ohio and nationally.
  • Contacts members to take action on pending legislation that impacts the arts.
  • Conducts workshops on topics such as advocacy throughout the year and works with individuals and organizations to provide these workshops and resources locally.
  • Provides information and effective strategies for working with public officials in support of the arts.
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Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Meet the Playwrights

The Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachia Ohio invites you to its opening reception on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM. The reception will feature Appalachian cuisine, the music of Charlie and Celia Lewis, and a lecture on 'How New Plays Get Done' presented by Veronica Bainbridge. All Humble Play performances and activities are held at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio.

Veronica R. Bainbridge is a fundraising consultant and producer in New York City. Most recently, she was Director of Development at LAByrinth Theater Company (under Artistic Directors Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Ortiz) for four years, where she produced a wide range of special events and raised more than $500,000 in contributed income annually towards new plays. She was also Business Manager at The Directors Company (Michael Parva, Artistic/Producing Director) for four years. Her producing credits include projects at the Midlands Arts Centre, in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the New York Fringe Festival, as well as the short film Nothing Happened which is now featuring in its 17th festival.

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

  • Oct. 4, 2010 7:00pm- Opening reception with home cooked Appalachian cuisine, music from Charlie and Celia Lewis and a lecture on "How New Plays Get Done" presented by Veronica Bainbridge.
  • Oct. 5, 2010-7:00pm- Table reading of The Dying Words of Edison Strange by Nicholas Gray from Wilmington, NC produced by The Corporation for the Performing Arts and The Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble
  • Oct. 6, 2010- 7:00PM-Staged Reading Fuel House by Linda Felton Steinbaum from Encino CA produced by ABC Players
  • Oct. 7, 2010- 7:00pm- Staged Reading Born Lucky by Chris Pomeroy from Chicago, IL produced by The Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble
  • Oct. 8, 2010- 7:00pm- Staged Reading Her Summer Fling by Merri Biechler, Stuart, OH produced by The Corporation for the Performing Arts
  • Oct. 9, 2010- 7:00pm- Staged Reading Quit the Road Jack by Jerry Polner, Brooklyn, NY and Last Call and Squirrelly by James McLindon, Northampton, MA produced by The Lost Flamingo Company and A/W intern company
"But Emily, who are all of these playwrights and why haven't I heard of any of these plays?"

Well, they are new plays, babies fresh out of the nest! You get to come and here it here first (or, maybe or second or third, new play development is a long process) and here are their bios!

Humble Play Festival

Playwright Bios

Nicholas Gray- “The Dying Words of Edison Strange” presented 10/5 @7:00pm

Nicholas Gray is an alumnus of the Emerson College Honors Program. His first venture as a writer was Pedestrian, the feature script that has since partnered him with Southern Gothic Productions. Pedestrian is currently in preproduction. His union with Southern Gothic (www.sogopro.com) has afforded him the great opportunities of drafting a graphic novel, creating the web pilot Friendship Union Community Theater, and helming the short film the true-love tale of Boyfriend and Girlfriend. His first play, Population: 8, world premiered at the 13th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. The Dying Words of Edison Strange is his second play.

Linda Felton Steinbaum- “Fuel House” presented 10/6 @7:00pm

Linda Felton Steinbaum is an award winning, produced and published Los Angeles playwright. In 2007, her drama MUSTANG SALLY, published by Samuel French, was performed at The Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles. Her play FAT CHANCE has been produced in North Hollywood as well as Sierra Madre, California where it was extended. Her award winning one-act play SHIFTING GEARS has been produced in various theatres in California, as well as Maryland and Oregon. In December of 2008, Linda received a fellowship award for her play, FUEL HOUSE. She is a member of ALAP, the Dramatists Guild, and WGA, West.

Chris Pomeroy- “Born Lucky” presented 10/7 @7:00pm

Chris Pomeroy is an actor and writer, based in Chicago. His plays include Courting the Wild Man, My Affair with Lady Macbeth, and Born Lucky. Favorite recent projects include playing Wotan in a six-hour adaptation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (The Building Stage), and a short film called Faster, which will premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2010. He can be seen onstage until Oct. 30 in a new play called The Franklin Expedition at The Building Stage in Chicago. Much love to Melissa.

Merri Biechler- “Her Summer Fling” presented 10/8 @7:00pm

Merri Biechler’s plays include Bombs, Babes and Bingo (New Orleans Fringe Festival, November 2010) and Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (Princess Grace Playwriting Award finalist; WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory participant). Merri acted Off-Broadway in “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding,” and on “E.R.,” “Judging Amy,” “Murphy Brown,” and in the film “Trailerpark.”

Jerry Polner- “Quit the Road Jack” presented 10/9 @7:00pm

Jerry’s full-length play FIX NUMBER SIX was chosen by the Boomerang Theatre Company for its First Flight reading series in 2009. His short plays FLORENCE FAREWELL, GONE WITH THE MASHA, and THANK YOU FOR APPLYING were produced by the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective at Manhattan Theatre Source, Brecht Forum, and Galapogos Artspace. Included in his full-length plays are HALF BAKED, produced by the Story People, MAN OVERBOARD, produced by High Five Productions, and WEATHERMAN, published by Samuel French and produced by high schools around the country. His political comedy sketches, and still more, are at RadicalGags.com.

James McLindon- “Squirrelly” & “Last Call” (2 10 minute plays) presented 10/9 following "Quit the Road Jack"

James McLindon’s play, Comes a Faery, was developed this summer at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is currently in residence at CAP21 in New York developing his play, Salvation, which will be produced at the Hudson Stage Company in October. His other plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, Lark Play Development Center, the Estrogenius Festival, Penguin Repertory, Emerging Artists Theatre, and Love Creek Productions; Crossing the Divide Festival in the West End of London; Victory Gardens in Chicago; Lyric Stage and Boston Playwrights Theatre in Boston; Colony Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Grove Theatre Center, and Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles; PlayPenn Conference, Telluride Playwrights Conference and the Arkansas Rep in Little Rock.

Each selected play will be presented as a reading. A reading is defined as actors presenting the words of a script, using scripts-in-hand. Each reading will be kept extremely simple so that the playwright's words may be the focus of the event. All readings will be followed by a moderated talk back session where audience members are invited to give their feed-back on the plays.

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 7:00 PM. Donations are encouraged.


Many thanks to the The Ohio Arts Council and the Humble Play Committee for making this festival possible.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Our Brick Monkey friends

Hey all, the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is having a reading tonight of a new play at Glidden Recital Hall on the Ohio University Campus !

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is back from summer break and ready to present another free play reading! September’s offering will be Garret Schneider’s play Swagger Like This. Part of Brick Monkey’s mission is to develop new plays.

The reading will be presented by the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, southeast Ohio's only professional theater company. The reading will be directed by ensemble member David Haugen and will feature ensemble members Ledger Free and Lorraine Wochna, and Zach Kopciak.

The reading will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at Glidden Recital Hall on the Ohio University campus. Admission is free.


Monday, September 20, 2010

S.A.T.B. New Community Choir!

Calling all singers who ever you are! Do you like to sing? Lift your voice to foster change and justice? Make magnificent music? Explore many cultures?

Come join us! This Tuesday Night (9/21) from 5:00-6:30 at ARTS/West

Open to all voices, all ages (high school and up).

The choir will be open to H.S. age and older adults, seniors, minorities, undeserved, physically and mentally challenged-- in other words, everyone and anyone who wants to sing and make music.
Mission:
Create powerful and inspiring music in partner with social justice organizations to bring support and awareness to their causes.
A weekly choir that will perform at least two concerts a year (fall and spring) and will provide a positive social environment, raise awareness about diverse social issues, and bring joy to our audience.

S.A.T.B on FACEBOOK

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Other House

It has been some week here at ARTS/West- Aquabear on Monday with the AMAZING Bird & Flower, Caitlin Kraus, and The Black Swans to film screening on Friday! We were grateful to be the Swans first stop on their 5 month tour. God speed my friends.

The Creative Endeavors Workshop after school program started-up for the year on Monday and we had our first poetry class for the fall on Thursday. Music Together in Athens is running for the fall and who can forget the tornado? Wonderful turnout for Women Speak and everyone seemed very happy after we relocated the event to the basement!!

Tomorrow we'll be used as a recording studio by members of the Aquabear Legion but tonight we invite you to a screening of the local independent film of The Other House, directed by Steve Fetsch and produced by Amy Abercrombie, on September 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets to the film screenings are $4 and may be purchased at the door.

The novel, The Other House, was written by Rebecca Hooper Eastman sometime before 1937, the year of her death. Seventy years later, it was privately published by her granddaughter, Amy Abercrombie, and is now an independent, full-length movie. Based on the Holdens and the Hoopers, the story centers on a beautiful young woman forced to flee to the South when a young man dies in a duel over her. She moves in with her sister in Walpole, NH where she encounters colorful relatives, two villains, and a handsome young architect who wins her heart.

The result of two years of filming in the culturally-rich Athens, OH is a striking motion picture that will surely please movie-goers everywhere. "The novel and the movie have dominated my life for nearly twenty years," admits granddaughter Abercrombie. "And I am so grateful to all who contributed to making the movie so fine." She adds that she wishes the entire country could see it and she plans to enter it into as many film festivals as possible."

For more information about the book and movie, including photographs, you can visit the website: www.theotherhousemovie.com.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Poetry Class Tomorrow!

Poetry: Creative Meditation
Thursdays, 10-11:30
Sept 16 - Nov 4, 2010
$55 for 8 weeks or $8 per class
Instructor: Wendy McVicker

Writing poetry (loosely defined as concentrated language, "language with a little luck in it," metaphorical and image-rich language) can be a deeply satisfying way to consider and name one's own experience in and of the world. In this class, we will read poems and other writings that call us to this kind of attention, and write our own poems and short prose pieces. We will share our work, encouraging each writer to find her/his own way through the thicket of self-discovery. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome; we are all on the same path.

Wendy McVicker has over 20 years of experience as a teaching poet; in schools, prisons, libraries, art centers and hospitals. She is a member of the Ohio Arts Council's Arts Learning program. She has worked with people of varying abilities and most ages. Her poetry has appeared in small journals (most recently, Riverwind) and in the collection, Red Thread Gold Thread (ed. Alan Cohen).



To sign up contact ARTS/West weekdays 10am-4pm at 740/592-4315 (or, you can just show-up!)
or email us at artswestathens@gmail.com

Monday, September 13, 2010

Art and Education

Week of Community art at ARTS/West featuring Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West, Women Speak, and The Other House

September 13, 16 and 17, 2010 events are part of national "50 States 50 Days" arts advocacy initiative
ARTS/West will host three special arts advocacy events on 9/13, 9/16, 9/17 at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens, OH. In order to truly highlight the broad and diverse art scene in Athens, Ohio ARTS/West is pleased to present these three events to show, rather than tell, what the arts are doing for our region.

These events are part of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund's 50 States 50 Days initiative. This national initiative seeks to encourage local advocacy activities in all 50 states, and in as many congressional districts as possible, as a way to promote the arts in communities nationwide. Americans for the Arts Action Fund is the nation's only grassroots advocacy organization committed to ensure that members of Congress support arts policies that advance the arts and arts education in America.

"When we received the action alert from the Americans for the Arts, we tossed around a lot of ideas-what kind of event could we create to advocate for the arts and demonstrate the economic impact of the creative economy. Then, we looked at our calendar and decided why not highlight what our community is already doing, it all fit beautifully!" Says Emily Prince, Program Specialist for ARTS/West.

To be effective, the arts and culture elements must agree to work together and take their own cooperative responsibility for maximizing the benefits of their contributions including advocacy, economic development, social and educational influence, artistic growth and cultural heritage - ultimately, contributing directly to the leadership of a community of innovative, enlightened citizens. ARTS/West is committed to supporting our community of artists, as this week of events clearly demonstrates.

"These local arts advocacy days are great opportunities for community arts leaders to show how the arts support local economic development, workforce, and small business, as well as the importance of arts education. Now is also the time to highlight successful partnerships between artists, institutions, and local policy makers," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.

As part of the 50 States 50 Days initiative, ARTS/West and the Arts Action Fund is urging Congress to support the following policies and legislation:

  • Increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, specifically Challenge America which reaches hundreds of communities across the U.S, and the NEA's Our Town proposal.
  • Increase funding for Arts in Education programs at U.S. Department of Education and strengthen arts education in the Elementary & Secondary Education Act.
  • Encourage co-sponsorship of the Artist-Museum Partnership Act, which allows artists a tax deduction for charitable gifts of their own work.


For more information on 50 States 50 days, or to attend a local event, visit www.ArtsActionFund.org.


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

New Fall Classes and Workshops

Life Drawing Group
Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm
Sessions $5 to $7 (depending on participation)
No instruction, just drawing.

Poetry: Creative Meditation
Thursdays, 10-11:30
Sept 16 - Nov 4, 2010
$55 for 8 weeks or $8 per class
Instructor: Wendy McVicker

Writing poetry (loosely defined as concentrated language, "language with a little luck in it," metaphorical and image-rich language) can be a deeply satisfying way to consider and name one's own experience in and of the world. In this class, we will read poems and other writings that call us to this kind of attention, and write our own poems and short prose pieces. We will share our work, encouraging each writer to find her/his own way through the thicket of self-discovery. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome; we are all on the same path.

Wendy McVicker has over 20 years of experience as a teaching poet; in schools, prisons, libraries, art centers and hospitals. She is a member of the Ohio Arts Council's Arts Learning program. She has worked with people of varying abilities and most ages. Her poetry has appeared in small journals (most recently, Riverwind) and in the collection, Red Thread Gold Thread (ed. Alan Cohen).



To sign up contact ARTS/West weekdays 10am-4pm at 740/592-4315
or email us at artswestathens@gmail.com

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Have a great weekend

Fall is less than 20 days away, the leaves are just about ready to change, OU move-in starts today, the streets are packed, and we're gearing up for (if I may say so) a very impressive season here at ARTS/West.

Transition time for sure so we wish our intern Katie all the best of luck-- she is embarking on her grown-up journey and will now be found interning at the Cleveland Playhouse. God speed Katie! We already miss our own "basement cat" Nate but we know he will be the best Lost Flamingo President and wish him the best for the up-coming school year. Jess and Drew will stay with us for awhile and Ashley just plain trapped! We have all just about lost our minds! We're taking "doing more with less" to heart! So look what we have coming up!

Aquabear continues our concert series at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio with an amazing evening of music......

The Black Swans (columbus, ohio)

www.myspace.com/theblackswans

Bird and Flower (columbus, ohio)

www.myspace.com/birdandflowerband

Caitlin Kraus (athens, ohio)

www.myspace.com/caitlinkraus

Monday, September 13th at 8pm (sharp) doors open at 7:30pm

only four bucks- all ages / no alcohol

To find out more about the Aquabear Legion and what we do visit www.aquabearlegion.com or send us an e-mail at contact@aquabearlegion.com.

Women of Appalachia Project presents "Women Speak" A celebration of female literary and performing artists

September 16, at 6 p.m. the Women of Appalachia project will present "Women Speak, Autumn 2010", an evening of story, poetry and song, in the ARTS/West performance space. The event is the third presentation of spoken artistry, presented by the WOAP, created and performed by women living in Southeast Ohio.

Founder/curator of the project, Kari Gunter-Seymour points out that many people have an image of an Appalachian woman, and they look down on her. The Women of Appalachia Project encourages participation from women of diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to come together, to embrace the stereotype, to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her. This fall's event will highlight the work of 13 writers, singers and performers, from Athens, Meigs, Hocking and Morgan counties, providing the community with a unique opportunity to experience a very intimate glimpse inside the lives and culture of each artist.

"Spoken art is by its very nature a transient art.," says Gunter-Seymour. "Seconds after the artist's thoughts are spoken, they are just that quickly gone. Yet in that quiet powerful moment we may hear something that tickles across our senses, like it belongs to us - translating the spoken into the visual within our minds."

The presentation is scheduled from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m, with a reception immediately following. ARTS/West is located at 132 West State Street in Athens, Ohio 45701. Call 740.592.4315 for directions or questions about the facility. Donations in support ARTS/West will be accepted at the door, but not required.

For more information about "Women Speak, Autumn, 2010, go to www.womenofappalachia.net

WOMEN SPEAK, AUTUMN 2010 ARTISTS:

Adrienne Appell . Story

Colleen Carow. Song

B A Code . Poetry

Amy Coombs . Story

Cathy Cultice Lentes . Poetry

Kari Gunter-Seymour . Poetry

Anita Martin Manderfield . Story

Sandra Masada . Poetry

Jennifer McClung . Poetry

Wendy Mcvicker . Poetry

Joyce Richardson . Poetry

Sherri B. Saines . Poetry

Kris Williams . Poetry

ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. is hosting a screening of the local independent film of The Other House, directed by Steve Fetsch and produced by Amy Abercrombie, on September 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets to the film screenings are $4 and may be purchased at the door.

The novel, The Other House, was written by Rebecca Hooper Eastman sometime before 1937, the year of her death. Seventy years later, it was privately published by her granddaughter, Amy Abercrombie, and is now an independent, full-length movie. Based on the Holdens and the Hoopers, the story centers on a beautiful young woman forced to flee to the South when a young man dies in a duel over her. She moves in with her sister in Walpole, NH where she encounters colorful relatives, two villains, and a handsome young architect who wins her heart.

The result of two years of filming in the culturally-rich Athens, OH is a striking motion picture that will surely please movie-goers everywhere. "The novel and the movie have dominated my life for nearly twenty years," admits granddaughter Abercrombie. "And I am so grateful to all who contributed to making the movie so fine." She adds that she wishes the entire country could see it and she plans to enter it into as many film festivals as possible.

For more information about the book and movie, including photographs, you can visit the website: www.theotherhousemovie.com.