Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank you and Happy Holidays

It’s amazing to think about, but this will be ARTS/West’s seventh year as Athens’ Community
Gateway to the Arts. What started as the spark of an idea from a few enthusiastic community
members has become your home for community-created, community-focused arts
programming.

At ARTS/West, we see every day how your creative ideas bring out the best in this
community. From teenagers who learn self-esteem and confidence at Rock Camp for Girls,
to senior citizens who find a new voice through Wendy McVicker’s poetry class, to kids who
find enrichment after school at Creative Endeavors Workshop: the creative spirit of this
community is unparalleled. ARTS/West is here to nurture that spirit.

In 2011 ARTS/West presented or produced:
  • 20 Music events
  • 1 Dance event
  • 435 occasions of Arts Education programs
  • 12 Theater events
  • 4 Film events
  • 4 Literary events
You can see firsthand how you make a difference for our community at ARTS/West. Keep in
mind that those numbers do not even reflect the 278 occasions of program related rental use!

We are so grateful that Athens understands the importance of the arts to a thriving
community.

With gratitude,

Emily Prince

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's Movie Night!

ARTS/West presents a screening of The Sound of Music on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 7:00pm.

The hills are alive with the sound of music! Join us for a special screening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical on film staring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. We will be serving mulled cidar, popcorn, Christmas cookies and the usual film treats. Singing is definitely encouraged!

Tickets are $8 for household, $5 general admission, and $2 for ARTS/West members. Film nights are sponsored by The Athens Foundation. Proceeds go to support ARTS/West operations

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night in Athens!

Presented by Athens' own nobrow.music.collective. 6pm on Wednesday, December 21st at Donkey Coffee

Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and mp3s, and played through a roving swarm of boom-boxes carried through city streets every December. People bring their own boom-boxes and drift peacefully through a cloud of sound which is
different from every listener's perspective. Since 1992, this 45-minute work has grown into a worldwide annual communal event that has become an essential part of many winter holiday celebrations. Anyone can produce this--individuals, arts organizations, museums, universities, towns & cities have presented it.

The nobrow.music.collective is presenting this year's only Ohio performance of Phil Kline's Unsilent Night! All you need to participate is a battery powered boom-box, a mp3 player with external speakers or an iphone/ipod touch/ipad. We'll meet at 6pm on Wednesday, December 21st at Donkey Coffee (show up at least 15 minutes early if you need a tape/cd), then begin our 45-minute journey through uptown Athens.

To download an mp3 to make your own tape/cd visit: http://unsilentnight.com/audio.html (click the "download your part" link).

If you want to get the free app visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phil-klines-unsilent-night/id483509723?mt=8

This event is family friendly! Please let everyone you know about this! Even better than performing this work, is experiencing it. Come listen!

Contact nobrow.music.collective@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thanks and hope to see you out!
-Aaron Butler (nobrow.music.collective)

Monday, December 19, 2011

This week at ARTS/West

S.A.T.B. Presents "The Friendly Beasts"
12/20/11 at 7pm

S.A.T.B. Community Choir will present a concert as a fundraiser for the Athens Humane Society. In addition to the light-hearted animal music they will also be doing a major work by Elliot Levine (a contemporary composer) "Cantata for the Animals" with flute, cello, oboe, and soloists.

Tickets $10 or $15 per family

The hills come alive for movie night at ARTS/West when we screen The Sound of Music 12/22/11 at 7:00pm

Join us for a special screening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical on film staring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. We will be serving mulled cider, popcorn, Christmas cookies and the usual film treats. Singing is definitely encouraged!

Tickets are $8 for household, $5 general admission, and $2 for ARTS/West members. Film nights are sponsored by The Athens Foundation. Proceeds go to support ARTS/West operations.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

But wait, there's more!

Holiday Concert 12/17/11 at 7pm
Holiday Concert to Benefit Athens County Food Pantry. Saturday, December 17 · 7:00pm. Local singers and musicians will perform a wide variety of Holiday Musical Favorites to raise money for the Athens County Food Pantry.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free but donations to benefit the Athens County Food Pantry are sought.

The Local Girls 12/18/11 at 3:30pm
Athens' own, The Local Girls will present their 23rd annual Christmas show in their beloved hometown It is always a cozy, fun-filled afternoon; we hope we will see you there.
Ticket price TBA

S.A.T.B. Presents "The Friendly Beasts" 12/20/11 at 7pm
S.A.T.B. Community Choir will present a concert as a fundraiser for the Humane Society. In addition to the light-hearted animal music they will also be doing a major work by Elliot Levine (a contemporary composer) "Cantata for the Animals" with flute, cello, oboe, and soloists.
Tickets $10 or $15 per family

The Sound of Music 12/22/11 at 7pm
The hills are alive with the sound of music on December 22nd at 7:00pm. Join us for a special screening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical on film staring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

$8 for household
$5 for individuals
$2 ARTS/West Members

ARTS/West film series is sponsored by The Athens Foundation

Friday, December 09, 2011

Check out ARTS/West this weekend

OVST presents The Sapphire Comb 12/9-12/10/11, 7:30pm, 12/11/11, 2pm
An original tale by Moses Goldberg, one of America's Theater for Young Audiences master playwrights, The Sapphire Comb is influenced in theme and style by Japanese anime and Noh spirit plays. The story voices the continuing struggle for balance and survival between humankind and the earth's natural forces.

Ohio Valley Summer Theater, in its 60th season of community-university theater productions are in their sixth year of offering quality Youth Theater plays to the area schools at a low fee. Professional directors and designers create a performance using local acting students and area talent to give children an experience seeing live theater. We are pleased this year to have Ohio University School of Theater faculty Rebecca Vernooy directing The Sapphire Comb.

Performances for the community are at ARTS/West December 9th and 10th at 7:30 pm and December 11th at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for children. The show will run approximately 45 minutes without intermission. For more information visit www.ovst.org or Facebook Page

FRONT & CENTER, 12/10/11, 12:00pm
A free music event for school age kids every second Saturday of each month (Sept.-May) at noon -1 pm. Second half of event is always an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose. Or just listen and enjoy! Special Guests World Citizens Drumming

Wind/Food Competition 12/10/11, 1:00pm: The Athens Do-It-Yourself Shop presents the annual Wine, Mead and Venison Competition. 1-6 p.m. at ARTS/West. Bring one bottle of homemade wine and get in for half price; two types of wine and entry is free. Enter a venison dish in the competition; judge for free. For more info contact Eric at 594-ADIY. Music will be an open stage hosted by Tony Adami and DJ Barticus. 21 and over.

Screening 12/11/11:Of American Scream King, the newest horror film that local actor Megan Marie (Wilson) is starring in. 7:30 p.m. at ARTS/West. The film is rated R, and all IDs will be checked by management.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Early December film and theater

"The Children of Children Keep Coming" 12/6/11, 7pm

12/6/11, 7:00pm- ARTS/West will be presenting a free screening of a performance of black American poet Russell Goings's "The Children of Children Keep Coming" an Epic Griot Song. Mr. Going's beautiful telling of the Black American Story speaks through the voices of historical figures and fictional characters, expressing the rhythm, the sound, the voice of black American people.

The screening will help to spark discussion, generate ideas, and form a steering committee to plan a visit and live performance from Mr. Goings.

Won't you please join us?

If you are unable to attend the screening but are interested and want to help in someway, please contact ARTS/West.


OVST presents The Sapphire Comb

12/9-12/10/11, 7:30pm, 12/11/11, 2pm
An original tale by Moses Goldberg, one of America's Theater for Young Audiences master playwrights, The Sapphire Comb is influenced in theme and style by Japanese anime and Noh spirit plays. The story voices the continuing struggle for balance and survival between humankind and the earth's natural forces.

Ohio Valley Summer Theater, in its 60th season of community-university theater productions are in their sixth year of offering quality Youth Theater plays to the area schools at a low fee. Professional directors and designers create a performance using local acting students and area talent to give children an experience seeing live theater. We are pleased this year to have Ohio University School of Theater faculty Rebecca Vernooy directing The Sapphire Comb.

Performances for the community are at ARTS/West December 9th and 10th at 7pm and December 11th at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for children. The show will run approximately 45 minutes without intermission. For more information visit www.ovst.org or Facebook Page

Monday, November 28, 2011

Support ARTS/West!

The mission of ARTS/West is to make facilities, resources, and opportunities available to arts organizations, individual artists, and community residents.

Give the gift of an ARTS/West membership to support our mission!

ARTS/West memberships support "ARTS/West presents" (42 so far in '11), Classes and Workshops (over 400 so far in '11), and help us to match our Ohio Arts Council Sustainability operating support grant

As a special offer to bring you closer to the artistic heart of Athens, Ohio, we want you to Become a Member of ARTS/West today or, buy a membership for a friend, family member, stranger, you name it!

Benefits of membership include:
  • FREE admission to ARTS/West Presents events, plus 20% off all other participating organizations ticket sales
  • Priority enrollment and FREE admission to ARTS/West Presents classes and workshops, plus 20% off all other participating workshop and class fees
  • Invitation to Members-Only talkbacks and behind-the-scenes opportunities
  • Inclusion in ARTS/West mailings, plus access to special Member Updates to keep you up-to the-minute on upcoming opportunities
ARTS/West wouldn't be possible if Athens wasn't a very special place, indeed. And what makes Athens so special is the community of people like YOU, whose ideas, creativity, and energy make our work possible. Thanks to you, ARTS/West is the place to take in a play, dance to your favorite local band, join a workshop, you name it!

To become a Member or purchase a membership today, please fill out the Membership Form found HERE and return to ARTS/West at 132 W. State St. Athens, OH 45701. There are two levels of membership - a $25 Individual level and a $45 Household level. Both ensure that you won't miss a moment of the great things happening at ARTS/West - Athens' Community Gateway to the Arts!

With thanks,

Emily Prince
Program Specialist, ARTS/West

Monday, November 14, 2011

Many Moons Exotic Market

This weekend marks the return of the very popular Exotic Market presented by Many Moons.

The Exotic Market is a sale of jewelry, textiles, Tibetan sacred objects and gift items collected during journeys to Nepal, India, Thailand and Bali by two travelers.

The market will be in the basement of ARTS/West on Saturday, November 19 from 10a-6p and on Sunday, November 20 from 1p-6p.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Aquabear Thursday, Literary Evening on Friday

Aquabear Live @ARTS/West 11/10/11 at 7:30pm
Aquabear is having another fantastic evening of music at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio. We hope that you will join us. We welcome Chat Logs and Many Mansions both on tour from the far away land of Brooklyn, opening will be Dead Winds of Summer.

Chat Logs
is an experimental psych-punk band whose visceral live show, coupled with projections, and a balls-to-the-wall performance acumen has led them to being featured at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, many music venues around NYC and the United States and has been featured on Japanese television by filmmaker Yukihiko Tsutsumi, as a subject in his documentary, "Beat Goes On," while sharing the stage with bands as diverse as Fang Island, Delicate Steve, mems Oberhofer, yeah yeah yeahs, Xiu Xiu, Beirut and many others. - www.chatlogs.bandcamp.com

Many Mansions
makes post-world music fused with psychedelic and hypnotic passages of aural landscape and danceable world beats, and has been featured on Pitchfork, Daytrotter, Nitetrotter and has played extensively across the United States as part of the famed White Haus collective based in Boston, MA. - www.manymansions.bandcamp.com

Dead Winds of Summer
is the beautiful atmospheric loops and sounds of Andrew Lampela.

$5 for touring bands and space
ALL AGES, no booze
Doors at 7:30pm, music starts shortly after

A Literary Evening Featuring Marie Manilla & Laura Treacy Bentley 11/11/11 at 7pm
Join us at ARTS/West for A Literary Evening featuring Marie Manilla and Laura Treacy Bentley reading their work!

West Virginia native Marie Manilla is a Pushcart-Prize nominee and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune as a Nelson Algren finalist; Prairie Schooner, where she received the Lawrence Foundation Award for best short story; Mississippi Review; Calyx Journal; The Portland Review; The Long Story; Kestrel; GSU Review; and other journals. Her collection of stories, Still Life with Plums (West Virginia University Press, 2010), was nominated for the Weatherford Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year in the short story category. Author Daniel Wallace selected her forthcoming novel, Shrapnel, as winner of the Fred Bonnie Award for best first novel sponsored by River City Publishing. Manilla lives in Huntington, West Virginia where she is Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Marshall University. Her website is www.mariemanilla.com.

Laura Treacy Bentley is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and book editor ("Conversations") for WV Living Magazine. She served as writer in residence for the past three years at the Marshall University Writing Project in Huntington, West Virginia. Her work has appeared in the United States and Ireland, and her first book of poetry, Lake Effect, was published in 2006 by Bottom Dog Press in Huron, Ohio. In 2003 Laura was one of seven featured writers at a literary symposium which was held in Athens, Ohio: Appalachians: Contemporary Cultural Perspective. That same year she traveled to Venice California, to read her poetry with Ray Bradbury. Laura received a Fellowship Award for Literature from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and her poetry has been featured on the websites of A Prairie Home Companion and Poetry Daily. One of her poems, "Keepsake," was recently chosen by Maria Shriver and the editors of O Magazine to be featured on Oprah's website. Visit Laura's website: www.lauratreacybentley.com/.

This event is a part of the ARTS/West presents series. There is no admission charge. Donations will be accepted.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Big weekend on tap

First up on Friday, 11/4/11 at 6:00pm join us for "Women Speak" a juried performance of Story, Poetry, and Song

Words are as necessary to us as breathing. As women, we come to each other to share words that bring us familiarity, support and trust. Women create attachments from which we divine the necessary elements to find our sense of the world and our place within it. From childhood to womanhood, generation to generation, words spoken in secret, through giggles and tears, through births and deaths and endless loves, forming communities in which we grow and thrive - and always, always we share our stories.

We are women of Appalachia, from diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences who come together to embrace the stereotype - to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her.

We believe that all women are capable, courageous, creative and inspired.

Kari Gunter-Seymour, Founder/Curator
Woman of Appalachia
For website and more information click HERE


Then, "Wit" 11/5/11 at 7pm & 11/6/11 at 2pm- In Celebration of national Hospice Month Appalachian Community Hospice presents two screenings of the Mike Nichols film WIT A literary scholar experiences a personal awakening in the face of a diagnosis of advanced cancer.

Featuring: Emma Thompson Christopher Lloyd Eileen Atkins
Audra McDonald Jonathan M. Woodward Harold Pinter

$3 suggested donation

Advanced Directives packets (living will & healthcare power of attorney) will be available for those interested in completing them with assistance from hospice staff.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Women of Appalachia Project presents "Women Speak Autumn"


A celebration of female literary and performing artists

ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. is pleased to announce that on November 4, at 6 p.m. the Women of Appalachia Project will present "Women Speak, Autumn 2011!", an evening of story, poetry and song, in the ARTS/West performance space. The event is the fifth presentation of spoken artistry, presented by the WOAP, created and performed by women of all ages living in Southeast Ohio.


This fall's event highlights the work of nine writers and musicians from Athens, Meigs and Hocking counties, offering a variety of topics inspired by real life issues. Founder/curator of the project, Kari Gunter-Seymour points out that women naturally come to each other to share experiences and dreams, building strong connections and communities. "Spoken art gives the listener an immediate experience - first we react to the sounds sliding in and out and across our senses, then just as quickly, we connect with the content of the imagery the artist has chosen to share with us."

"Women Speak" encourages regional female artists to address the way in which living in this region of Appalachia has influenced their lives and therefore their art. Local teen pianist Maya Sattler, says, "My teacher, Linda Lucasik and other regional musicians and groups have greatly affected my varied taste in music, especially my interest in indie rock, folk music, and other genres with a similar lack of recognition from mainstream media. My piece was written for the joy of the music and the subversion of typical form rather than any abstruse meaning or deliberate plan."

Veteran performers Wendy McVicker and Cathy Cultice Lentes share their personal experiences of life-changing events during an Athens County flood and the tornado that hit Xenia, Ohio. Poet Joyce Richardson quips, "I am now writing a series of poems about the members of my family: saints and sinners. Uncle John is one of the sinners."

When speaking of her piece Arab Summer Rural Athens, Ohio, Ellie DeLaval Davis says, "I read of individuals in the midst of revolutions, fighting for human rights. In my own world I faced the most violent electrical storms of my life." Young mother and poet, Cathy Lee says, "I sat entranced watching remembrances on television of 9-11 on its tenth anniversary, this one man's voice echoing in my head at night. This poem is my attempt to put his voice with the whole picture, including my hope for healing."

Dancer, singer, knitter and poet, Sherri Saines says "As a victim of more than one passion, I end up using one to explain the other. Someday I will dance my love of poetry, and probably knit about singing,"

Essayist Becky Code explores, "the relationship between tears, society, and self-identity against the backdrop of the empty-nest syndrome."

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, 2011, go to www.womenofappalachia.net

Monday, October 24, 2011

Scare-o-Rama Movie Night at ARTS/West

Scare-o-Rama Movie night comes to ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH on October 28, 2011 at 7:00pm.

Get your scare on with a double feature! Starting at 7:00pm will will screen THE FLY followed by YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

First, we present the 1958 horror classic THE FLY staring Vincent Price and Patricia Owens. "Help me!"

We will follow that up with the 1974 comedy YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN staring Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and Peter Boyle as THE MONSTER. "I am not a Frankenstein. I'm a Fronkensteen."


Costumes are encouraged! Floating judges will be roaming the crowd and will award what they think are the best costumes a token for Saturday's Halloween ScabMart at Art Apocalypse Now!

Tickets are $8 for household, $5 general admission, and $2 for ARTS/West members.
FUNDRAISER!!!!

Film nights are sponsored by The Athens Foundation. Proceeds go to support ARTS/West operations.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Happy Days"

Samuel Beckett's Happy Days - theatre to tickle your gray cells as well as your funny bone - will have four performances on October 20th, 21st and 22nd at 8:00 pm, with a Sunday 23rd matinee at 2:30 pm. Produced by award-winning actor/director Lyrr Descy and theatre veteran Ron Luce as part of the ARTS/West Presents series.

In Happy Days, Beckett explores with comic irony and pathos those aspects of the human condition informed by our essential isolation as individuals even within relationships; by the rituals to which we resort to give shape and meaning to our daily lives, the importance we place on structured time, the objects we use to trigger the memories on which our sense of identity depend, and the struggle to make sense of, and see order in, a perverse and chaotic universe. And still, as Beckett intimated, to go down singing... Award-winning actor/director Lyrr Descy reprises her role as Winnie in this rare Athens production of a Beckett classic. Come experience life through the senses and memories of the indomitable and ever optimistic Winnie-- and her Willie played by Athens theatre veteran Ron Luce.


Happy Days, 10/20/11-10/22/11 at 8:00pm, 10/23/11 at 2:30pm.
$10 general admission
$7 students and groups of 10 or more
Free ARTS/West members

Monday, October 03, 2011

Humble Play 2011: who, what, where, and when!

The 2011 Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio is fast approching. Celebrate new plays with us 10/6-10/9!

This year it is our honor to dedicate the festival to W. R. Smiddie- Mr. Smiddie was instrumental in the birth of the play festival. Local playwright, potter, activist, and dear friend we will honor his memory by celebrating the birth of new plays in his name. He was loved and admired for his folk pottery adorned with flowers, his plays that combined imaginative humor with strong social justice messages, and his tireless political activism on behalf of those without. No matter how difficult the odds were against his convictions, he lived with the philosophy, "Never give up."


We are excited to bring in guest playwright Raymond Hardie who will attend the readings and moderate the audience talk-back sessions after each reading!

Schedule:
  • 10/6/11, 7:00pm- The Charity Fish Fry Tinikling Show by K. Biadaszkiewicz
  • 10/7/11, 7:00pm- What Ever Happened to Baby Abby? by Merri Biechler
  • 10/7/11, 11:00pm- the Ohio University School of theater presents Midnight Madness
  • 10/8/11, 7:00pm- An Unlikely Hero by Lawrence DuKore
  • 10/9/11, 2:00pm- Death Squad by W.R. Smiddie
Who's Who and What's What:

Raymond Hardie is currently developing Stoker, originally a play, into a hybrid musical with composer/lyricist Joe Jackson. It was most recently presented in workshop at The Director's Company in New York City in May 2010. Hardie's play Blue Heaven was presented in workshop at The Director's Company in New York in 2003 with Colm Meaney and Laila Robbins. The Countess and Chicago May was presented at the Ashland New Play Festival October 13th - October 20th, 2002. His play Stoker was first presented in equity workshop at The Director's Company in New York City in August, 2001.

Hardie was an actor at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, for six years, during which time he played over thirty roles ranging from the Duke in Measure for Measure to Lenin in Tom Stoppard's Travesties.

He received his training at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School and then spent a year with the Liverpool Playhouse before going to Dublin. In New York, he played Cliff opposite Malcolm McDowell in Look Back in Anger at the Roundabout Theater. This was subsequently taped for Showtime. He has also acted at the Huntington Theater in Boston and the Olney in Maryland among others.

While at the Abbey Theatre, he wrote Who Flies the Nets for the Document Theatre Company. The play had a successful run on the London fringe after it toured England. The Abbey Theatre later commissioned him to write a play about Oliver Goldsmith, But Few Soldiers, which they performed at the international Goldsmith festival. He was also commissioned by BBC Televison to write two teleplays, A Soldier's Song and Rub A Dub Dub.

His first novel Abyssos was published by Tor Books in New York, and for a number of years he travelled back and forth to London writing television scripts and a television series for BBC television as well as working on two film scripts for Mark Forstater Productions. He also wrote scripts for the ABC television soap opera Ryan's Hope. His second novel Fleet was published in both hardback and paperback by Hodder and Stoughton in England.

He is currently a director of communications for the University of California, San Diego.

K. Biadaszkiewicz (The Charity Fish Fry Tinikling Show) is the author of over 100 plays, many of which have been produced throughout the US and in Europe. Her stories, poems, dramas, and comedies have been published in various literary journals and anthologies, including Sweet Annie Review; Southern Exposure (Institute for Southern Studies); Mississippi Review; Young Women's Monologs from Contemporary Plays (SUNY Potsdam); One Act Plays for Acting Students (Meriwether); The Actors' Scenebook: Great Monologues and Dialogues from Classical and Contemporary Theatre (Meriwether); and the Applause Books anthology, Best American Short Plays.

Her published theatre scripts include TRANE: BEYOND THE BLUES (the story of jazz artist John W. Coltrane); PAST ANGRY (the story of the Hamlet, NC chicken processing plant industrial fire); POTATO GIRL; and the comedy THE MAN WHO BURIED HIS DOGS IN THE FRONT YARD. Her short fiction, "Me & My Brother & the Skunk" is part of the acclaimed Weighted Words anthology, Solace in So Many Words.

THE CHARITY FISH FRY TINIKLING SHOW, written at the Millay Colony for the Arts, was first workshopped at the Dramatists Guild's Frederick Lowe Room in New York City by Multistages Theatre Company, exactly ten days after September 11, 2001.

Merri Biechler (What Ever Happened to Baby Abby?) received her MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. Her plays include Bombs, Babes and Bingo (world premiere at Mortar Theatre Company, 2012; New Orleans Fringe Festival; Artist's Laboratory Theatre workshop; Semi-finalist, P73 Playwriting Fellowship; Finalist, Clubbed Thumb Theater Biennial commission); Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (Finalist, Princess Grace Award; Winner, Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award; Finalist, Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition; Participant, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory); and Real Girls Can't Win (Nominee, Stavis Award and David Mark Cohen Award; Victory Gardens Theatre workshop; Productions at Ohio University, Centenary College, Indiana State-KCACTF Region III production; and upcoming Augustana College.)

Lawrence DuKore (An Unlikely Hero) began his writing career with the Richard Pryor film, GREASED LIGHTNING, which was produced by Hanna Weinstein for Warner Bros. His television play, A MISTAKEN CHARITY was produced by Lindsay Law for PBS/American Playhouse and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for best dramatic writing. He is a member of both the HB (Herbert Berghof/Uta Hagen) Playwrights Foundation and the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Workshop. His plays have been produced regionally (CentreStage, Greenville, South Carolina; Jewish Ensemble Theatre, West Bloomfield, Michigan, etc.) and off-Broadway. EXPLODING THE SWAN had its world premiere at the Montauk Playhouse, produced by Bill and Anita Brown.

Most recently, his play, STAINED GLASS, premiered off-Broadway at the award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse.

William Robert Smiddie (1931-2011) (Death Squad) born during the Great Depression in a Harlan County Kentucky where his mom would drag him out of school when the shooting wars started. She wanted her kids around her in any storm. From Kentucky they moved to middle Tennessee where his father, a union man, would not take work because there were no unions. This sort of thing has influenced him greatly. After five years of high school at McMinnville, Tennessee he graduated only because of basketball. He played guard and never cared who won as long as the game was aggressive and close. (This is important later.)

From his first job at a DuPont plant he was drafted during the Korean War, while all his buddies could avoid the draft as their rich fathers sent them off to college. A fact of the draft he has never forgotten. Why him? Why Korean? And why not them?

Back in the states, a veteran on the G.I. bill he went to college at middle Tennessee State University. He attended Graduate school at Iowa State where he is still one course short of the much sought after M.F.A.

While working in the welfare department in Nashville he had theprivilege of participating in the Civil Rights struggle by preparing used cars with Tennessee tags for dumb white kids from the North to use to enter the deep South. And while there had a play produced in NYC, which allowed him to meet Tom Hayden in New Jersey. It now seemed to him that he could control his own life, which had finally begun. After which, turning down a organizing job with the Highlander Folk School he moved with wife and kids to Cleveland, Ohio to work with S.D.S. in the inner city. Welfare Rights, Free Clinics, and helping to organize the 1968 police riot in Chicago. From there to the street demonstrations against the only war America has ever lost.

He settled in in Southern Ohio where he made pottery, wrote unfinished plays, and dreamt of Alaska.

THE CHARITY FISH FRY TINIKLING SHOW
Writer's Statement

THE CHARITY FISH FRY TINIKLING SHOW is about a young woman who has never heard her father say he is proud of her. She works very hard to assemble and put on a one-of-a-kind show and lets him know, so he can attend. After all her efforts, she fails in her goal. But she finds something better. My artistic take on this piece is that it is an innovative and entertaining physical theatre piece ideal for energetic actors and a director with a playful imagination and comedic sensibility. THE CHARITY FISH FRY TINIKLING SHOW has been described by its original director as commedia dell'arte, but I wrote it to represent a part of my own experience that I treasure.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY ABBY?
Writer's Statement

This play is about a young woman trying to define her life as meaningful and her job choice as successful.
"We all remember where we were on that snowy March morning in 1972 when, after 41 hours of national news coverage, we watched as Baby Abby was pulled out alive from that Wisconsin ice cave. As the twenty-five year anniversary of the rescue approaches, Abigail Walters discovers that she's Baby Abby and to her horror realizes that she's done nothing with her life to justify her being saved."

As our society continues to define happiness as the number of cars in our garage and the amount of money in the bank, how does someone with an ordinary life compete with the media? How do we define our internal worth?

I want to ask my audience: can a small life be a life well lived? Can everyday choices give meaning to our lives? Would we be happier if we stepped away from what the media defines as important to find that importance for ourselves within our own communities?

AN UNLIKELY HERO
Writer's Statement

This play is a tribute to Ulysses Grant, not as a historic or heroic figure, but as a human being, with all his doubts about himself, his guilt about the deaths of Union and Confdederate troops (and yet the necessity for his military strategy), about His failings as a provider for his family, his limitations as a president, as a general and his lack of business acumen, which caused great hardship to his family.. Mostly, my play is about a person with whom an audience can identify.

DEATH SQUAD The play examines the events that led to a terrible massacre in El Salvador in 1981, aided and abetted by the American government. It does so by the device of five people in 2011 who come together to create and rehearse a play that addresses these matters. It alternates in tone from comic to grimly serious.

The 2011 Humble Play Festival is sponsored and supported by the ABC Players, Decorative Injections, The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Corporation for the Performing Arts, Athens Holiday Inn Express and several anonymous donors.

Support local art by supporting local business!
We have a special way for you to support the 2011 Humble Play: New Play Festival. Artist and owner of Decorative Injections, Jim Kisor has designed a special daisy tattoo for the festival.

The tattoo is available it two sizes. Small size $30, Large size $50. Half of the proceeds from now until October 9th will be donated to ARTS/West in support of the Humble Play new play festival.

Call Decorative Injections at 740-593-7788 to make your appointment.

Not ready to take the permanent step? The design is also available as a temporary tattoo for a donation of $1.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

yART Sale Saturday

yART Sale10/1/11 at 10:00am-5:00pm

ATHCO Women's Arts Guild is sponsoring a yART Sale, Saturday, October 1st at ARTS/West, It runs from 10:00am-5:00pm. There will be studio seconds and odd ball items.

Proceeds go to support ARTS/West and ATHCO.

Check out the facebook event page HERE

Monday, September 26, 2011

Forks Over Knives Documentary Returns to Athens

Forks Over Knives Documentary Returns to Athens Along with Panel Discussion from Local Success Stories

On Wednesday September 28th at 7:00pm, the popular new documentary Forks Over Knives is returning to Athens in collaboration between ARTS/West and the Athens Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP). The film will be shown, followed by a panel discussion with Athens CHIP alumni. Half of all donations will go to fund future CHIP scholarships.

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by embracing a whole foods plant-based diet. The storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.

Bringing these scientific concepts to life, cameras follow real people who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes, and are taught by their doctors to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments. The film features leading experts on health and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.

The Coronary Health Improvement Project is an international program providing a comprehensive, educationally intensive lifestyle intervention designed to prevent, arrest, and reverse essential hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heartburn, arthritis, elevated cholesterol and heart disease. Athens CHIP has 47 local alumni and 70 current class participants. Alumni with very high to dangerously high cholesterol saw reductions between 15-35%. Diabetics had a 23% reduction in glucose levels. Reductions in blood pressure, triglycerides and weight were across the board. The alumni will join a panel discussion to share their success stories after making healthy lifestyle changes.

Forks over Knives
Wednesday September 28th 7pm-9pm
ARTS/West 132 W. State St.
Athens OH 45701
$3+ Donation
Doors open at 6:30pm

For more Information contact: Mary Nally
Athens City-County Health Department 740-592-4431 ext.226

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Humble Play Tattoos!

Support local art by supporting local business!

We have a special way for you to support the 2011 Humble Play: New Play Festival. Artist and owner of Decorative Injections, Jim Kisor has designed a special daisy tattoo for the festival.

The tattoo is available it two sizes. Small size $30, Large size $50. Half of the proceeds from now until October 9th will be donated to ARTS/West in support of the Humble Play new play festival.

To see some pictures of the tattoo check out the ARTS/West Facebook Page by clicking HERE

Call Decorative Injections at 740-593-7788 to make your appointment.

Not ready to take the permanent step? The design is also available as a temporary tattoo for a donation of $1.

Check out our booth at this years Paw Paw festival to buy a temp and get more information on the this year's Humble Play!

2011 Humble Play

It is the mission of Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio to promote the art of playwriting while introducing the process of play development to an audience. This is achieved by inviting playwrights to submit their new plays to a committee of judges. These judges chose plays to be produced as staged readings by local theater artists for the general public as a once a year festival.

This year it is our honor to dedicate the festival to W. R. Smiddie- Mr. Smiddie was instrumental in the birth of the play festival. Local playwright, potter, activist, and dear friend we will honor his memory by celebrating the birth of new plays in his name.

The Charity Fish Fry Tinikling Show by K. Biadaszkiewicz will be read on Thursday, October 6th at 7 pm

What Ever Happened to Baby by Merri Biechler, will be read on Friday, October 7th at 7 pm

New this year: Friday, October 7th at 11:00pm the Ohio University School of theater will present Midnight Madness- an evening of new play madness!

An Unlikely Hero by Lawrence DuKore will be read on Saturday, October 8th at 7 pm

Death Squad by W.R. Smiddie will be presented as a workshop production on Sunday, October 9th at 2 pm

The 2011 Humble Play Festival is sponsored and supported by the ABC Players, Decorative Injections, The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Corporation for the Performing Arts.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Creative Endeavors Workshop

Creative Endeavors Workshop
Located at ARTS/West 132 W. State St. Athens
740-591-6432 / pkristofco@gmail.com
• Starting our 3rd year on September 12th
• Homework help / Arts based enrichment
• Child centered, project based learning
• Conveniently located between West Elementary and AMS
• Bus service from other Athens's school to West Elementary
• Flexible scheduling, open 2:30-5:30 Monday through Friday
• Daily exercise and nutritious snack
• Applications available at your school's office or HERE

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Embarking on our 6th Season!

We kick off with Aquabear Live @ARTS/West, 9/9/11, 8:00 pm with Moon High and Time and Temperature both from Columbus. (probably one more TBA too). $4 at door.

Moon High: Moon High began in 2007 as a home recording project between two like-minded Ohio musicians. Their auspicious self-titled debut was released the following year and prompted the duo to recruit additional members to adapt their multi-layered sounds on stage. After a couple years of member changes, ongoing praise, and honing their live performance, Moon High has evolved into a tight-knit quartet determined to play their own brand of melodious folk tunes.

In 2010, Moon High released 'Smoke Before My Eyes,' a limited run 7" that epitomizes their sound. Moon High has since embarked on the completion of their long-anticipated, full-length sophomore album. 'Six Suns,' released in July 2011, is bookended with the band's more elegant instrumental pieces
Link and dances between up tempo, country-tinged pop songs, dreamy laments, and moments of near rock-and-roll. In the years since their debut release, Moon High has emerged sounding more confident and at home in their songcraft; 'Six Suns' shows the band coming into it's own, reveling in what's been uncovered along the way.moonhighmusic.com
Link
Time and Temperature: Time and Temperature is Valerie alias Val Glenn from Columbus, Ohio.
timeandtemperature.bandcamp.com
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Saturday, 9/10 join us for:
FRONT & CENTER A free music event for school age kids every second Saturday of each month (Sept.-May) at noon -1 pm. Second half of event is always an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose. Or just listen and enjoy!

September 10 special guests: Storyteller Thomas Burnett & Musician Jeremy Wright. Second half of event is an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share your music, or just listen and enjoy!

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Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble presents Defiant 9/11/11 at 2:00pm


Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, Southeast Ohio's professional theater company, will lead a community response to mark the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Company members will present a reading of George Brant's play Defiant on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 2pm at ARTS/West in Athens, OH. It will be followed by a facilitated talk-back session where we want to hear from the community: where are we as a country ten years later?

Defiant tells the story of Ann Martin, a woman who incurs the wrath of a grieving country when she refuses to memorialize her husband following his death in a national tragedy. This play asks difficult questions about what it means to grieve, what it means to be a patriot, and how a decision to not honor the dead can be seen as treasonous.

Join us for what promises to be an exhilarating afternoon of theater and discussion.

WHAT: Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble's reading of Defiant by George Brant

WHEN: Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 2pm

WHERE: ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH

Admission is FREE

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Insurgent Theatre comes to ARTS/West


Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 8:00pm.

In the belly is where things digest, where they are broken down so their value can be extracted. This is where things are made to rot. If our society is a beast, it's belly is the prison system. This new work from Insurgent Theatre seeks to manifest imprisonment on stage, overlays it with critical analysis of the system, and follows up with in-depth discussion about abolishing prison in America.


Created in workshop by Weslie Coleman, Kate Pleuss, and Ben Turk, with assistance from Harmony Bench and Rebecca Riley.

Touring the US in 2011. Raising funds for RedBird Prison Abolition. Supporting prisoners in Ohio.

This show contains nudity, violence and other sad realities of the US prison system.

Contact info:
Ben Turk at 614 704 4669
insurgent.ben@gmail.com
Digital photos, interview and photo opportunities are available upon request.

www.insurgenttheatre.org/adseg.html
www.redbirdprisonabolition.org/

Facebook Event Page HERE

Friday, August 12, 2011

Stuart's Opera House presents Shovels & Rope at ARTS/West

Stuart's Opera House presents Shovels & Rope at ARTS/West in Athens
Stuart's Opera House is presenting a very special show with South Carolina's Shovels & Rope at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio. The concert takes place Wednesday, August 17th at 8:00pm at ARTS/West, 132 West State Street in Athens, Ohio. Tickets are on sale right now by calling (740) 753-1924 or clicking HERE or, visiting the Stuart’s website at www.stuartsoperahouse.org.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Less is more. Make it work with what you've got. 2 Guitars, a junkyard drum kit (harvested from an actual garbage heap- adorned with tamborines, flowers and kitchen rags), a handful of harmonicas, voices, and above all.. songs. Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent prefer to keep it simple. They have cleverly managed to take 3 separate recording projects and combine them into 1 cohesive, folk rock, sloppy tonk, harmonized, loose but tight, streamlined audience killing machine. Michael Trent (Texas/Colorado) has just released his second solo album entitled "The Winner", and Cary Ann Hearst (Mississippi/Tennessee) is about to release her second record "Lions & Lambs". Together hey have one duo release "Shovels & Rope" which was came out in 2008 and are currently working on the follow up "Shovels & Rope V.2" in their house, van, and backyard. At the shows, expect to hear a little something from any or all of these releases - while the duo switch instruments and share lead vocal duties. Also prepare to rethink your definition of a live rock band.

Stuart’s Opera House presents Shovels & Rope at ARTS/West (132 West State Street in Athens, Ohio) on Wednesday, August 17th at 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale now! General admission tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information and tickets call (740) 753-1924 or visit the website at www.stuartsoperahouse.org.




Monday, August 08, 2011

W.R. Smiddie: Memorial Celebration


On Sunday, August 21st from 1-3 PM at ARTS/West there will be an open Memorial Celebration for our dear friend W. R. Smiddie. The memorial will feature: remembrances, music, pottery, and theater. An open mic will be available at some point.

Participants who own a piece of his pottery are encouraged to bring it and place it with others on the apron of the stage.

Following the the tradition of play readings at his home, the family asks that as possible you please bring a dessert or appetizer to share at the reception that will follow in the basement area.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Survey Time 2011!

Thanks to your responses to our 2010 survey we have increased our arts education activities.

2010- 2 performing arts based camps
2011- 3 performing arts based camps
1 literary writing camp

This is a small example of how we listened, we also launched an arts education partnership with Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, joined the Athens County Arts Consortium in support of the development and support of the creative economy of Athens, and continued and strengthened our arts advocacy efforts.

You can make a difference! As always, we are open to your suggestion throughout the year but hope you will take 2 minutes to help us with our 2011 survey found HERE


APE Center presents, 7/30/11, 2:00pm

Dear Athens Community,

Your invited to APE Center's annual student written theatrical event. Join us at ARTS/West Saturday, July 30th at 2pm for a short display of creative genius! For one week students create unique characters, write scripts, design and construct sets, make costumes and throw their whole selves into the production of a short play. Come support their diligence and vibrancy and be entertained!

The performance is free so bring the whole family!

Thanks,

Chelsea Goettge

Monday, July 18, 2011

What's Next

We have had a very busy summer- so far! We hope you have been enjoying it as much as we have. The Stephen's Literacy Center wrapped up their week long literacy camp, Kids Ink! last Friday with a beautiful reading presented by the campers. Three camps down, one to go! The Appalachian Progressive Education Center takes the stage on July 24th for their week-long theater and art camp.

Thank you to our volunteers who helped to create the 22nd quilt block for the Athens County Quilt trail this weekend at Boogie on the Bricks. And, big thank you to the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Dairy Barn for making it possible. If you missed your chance to see the quilt block, do not fret, location will be announced soon!

We will be spending our "free" week cleaning, weeding and straightening up. If you need some volunteer hours please contact artswestathens at gmail dot com. I'm sure we could use the help.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

OVST Youth Theater presents AMY'S ATTIC

A free demonstration performance for family and friends of OVST's Youth Summer Theater production of Amy’s Attic is Friday, July 8th at 11am at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St.

Amy Anderson discovers her Grandfather’s magic trunk in the attic. When she falls asleep her dreams take her on an unforgettable adventure with Coco, a mute clown, into the circus world. She finds and rescues an array of circus performers suspended in time. They were banished by the curse of Ivan the Madman, evil nemesis of her Grandfather. Amy takes the performers back into the safe haven of her attic so they may again perform the Greatest Show on Earth.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

OVST Presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Ohio Valley Summer Theater presents To Kill a Mocking Bird 6/23-7/2 at 8:00 pm

Buy Tickets HERE

Rex McGraw, retired professor, experienced actor and director, will return to the OVST stage to direct To Kill a Mockingbird. McGraw has directed eleven productions for OVST. After years of teaching, McGraw moved to Athens in 1969 where he taught acting and directing and eventually became head of the Professional Graduate Directing Program.

Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, TKAM follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he didn't commit.
Cast:
Jean Louise Finch- Harolyn Brient
Scout – Rachel Weekley
Jem – Ike Riesbeck
Atticus – Aaron Deuschle
Calpurnia – Patricia Thomas
Maudie Atkinson – Ginny Puhl
Stephanie Crawford – Karen Chan
Mrs. Dubose – Ruth Borovicka
Nathan Radley/Arthur "Boo" Radley – Sam Crowl, Jr.
Dill – Aidan Crowl
Heck Tate – Matthew Van Slyke
Judge Taylor – Norm Cohn
Reverend Sykes – Sheldon Andrus
Mayella Ewell – Marlo Marie Tinkham
Bob Ewell – James Euto
Walter Cunningham – Andy Haftkowycz
Mr. Gilmer – Joe Balding
Tom Robinson – Phillip Johnson
Helen Robinson – Kristy Evans

Monday, June 20, 2011

Calling Athens Area Performing Artists to participate in Boogie on the Bricks July 16, 2011

Athens is a town where people always feel free to express themselves, and the 2011 Boogie on the Bricks will be celebrating that creative spirit! We are seeking artists to participate in the following new events: Hey Look, It's a Piano! Street Performers, Paint a Giant Quilt Square

Feeling like sharing a little of your creative spirit with everyone during Boogie on the Bricks? In 2011, we're adding several new ways in which festival-goers can express themselves and share their talents with the crowd.

Hey Look, It's a Piano!
People are naturally drawn to a piano, especially when someone is playing! This year we're pitching a 10×10 piano tent right on Court Street and asking local players to join in the acoustic fun by sharing 15 minutes of their time playing. Individuals or small groups may perform, and limited seating will be provided under the tent. You may bring any other acoustic instrument you like, including harmonicas, guitars, violins, bongos, spoons, washboard, dulcimer, trumpet, saxophone......well, you get the picture. All ages are encouraged to participate in their 15 minutes of fame!
CLICK HERE to sign up to play


Street Performers - The Boogie Buskers
Boogie on the Bricks is looking for our first-ever cadre' of buskers! Magicians, jugglers, mimes, clowns, stilt-walkers, balloon artists, living statues, impersonators, and other fun characters who love to entertain the crowd! No fire, please.....

For more information on joining the inaugural class of the Boogie Buskers, please email us at boogieonthebricks at gmail dot com.

Paint A Giant Quilt Square
During Boogie on the Bricks, festival-goers will have a chance to paint part of a giant quilt square that will become part of the Athens County Quilt Barn Trail. The Dairy Barn Arts Center, in celebration of their biennial Quilt National Exhibition, will provide the wooden square as a blank slate, along with lots of paint. During the festival, you can paint anything you like on the square! After the festival, the outline of a traditional quilt pattern will be painted over the top of the public artwork, and and the square will be mounted in a prominent location to be announced soon!

For more information and to sign up please go to the Boogie on the Bricks website: www.boogieonthebricks.com

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Athens Rock Camp for Girls

Athens Rock camp for Girls and ARTS/West invites you to attend a public concert on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5 and donations will be accepted.

30 girls ages 11-18 and their instructors have been meeting at ARTS/West for a week to learn to rock, form a band, and put together a show! You are invited to join them in their first ever rock show!

Please welcome to the world for their debut
performances: MISSUNDERSTOOD, THE FISTS, THE OUTER CENTER, REJECTED SOULS, ANAKLUSMOS, CAUGHT RED HANDED, TRANSVESTITES WITH SCISSORS...AND OREGANO

Instructors: CINDY CRABB | Singer + guitarist in local punk band Snarlas. Author of zine, Doris; CATY CRABB | Singer for local band Snarlas. Local Herbalist; SUSAN MUSSER | Organist, guitarist, singer + drummer for local bands Wheels on Fire, The B-Side. Freelance editor and writing tutor; TESSA EVANOSKY | Guitarist + drummer in local bands Snarlas, B-Side; MAURE
EN NEER | Guitarist + singer for local band Octopus and Owl; CAIT NOLAN | Has a BFA in Printmaking and a BS in Art Education and is the drummer for The Bummers; DANDELION DUFF | Guitarist + singer for The Bummers and Style Star. Studying Psychology of Poverty and Documentary Film at OU; MADELINE FFITCH | Member if the experimental theater company, The Missoula Oblongata; DIEDRA BARLOW | from NY Band JUST and has taught at Columbus Girls Women Rock Camp.

The Athens Rock Camp for Girls builds self esteem through music creation and performance. By providing workshops and technical training, we create leadership opportunities, cultivate a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourage social change and the development of life skills.
Through community support and monetary donations, we are
committed to keeping Athens, Ohio Rock Camp for Girls as low cost as possible to enable participation for individuals from all economic backgrounds.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Saying Goodbye


Today we say goodbye to the Ohio University and Athens area high school graduates.

We are especially proud of ARTS/West team members Drew O'Bryan and Jess Craine! Drew has been a work study student here for over two years. A lot has changed but not our appreciation for all of your hard work and the gift you've given us, Judy the ARTS/West cat! Break a leg in NYC, kid. Jess has been with us a year and has grown into quite the producer and arts advocate. She had the opportunity to try a little of everything here from Creative Endeavors Workshop, Americans for the Arts Coordination, and the never ending filing. You will both be missed.

The OU School of Theater students have been so good to us here at ARTS/West we are sorry to see a lot of you go but, we expect great things! Thank you for your hard work, volunteer days, getting us out of jams, fixing our equipment and building our sets.
Please say you've given a good report to the incoming students!

Judy Smugly says, "I'd wish you luck but I know you don't need it."

Monday, June 06, 2011

SATB Choir Concert- 6.7.11

SATB Choir in association with ARTS/West presents:

"If music be the food of Love...", A concert of personal favorites. Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 7:30pm

The mission of SATB is to create powerful and inspiring music in partner with social justice organizations to bring support and awareness to their cause. We sing dynamic choral music from around the world that celebrates diversity and humanity.

Our concert will also feature the Sisters of Salaam.

Tickets: $10.00 individual, $15.00 family. (Proceeds from the concert will benefit ARTS/West.)