Upcoming Events


Events occur at Arts West unless a different location is indicated. For questions or details call Arts West at 740-592-4315 or email artswestathens@gmail.com.
DECEMBER 2019
Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. December's guest, local musician, Morgan Hager, specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Hager plays fiddle, guitar and banjo. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. More info @ 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam

Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7pm: Art Opening for A Solo Show by Jessica Ashley. A fine artist with an emphasis on landscape and animal acrylic painting, Ashley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2014. Based out of Middleport, Ohio, she has been adding to her already large body of work, creating a bunch of new paintings of all different sizes for this upcoming exhibition. Ashley's work will be featured in both the upstairs and downstairs galleries, and on display December 3rd-January 3rd. Come check it out! Free Admission.
More info @ Jessica Ashley Solo Show   

Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30pm: Stars, Astronomy, & Travel Beyond, an S.A.T.B. Choir Concert. Join us for a musical journey to the stars!  A benefit for the John Glenn Astronomy Park, presented by SATB: a different kind of choir. SATB’s mission is to create powerful and inspiring music in partnerhsip with social justice organizations to bring support and awareness to their causes. The John Glenn Astronomy Park is dedicated to sparking an interest in science, learning, and exploration by sharing the wonders of the sky. Set in the Hocking Hills of rural southeastern Ohio, the park offers one of the few areas in Ohio where the night sky can still be seen in its near pristine state. Suggested Donation: $10 per person / $15 per Family. More Info @ Stars, Astronomy, & Travel Beyond  

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-4pm: 2019 Holiday Craft Swap. Bring your handmade items and swap them out for a cash-free, swapping good time! Participants bring X number of homemade, giftable items and arrange them on tables at Arts West at 2 pm. Once the swap begins, everyone roams around, taking the same number of items that they brought themselves. Items of lesser value can be bundled (to balance out with more labor or resource intensive items). The swap is run with a spirit of fair trading and community celebration, and it provides a great way to share your talents and wares!  It's also a holiday celebration, so feel free to bring snacks or cookies to share. It's helpful to respond on Facebook if you plan to attend, but not required. More Info @ 2019 Holiday Craft Swap  

Sunday, Dec. 8, 6pm: Essentially Athens Book Launch. Join the writers, and fine artists for an evening of merriment, readings, discussions, and book signing. Over one hundred poets, essayists, storytellers, songwriters and fine artists have come together in this very special collection celebrating all that is the heart and hearth of Athens, Ohio. The work is raw, honest and steeped in all things Athens; from the foothills to the stadium, from uptown  to throughout the county. Books will be for sale, for cash or check only. Admission is FREE. More Info @ Essentially Athens Ohio Book Launch 

Friday, Dec. 13, 6pm: Music Student Holiday Concert. Join Liz Shaw and her music students, ages 5-18, for a holiday concert. Holiday tunes will be performed on piano, violin, guitar, banjo, and ukulele. Doors open at 5:30 pm and a reception follows the concert. Donations for Arts West will be accepted. 

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. Photographs can be taken with traditional, digital and smart device methods. Any photographic method is welcome! Chosen photos (30-35 pieces) will be in the For the Love of Athens Exhibit in the Arts West upstairs and downstairs galleries for the month of February, 2020. More Info & Submission Guidelines @ For the Love of Athens 2020  

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4pm: Ukulele for the Holidays! Everyone can be a ukulele player! This workshop will focus on tuning, strum patterns, and chords, and participants will learn a few easy holiday tunes with Laura Nadeau.  Ages 8 and up! More Info @ Ukulele for the Holidays! 

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. 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 as well as any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. $5-$10 Suggested Donation. More Info @ Winter Solstice Drum Jam

JANUARY 2020
Now thru Friday, Jan. 10, at 6pm: 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

Now thru Friday, Jan. 31, 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

Thursday, Jan. 2, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. January's guest, local musician, Joe Burdock, plays fiddle, banjo and guitar and specializes in Kentucky fiddle tunes. Burdock teaches music lessons in the Athens, Ohio area, and has been known to call the occassional square dance. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. More info @ 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. Please Note: String Jams now also occur on 3rd Thursdays prior to square dances, 6-7pm.

Mondays, Jan. 6 – May 18 (when ACSD is in session), 3-5:30pm: PRISM LGBTQ Youth Arts Program. PRISM is an after-school arts program that creates a safer space for LGBTQA+ youth to be, explore and express who they are. FREE.  

Monday - Thursday, starting Jan. 6, 3:45-5:15pm: Afternoon Arts Classes for Kids
Offered in 8-9 week sessions. Students in grades K-5 will experience arts instruction in a variety of disciplines. Registration/info links for Winter 2020 Unit
Mondays - Geek Arts: January 6 - March 2
Tuesdays - Micro Art!: January 7 - March 3
​Wednesdays - Puppet Design: January 8 - March 4
Thursdays - Enormous Art!: January 9 - March 5
More info at: Arts West Afternoon Arts Classes
Additional Questions please contact Emily Beveridge at 740-592-4315 or ebeveridge@ci.athens.oh.us

Thursday, Jan. 9, 6pm: Athens West Side Community Association Meeting. The Athens West Side Community Association meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in the Arts West performance space at 6pm. All West-Siders are encouraged to attend. Students are welcome - it's your community too. For more info or to join the email list please contact: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 andasuqi@gmail.com 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

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. 

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

​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 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 marciaicuster@gmail.com. More info @ Workshop: OPEN Moverment in Athens 

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. Join us for an evening of music and entertainment to raise money 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 has plans to plant another thousand in March. 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 peice 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 includes food, drinks and live music! Admission is Free. More info @ Art Reception: Charlie Touvell & Wendy Minor Viny 

FEBRUARY 2020
Mondays, Jan. 6 – May 18 (when ACSD is in session), 3-5:30pm: PRISM LGBTQ Youth Arts Program. PRISM is an after-school arts program that creates a safer space for LGBTQA+ youth to be, explore and express who they are. FREE.  

Saturday, Feb. 1, 1-3pm: Community Workshop for Mt. Zion Preservation Project. The first in a series of 2020 events supporting the preservation of this historic landmark. The Mt. Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society is working with the Citizens' Institute for Rural Design to advance their mission of saving this historic building and planning its future as a hub for racial equity within this region's cultural, social, and economic landscapes. Toward that goal, the Society is hosting a series of workshops to invite community participation in the planning process. 

Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. Please Note: String Jams now also occur on 3rd Thursdays prior to Square Dances, 6-7pm.

Friday, Feb. 7, 7pm: Moon Tunnel Graduate Literary Reading Series. Sponsored by Ohio University Dept. of English, this series features the work of Creative Writers from OU's graduate programs. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2019-20 academic year. Free Admission. 

Friday, Feb. 7, 5-7pm: "For the Love of Athens" Photo Exhibit Opening Reception. An annual photo show at Arts West for selected photos of people, places or things in Athens County. Submitted photos were taken with traditional, digital or smart devices. Chosen photographs will be on display in the Arts West galleries Feb 6 - 26, and runners up will be featured in a slide show at the reception. The opening will also include awards, music and refreshments. Free admission. 

Thursday, Feb. 13, 6pm: Athens West Side Community Association Meeting. The Athens West Side Community Association meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in the Arts West performance space at 6pm. All West-Siders are encouraged to attend. Students are welcome - it's your community too. For more info or to join the email list please contact:athensWCA@gmail.com. 

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-9pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social and JamCaller Joe Burdock and award winning band Big Possum, from WV, 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. 

Friday, Feb. 21, 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. 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. If you've never played an instrument, feel free to borrow one and participate in the sound! 3rd Fridays, Sept-March. $5-$10 Suggested Donation. 

MARCH 2020
Mondays, Jan. 6 – May 18 (when ACSD is in session), 3-5:30pm: PRISM LGBTQ Youth Arts Program. PRISM is an after-school arts program that creates a safer space for LGBTQA+ youth to be, explore and express who they are. FREE.  

Thursday, March 5, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. March's guest is local musician, Morgan Hager. She plays fiddle, guitar and banjo and specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. 

Friday, March 6, 5-7pm: Art Opening Reception. Artist to be announced. Music and Refreshments. Free Admission.

Thursday, March 12, 6pm: Athens West Side Community Association Meeting. The Athens West Side Community Association meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in the Arts West performance space at 6pm. All West-Siders are encouraged to attend. Students are welcome - it's your community too. For more info or to join the email list please contact:athensWCA@gmail.com. 

Thursday, March 19, 6-9pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social and JamCaller Joe Burdock and musicians to be announced 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. 

Friday, March 20, 8-10:45pm: Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming & dancing, open to all levels & ages. The circle is not limited to drums. 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. If you've never played an instrument, feel free to borrow one and participate in the sound! 3rd Fridays, Sept-March. $5-$10 Suggested Donation. Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange
A Benefit for Arts West! 


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