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.
ATTENTION: AS OF 3/16/2020 THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ADJUSTMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS - in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the recommendations made by the CDC and the State of Ohio, and the response of the City of Athens, it became necessary for Arts West to close its doors for the time being. Changes are notated below.

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.  3/16/2020 UPDATE: Arts West is not able to host this program until the schools have re-opened. Organizers are currently planning the next action steps to continue providing support for the students in different ways. For more info please email: prismyouthart@gmail.com; or visit: Prism LGBTQ Youth Art Program 

Sunday, March 1, 4-7pm: Athens Noise Show / installment two. Three hours of sounds, drones, noises, notes, music and other weird stuff, with performances by Weedghost, Dinner of Swords, David Colagiovanni, Robert McClure, Noise_MF, and more. $5 suggested donation / bring some food to share. Presented by the Municipal Endowment for the Sonic Arts and Aquabear Legion. More info @ Athens Noise Show / installment two

Now thru March 25 (TO BE EXTENDED - new date TBA): Cat Art Show Call for Art. 3rd Annual Cat Art Show & Traveling Exhibit! 3/16/2020 UPDATE---In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and resulting temporary closure of Arts West--- 
The 3rd Annual Cat Art Show was originally scheduled to be on display at Arts West in April and at Casa Nueva in May. However, the exhibit will instead become a virtual show with works photographed and displayed online. More info coming soon! We can no longer accept art pieces at Arts West. Those who have already brought art to Arts West will be contacted.  The hope is to do a virtual Cat Art Show "opening" on May 5th, as an online Cinco de Meow Fundraiser for the Athens Humane Society. Updates will be posted to our Facebook page once the re-vamped event is created. Any members of the Athens, Ohio, community and beyond who want to share their cat themed works including painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, graphic design work and photography may submit up to four pieces. 

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. The leader will play, call chords and help new players follow along. 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, March 6, 5-7pm: Art Reception for Savannah Freeman's, "Outside", & Hannah Sickles' "The Everyday".  An evening of original hand-made artworks by Savannah Freeman of Moonville Print Shop and Hannah Sickles of Saturday Darlings Studio. The double opening will also feature food, drinks, and live piano from Metra Peterson with vocals from Chelsa Peterson Morahan. Meet the artists and purchase some beautiful art! The show will be on display from March 2nd-26th. Admission for the opening reception is FREE. More Info @ Art Reception: Savannah Freeman & Hannah Sickles

Sunday, March 8, 2-4:30pm: 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 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! This month, the workshop will be focused on individual movement education and structured play with others! Fee: $20. Please register by emailing marciaicuster@gmail.com. More Info @ Athens Workshop: OPEN Movement + Play

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: CANCELLED- Third Thursday Square Dance Social and JamCaller Joe Burdock and band the Possum Queens 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 & a beverage of choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing 7-9pm. $6 Suggested Donation. More info @ Square Dance Social and Jam

Friday, March 20, 8-10:45pm: CANCELLED- 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!  $5-$10 Suggested Donation. This is the last Drum Circle Jam for this particular series. More info @ Grand Finale Drum Jam at Arts West

Saturday, March 21, 7pm: CANCELLED-NEW DATE TBA- Amethystone - Album Release Party & Charity Art Auction. It's an Amethystone album realease celebration for “The Alchemist.” Featuring special guest DJ and Emcee, B-Funk Brandon Thompson. Come out and hear "The Alchemist" performed in its entirety. Local Artists Chris Monday, Kasey Jones, and the Passion Works Crew will be on hand creating original works of art, including a collaborative piece with which all can participate, to be auctioned off to benefit Stuart's Opera House, Live Healthy Appalachia, and Passion Works. Free Admission! All Ages Welcome. More Info @ Amethystone - Album Release Party & Charity Art Auction

Thursday-Saturday, March 26-28: POSTPONED- New Dates TBA- The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange. A Benefit for Arts West!    For over a decade the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange has brought countless Athenians the joy of “new” clothes in a fun and community minded way. Clothing and other wearable items can be dropped off at Arts West during regular office hours of 11am-6pm, Mon-Fri (or please call for additional drop-off times when we're open later for classes and events).
---NOTE: CLOTHING DONATIONS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - DONATIONS ALREADY RECEIVED WILL BE STORED AT ARTS WEST UNTIL THE EXCHANGE CAN HAPPEN---
How it Works: 
For a Golden Ticket (for unlimited items) bring unwanted clothes to Arts West on or before the Thursday (Members Night) of the exchange; pay exchange entry only once (either $15 Fri, or $10 Sat); and return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee. 
For a Regular Ticket (take as many items as you brought, additional items $1 each), bring clothes on exchange days, pay entry only once ($15 Fri, or $10 Sat), and return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee. 
For Members Night: Thursday is open to all current or new Arts West members, with no entry fee. Sign up for membership will be available. (Members who attend members night can return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee). 
Schedule: NEW DATES TBA
Members Night - Thursday,  March 26th 5:30-8:30pm
Exchange Days - Friday, March 27th 5:30-8:30pm & Saturday, March 28th 10am-6pm
To Volunteer please contact Emily Beveridge: ebeveridge@ci.athens.oh.us. We love our volunteers! More infoCat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange  

APRIL 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.  3/16/2020 UPDATE: Arts West is not able to host this program until the schools have re-opened. Organizers are currently planning the next action steps to continue providing support for the students in different ways. For more info please email: prismyouthart@gmail.com; or visit: Prism LGBTQ Youth Art Program 

Thursday, April 2, 6-8pm: CANCELLED-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. The leader will play, call chords and help new players follow along. 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, April 3, 5-7pm: CANCELLED / POSTPONED / IN TRANSITIONCat Art Show Opening Reception. 3rd Annual Cat Art Show & Traveling Exhibit! The art will be on display April 3-25 at Arts West & April 29-May 25 at Casa Nueva. Artists contribute cat themed works in a variety of mediums. Casa Nueva, in partnership with Arts West,  will host a Cinco de Meow (VIRTUAL) Art Reception & Fundraiser for the Athens Humane Society on May 5th, featuring photos of cat art, cat themed music and videos. THIS OPENING IS BEING MADE INTO A VIRTUAL EVENT - MORE INFO COMING SOON

Saturday, April 4, 8pm & Sunday, April 5, 2pm: CANCELLED- The Lost Flamingo Theater Company presents Reefer Madness! A musical that tells the story of Jimmy, a fine, upstanding, all-American boy whose life falls apart because of the evil reefer. Jimmy was a good kid with a bright future and a sweetheart whom he loved. But when Jimmy is tricked into taking his first puff of reefer, his life quickly spirals downward. The show is an irreverent parody of the classic 1930s instructional film full of camp, hilarity, and mayhem. Tickets are $10. More Info @ Reefer Madness

Friday, April 10, 7pm: CANCELLED- Moon Tunnel Graduate Literary Reading Series Finale. Sponsored by Ohio University Dept. of English, this series features the work of Creative Writers from OU's graduate programs. Free Admission. 

Thursday, April 16, 6-9pm: CANCELLED- Third Thursday Square Dance Social and Jam. Caller 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 & a beverage of choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing 7-9pm. $6 Suggested Donation.

Friday, April 17, 7:30pm: CANCELLED- 2020 Jazz Festival Performance.  The Ohio University School of Music presents, OU Jazz Faculty with guest artist Steve Wiest on trombone.  The concert will open with OU Jazz Ensemble II - an OU student big band under the direction of Dr. Sean Parsons. Then the second half will feature small group jazz with Wiest and faculty: Roger Braun (drums),  Sean Parsons (piano), Matt James (saxophone), John Horne (guitar). Free & Open to the public. More Info @ Athens Jazz Festival 

MAY 2020
Friday, May 1, 5-7pm: CANCELLED-Art Opening for Arts West Galleries.  Featuring Maria Freed Grimm’s watercolor paintings upstairs and Rachael Bailey’s portrait works downstairs, the opening reception includes music and refreshments as well. Free.  

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.  3/16/2020 UPDATE: Arts West is not able to host this program until the schools have re-opened. Organizers are currently planning the next action steps to continue providing support for the students in different ways. For more info please email: prismyouthart@gmail.com; or visit: Prism LGBTQ Youth Art Program 

Tuesday, May 5, 5-7pm: NOW ONLINE VIA FACEBOOKCat Art Show Opening Reception. 3rd Annual Cat Art Show & Traveling Exhibit! The art was originally to be on display Arts West for April and at Casa Nueva for May. With the temporary closure of both venues, this had to be changed. Artists will contribute cat themed works in a variety of mediums to an online platform. Casa Nueva, in partnership with Arts West,  will host a Cinco de Meow (VIRTUAL) Art Reception & Fundraiser for the Athens Humane Society on May 5th, featuring photos of cat art, cat themed music and videos. 

Thursday, May 7, 6-8pm: CANCELLED-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. The leader will play, call chords and help new players follow along. 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.

Saturday May 9, 7:30pm, and Sunday, May 10, 4:30pm CANCELLED: Calliope Feminist Choir Spring Concert.  Light reception following each performance. ASL interpreted. More info on Facebook and at calliopefeministchoir.org. Sliding scale tickets available at the Farmacy, from Calliope members and at the door.  
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Friday, May 15, 7-9pm: Athens’ Poet Laureate Meet & Greet CANCELLED: Enjoy a meet and greet event with The City of Athens' new poet laureate, Wendy McVicker. The evening will include a variety of literary readings, music, fun and food! Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. FREE & Open to the public.


Thursday, May 21, 6-9pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social and Jam CANCELLED: Caller 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 & a beverage of choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing 7-9pm. $6 Suggested Donation.



*More events get added all the time so keep checking back*


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