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.

April 2019
Mondays, Jan. 7 – May 20, 2019 (when ACSD is in session), 3-5:30pm: The 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, April 4, 5:30-8:30pm: Sarah Brown's 1,529 Paper Fish and
Lisa Quine's Lettering & Design Art Openings with Downstairs Gallery Debut!
Main Gallery: Questionable Press presents 1,529 Paper Fish, by Sarah Brown. Artist and printer Sarah Brown, of Questionable Press will display 1,529 paper fish sculptures.
Downstairs Gallery: Lisa Quine's Lettering and Design. Artist, designer and muralist, Lisa Quine will display hand-lettered artworks. The shows will be on display through April 24. FREE Admission.

Sunday, April 7, 6:30-9pm: April Contra Dance. Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed. Live music with Kim Thompson calling.  All dances will be taught! Suggested Donation $10, $3 for students, 10 & under free.  Beginners Lesson 6:30 p.m. and Dance 7-9 p.m.  

Tuesday, April 9, 5-7pm: Complete Intro to Jazz - an Instrument Workshop (Athens Jazz Fest Event #3). Brought to you by the Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library.This workshop will feature top OU jazz Students and local Ted Harris teaching basic improvisation and playing techniques. Participants may bring an instrument, or borrow one from the Musical Lending Library, which will be open during and after the event. Suggested donation $12-22 with no one turned away for lack of funds. Preregister and pay online at stuartsoperahouse.org, or get your ticket at the door. For more information contact: Tessa Evanosky at artswesttech@gmail.com

Friday, April 12, 7pm: Premiere of the documentary "On The Way", filmed in South Korea. Directed By Arsenii Kibenko.The trans-cultural journey of a Lithuania born actor, director and writer Bo Haeng Sunim, who is now a Zen (Seon) monk in South Korea. The story of struggle, wisdom and searching for home. Locations include Seoul and its surroundings as well as the national treasure of Korea - temple Sudeoksa in Sapgyo-eup snowy mountains.

Sunday, April 14, 1pm: Athens Jazz Festival Event #9 - Mike Tomaro w/OU faculty/Jazz II. Small group jazz featuring guest artist Mike Tomaro with OU Jazz Faculty: Roger Braun (drums), Sean Parsons (piano), Matt James (saxophone), John Horne (guitar), Terry Douds (bass). Jazz Ensemble II, comprised of OU students and directed by Sean Parsons, will open the performance. www.athensjazzfestival.org. FREE Admission - Donations Welcome.

Thursday, April 18, 7-10pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social. Caller Joe Burdock and musicians to be announced will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Includes desserts by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). $6 Suggested Donation. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Dancing 7-10 p.m.. 

Friday, April 19: Drum & Music Jam, 8-11pm. 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. $5-$10 Suggested Donation.

Thursday, April 25, 6-7:30pm: Medicinal Herbs for Home Use. Taught by Caty Crabb, Clinical Herbalist, of Appalachian Ohio Herb Clinic and Wildfire Herbs. It's spring! Students are invited to come and learn about easy-to-grow plants that can help keep them healthy. Caty will cover 10 safe herbs that are effective for many different health problems. Instruction will include how to use each plant, what they do in the body, as well as harvest and preparation. $17-$25 sliding scale. More info at Medicinal Herbs for Home Use

Friday, April 26, 9-11am: CreativeMornings/Athens:INCLUSIVE. “People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar.” Special guest Patty Mitchell will give a presentation titled: Creating Space for Connection, Purpose and Belonging. CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the local creative community with a focus on networking and inspiration. Free. More info at CreativeMornings/Athens

Sunday, April 28, 12-1pm: Healing Tones Blessing. Eric Thunder Crow Schatz and Shalalea Rainstar Grace offer shamanic sound healing through a unique ceremonial  performance. Together, they utilize several musical instruments including the didgeridoo, Chinese gong, and Native flute to invoke healing energy. Sliding scale fee of $10 to $20. More Info at: HealingTones Blessing

Sunday, April 28, 4pm: SATB Choir Concert. A benefit for the Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library and Arts West. All songs will be about musical instruments in some way. Refreshments to follow the performance. The SEO-MML is open to all visitors Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-7pm and those who become members are able to check-out instruments to take home for one month at a time. The musical lending library sponsors musical workshops and works to make the making of music accessible to all. The SATB Choir is a community vocal group dedicated to charitable giving.  SATB’s mission is to create powerful and inspiring music in partnerhship with social justice organizations to bring support and awareness to their causes. Admission by Donation. More Info at: SATB Spring Concert

MAY 2019
Thursday, May 2, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday String Jam. In the parking lot or basement depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a different special guest "leader" each month. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All ages welcome. BYOB with valid ID. Free admission - donations appreciated.

Thursday, May 2, 7pm: 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. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Free Admission.

Friday, May 3, 5-7pm: Double Art Opening, with Jacob Parker & Katie Chandler. Exhibits include Jacob's print making and mix media (main gallery); and Katie Chandler's illustrations (in lower gallery). Plus live music by the Water Witches upstairs and Amy Ambercrombie on piano downstairs. The shows remain on display through May 30. Free Admission. 

Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm & Sunday, May 12, 4:30pm: Calliope Feminist Choir Spring Concert: Come, Stand In That River! Reception following the performances. Tickets available at The Farmacy, Passionworks, from members and at the door. ASL interpreting available. More info at calliopefeministchoir.org and on Facebook. Admission sliding scale $15-$30, limited income $2-10. Amounts over $15/tx are tax-deductible. 

Thursday, May 16, 7-10pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social. Caller Joe Burdock and musicians to be announced will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Includes desserts by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Doors at 6:30 p.m. Dancing 7-10 p.m. $6 Suggested Donation.

Saturday, May 18, 9am-3pm & Sunday, May 19, 9am-1pm:  GentleBirth Workshop.  Two day workshop providing expectant moms and partners with easy to learn brain training techniques including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sports Psychology and Medical Hypnosis along with tools, information and techniques to prepare for the most positive birth possible. Expecting mothers are welcome to bring their partner or whoever will be supporting them during labor and birth, as well as a pillow/yoga mat/etc to be comfortable. The cost is $250 per couple. Includes lunch on Saturday, snacks both days and a 30 day subscription to the GentleBirth app. More Info: Click Here

Sunday, May 26, 2-4pm and 5-7pm at Stuart's Opera House - SEO Musical Workshop Series Presents a Square Dance Calling Workshop followed by a Square Dance. Want to be a Square Dance Caller or just learn a few easy dances to call?  Old time musician and Caller Joe Burdock will teach some basic calls as well as how to call to a live band. All participants will have the opportunity to practice with a group and try calling solo.  Featuring musicians, Matt McElroy and Friends, the workshop will be followed by a square dance in the Stuart's Opera House lobby.  All experience levels welcome. Tickets $12-$22 at Calling Workshop Tickets. More info: Click here

Thursday, May 30, 5:30-8:30pm: Poets & Writers Read Around and Potluck, hosted by Athens’ Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour. Poets, storytellers, musicians – all are welcome to an evening of food, fellowship and spoken word. Bring a story, song or poem, a covered dish and friends! Plates, cups, napkins, etc. provided. Spirits are permitted. Free Admission. More Info: Click Here

JUNE 2019
Monday-Friday, June 3-21: OVST Summer Theatre Camp.  
Session 1: 9am-12pm, Grades 1-6 "Find your inner SUPER HERO". Camp will explore creatively with workshops and the production of an original script by Faith Knutsen. Free performance for family and friends on June 21 at 11am. Cost: $200* (3 weeks, AM)
Session 2: NEW!! Afternoon session, 12-4pm, Grades 1-6. Campers bring brown bag lunch and make, build, sew, decorate crafts for the camp show. Stagecrafts and games for kids whose parents need that full day option.  Cost: $200* (3 weeks, PM)
Session 3: 12-4pm, Grades 7-12, "I Hope I Get It!" Teen Camp focuses on building skills and confidence in theater work. Professional workshops will help campers build their own "company".  A tech track is also available. Free performance for family & friends  June 21 at 2:30pm.  Great camp for students who want to try theater or to polish their skills; all skill levels welcome. Cost: $200* (3 weeks, PM). 
Additional information contact Carol Patterson at ohiovalleysummertheater@gmail.com or 740 541-3728, or visit FB Event *Inquire about scholarship help if needed.

Thursday, June 6. 5:30-8:30pm: Double Art Opening. Main Gallery Features Rachel Garringer’s Country Queers: an ongoing multimedia oral history project, with live music performed by Sam Gleaves. Lower Gallery Features the PRISM: LGBTQA+ Youth Arts Program: showing work that participants have created throughout the year with local artists, the opening also serves as a fundraiser for this vital  program. Exhibits remain on display through June 27. Free Admission & Refreshments. 

Thursday, June 27, 7pm: Athens County Community Singers Patriotic Concert. A choir for all voices present their annual Patriotic concert. Free Admission.




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


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