Monday, August 20, 2007

Teen Theater Auditions

Announcing open auditions on Saturday August 25th, 1:00 PM at ARTS/West for the production of
Sarah Guthrie’s Teen Theater Workshop.
The workshop will be rehearsing and presenting two one-act plays for women, "The Audition is Over" by John Kirkpatrick and "Just a Joke" by Michael Scanlon on October 12 and 13, 2007. Being a teen workshop, the plays will be cast with women ages 13-19 in roles from age 15 to 40.

More details will be available at the August 25th audition, which will take place at 1:00 PM at ARTS/West, 132 West State Street in Athens. Ms. Guthrie asks all participants to prepare a short, un-memorized poem or monologue to perform. Please be prepared to stay until at least 3:00 PM. Some actresses may be asked to stay until 4:00 PM for further assessment, so please plan accordingly. The director and coordinator of the Teen Theater Workshop is Sarah Guthrie, teacher and former Athens Middle School drama coordinator. Workshop rehearsals will be Wednesdays from 7-9:00 PM and Saturdays from 1-3:00 PM. See you there!

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Strike: The Musical

BOA Community Conversation tonight at 6:30 PM, come on out if you are involved in Business, art, the business of art, oh, that's everyone you say? See you there!

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Letter to our people

August 9, 2007

To the community:

ARTS/West would like to express its deepest appreciation to O’Betty’s Red Hot! and all of the contestants who participated in the 5th Annual Hot Dog Derby. This year’s derby was a fundraiser for ARTS/West and one of the most successful we have seen!

Thank you to Bob, Corrie, Ryan and the entire O’Betty’s Staff. Thank you to Casa Nueva! And especially we wish to thank the biggest fundraiser for the event Kevin Smith of the Oak Room. Mr. Smith raised over $1,000.00 towards our organization and we are deeply grateful! We should also note that Mr. Smith ate an impressive 17 hot dogs!! Kevin Smith was joined in his efforts by Kari Smith, eating for the Union who raised over $600.00, as well as: Jamie O’Nail of Snider Fuller Porter; Johnny Clift of The Makebelieves and Jackie’Os; Ben Frech of the OU Library; and Matt Hull of the Athens Fire Dept./Youth Hockey, Don Kincaid, formerAthens County champ; Eric Hedin of the Athens Do It Yourself Shop, and The Denim Demon. The Community has truly spoken for the arts in Athens and we look forward to serving individual artists, art groups, theaters, etc for many more years to come.

ARTS/West is supported by: The City of Athens: Arts, Parks and Recreation Department, The Athens Municipal Arts Commission, and The Ohio Arts Council. ARTS/West also receives support from: The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Athens Foundation, O’Bleness Foundation, The Hocking Valley Bank, and Olympian Founders.

Thank you again.

Warm regards:

Emily Prince, Director
Tamara Young, Events Coordinator
The entire staff and the padawans.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Hot dogs and art

Be sure to come out to the Casa Nueva and enjoy O'Betty's Redhot!! 5th Annual Hot dog eating contest and fundraisor for ARTS/West!
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On August 14, 2007 at 6:30 PM: The Business of Art Community Conversation.

In collaboration, Hocking College, Ohio Arts Council, and Ohio Designer Craftsmen are presenting a two-day Business of Art workshop at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio on October 20 and October 21, 2007. The workshop sponsors are planning much more than just a workshop.

Throughout the spring and summer of 2007, sponsors and other collaborators including Ohio University’s Voinovich Center, ACE net and the Ohio River Border Initiative are conducting a series of community conversations to help create the workshop. Collaborators are inviting artists and craftspeople across Appalachian Ohio and western West Virginia to share their experience and ideas with the workshop planners.

The goal of the community conversations and the October workshop is to strengthen the ability of artists and craftspeople to respond to their business challenges by helping them build viable support networks that link them to fellow artists, to local business communities and to new marketing and financial resources. The community conversations, hosted by local arts organizations around the region, are the first step in this process.

If you are an artist or craftsperson and want to learn from other arts business people, start with the community conversation in your area and get involved in the Business of Art workshop in October.

ARTS/West invites you to attend our Business of Art Community Conversation on August 14, 2007 at 6:30 PM at 132 West State Street, Athens, OH.

The Community Conversations are designed to help participants connect with other arts business people in your area and identify local businesses and organizations that can support your work.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

I can't believe it is August!

Sorry I've been slacking!!!

Here is the news: We welcome Tamara Young Winters and Linda Lane to our team! Tamara joins us from the Ensemble Theater in Cincinnati and we will use her expertise to the fullest as she is our new events coordinator/development director!! Linda is a proud mother of two, OVST board member and community volunteer who will join us as our work study continuing through the fall.

Here is the best news: ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts has received two grants from the Ohio Arts Council: an “Artist in Residence Sponsor” grant in support of and Artist in Residence program, and “Sustainability” for operational support.

All of the granted activities will take place at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street throughout 2007 and into 2008. ARTS/West looks forward to an exciting fall which will feature special events and performances by: the Appalachian Regional Theater Company, Tripsichore Yogo Theatre, The Ohio Valley Summer Theater; the 2nd Annual Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival, 3rd Annual ART/Oberfest: community arts festival; classes and workshops like: Homeschool Art Class, Readers’ Theater for Seniors, Music Together ® in Athens, once monthly Front and Center, an open stage and music workshop for young people, etc.

And coming-up this month 1st thing: You are invited to the Athens Photographic Project’s group exhibition, Four Portfolios. The Athens Photographic Project is a non-profit program offering recovery support to individuals with severe mental illness by providing the tools of photography and self-expression within an encouraging environment. The Project’s goal is to empower members in their re-discovery of identity, confidence and hope. Photographic exhibitions recognize members as artists and as leaders in the advocacy on mental illness. This service is made possible through generous financial and resource contributions from the community; the 317 Mental Health Board of Athens, Hocking and Vinton Counties; the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio University.

If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can become involved with the Project, please contact:
Nate Thomson
Project Director
The Athens Photographic Project
(740) 277-8796
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