Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Clarification on Incubation

Hey kids! As you can see, ARTS/West is currently incubating two groups, the Appalachian Progressive Education Center and the Aquabear Legion.

What is incubation and how can I get in on it, you say? Well, ARTS/West defines incubation as:

Incubation: touring companies/bands/activities that would work with ARTS/West as a home base and perform at other locations in the community (schools, churches, the Community Center, Public Performance Arts sites, etc.). Some of these activities could result from classes/workshops while others could be designed from the very conception with touring as their specific purpose.

Project must have community members targeted as its primary audience and must include community members as performers/participants.

What ARTS/West offers: Office space at $60.00 per month
Reduced rate rehearsal spaces
Reduced workshop rate in Performance space
Administrative Assistance

Incubated groups help maintain ARTS/West equipment when appropriate and experience levels allow in exchange for office rental fee.

Incubated groups maintain artistic identity as well as independent 501 (c) 3 non-profit status, board, administrative and financial independence.

What ARTS/West does NOT offer: Financial Assistance

How do we decide who to incubate? Well #1 is the application. Any group or individual who follows our guiding principal is eligible to apply: The Golden Principle - to be included in the first priority it must be a performance project that must have community members targeted as its primary audience and must include community members as performers/participants.

Other criteria:
- Appropriateness to the facility, community
- Fair balance of opportunity for those who merit support
- Fair balance of viewpoints (esthetic and social values)
- Diversity of cultural opportunity
- Opportunity for support of emerging groups/projects
- Suitability to the facility (only reason to favor one ‘art’/performance project/area over others)

Also taken into consideration:
- Priorities for use prime weekend evenings vs. weekday & Sunday evenings
- Priorities for use at different times of day (school, after-school, evening, late-night)
- staffing performances (technical, house mgt, tickets, custodial)
- earned income factors

Please contact us in the ARTS/West office and find out how you, too, can get involved!

Monday, January 28, 2008


So, it is the time of the month when I blast you with what's happening! So, take your time, take it all in, can you even believe how awesome Athens is? No, neither can I.

Feb. 2: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM- Alexander High School Jazz Ensemble 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hip Pocket. Athens Jazz and Blues Festival (we are one of several venues, check out http://www.athensohio.com/jazzfest/ for a complete list, prices and to purchase tickets)

Feb. 3: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, II Juicy at 1:00, OU Jazz Ensemble at 2:00, Alexander High School Jazz Ensemble at 2:45, R&B Station at 3:30. Athens Jazz and Blues Festival (we are one of several venues, check out http://www.athensohio.com/jazzfest/ for a complete list, prices and to purchase tickets)

Feb. 28-29: 8:00 PM- The Corporation for the Performing Arts presents the World Premiere of a new play by New York playwright, Tony DiMurro, Bergin Pines at ARTS/West. Bergin Pines features OU Faculty Shelley Delaney last seen in Betty’s Summer Vacation! Show times are February 28-29 at 8:00 PM, Tickets are $20 for adults in advance, $25 at the door and $12 for seniors and students. Proceeds to benefit operational expenses of ARTS/West and to set-up a scholarship fund for performing arts classes for area youth. Tickets available by calling (740) 592-4351. Bergin Pines contains adult themes and is not suitable for young children.

March 1: 4:00-9:00 PM- 2nd Annual Aquabear County Fair, ARTS/West and later on at the Casa Cantina. Machine Go Boom (Cleveland), Casual Future, Adam Torres, Silo Circuit, Paper Machetes Weedghost/Dinner of Swords, Kid Panda Hands (reunion)

March 8- 6:00 PM- Project Reuse Industries Fashion Show. Now in its second year, Project ReUse is a sustainable fashion fundraiser for ReUse Industries. This year's Project ReUse is set to take place at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio on March 8, 2008. Project Runway's Angela Keslar will be making a special guest appearance as a judge! The show starts at 6 pm sharp! An after-party will take place at Casa Cantina. Local bands Casual Future, Silo Circuit and Russenorsk will be playing. http://www.myspace.com/projectreuse


September 29- October 4- Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival. New plays from the Appalachian region.

Last Sunday of the month 6:00 PM-9:00 PM- Experimental-improv music and pot luck dinner. www.myspace.com/artwestnoiseshow

Third Saturday Jan.-May 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Front and Center- Music program and open stage for kids

Want to support Ohio Artists? Check out the Art of Ohio website: http://www.artofohio.com/

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

Hey and what about the Union Hall Theater! Check this out:
April 12th show with Rj Cowdery(http://www.myspace.com/rjcowdery) and Avalon Nine(http://www.myspace.com/avalonnine). "Acoustic Folk / Rock / Americana Featuring 2007 Mountain Stage New Song Winner RjCowdery".

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What? ARTS/West on Facebook?

That's right everyone!  ARTS/West is now on facebook.  So, if you have a facebook, I think it would be a wonderful idea if you added us.  Our name is listed as Arts West.  I'm looking forward to all the friend requests!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Art, art, more art-classes

Say, there is still time to register for winter classes-most instructors have extended their registrations to include next week.

And if you don't see what you like at ARTS/West-really, how could you not?- but if you don't check out our good friends at Village Productions and Factory Street Dance Studio!

You can download Factory Streets Winter schedule here: http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/2/14/774907/Winter_Spring_Schedule_2008.doc

You can download Village Productions Winter Schedule here:

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Winter Classes-more info

Happy New Year! Read this it will pay off!
Acting, Music, Yoga, art, etc.

ARTS/West offers space to a myriad of groups in Athens with a diverse offering of classes for all ages. Most groups have their own registration and you can follow the links to their web sites or contact information.
Here is a taste:

Story of their Life 10-week class for Middle School aged students.
When: Thursdays, January 10-March 13
Time: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Fee: $45.00- call or email ARTS/West office to register,
artswest@ci.athens.oh.us, (740) 592-4315.
What: Story of their Life 10-week class for Middle School aged students.
Synopsis: Students go through their life and identify six meaningful/important moments to them. Students will write a play and perform the play based on one moment of their choosing.
Objective: Students will learn how to work together, basic crafting in acting and how to write with specificity. Each student will have authored his or her own five to ten minute play, directed and performed by the students.
Instructor: Kate Scholl is an MFA graduate from the Ohio University Professional Actor Training Program. She has worked professional as an actor in New York and California. She is also certified by the State of Ohio Department of Education to teach drama/theater for grades P-12.

Teen Theater Workshop: acting class.
When: Saturdays, January 5-March 15
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $60 Email Sarah Guthrie at
damfarmgirl@gmail.com with your interest, the class needs 8 students to go, it will close at 15 students. Tuition is due at the first class, payable to Sarah Guthrie.
What: This class is open to teens and will be taught by a student from the Ohio University School of Theater.
Instructor: Kate Mussey: Currently a junior in the BFA Performance Theatre program at Ohio University. She has been apart of numerous plays and musicals including: The Adding Machine, Seussical, Godspell and also several grad student films seen around the Athens campus. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is the third child of six and has been a part of the theatre community since she was thirteen years old - starting out at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre in the downtown area. Kate hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Education after finishing her undergraduate studies in June 2009. Kate looks forward to working with everyone and hopes to bring performance techniques (voice and movement) along with script work and improv to the upcoming class.

Our Classes
Thank you so much for your interest in registering for the Winter Session of Music Together® in Athens! Ten weekly classes are scheduled to start on Saturday, January 12 and Wednesday January 16, 2008.

Here is what you can expect:
Ten, 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers regardless of their own musical ability. Tape, CD, and Songbook are included!

Class times are:
9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

4:30 pm - 5:15

Arts/West - Studio, Room 1
Basement Level
Athens, Ohio
Monday . ..... . 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Flow 1-3)
Tuesday . .... . 9:00 - 10:30 am (Flow 1/2)
Wednesday . . . 6:00pm - 8:00 pm (Partners)
Thursday . . . . . 9:00 - 10:30 am (Flow 1/2)
Friday . . . . . . . 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Flow 1-3)

$12 - Drop In
$65 - 6 class pass*
$100 - 10 class pass *
$275 - unlimited classes for schedule term

MODERN DANCE CLASS: This is for the person who wants to move. The class will integrate exercises building strength, flexibility and explore your creative voice.

Time(s): 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Mondays
Place: at ARTS/West in Athens
Fee: $7.00 per class, or $60.00 in full
Age: 15 through adult
Instructor: Jennifer Rusynyk
Questions: Call Jen 740-504-2686

KNITTING SCARFS TO SWEATERS: Join a class that will be exciting whether or not you are making your first scarf or first sweater. Valerie will work with you on your project. Valerie is a gifted hand worker who will guide you through your knitting project.
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays January 9- March 12
Place: at ARTS/West in Athens
Fee: $6.oo per class or $50.00 in full
Age: all levels welcome
Instructor: Valerie Fox
Questions: Call Valerie 740-664-3543

Ron Luce may also be offering painting classes this quarter-check back for a confirmation on that.