Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Community Yoga this weekend!

Ignite your spark and let your practice connect you with your inner light. Every class starts with poses to warm the muscles, joints, and ligaments. A moderate flow of standing and seated poses will follow, freeing the body of tension and strengthening the core. Practice ends with restorative poses to calm the mind. Classes are the first Sunday of the month, noon – 1pm and free for ARTS/West members or donation based for non-members. Contact ARTS/West or Laura Post at theholisticmama@gmail.com for more information.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Did you miss the AMAC Public Meeting?

If you missed the Athens Municipal Arts Commission Public Meeting on October 14th, thanks to The Government Channel, you can watch a video of it!

You can also read an article on The New Political by Phalen Kuckuck here.

For more information on AMAC, please visit the City Website: http://www.ci.athens.oh.us/index.aspx?nid=313

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ARTS/West & Women of Appalachia Presents the 7th Annual Women Speak

ARTS/West Presents is pleased to host the 7th Annual Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) “Women Speak” performance, an evening of juried poetry, story and song, featuring artists from throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. The event will be held in the performance space on October 22, 2015, at 6pm.

The mission of WOAP is to showcase the way in which female artists respond to the Appalachian region as a source of inspiration, bringing together women from diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to embrace the stereotype – to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her.

The work of seventeen spoken word artists, poets, storytellers and musicians, will be performed at five separate venues throughout Ohio; first up at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens. In November several WOAP artists will present at the esteemed Columbus Poetry Forum, Bossy Girls on High Street. Sips Coffee House, Mt. Vernon will host a December Saturday afternoon presentation; The Bowen House in Logan in March 2015; and a performance at The Pump House Fine Arts Center, Chillicothe, will close out the season in May 2016.

“I am so pleased that this eclectic group of locations have been offered up to host this season’s “Women Speak” events, allowing this assemblage of spoken art to be heard potentially by hundreds of folks in the respective communities,” says founder curator Kari Gunter-Seymour.” Over the past 7 years, ARTS/West has been an important partner of WOAP. We are grateful for the support and encouragement provided by the excellent staff and volunteers.

 When asked how living in Appalachia has influenced her life and therefore her art, Kentucky poet Barbara Biggs says, “I spent a lot of time trying to run away from these hills and valleys. I moved places, worked other places, but ultimately, always ended up right back here, within view of the Ohio River and the Indian mounds and persimmon trees. There are so many things I love about Appalachia: the complexity of the people, the feeling that I am never far from a maple tree, and that feeling in spring when the hills are pure green and everything just feels right.”

“Throughout my childhood, my grandmothers made sure I had access to stories and books and songs and instruments,” shares West Virginia writer, Jamie Bailey. I spent my days at each of their homes, pulling carrots from the earth, apples from branches, climbing in their trees, and inspecting their rosebushes. The Appalachian homes that hosted my childhood became playgrounds for my very colorful imagination.”

7th Annual Women of Appalachia Project “Women Speak”
132 W State St, Athens, OH 45701
Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 6pm

Doors open at 5:30pm. The presentation is free to the public through donations in support of WOAP and ARTS/West will be taken at the door. There will be a short reception immediately following the performance. Refreshments will be served.

For more information go to www.womenofappalachia.com or visit WOA on Facebook at facebook.com/WomenofAppalachia. For questions, email womenofappalachia@gmail.com

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Front & Center featuring the Athens Irish Dancers on Oct. 17th

You are invited to

 a free music event for school age kids at

 132 W. State St. Athens
Oct. 17th at 12 – 1 pm

with special guests:
the Athens Irish Dancers

second half of event is always an open stage for any kids,
solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose.
Or just listen and enjoy!

Friday, October 09, 2015

ARTS/West & SEOTDS Presents: Contra Dancing on Oct. 16th

Contra Dance - at ARTS/West. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Kate Power will be calling with tunes by the Boys of the Hock. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-11pm. More information at www.athenscontradance.org or 740-590-4102.