Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Depot St. Lift Station RFP for Public Art. Submittals Due by 9/12/2016

Depot St. Lift Station RFP for Public Art. Submittals Due by 9/12/2016

The City of Athens has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a permanent work of public art to be installed on the west side of the Depot St. lift station on Depot St. All submissions must be hand delivered or received no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, September 12th, 2016 at the AMAC offices located at 132 W. State St., Athens, OH 45701.
Please contact Ron Lucas, Deputy Service-Safety Director, for an RFP packet. He can be reached at (740) 592-3340 or email

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ARTS/West Presents: Community Yoga with Becky Anderson

Come out to ARTS/West on Sunday, September 4th for the monthly session of Community Yoga! Classes are always on the first Sunday of the month, noon-1pm and free for ARTS/West members (for as little as $30 a year you can become a member!) or a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Contact ARTS/West at 740-592-4315 for more information. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Classes are taught by Becky Anderson.

ARTS/West Closed for Labor Day

ARTS/West will be closed on Monday, September 5th in celebration of Labor Day. We hope everyone enjoys their holiday!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

3rd Annual Athens Area Fiber Faire

Hello Fiber Friends! We are now in the 3rd year of our growing festival, which will take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday, October 1st and from 12-5pm on Sunday, October 2nd. Our inaugural year was so successful that we had to move to a larger location to offer expanded classroom space, outdoor exhibits, and MORE VENDORS! Once again the Athens Area Fiber Faire will be housed in the Athens Community Center, situated near the intersection of US 33 and US 50. Our expansive venue boasts ample parking, single-level floor plan, and multiple gathering spaces. Several hotels and restaurants are within easy walking distance. Our Marketplace vendor list is growing and they will provide a vast array of fiber related merchandise such as yarn, fabric, supplies, accessories, books, notions, finished goods, tools, and so much more! We strive to offer a little bit of something for everyone in the fiber world! The Athens Area Fiber Faire is presented by ARTS/West.

Music Class for the Little Ones! Hey it's not too late! Start dates were postponed to Friday & Saturday September 16th & 17!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Contra Dance presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Join us for a Contra Dance at ARTS/West on Saturday, September 10th. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Jan Phillips will be calling with tunes by the Three Rivers String Band. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-11pm. More information at or 740-590-4102.

Evening of Steampunk Fun

ARTS/West will be hosting the Steampunk Spectacular! Spectacular! for the monthly art opening in September. Join us on Friday, September 9th from 5-10pm for steampunk performances, vendors, and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. This is a part of the Athens Steampunk Spectacle, which celebrates all September long.

Mark Your Calendars! Turnt & Burnt is coming!

Turnt & Burnt
Line Dance Fitness Class
Come "TURN UP" while you "BURN UP" calories with line dance fitness!  If you are new to it, come learn, and if you are a pro, then come show us what you got! Most line dance songs are songs you already know and line dance fitness gives you a great cardio workout! You can wear sneakers or if you are feeling adventurous, wear a pair of heels and work those leg muscles! You'll be having so much fun dancing you won't even realize you are getting a workout! 
When: Following Thursdays at 6pm
September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8

Fee: $5 per class or 2 for $7

For more information, please contact Kellea Tibbs at 740.331.2864 or email

Thursday, August 04, 2016

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Monday, August 01, 2016

CANCELLED - Rough House Theater Company's Ubu the King

UPDATE of 8/1/16: Unfortunately tonight's show had to be CANCELLED! (they cannot get here due to being stranded in Pennsylvania with car trouble)
ARTS/West will be hosting a special one time only show of Ubu the King, presented by Chicago's Rough House Theater Company. The show will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday, August 1st, with tickets priced at only $10! Please note that this performance is for ages 16 and above. Athens is only one stop on Rough House Theater Company's tour, as they will be visiting 7 other cities across the Midwest and East Coast. Ubu the King is based on Alfred Jarry's 1896 masterpiece of absurdo-surrealism, elaborately retold with original music and over 60 stunning hand-crafted puppets. In this new adaption by artistic director Mike Oleon, Ubu the King bring Jarry's seminal satire to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hand of 5 power hungry puppeteer-performers, Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne - and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized by designer Grace Needleman, Rough House's Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular. You won't want to miss it!

About Rough House Theater Company:

Rough house Theater Company is committed to connecting individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique, and the weirder things that bring us together. Rough House creates theater that captures the heart through the eye. Rough House shows use puppetry, music and human performance to tell stories that are intimate, strange, and sincere. The company aims to invigorate audiences and inspire fellow artists through work that is rigorous, adventurous, and jubilantly weird.
Through educational programming, cultivation of work by emerging and established artists, and broadly accessible performances, Rough House seeks to bring new life to puppet theater in Chicago, and to invigorate a spirit of cross-disciplinary artistic experimentation within an ever growing, diverse community of artists.
Born in 2012 in a dilapidated storefront of Chicago's Congress Theater, Rough House has headlined the National Puppetry Festival, Open Eye Figure Theater's Toy Theater After Dark Festival, and Chicago's International Physical Festival. The company has been a proud contributor to such Chicago institutions as Brain Frame and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Rough House has toured across the United States, performing in auditoriums, galleries, bars, lotion factories, funeral homes, punk houses, and the woods of Appalachia.
Rough House is a 501(c)3 organization.