Thursday, December 21, 2017

ARTS/West Will be Closed:
December 23rd 2017 - January 1st 2018

Happy Holidays, & Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Call for Proposals:

Athens' Poet Laureate 2018 

Request for Proposals
Project Name:  Athens' Poet Laureate 2018
  1.  I.RFP Project Summary 
The City of Athens has allocated  $2000.00 for the appointment of a Poet Laureate for a term of 1 year.
Art as defined by the committee:  At its core, Art is a product of human creativity that is aesthetically pleasing and can encompass diverse methodologies and mediums.  Art can refer to the visual arts including painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography, can encompass applied arts that may include architecture and landscaping, and decorative arts that may be functional in nature.  Above all, any work that falls within the definition of Art must exhibit quality of concept, execution and craftsmanship
RFP SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  All submissions must be hand-delivered or received no later than January 19th, 2018 at the ARTS/West office located at 132 W. State St.  Athens, OH 45701. Submissions may be sent electronically to  
Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) Background:  AMAC establishes ad hoc committees to consider all arts projects.  It is such a committee that has been formed for this project.  After reviewing submissions and interviewing candidates, this committee will make a recommendation to AMAC, who will present the recommendation to the City Council.
III. Project Description:
A. Overview:  The prospectus is centered around the selection of a Poet Laureate to represent the City Of Athens
B. Specifications:  The Poet Laureate will write and present in person at a minimum of 6 events of local importance such as national holidays, local celebrations or award ceremonies, special school events.  Proposal submissions should reflect the broad spectrum of the population of Athens. It is suggested that you use THE ESSENCE OF ATHENS as an inspirational source.  
C.  Budget:  The budget recommendation is for $2,000 per year.  This amount is to include expenses incurred by the poet.
IV. Selection Process:  Selection will be made by  an  AMAC ad-hoc committee consisting  of 3-4  members from the poetry community and one from AMAC.  The finalists will be selected according to the proposal, prior work, and ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.  The selection committee will convene, review the applications, interview finalists , and recommend an appointment as Poet Laureate.  
The Selection Committee reserves the right to issue a second call to artists if the proposals submitted do not demonstrate the factors listed below. The committee also reserves the right to reject all proposals.    The following factors will be considered when reviewing submissions:
Quality of body of work
Appropriate for and reflective of the community of Athens
The selected poet's proposal  will be forwarded to the Athens Municipal Arts Commission which will accept or reject the recommendation.  If accepted AMAC will present the recommendation to the Athens City Council. The poet selected will then enter into an agreement with the City of Athens.  The job performance will be overseen by  Safety Service Director.
V.  Project Timeline: (The committee reserves the right to change the timeline without notice.) 
Dec. 15, 2017:  Notification/Announcement to Artists
Jan 19, 2018: Proposals DUE (Receipt Deadline)
Committee to review proposals the week of Jan 22-26. 
AMAC Ad-Hoc Committee  to meet with finalists for interviews and presentations of samples of candidates work during week of January 29 – Feb. 2.  
   By February 14th, 2018:  Results Announced
February 15, 2018:  Commencement of tenure 
VI. Application Requirements:
A.  Delivery:  Mail/hand/electronic deliver applications to:
Poet Laureate Project 
132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701
B. Presentation -  Application Content:  To be effectively reviewed for consideration, the application should contain a portfolio including
1. Selections from your Body of Work
2. Professional Resume/ Vita
3. Professional References - At least three professional references who have an intimate knowledge of your work.  Letters of support are to be supplied by two of these.  Letters can be submitted electronically.  Include complete address and phone/email for each reference.
4. Optional Relevant Experience and Qualifications Support Information:   Up to three selections of supporting materials (reviews, news articles, essays, etc,)
5. Project Proposal (Not to exceed two pages):Describe your overall concept for a year tenure as Poet Laureate, outlining the relevance to the city of Athens, etc. 
6. Self Addressed Stamped Envelope S.A.S.E.:For return of materials.  Only submissions with a S.A.S.E. will be returned; all others become the property of AMAC ad-hoc Committee.  The Art Selection Committee and its consultants assume no responsibility for loss or damage to submissions.
VIII. Project Contact:
Carol Patterson, AMAC Chairman   740 541-3728

Monday, December 11, 2017

Athens County Community Singers Annual Christmas Concert

Wednesday, December 20th at 7pm

ARTS/West  132 West State Athens, Oh

Suggested donation: $10 upon admission
Group rates available 
Christmas CD's will be available

Athens County Community Singers, a choir for All Voices, is a non-profit organization. 

Athens Old Time Square Dance And Social

Saturday, December 16th at 7pm

At ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, Oh

Caller Sean Fen and fiddler Joe Burdock and friends will bring us an evening of lively old-time music. 

Suggested Donation: $6

No experience or partner needed. Bring friends, a good attitude! 

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kim Richey Concert & Workshop 

Tuesday, December 19th

Workshop: 1pm

Concert: 7pm

at ARTS/West  132 West State Street  Athens, Oh 

Two time Grammy nominee Kim Richey will be performing at ARTS/West. 
She is an Ohio University graduate, a veteran Nashville singer/songwriter, and a
writer of hits for Trisha Yearwood, Mary Chapin-Carpenter and more!

Her songwriting workshop is at 1pm, with a $10 donation to participate.

Her concert will begin at 7pm with Scott Minar opening.
$15 at door, tickets also available at Blue Eagle Music.

Herbs for Stress & the Nervous System

Thursday, December 14th  6-8pm

at ARTS/West 132 West State  Athens,Oh

Come and join Clinical Herbalist Caty Crabb to learn more about how your nervous system works, and herbs you can use to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and promote focus! 

Caty will be talking about herbs that can help with:
●Stress relief
●Anxiety, nervousness
●Panic attacks
●Low energy, adrenal fatigue 
●Nerve pain 
...and more!

Stress effects every organ system in our bodies, as well as our everyday wellbeing. It is the cause of and contributor to many chronic and acute health issues. Herbs are extremely effective at relieving stress, anxiety and tension, in adults as well as in teens and children. Herbs can help both to relieve acute nervous system issues, as well as to shift long term stress patterns. We will be covering many herbs that work on these levels in detail, talking about how they work in the body and specifics of dosage and preparation.

$20-30 sliding scale. Cash or check only.

REGISTER at:, by calling 740-274-9494, or stop by the Wildfire Herbs booth at Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays 9am-noon. 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Holiday Concert to Benefit 

the Athens County Food Pantry

at ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, Oh

Sunday, December 10th @ 4pm

Many of your favorite Christmas and Holiday Songs, both classical and contemporary, will be performed by a talented group of professional singers and instrumentalists including Matthew Chester-Griffin – baritone, Melissa Brobek – Mezzo soprano, Alexandra Bruno – Mezzo Soprano, Nicholas Nesbitt – Tenor, Michael Weiser – Tenor, Harolyn Brient – Piano, and Michael Tobar-- Flute and Piano.
All performers are donating their time and talent for no charge. Every penny collected goes to the Food pantry.
With a joyful and varied program that is sure to warm your heart, lift your spirits and put you in the Holiday mood and Spirit of the Season, you won’t want to miss this festive musical event!
Admission is free. Money Donations of any amount are being collected to benefit the Athens County Food Pantry.
Light refreshments will be served during the intermission.

Front & Center Classically Christmas 

at ARTS/West  132 W. State Street  Athens, Oh

Saturday, December 9th from 12-1pm

ARTS/West presents a free musical performance & children's open stage for solo and ensemble music acts with a focus on classical Christmas music! Special Guests are Nick Paolino who is an Ohio University School of Music MFA candidate on cello accompanied by Kensia Bush. 

For more information contact Trisha Lachman

ARTS/West Music Lending Library Benefit 

Thursday, December 7th @ 9PM

@ Casa Nueva  6 W. State  Athens, Oh

ARTS/West wants to provide affordable access to instruments for Athens community members. This fundraiser is to start and grow the Music Lending Library. If you plan on attending, Sadie Meade will be screen-printing live from 9-11pm onto any apparel you bring as long as it's made of 100% cotton. Bring a t-shirt to get an instrument library design print or buy an instrument themed holiday card to support the cause! The all-night rock show will be starring Red Lake, Speedwalk Jerry, The Revulvas, and The Caitlin Kraus band. This head-banging performance should make your ears-split with sounds coming from the very instruments we'd like to lend you. So come get rowdy to support a good cause with intense music and live screen-print.


@ ARTS/West  132 W. State  Athens, Oh 

Thursday, December 7th 6-8pm 

Laura Serna will be presenting her work in the ARTS/West gallery on December 7th. Her work expresses the elements through the lens of native creation myths. Come on out for a great show, refreshments, and snacks. Her show runs from December 7th to January 2nd.