Monday, March 16, 2020

Arts West News

Arts West Events and Programs are Currently in a Holding Pattern
Arts West is Closed to the Public Until Further Notice
Virtual Cat Art Show

(Because we all need pictures of kittens and flowers right now!)
Hello Arts West Friends and Supporters,

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the recommendations made by the CDC and the State of Ohio, and the response of the City of Athens, it is necessary for Arts West to close its doors for the time being.

The following previously advertised March 2020 events have been cancelled or postponed as noted:
-Cat Art Show Call for Art- We'll no longer be having people drop off their work. This event will be transformed into a virtual show, in partnership with Casa Nueva, in which folks will photograph and post their Cat Art. More info will be forthcoming.
-Square Dance Social and Jam of Thursday, March 19CANCELLED
-Drum Circle Music Jam of Friday, March 20: CANCELLED
-Amethystone Album Release Party of Saturday, March 21
-The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange of Thurs-Sat, March 26-28: POSTPONED- New Dates TBA

NOTE: Our April 2020 events will likely also be cancelled or postponed. Info on our blogspot Home page and Upcoming Events page, as well as our Facebook page will be updated regularly.

Weekly Classes & Activities on hold until further notice:
-Self Care, Healing & Protection - Mondays, 6-7:15pm (Free for Veterans)
-SATB Choir Rehearsal - Tuesdays, 5:00-6:15pm (Sept - May)
-ITS Bellydance (Improvisational Team Style) w/Eliot - Tuesdays, 6-7pm
-West African Drum - Tuesdays, 7-9pm
-Tribal Fusion Belly Dancing, Wednesdays - 7:15-8:15pm (Sept 19 - Dec 19)

Youth & Children's Programs on hold:
-PRISM LGBTQ Youth Arts Program - Mondays (when ACSD is in session), 3-5:30pm. Arts West is not able to host this program until the schools have re-opened. Organizers are currently planning the next action steps to continue providing support for the students in different ways. For more info please email:; or visit: Prism LGBTQ Youth Art Program
-Afternoon Arts Classes for Kids (K-5) - Monday-Thursday (when ACSD is in session), 3:45-5:15pm. Arts West is not able to continue this program until the schools have re-opened. Anyone who has already paid for Spring session will be refunded for dates that we're not able to have the classes.

In addition, the SEO Musical Lending LIbrary will not be open during this time (usually open Tues/Thurs 2-7pm). If you currently have an instrument out on loan you may hang on to it for the time being. Please email us if you're moving or have another extenuating circumstance in which you need to return an instrument before we're able to re-open.

We're grateful for all the ways in which this community embraces and supports Arts West as a gathering place for the arts in this town. And we'll miss seeing everybody!

Any questions or concerns please feel free to reply to this email or to

Stay Safe and Healthy, and go make some art as we weather this storm.


Emily Beveridge
Program Spcialist
Arts West
Arts, Parks & Rec Dept
City of Athens
Job Openings at Arts West- The City of Athens is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Program Coordinator for Arts West. This is a part-time position at the Arts West facility of the City of Athens, Arts, Parks and Recreation Department. Knowledge in theater, music, and/or visual arts and experience with community customer service preferred. Hours will include some nights and weekends.
Folks with an arts background or strong interest in the arts who would like to be involved with planning, coordinating and carrying out events and programs at Arts West can apply online, or email for other options. More Info @ Arts West Program Coordinator

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