Honey Radar and The Walkouts at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

999892_476137995804254_1463625278_n Honey Radar and The Walkouts will play the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Friday, August 22 at 9:00pm.

Honey Radar, celebrated for their Philly bedroom rock sound, released their last album Mary Plum Musket in June of 2013. Their latest, Chain Smoking on Easter, will come out in late August 2014.

Local Charlottesville band The Walkouts feature Amanda Gooden on bass, Jason Bennett on drums, and Rod Martin on guitar and vocals.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online or at the door.

Alex Martin Trio at Fellini’s

unnamed-4 The Alex Martin Trio will bring its New World Jazz to Fellini’s #9 on Saturday, August 23 at 10:00pm.

Alex Martin was born in Brittany (the Celtic province of France), raised mostly in rural North Carolina, and has traveled extensively through Spain and Latin America. He now lives in Washington, D.C. and seeks to create music that expresses his unique confluence of world cultures.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.

Artisan Studio Tour 20th Anniversary!

image-1 The 20th Annual Artisans Studio Tour returns to Charlottesville and its surrounding counties on November 8 & 9, 2014.

In 1994 a group of visionary artisans banded together to open their studios to the public. Their goal was to allow the community to see how they created their high quality craft. Together they could encourage each other and share their process with the people of Charlottesville and the surrounding area.

Over the years the group has grown, and this year forty artisans will share their skills in twenty-two studios. This event showcases some of the finest artisans of Virginia. Craftspeople from around the state join the Tour by setting up as guests in area studios, demonstrating the tools and techniques unique to their crafts.

With studios from Madison to Tye River, Barboursville to Afton, there’s bound to be one close you. The Tour is an opportunity to talk to professional artisans in a studio environment and experience their passion for creating finely crafted objects.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments from area food sources will keep you nourished, and you might just return home with a piece of unique art. Directions and a map can be found on the website.

VABC Beginning Book Arts Intensive

IMG_0919 Virginia Art of the Book Center is offering a 2-day Beginning Book Arts Intensive on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from 10:00am-4:30pm, taught by Jean M. Jones.

Are you fascinated when you look at a handmade book? Do you want to learn or review the skills used in making books?

This 2-day intensive workshop will get you on your way. The course will cover many basic skills (tools, grain of paper, structures). It is designed for beginners and for anyone who enjoys making books. Participants will make several folded books, sewn books and glued books.

The workshop costs $225 ($200 for VABC members). The materials fee is $25. To register, contact kmcfadden@virginia.edu or send a check to:

Kevin McFadden
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629

The deadline for registration is September 20.

For more information, visit the website or write to instructor Jean M. Jones with questions at jmjones54@gmail.com.

concorDance contemporary presents Communitas

cDc PR Photos concorDance contemporary (cDc) presents Communitas, a summer dance concert. This is the 6th production from the Crozet, VA based professional dance company and features nine dancers, three choreographers, and a violinist, uniting from San Diego, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville.

Ryan Beck, founder of The Garage Contemporary Ballet in San Diego, returns with a premier of Catalyst Forum, a neo-classical ballet about confrontation, solace and the violation of social norms.

Jerusha de Waal showcases her edgy and percussive Mode. This highly athletic modern piece set to composer Eric Price’s original score brings fresh, jet-fueled energy that adds another style to cDc’s repertoire.

Veronica Hart’s collaborative Art as a bucket is based on the dancers’ individual interpretations of Mark Rothko’s “Untitled 1955.” Hart also premieres …and it was good. A colorful tapestry of African inspired movement set to music by the iconic Bobby McFerrin.

The title of the show, Communitas, is a Latin word repurposed by anthropologist Edith Turner, a Charlottesville local, who says: “It means the very spirit of community. Communitas takes community to the next level and allows the whole to share a common experience. This brings everyone onto an equal level: if you are in a higher position, you have been lower and know what that is.”

Performances dates and times:
-Wednesday August 20th at 8pm at The Court Square Theatre in Harrisonburg, VA
-Friday August 22nd at 8pm at The Haven in Charlottesville, VA (10% of ticket sales from this performance will be donated to the Haven’s homeless shelter)
-Saturday August 23rd at 7pm at ABT’s White Box Theatre in Crozet, VA
-Sunday August 24th at 4pm at Pollak Vineyards in Greenwood, VA

Tickets at Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) White Box Theatre cost $15 ($10 for children, students and seniors) and $10 for all other shows. Tickets may be purchased online, at Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s studio in Crozet, or at the door.

For more information contact Gary Hart at (434) 823-8888 or by email at concordancecontemporary@gmail.com.

Staunton Music Festival Returns!

599410_433277916702481_1354494365_n The Staunton Music Festival returns August 15-24 with twice daily performances at historic venues in beautiful downtown Staunton. With its commitment to innovative and daring music programs, the 10-day Staunton Music Festival is one of the most diverse and energetic musical offerings in Virginia.

This year’s summer music festival promises to be bigger and bolder than ever. Now in its 17th year, Staunton Music Festival has expanded to 10 days of brilliant performances. The festival will kick off with a lavish Midsummer Gala (part Viennese ball, part Berlin nightclub) and conclude with a spectacular performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion – one of the pillars of Western sacred music.

Highlights of the 2014 summer concert series include “Britannia at The Blackfriars,” “Love and Death in Venice,” “Baroque Inside Out,” and the “Early Keyboard Extravaganza” featuring eight period instruments. This is a rare opportunity for anyone on the East Coast to hear so many historical keyboards assembled and performed by recognized masters at one occasion.

Staunton Music Festival 2013 Recognized as one of the mid-Atlantic’s most innovative and accomplished chamber music organizations, the festival attracts some of the world’s finest chamber musicians. This year, the festival welcomes dozens of talented and celebrated artists such as Vladimir Mendelssohn (viola and composer), Andrew Willis (fortepiano), Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Igor Begelman (clarinet), Heini Kärkkäinen (piano), Sivan Magen (harp), and Carsten Schmidt (harpsichord.)

Season passes and tickets for the evening concerts are available online or by calling (800) 838 – 3006. All other concerts, lectures, and workshops are FREE and open to the public. The full festival schedule is available online at stauntonmusicfestival.com.

Arts Engagement Series: Conclusion Post

tumblrbanjoWelcome to the final post of the Arts Engagement Blog Series!

Over the past six weeks, PCA has been happy to feature a range of creative volunteer opportunities corresponding to the goals of the cultural plan. Each post was designed with three ends in mind:

1)To familiarize the community with the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle cultural plan and its goals.
2)To highlight outstanding local organizations whose work accomplishes these specific goal areas.
3)To pinpoint opportunities for community members to get involved and contribute their own insight and enthusiasm to the local arts scene.

This is your plan and your arts community. Create Charlottesville/Albemarle thoroughly lays out the gamut of arts needs for our area, but it needs people with a love of the arts to put the ideas into action. So now it’s your turn! Below are a list of actions for you to stimulate our local art community and make this plan your own:

Read Create Charlottesville/Albemarle: A Cultural Plan
If you don’t have time to read the entire document, simply read one or two of the goals that are of particular interest to you.

Share the cultural plan with your network
Think about individuals or organizations that would be interested in getting involved.

Ask questions
No matter what uncertainties you may have, PCA can help clarify the goals and strategies of the plan. Simply email info@charlottesvillearts.org with any questions you may have.

Take action
Think about parts of the plan that you find interesting and plan ways that you or your organization can work within our community to help achieve these goals.

Tell us how it goes
The impact of the cultural plan depends on the actions of local community members and groups. If you decide to work on any of the strategies related to Create Charlottesville/Albemarle, please let PCA know so that we can help promote the work you do. Visit the Cultural Plan Tumblr page to see what others are doing with the plan and to add your own piece of the story.

Create Charlottesville Launch, Paramount Theatre, January 13, 2014 Check out PCA’s Arts Reach page
The Arts Reach page features an ongoing list of of ways to get involved in the local arts scene. Also, feel free to contact your favorite arts organizations about ways to help out. With new projects happening all the time, Charlottesville’s many creative organizations are often looking for enthusiastic volunteers.

Attend the Cultural Plan “birthday” party
In September, PCA will host a party to celebrate the one-year “birthday” since the plan was unanimously approved by the Steering Committee in September 2013. Check the PCA website for more information to come.

In closing, we would like to thank all of those who have dedicated their time and energy to the cultural plan thus far. In particular, we would like to extend our gratitude to the members of the Steering Committee who worked tirelessly to provide the Charlottesville area with its first-ever cultural plan. We would, of course, also like to thank all of the readers who have followed this blog series from the beginning and who have reached out to our local arts organizations.

This is your plan and your arts community. Let’s make it great, together.

Cultural Plan Series: New City Arts

haven0052 Welcome to the Cultural Plan Blog Series!

The series seeks to raise awareness around the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle cultural plan, a comprehensive study of the local arts and culture sector that affirmed community value for the arts, took stock of local arts and culture assets, and identified need areas to focus attention and resources.

Through this series, we will highlight community initiatives that respond to and build off of cultural plan goals. For this month’s post, we spoke to Maureen Brondyke, Executive Director of New City Arts. The New City Arts Initiative is a collaborative non-profit fostering engagement with the arts in the greater Charlottesville area, and exemplifies Goal 4 of the Cultural Plan: Artists & Creative Workers.

How and when did New City Arts get started? How has it evolved since then?
New City Arts Initiative began as a cooperative of artists and ecumenical leadership whose hope was to meet needs in the Charlottesville arts community through their unique resources, connections, and vocations. The spirit of this group was strong, but without staff or funding, the means for accomplishing this original vision relied exclusively on board members.

Today, our vision and mission hasn’t changed, but our presence in the community has grown. We are a charitable organization with staff, interns, studio space, resident artists, and a gallery, but we maintain a “collective” feel, allowing community members to initiate grassroots programs that they perceive as important for Charlottesville artists. Our growth is primarily a result of community support, since the opportunities we provide are in conjunction with institutional partners. Why work alone, when you can share resources that allow for new opportunities for artists within our already-vibrant, local community?

What unique assets does NCA provide that other local arts organizations do not?
Unique to our organizational model is an ecumenical board, consisting of representatives from the local church. However, our programs are inclusive – not limited to those who identify with the Christian faith. New City Arts is ecumenically-led, community-oriented, city-centered and artist-focused.

Hubbell-NCA2014Forum-0031_AH A former New City resident artist, Patrick Costello, put it best: “New City Arts comes out of a specific faith community, but it supports creative production on a broader scale. It is a rare thing, to see a group like this; people who are utilizing the resources, values, and community support of their church, while also meeting people (members of their church and otherwise) where they are at. It allows the organization to occupy a unique space where faith, creativity, and community engagement can be explored thoughtfully.”

At our core is a commitment to a surprising hospitality – intentional and thoughtful programming that values depth, quality, and artistic rigor, with the hope that we overcome barriers any newcomer may experience to arts participation. We take a very conversational tone to our communication (i.e., offering “what to wear” guides to some of our programs), provide delicious food at events (because who doesn’t love cheese), and work with many different partners to form strong community relationships.

What have been some of the advantages and challenges of NCA’s work in the local creative community?
Our greatest challenge is also our greatest advantage: resources. We have a small budget, and when we do receive funding, we like to get as much of it as we can into the hands of artists, if possible. Limited resources mean that we can’t currently provide a single dedicated space for artists, scholars, and curators to work. Essentially, you can’t “go to New City Arts.”

This lack of physical identity presents some challenges to institutional growth but simultaneously makes it easier for us to sustain our partnership programs. The in-kind support our organization receives is more than double our financial income. Since we share our resources with other organizations, an advantage is that our programs “cost less,” allowing artists to receive more of what we want to give them: room to exhibit, places to work, and funding to create.

What other organizations and community groups does the NCA partner with? What further collaborations would you like to see happen?
Consistently, we partner with The Haven and WVTF to organize monthly arts offerings.
With The Haven, we facilitate a 10-month residency program that provides affordable working space for artists and integrates creative programming into the resources available to Haven guests during the day. We’ve had five resident artists, and in our upcoming fourth year of this residency, we will welcome four new resident artists (two musicians and two visual artists).

Since May 2010, we’ve partnered with WVTF and Radio IQ to run a downtown gallery, exhibiting work from Charlottesville artists. Feast! has catered every one of these openings, and we often have a local vineyard sponsor. We’ve exhibited over 100 artists and are looking forward to an exciting 2014 – 2015 season.

Through The Maker’s Series, Round Table, a Scholar in Residence program, Artist Talks, the New City Arts Forum, The Collectors Series, Readers Guild, Charlottesville SOUP, fundraising events, and more, the list of community organizations, churches, local businesses, and individuals we’ve partnered with since 2009 is a bit overwhelming to list here, but our website hosts an archive of events we encourage browsing.

We’re always interested in new collaborations. Specifically, in addition to our Haven residency, we would like to provide more studio space for artists to work.

SOUP-May2013-7261 What inspires you personally about NCA?
Personally, I am inspired when New City Arts helps members of our community (artists, patrons, etc.) thrive. A few examples come to mind.

A SOUP attendee met her now-best-friend at the first SOUP dinner when they sat next to each other as strangers. Two artists who attended our New City Arts Forum decided to live in Charlottesville because they experienced the kind of community necessary to support their vocation. Our resident artist at The Haven was able to visit a member of his portrait drawing workshop when the guest was hospitalized. A SOUP grant recipient burst into tears when she told the story of how the micro-grant she had received was like a grand “welcome to Charlottesville” gesture, since she had moved here as a photographer about a year prior. We’ve even had at least one marriage result from event participation. Whenever artists sell work at WVTF; are able to work in the studio at The Haven; or can pursue a new risk, relationship, curiosity, or creative challenge because of a resource we offer, I’m inspired by our vision.

In addition, I’m inspired by the generosity that people, local businesses, and community organizations have poured into artists through New City Arts. When you experience that kind of selfless giving, it makes you want to give even more in return.

What would you ideally like to see happen to further strengthen opportunities for artists and creative workers in the area? What have you seen elsewhere that you would like to bring to Charlottesville?
Artists and creative workers need affordable places to live and work, professional space to exhibit or perform, funding to support their vocation, and community to flourish. With the recent closing of Random Row Books, Vinegar Hill Theater, Chroma, Bozart, and Firefish, there seems to be an urgent need for more small-scale, community arts locations downtown in order to foster a thriving, creative community.

Hubbell-NCA2014Forum-0182_AH For example, I recently spent a work day carrying 40 chairs, ice, a computer, food, beverages, flowers, and coolers back and forth across the downtown mall to set-up for a packed artist talk with standing room only (…with much gratitude to all of the community partners who allowed us to refrigerate cheese, borrow chairs, and use their space). We hosted the artist talk at a graphic design office. This event was very successful, but I mention these circumstances to say that we seem to have the social capital (artists involved and an audience that will attend) to populate an arts space, but we lack the physical capital to pursue it currently. My ideal type of physical location would be similar to The Luminary in St. Louis, MO.

Another program that we’ve admired from a distance that we are bringing to Charlottesville this fall is an Artist Exchange. In partnership with Paul Handler and Mara Sprafkin, New City Arts is organizing a 23-print exchange between 18 Charlottesville artists. Each artist will collate and receive a complete set of 18 works at Champion Brewing Company, our community partner for this Exchange. Five sets will be for sale through various events, including an exhibit at The WVTF and Radio IQ Gallery this winter and a December art auction to benefit The Haven. This pilot program hopes to foster a community of local artists simply by getting new art into other artists’ hands.

For more information on New City Arts, visit the website. And be sure to attend one of their events, as well!
Stay tuned for the next post in the Cultural Plan Blog Series, which will focus on Goal 5: Creative Placemaking.

If you are involved in a community project that responds to cultural plan goals, we want to hear about it! You can visit the cultural plan Tumblr to submit your project or send images and a description to info@charlottesvillearts.org.

If you are not involved but would like to be, we encourage you to read over the plan and think about what particular goal areas you or your organization can respond to. The cultural plan is a community vision and needs your support in order to be successful!

PCA Member Profile: Light House Studio

light house We interviewed Deanna Gould of Light House Studio, a youth filmmaking organization, for this month’s PCA Member Profile.

Tell us more about how Light House came to be- who, when, why?
Light House Studio was founded in 1999 by a group of local filmmakers, artists and educators who saw the need for an after-school film program for young people.

How has Light House evolved since it got started? How do you see it evolving going forward?
Light House began with a small pilot workshop, Video Diaries, where each student made autobiographical films about him/herself. In the beginning the workshops were primarily documentaries about the local community – today we offer 55 workshops, which range from animation and visual effects to narrative and music video. Now the films coming out of Light House have national appeal and awards include Gold and Bronze World Medals at the New York Film Festival (over 35 countries enter work); Golden Cine Eagle (Spielberg’s first award) and Los Angeles Future Filmmaker Showcase acceptances.

As the only youth filmmaking center in Charlottesville and to our knowledge, Virginia, we are in a unique position to partner with other nonprofit organizations. We teach filmmaking to young people associated with other organizations and schools. We also make films about organizations and the good work that they are doing. As film continues to increase in popularity and accessibility, I see these partnerships with nonprofits and schools continuing to strengthen and grow in future years.

What other organizations, local businesses, and community groups do you partner with in your work? Who else would you like to partner with in your work?
We partnered with 35 other organizations and schools last year. Some of these include Boys and Girls Club, City of Promise, International Rescue Committee, Computers4Kids, Rivanna Conservation Society, Habitat for Humanity, CNE, PCA, Elk Hill, Ivy Creek School, and Renaissance School. We recently completed very powerful films for the Neurology Department at the University of Virginia and we hope to do more work for them while seeking out projects that are similar in nature. We are currently talking with Camp Holiday Trails, Public Housing Association of Residents and discussing the prospect of working with the Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention. There are so many wonderful possibilities out there!

What inspires you personally about Light House?
I have always been happy about my decision to work in the film industry. The movies that students create using film as a means of communication and self-expression inspires me. There is never a dull moment, we are always learning and exploring. Every project is different with its unique set of challenges and rewards. With over 100 student films created annually I am confronted with and often amazed by the unique perceptions and sophistication of our student filmmakers.

What does it mean to you/Light House to be part of the Charlottesville arts community?
This community also inspires me. Organizations like Light House only exist in large cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Yet, we have this wonderful film school producing films, which compete on a national level and it wouldn’t exist without the local support that it receives. Also, I believe we are part of a growing art scene that will continue to impact Charlottesville’s image as one of the best places to live in the United States.

What would you ideally like to see happen to further strengthen the arts scene here? What’s missing that you’ve seen elsewhere and would like to bring to Charlottesville?
I think PCA’s Charlottesville/Albemarle Cultural Plan brought together a number of artists and community leaders encouraging us to explore and think about Charlottesville’s future art scene. In addition to making the arts accessible to a broader population, I believe branding Charlottesville as having a strong arts community and marketing the wonderful opportunities that exist here is the next step. I hear people say “Charlottesville reminds me of Austin 10 years ago.” We want people to say that a city reminds them of Charlottesville.

How has Light House responded to the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle cultural plan since its launch in January 2014?
I participated on a committee when designing the Cultural Plan and I have attended several meetings since the plan’s inception. I have had several conversations with interested organization and business leaders about the implementation of the plan.

What does Light House have planned for the fall?
We will spend September 4th through the 7th participating at the Lockn’ Music Festival. Our Film Festival, which is our most important fundraiser, takes place at the Jefferson Theater on September 12th. We are offering numerous filmmaking workshops in our studio and at schools. Students participating in our Experimental Filmmaking workshop will have an opportunity to see their films exhibited at Second Street Gallery as part of the Virginia Film Festival’s Digital Media Gallery exhibition in November. Light House collaborates with the Virginia Film Festival in numerous ways including the Adrenaline Project, which usually exhausts us until January.

For more information about Light House Studio’s work in the Charlottesville community or to get involved, visit the website.

Virginia Quarterly Review Writer’s Conference

500x333xboarshead.jpg,qitok=FBqdB09I.pagespeed.ic.HWQcYHqtiO From August 7-10th, the Virginia Quarterly Review will host its inaugural writers’ conference at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville. This year’s focus is on Southern literature.

Public events will feature readings by novelist Richard Bausch, poet Beth Ann Fennelly, essayist Wells Tower, novelist Tom Franklin, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson.

Panels open to the public will feature Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, Dan Kois, Slate culture editor, literary agent Jeff Kleinman, VQR contributing editor Delphine Schrank, and memoirist Sandra Beasley.

For more information on the conference and a full schedule of free public events, visit the website.