Wayne Theatre Tops Off!

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The Wayne Theatre Alliance is about to celebrate the topping off of the Wayne Theatre! The event marks the completion of their new stage tower, now the tallest on Waynesboro’s Main Street.

A “topping off” ceremony is a Scandinavian tradition that has since spread to the rest of Europe and now America. It celebrates the completion of the exterior construction of a building. Clair Myers, Executive Director of the Alliance, stated, “There is still much work to be done in the interior; however, the Wayne Theatre will open as a destination center in 2016.”

The projected end of construction is December 31st, 2015, with a grand opening in early 2016. The building is expected to house the Wayne Auditorium, the Custin Cabaret, and a meeting hall.

They are one step closer to finally opening! Join them on Thursday, July 30th at noon to celebrate the “topping off”.

For more information, visit their website.

Guyanese Artist to Display Works at Brooks Hall

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A series of paintings by visiting Guyanese artist Victor Captain will be on view at Brooks Hall (UVA’s anthropology building) from August 1st – 14th.

Captain hails from an indigenous community in Guyana known as the Makushi, and he is a self-taught artist from a small village where there are no art museums, galleries, or supply stores. He developed a creative talent that was unique in his community, where few prioritized the arts. The traditions and mythology of the Makushi provide much of the inspiration for his artwork. The paintings depict rainforest scenes and shamanic transformations, as well as everyday life in the community.

On Saturday, August 1st, from 4pm to 6pm, there will be an opening reception during which visitors can meet Captain and learn more about his paintings and culture. It is FREE and open to the public.

There are only about 30,000 Makushi in the world – don’t miss this rare chance to get a glimpse into an indigenous Amazonian culture!

Chuck Johnson @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

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Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar is welcoming guitarist Chuck Johnson to their stage on Thursday, July 30th.

Johnson is a guitarist residing in Oakland, CA. He had a great impact on the indie scene in Chapel Hill, NC in the 90s and early 2000s, and has even composed music for feature-length documentaries.

He may make lush fingerstyle acoustic compositions, but his roots were actually in electronic music. He incorporates electronic elements into his guitar-driven songs, often using homemade and analog electronic instruments and tuning them in unconventional ways. He draws a lot of his inspiration from Americana music, specifically the North Carolina Piedmont blues style of guitar playing. His work has been described by critics as “vast”, “layered”, “gorgeous”, and Johnson himself has even been called a “virtuoso”!

Come out to this show to enjoy some interesting underground music in an intimate setting!

To purchase tickets and find out more info, click here.

10th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Festival

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Do you need more bluegrass and Appalachian music in your life? Are you itching to enjoy the sounds of fiddles and jangling banjos while taking in the natural beauty of rural Virginia?

Then you should probably make your way to Wintergreen Performing Arts’ 10th annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Festival, being held on Saturday, August 15th!

Enjoy the musical stylings of headliners Balsam Range, who won “Entertainer of the Year” at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. You can also catch performances by The Honey Dewdrops, The Virginia Ramblers, Pete & Ellen Vigour, and Kim & Jimbo Cary. On top of all that, there will also be jam sessions taking place throughout the day!

Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for those aged 10-17, and FREE for children under 10. Purchase them here!

The festival will take place at the Dunlop Pavilion at the Wintergreen Resort, located at 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Roseland, Virginia.

For more information about the schedule as well as descriptions of the performers, click here.

PCA Receives Grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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We are happy to announce that we have received a $5,000 grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to publish a book about the effects of urban growth in Charlottesville. The book will feature paintings by Richard Crozier, a local artist, as well as five essays written by different Virginia academics.

The VFH also provided local organizations Ash Lawn-Highland and the Jefferson School Foundation with grants. They aim to support projects and organizations that promote the humanities in Virginia and enrich cultural life.

We had a brief conversation with Deborah McLeod from Chroma Projects, who we are sponsoring to author the book.

What inspired you to come up with the book?
The inspiration to do the book came from making a studio visit to Dick Crozier’s studio early last February. I was looking for certain themes in Dick’s paintings for a show I curated back then – Books Being as Buildings; Buildings Being as Books. That is when I realized the extensive amount of work Dick had, piled high in every nook and cranny. There were 30+ years worth of one man’s mission to capture the soul of Charlottesville, like a parent who diligently notches the door jam as each child grows.

I told Dick that this long lived effort of his was stunningly impressive and really should be documented in a significant and beautiful book. That was how it began. I contacted Andrew Wyndham at the VFH, just to run the thought by him since I knew him and felt comfortable doing that, and he guided me to David Bearinger, who runs their grant program.

At the opening reception for Books Being as Buildings, I mentioned my project to Richard Guy Wilson, who very generously offered to write an essay for the book. From that point on I was on a trajectory to follow each requirement that the VFH asked of me, and to seek out a few other knowledgeable voices to give the book additional perspective and richness. To that end I discovered Steve Thompson, a local archaeologist, and I called upon an “old” friend, Justin Sarafin, head of Preservation Virginia, who then introduced me to historian Laura Knott.

What is your vision for the book? How do you want it to turn out?
My foremost vision is for this book (Repository of Missing Places) to honor Richard Crozier for his life of gentle and heartfelt work. His concentration is not on the usual grand estates and iconic columned homes of our area. This body of work is about the compact worker housing and the inference of its simple lifestyle, the modest neighborhoods and communities, and now closed small businesses that once employed many of the residents. Dick paints all of this with such nobility and beauty. It is a gift, a biographical portrait that he gives those houses as they pass, and to us to see them with different eyes.

So that is my hope for the book, for it to beautifully, thoughtfully and permanently cannonize these places – these elegant, breathy paintings of them. And further it is possibly a means to think about how to plan, reroute, reclaim and sustain existing housing and neighborhoods. To this end, the book is planned as a catalyst for a travelling exhibition of the paintings and the book to universities and institutions where there are historic preservation, urban planning and architectural history departments. That part of the vision is to use the book and the show as a conversation starter. (The book will be gifted to their libraries as well.)

We will ever continue tearing down such derelict seeming places to build more upscale homes and condos, clear their lots of junk trees and pave for adequate off street parking. This is what we do. Yet, these little worn down, imperfect houses still had/do have shelter to offer to many who cannot reach for more. That is the secondary question that sleeps in the turned up soil where their foundations were/are, in Richard Crozier’s paintings, in the book, and in the travelling exhibition.

What is the significance to you of having received this grant from the VFH?
The significance of being awarded a grant from the VFH is tremendous. To begin with, it is hard to know where to even start into a project like this. The VFH is like a benevolent godmother, who listens and then decides on an effort’s worthiness. Hearing that our project has worth in their esteem, has given me the fortitude to persevere. This is hard business for a newcomer to it, lots of darkened hallways to grope one’s way along. VFH validation of one’s idea is not only a statement to all to take it seriously, but they continue to serve as a guidepost as well. As equally as I do, they too want a beautiful, intelligent result that will carry their name.

And finally I want to express my deepest appreciation for PCA’s partnership as the project’s fiscal agent. All the work that the PCA does to shelter Charlottesville in culture is threaded and glued into the spine of the book. Every sale of the book will create proceeds for the PCA, which just continues the good that Richard Crozier began to create 30 years ago.

For more information about the VFH grants, click here.

The Haven (in Partnership With New City Arts) Receives 2015 ArtPlace America Grant

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We are pleased to announce that The Haven, in partnership with New City Arts, has received a $200,000 grant from ArtPlace, a nationwide arts philanthropy, in order to further develop their Housing2Home program.

The Housing2Home program aims to help reduce the feeling of alienation among formerly homeless people in their new houses by working with them to design their space and create a more positive and comfortable environment. Through their partnership with New City Arts, they are able to help the newly-housed individuals through artist-led design consultations.

There were only 38 recipients an ArtPlace grant this year, and The Haven was the only recipient in Virginia. They were selected from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants. Grants range from $50,000 to $500,000.

In addition to sharing this great news, The Haven also publicized that they are seeking applicants for a full-time Creative Coordinator position, who will get to work with newly-housed clients to design and furnish their new homes. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, has good interpersonal skills, and has previous design experience. Applications are due August 12th – email your resume, cover letter, and three references to stephen@thehaven.org.

For more information about the job position, click here.
For more information about ArtPlace, visit their website.
To learn more about the Housing2Home program, click here.

Live Arts Turns 25!

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Join Live Arts on Saturday, September 26th from 7pm to 1am to celebrate their 25th birthday!

There will be music! There will be dancing! There will be CAKE! And if you have contributed to Live Arts in any way over the last 25 years, you are encouraged to come and participate in a group photo!

25 years ago, Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” was the first production to open at Live Arts, and the organization has come a long way since then. Join them on September 26th to remember their past, revel in the present, and get excited for their future. The event is FREE and open to the public.

The link to the Facebook event is here.

Call for Submissions: 150 Years with the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

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The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is celebrating 150 years since the opening of the original Jefferson School with a three-day conference.

The conference will take place from October 22nd (6pm) – 24th (12:30pm), and will feature keynote speakers and participant receptions, with a focus on exploring the state of black education in both Charlottesville and America in general. There will be three sessions – session 1, Friday 9am to 12pm, will focus on the historical background of public schooling; session 2, Friday 1pm to 4pm, will discuss the current state of black education; and session 3, Saturday 9am to 12pm, will consider the role of community-based organizations in supporting education.

In order to put on a successful conference, the JSAAHC wants you to submit proposals for individual presentations, panels, workshops, and the like. Topics for proposals can include (but are not limited to) arts education, the achievement gap, and the historical origins of the Jefferson School. Your proposal needs to be intended for one specific session.

To propose an individual presentation, send in ONE Word/pdf document that contains a two-paragraph proposal and a one-page resume with up-to-date contact info. Please be sure to also request any audio/visual equipment you may need.

To propose a panel, send in ONE Word/pdf document that contains two-paragraph description of the overall session, a separate, two-paragraph description for each individual presentation in the session, and a one-page resume for each panel member (including the moderator).

If you are interested in moderating a session, send in ONE Word/pdf document that contains a brief description or your area of interest/specialization as well as an up-to-date one-page resume.

The deadline for submissions is August 1st. Submit proposals to JSAAHC’s Executive Director Andrea Douglas at admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org

The early bird attendance fee (before August 30th) is $25. For more information, click here.

VCCA Open Studios Is Back

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is holding another open studio event on Sunday, July 19th from 4pm to 6pm.

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The Center may seem sleepy due to its rural location, but in reality there are 25 fellows creating art pieces year-round. It is unique in that it is a completely residential community of artists, allowing them to dedicate themselves completely to their craft.

At the open studios, you can visit the resident artists, tour the property grounds, view the outdoor sculptures, and enjoy refreshments. The event is FREE and open to the public. VCCA only holds open studios four times a year, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

VCCA is located at 154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, VA.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center: Live Webcast

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Need a little jazz for your soul?

The Charlottesville Jazz Society, in collaboration with WTJU-FM and IX Art Park, is presenting a live webcast on July 31st at 7:30pm.

The webcast will show a performance of the Ben Wolfe Quartet featuring Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton, as they perform at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City. The quartet is led by bassist Ben Wolfe, and he is joined by pianist Orrin Evans, drummer Donald Edwards, and soprano/tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard.

The event is FREE and open to the public, and you can take in the bass-heavy modern jazz tunes while enjoying food and beverages that can be purchased at the venue.

Festivities will take place at the IX Art Park event space, which is located in the former warehouse space near Monticello Avenue and 2nd Street SE.