Saturday, October 14, 2006

CREATING with OTHERS: Planning Expressive Arts Experiences

Incorporating the Expressive Arts (movement, visual arts, writing, drama & music)
into personal and professional practice awakens creativity, fosters self-empowerment and enhances our ability to cultivate positive growth and change in our lives, work & community.

This experiential workshop will give you an opportunity to explore your own creative source while learning new skills for planning individual and group arts experiences. There will be time to experiment with various art modalities and to discuss specific applications to the populations you work with. No previous art experience necessary. Therapeutic, educational, business and community organization professionals are especially encouraged to attend. Bring a bag lunch.

Date: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 10 am –2 pm

Location: Tonsler Park Center, 501 Cherry Avenue

Cost: $15 – C-ville Residents $22 – Non Residents

Instructor: Jena Leake, M.A., C.A.G.S.
Expressive Arts Therapist & Educator

To Register contact:
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Call for Artists

The Charlottesville/Albemarle District of VSA arts of Virginia invites artists with disabilities ages 13 and up to submit their works for the 7th Annual VSAVA Art Show. Artwork ready to be hund will be accepted November 27th, 28th, and 29th at the Independent REsource Center, 815 Cherry Avenue. For information please contact Mildred Spicer with Charlottesville Parks and Recreation at (434) 970-3264 or Jean Wilhelm, Piedmont Council of the Arts at (434) 296-3518. The show will be held at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville HIgh School, January 12th through March 9th, 2007.

Resources for Independent Living Art Show

The 3rd annual juried exhibition and sale of art and crafts created by artists with disabilities from across Virginia will feature jewelry, candles, paintings, drawings, pottery, weavings and handmade crafts.

Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m. - 3p.m.
Resources for Independent Living
4009 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, VA.
Details: 804-353-6503.
Free Admission!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

VSAVA Visual Arts Programs Featured at SunTrust Art Gallery

VSA arts of Virginia is pleased to announce its newest visual arts exhibition, which opens Tuesday, October 3, 2006 in the SunTrust building’s art gallery located at 919 E Main Street, Richmond, VA, 9AM to 5PM and runs until October 31, 2006.

All of the art in this exhibition was created by local artists with disabilities participating in Outside the Lines and Da Vinci on the Road programs. Open to adults, youth and children and these programs offer local, regional and national artists with disabilities opportunities to create and exhibit their work.

Outside the Lines provides local, regional and national artists with disabilities opportunities to showcase their work for sale while learning how to present art professionally. Outside the Lines also works with other local and regional organizations and agencies to provide exhibition opportunities for their artists.

Featured artists: Terry Lynn Smith & Krishanna Spencer

Da Vinci on the Road has partnered with Pine Camp Arts & Community Center to provide arts services to adults and teens with disabilities by bringing art experiences to groups. The work features exhibits the talents of some of the program's current and former participants.

Featured artists: Barbara, Berncenia, Kyle, Scott, Ronald, Freda, T., Allison, Sophia, Scott, Karen, and Charles.

VSA arts of Virginia, Outside the Lines and Da Vinci on the Road would like to thank SunTrust Bank's ACT Disability Resource Center and Katherine McCary for the opportunity to exhibit artwork, and extends special thanks to Sherry McCleod for her assistance and coordination of this exhibition.

An online version of this exhibition is available here.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Call for Flash Fiction, Poetry, and Spoken Word

Deadline: December 8, 2006

The ultimate goal: your mind in words.

Flash fiction is an especially short story that gets at the core—a microscope’s view of the world. Writing poetry is an act of discovery, not just words laid out in lines. Spoken word is your lyrical voice, your inner thoughts, and energy emerging through poetic performance.

The Theme - “A Moment in Time: Zooming In on My Life”

"Create a short story, poem, or spoken word performance that zooms in on a specific moment in your life, as a photographer zooms in on a subject to capture intricate details. You can choose an extraordinary OR an ordinary moment from your life, as both types of experiences can be influential. Take a walk through your past, the memories of your mind: watching a fluttering butterfly; witnessing a car crash; smelling the pages of a new book; riding your bike and getting lost; sipping your mom’s hot chocolate in the winter. Relive an experience where you felt adrenaline, elation, discomfort, or contentment. What life experience has shaped you? What image or sensation will be forever etched in your memory? What significant moment do you want to share with the world? Be as specific as possible, getting at the details and using as many senses as possible: sight, sound, taste, touch, smell. All poetic forms, fictional experiments, and spoken word performances are welcome". --VSA arts website; Arts in Action

For further information visit the VSA arts Writing Project web page.

A Night At The Opera

We're organizing a group trip to the opera to see Carmen on "Student Night". Please contact Erin before Friday October 13th if you want to join us. If you need to make access arrangements, Erin is happy to coordinate.

If you've never been to the opera -- take a chance -- it isn't what you think it is!

Erin can be contacted by phone at 804.230.0246 or by e-mail at

Tickets $5 for students and chaperones
Landmark Theater
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 7:15 pm
The opera will be sung in French with English supertitles

Relevant Virginia SOLs:
Science: 5.2, PH.10, PH.11
English: 4.4, 4.5, 5.4, 5.5, 5.8, 6.2, 6.4, 6.6, 7.2, 7.5, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1, 9.3, 9.5, 10.3, 10.6, 10.8
History: 7.8, 9.5, 10.1, 10.4, 10.7, 10.11
French: FI.3, FI.8, FI.12, FII.3, FII.4, FII.7, FII.11, FIII.3, FIII.5, FIII.10, FIV.3, FIV.10
Music: 4.6-4.8, 4.12, 4.13, 5.5, 5.6, 5.11, MS.5-MS.9, HS.1, HS.5-HS.9, CB.11, CI.11, CAD.11, CAR.11
Theatre Arts: M.13, M.14 , TI.11-TI.13, TII.12, TII.14, TII.15
Visual Arts: 4.16, 6.19, 8.16, AII.11

More info about the opera and the composer:

From the website: "Carmen is a seductive Spanish gypsy, dancing dangerously with passion in the smoldering town of Seville where men fall easily to her charms. The free-spirited temptress gets more than she bargained for, however, when she ends a fleeting relationship with an army corporal who abandoned almost everything to be with her. In the end, even the handsome bullfighter she clings to cannot protect her from the jealous rage of the obsessed solider whose love she scorned."