Hello all! TURN has been working on figuring out how best to reopen our programs as the community and the world settle into the "new normal." We know that many people are desperate to return, and we understand how difficult this prolonged closure has been for some. Here is a letter from TURN's Executive Director, Dave Hennessey, regarding the situation:
The safety of the individuals we serve and our staff come first, and although we are trying out a very small scale soft opening of our program with just a handful of individuals, if we do not think we can keep everyone safe through social distancing, masks, and frequent sanitation, or if the trajectory of the virus in our community changes in a worrying way, we may very well close again and just wait it out. For those of you that have not been contacted yet about returning, know that we are aware of you, and that when we feel the program can safely have you return, we will reach out directly to see how we can make that happen. We are saddened that we can't ask more individuals to return at this time, but with the spacial requirements in the space we operate out of, we are very limited as to how many people we can safely serve right now. Hopefully things will go well and we will be able to see more of you soon. In the meantime, stay safe, stay happy, and take care of yourselves!
Hey all! I hope everyone is doing well, and is staying safe and healthy! Since we've been closed and it looks like we might be for awhile, I've decided to tackle a few projects that I just never have had the time for. The project today, is sorting out our art storage room. I have a feeling this one might take me a few days-we have so much stuff!
We've been missing everyone, and I'm sure a few of you have been missing classes as much as we've been missing leading them! As a result, we plan on uploading a few virtual classes to our YouTube channel, so that some of you can join us in learning, creating, and expressing. It probably won't be frequent that we upload the videos, but we figure some is better than none, right? Look for the first one, Music with Katie, within the next few days! Also, here's the link to our YouTube channel if you haven't already subscribed- in the meantime you can watch some of our shorts!
It's been a crazy week, right? TURN is closely monitoring the situation, and as of right now, our day programs are remaining open. We are disinfecting around the program multiple times a day and passing out sanitizer before lunch and when people make contact with each other. We are also encouraging everyone to use the "elbow bump" as a way of greeting each other, so that we do not spread germs through high fives and fist bumps. If the status of our program changes, I will be reaching out to all the affected people personally so everyone is aware of what is going on.
Amid all the craziness this week, several galleries around the valley have elected not to participate in the gallery stroll next Friday. TURN has decided that we will not be participating in the March Gallery Stroll. We will be displaying beautiful new artwork in April however, and look forward to seeing you all then on April 17th!
We've been keeping pretty busy here doing awesome things! A few weeks ago we had our official open house for our new gallery space! I twas quite the day and quite the shindig, and we're thankful to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen! During the day portion of the open house, Philip's band, The Iternal Roots, played for us, and they were amazing!
We had a giant collaborative collage project going throughout the day, and once people started adding to it, it began to look really cool! In the evening, The Disgusting Brothers played our event, and they rocked it, as always. We had a great turn out, and everyone had a ball! Again, thank you to the bands, the people from TURN who helped, and all of the people who came- you made the day a hit!
We've been keeping busy since the open house, creating some awesome artwork! In our group art class, we put the finishing touches on a collaborative mosaic piece we had been working on for a month. There was a lot of work that went into it, and we finally finished it!
As if we weren't busy enough, we're starting to prepare for the performance showcase! We're still working on finalizing a date for it, so stay tuned for that. It's looking like the showcase will most likely be the end of April or early May- we'll post the date here and send out emails as soon as we know!
As we've been adjusting to life without Natasha and re-orienting Cesar with the program, we've been kept pretty busy. Even through all the crazy, we still have some pretty awesome moments. For example, we had an epic dance party this week! We always dance after the lunch break to get us all moving again, and on this particular day, I kept the music playing as people were transitioning to whatever room or project they were working on. Well, Ann decided she was going to keep dancing until the music stopped, so we just kept the music going. Before we knew it, Ann, Chris, Cesar, and Emily Jane had spent the whole hour dancing! Then, as others got out of their classes/projects, they joined in on the dancing as well! It was a great time, and we've got pics to prove that this awesome event happened!
In summary, we're awesomely fun :)
After over four years of incredible contribution, Natasha has left us. We are sad to see her go, but are excited for all the amazing things she will do in the future! Natasha has opened so many doors and found so many opportunities for us as a program, and we truly would not be where we are today without her. Our film program will be taking a bit of a hiatus until one of the rest of us figures out how to do EVERYTHING she did to make that happen, but she did leave us with one last film from her class that we will be screening at our gallery stroll on the 17th. All of us truly appreciate the hard work that Natasha put in to make films, art submissions, and incredible art and dance projects happen. Thank you for everything Natasha- we'll miss you!!!
On the positive side of things, we have already found a new program assistant, and it's a familiar face! Cesar is coming back! Natasha is leaving a huge void in her place, but we're glad to be adding Cesar to our program family again, to help fill that void. Welcome back, Cesar!
Ok, so some of you may know, and some of you may not, but TCCA has a new gallery space! TURN has leased a suite at the same address, just on the other side of the building. So, in addition to having our usual space, we now have a beautiful new place to show all of our artwork! We've been working to get it ready for a month or so, but it is now ready to be seen- we'll be having December's Gallery Stroll over there! I've been hanging the artwork over there, and everything is looking amazing!
This month our gallery will feature artwork done by our amazing staff and instructors! We'll also be showing some group pieces done by our wonderful artists, and you definitely won't want to miss this show! Come check us out! (note that the gallery is in suite 120)
Well we here at TURN hope you all had a Happy Halloween! We all had a grand time yesterday livin' it up- Halloween style! In the morning we did some Halloween Karaoke, and hit most of the classics- Ghostbusters was everyone's favorite. We also had a Halloween improv class going, where people did some character based movement and scenes going, inspired by our costumes! We also did some shadow dancing, which is always a fun time. We rigged up a sheet and pointed our projector at it, and had a fun time making our shadows dance, pretending to be witches and monsters, and avoiding nefarious shadows that were trying to attack us! And it's not a true holiday at CCFA until we have some holiday themed coloring sheets, so we did some coloring while watching Coco. Happy Belated Halloween!
Well, if yesterday is any indication, we need to start a puppetry class! Ages ago, we had some puppets donated to the program. We use them every now and then, but not often. Well, while waiting for the buses yesterday, Nic started doing some impressions, so we grabbed a few of the puppets to hand out, and hilarity ensued! After Nic and Chris had a puppet conversation, Darin and Shane wanted to give it a stab!
Once one of us reads up on puppetry a bit, I think we may just do a puppetry class... or maybe just work puppets into our skits classes... If anyone has expertise, we'd love your help, because we have some great folks who I think will be naturals :)
Fall is a busy time full of opportunities to show our artwork off! We had a great time at the Urban Arts Festival this last weekend, and got to show of our wonderful artists' work to so many people! It's always great to get the word out about us, and to introduce our program to people who have no clue we exist! We had some great conversations with community members, and hopefully have made some new connections :) Not to mention, we were able to help get our artists' artwork out there and into peoples' homes!
Now that the festival is over, we are forging on to the next venture! We have five artists who will be showing off their artwork at the Cottonwood Heights Art Show, which starts the end of next week! If you want to go support Darin, Katie F, Tyler, Chris, or Robin, you can see their artwork at the Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 East Bengal Boulevard) from October 1-30.
Well keep you all posted of the other art opportunities that come up for our artists this Fall!
TURN City Center for the Arts
Helping adults with disabilities to enrich their lives through the arts!