Alright, so we have had a change in date to our performance showcase this year! I am so sorry to those of you that may have made arrangements already for the 29th, but due to a conflict with another event happening that day, the showcase will now be on Thursday, April 5th, at 10:00 am. Please email me to RSVP if you'll be there: firstname.lastname@example.org
So remember when we had a series of articles on the Deseret News site that featured our program, along with a few others similar to ours in the valley? Well, they've been printing them in the Sunday paper! Two of the three articles have been published, (on the front page of the arts section!), and the third and final installment will be printed in this Sunday's paper in the arts section (on March 25th). So exciting!
Make sure to check it out! If you can't get your hands on the physical papers, here are the links to the articles on their site:
And here's the link for the one that will be printed on Sunday- but see if you can get your hands on the paper!
So first and foremost, gallery stroll is this week! We're showing off a lot of mixed media collages this month, including several Olympic-themed ones that you do not want to miss- they're amazing!
Also, I wanted to tell you something very exciting about this particular downtown gallery stroll- our very own Tyler Pierce is showing some artwork in the exhibit over at the Urban Arts Gallery!!! We are so stoked for him to be showing his work in a gallery that very much fits his style. If you have a chance see if you can pop over there too! It's not too far from us, so you could even hit both our gallery and Urban Arts tomorrow night!
The other exciting thing we have coming up, is our annual performance showcase! It will be taking place on Thursday, March 29th this year. We had our first practice for it today, and even thought there are some things we need to polish over the next few weeks, it is going to be a fantastic show! Well have some great musical theater pieces, fun songs, hilarious skits, awesome dancing, and of course, the ever popular Hapkido demonstration. Mark your calendars now- March 29th at 10:00 am! Also, please RSVP to email@example.com telling me how many are coming so that we know how many to plan for :)
Last Friday was our gala celebrating our 6th anniversary, and it was so much fun!!! We had a great turnout- some who knew who we were, and some who wandered in for the first time to learn about us!. The Disgusting Brothers were fantastic as always, and few people made cameos playing with them...
Even during the times when it seemed a little slow, I would wander back to the room we were showing our short films in, and it would be packed! we also had some lively bidding on a few of our items we were selling in our silent auction.
People also seemed to really enjoy the art installation room put together by Natasha and her class participants, exploring what love is. We had a recording for people to listen to of various clients from our art installation class talking about love and what they think love is. We also had several envelopes hanging around the room including quotes and small pieces of artwork, and each visitor got to take an envelope with them as a gift of love from us to them. It was a big hit, and many thanks go out to Natasha for putting it together.
Last but certainly not least, one of our mainstays of this event, our community canvas! This year's canvas turned out to be really fun. We had quite a few people contribute to it, although everyone seemed to be afraid of/intimidated by the center of the canvas. At the end of the night, Natasha decided that she would take the responsibility upon herself to fill the center spot with Dmitri the unicorn. She also enjoyed adding commentary to others' paintings. All in all, it's a whimsical, fun, collaborative piece.
It was a successful evening, and a big thanks goes out to all of my staff who helped in whatever ways were needed to pull it all together, The Disgusting Brothers for always being willing to play our events, and Ruby Snap for year after year donating their delicious cookies to our event. Thanks all!!!
Hey all! So this month we are celebrating our sixth anniversary as a program! That's right, we've been open and creating for six years now! As per our tradition here, that means that for the February Gallery Stroll, we are throwing a party! This Friday the 16th, we will be living it up and celebrating! We will have The Disgusting Brothers Light playing some great tunes, a silent auction featuring items with various individuals' artwork on them, a community canvas for any and everyone to paint on, the introduction of an installation art piece in our small gallery, and last but certainly not least, Ruby Snap cookies that they have graciously consented to donate for our event! Some of the items that will be auctioned this year are, t-shirts, a canvas tote bag, a comic book, and more! All of the items feature artwork done by our individuals. We are so excited, and look forward to seeing you all there!
I (Natasha) am thrilled to announce that TURN City Center for the Arts will have a special screening for its short films! While it brings me joy to share our filmography at gallery stroll, this is a unique and exciting opportunity to expand our outreach and view our movie magic on a larger scale.
The event will begin with a short introduction, followed by roughly 90 minutes of short films. The selection will include classics like Steve the Elephant Ballerina, Dancing for Xyrtha, and Bob the Ordinary, plus a debut presentation of a special surprise (which is going to be really, really good)! Following the films, I will conduct a Q&A for folks who want to know more about our creative process or happenings at the art program in general.
This event is FREE, so bring a friend and grab some popcorn. (Did I mention there's popcorn?! A staple for an authentic movie-going experience!) Get ready to laugh, feel some feelings, and be generally amazed at the stupendousness of the TURN film makers!
Today was a very fun and exciting day for Turn City Center for the Arts. Today we went to a Christmas party and got to have ourselves a grand time! There was dancing, Sloppy Joes, awesome Christmas music, a visit from Santa, and one of our very own got to sing "Let it go" from the movie "Frozen"
Christmas cheer and holiday spirit were certainly in the air at this Christmas shindig. Everyone was singing along with their favorite Christmas songs and talking about their up coming plans for the holidays.
The dance floor was booming with everyone dancing and bringing their best moves out to songs that ranged from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Jingle Bell Rock," and even "Footloose!"
It was a great time, but the best part was without a doubt when Old Saint Nick himself popped in for a visit! The room filled with cheers of delight and joy once Santa entered the room. He did a quick lap around the room greeting everyone till he settled down in a big chair in the corner. Everyone rushed and made a big line all waiting their turn to take a picture with Mr. Claus and receive a gift from him.
The party was tons of fun and when the music was done and everyone had their gifts and full stomachs we all went home with smiles on our faces. Hopefully next year and the years that follow will be as good a time as this year!
Hey all! part two of the series about arts opportunities for individuals with disabilities is up! They sent a photographer over last week to get some more pictures to link to the article, and there must have been lots of good ones, because they used plenty! Here's just a few of them:
Check it out!
Exciting news!!! In the news! There is an article about our program and other programs like ours in the Entertainment section of the Deseret News! It was published on their site online this morning, and we are so excited that it's up! This article is the first in a series about local arts programs for adults with disabilities, so there is more to come :) Here's the link so you can read it, and we'll keep you posted as more of the installments are published.
Also you can just go the the entertainment section of the Deseret News site, and the article is titled "Ability Through the Arts: Disabled Adults Find Creative Expression in Local Programs."
Here are some of the photos linked to the article to get you excited about checking it out!
Halloween!!! Man did we have a fun Halloween here! First of all, can I say how much fun it is to watch everyone get off the bus in the morning and see what they dressed up as? So much fun!!! We had some fun Halloween activities throughout the morning, and we had a blast. The entire morning, we had some people working on a haunted house, that we were making as a group.
We painted the sides of the house, drew different characters to go inside it, painted some skeletons to go on and around it, and also made a cemetery to go alongside it. It was quite the undertaking!
We also had a creepy loopy music drawing class. For those of you don't know about loopy, it's an awesome app that lets you record sound or music, and then will replay what you just did while you record new sounds on top of the previous tracks. It's a cool way to record lots of different music parts, speaking, or sounds and mashing them together to make one complicated track! For our class, we had everyone contribute to our creepy Halloween recording, and then once all 6 tracks were full and playing back, we would listen to our creepy creation while letting it inspire our drawing. We had some really fun musical creations, and some really eerie sounds!
We had some healthy snacks in the afternoon to offset some of the sugary stuff that people had brought in, and they were eating it up (bad pun, I know)!
Lots of fun was had, and it a was a great Halloween!!! Everyone enjoyed showing off their costumes and getting into their characters. Just look at how great everyone looked!
Another exciting thing that happened this week, is we got back all the awards from the Sandy Visual Art Show! I had mentioned in our last blog entry that we won some awards, but now we actually have them! In addition to the 1st place, 5th place, and Honorable Mention ribbons, everyone else also was given an Award of Merit! Here everyone is with their spoils!
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