The Arts Experience

Arts Experience Festival 2020

In accordance with the CDC recommendation against bringing people together for large events, the 11th Annual Arts Festival events, scheduled March 30-April 10, 2020, are canceled until further notice.

The HWS colleges are shifting to 'remote learning' after the upcoming spring break and few if any students will be on campus. Click here for more information.

Canceling the two weeks of enriching and enjoyable events is a great disappointment to all of us but sadly it is a necessary precaution for everyone's health and welfare. We would like to reconnect when is it in the best interest of all involved.

Please feel free to contact us at artsfestival@hws.edu with any questions.

Thank you for your dedication to inclusion and the arts as well as your understanding.


March 30 - April 10, 2020

Mission

The Arts Experience is a partnership of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Collaborative of NY, Inc. The festival is an opportunity for participants, including people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, the college community, and the general public to explore various means of expression through the arts.

Vision

The Arts Experience will cultivate and embrace the spirit of inclusion through participation in the arts, artistic performance and celebration.


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2020 (Canceled)

The Collaborative of NY, Inc. and HWS Colleges are pleased to present The 11th Annual Arts Experience: A Festival Celebrating Inclusion & the Arts (March 30th - April 10th, 2020) with the theme Water & Roots! Below is a list of this year’s Arts Experience activities.

All activities held on the HWS campus in Geneva, NY are free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all. Some evening co-sponsored events are held off-campus, and information about accessibility and cost is provided below.

Click ‘Register Online’ to register. Free registration is required for many workshops and events due to space limitations. Registration is recommended, but not required, for larger public events (to help with planning).

Monday, March 30, 2020

1: Culture through the Arts Gala! 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
We will open this year's festival with a lunchtime celebration! Enjoy performances, music, a pop-up gallery exhibit, arts activities, and more! Lunch provided (no cost).
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Rooms A & B
Max Participants: 150. Registration is recommended but not required.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2: Spring Flower Making, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Create beautiful spring flowers from coffee filters using water and food coloring. Once they have dried, make a beautiful bouquet to take home or give to a friend.
Instructor: Cathy Hanagan (Wayne Arc)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 20

3: Collaborative Watercolor Circle Painting, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
A collaborative painting experience that connects people through art.
Instructor: Katie Mertz (Arc of Monroe)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 25

4: Tai Chi & Me, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
A class designed to assist with mindfulness and balance. The class focuses on slow movements and weight transfers. A great class for improving flexibility, walking balance and stamina and is very calming!
Instructor: Mandy Jensen (Arc of Schuyler)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 25

5: Mixed Media Fish Prints, 1-2:30 p.m.
Using simple printmaking techniques and collage to create decorative fish designs from construction paper, found objects, & two colors of paint.
Instructor: Katie Mertz (Arc of Monroe)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 25

6: Edisa Weeks performance of THREE RITES: Liberty, 7:30-9 p.m.
Brooklyn, NY choreographer, educator, and performer Edisa Weeks brings her show to Geneva, NY. "The LIBERTY installation includes a performance by Edisa Weeks where she is connected like a puppet to objects that have informed the Black experience in America. Alternating between white face, black face and visceral ritual dance, the work examines the pathologizing of African-Americans and how the ideals of liberty are upheld in America." Adult content - explicit with purpose. Please review her website for more details.
Geneva Community Center, Pat Collins Black Box Theatre, 160 Carter Road, Geneva, NY.
Registration not required. Tickets: $5, limited free tickets available for Arts Experience attendees, please email artsfestival@hws.edu for more information. The Geneva Community Center is wheelchair accessible.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

7: Spray Tree Artwork, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Participants trace or draw a tree using water-based markers, and then use a water sprayer to blend colors and create their own work of art.
Instructor: Lisa Rosekrans (Arc of Steuben)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 25

8: Drum Circle, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Interactive workshop using rhythm and drums to play games, make spontaneous music and connect with one another. Sound and imagery will represent the roots of life and music, and as we water our rhythms, we hear our songs grow. Participants explore songs from various cultures around the world while sharing their own music to empower and show how we are all interconnected.
Instructor: Adam Fryer (Two Herons Drum Circle)
Host: Kelly Johnson (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 50

9: Vertical River Duet, 4-4:30 p.m.
Performance by percussionists Anthony J. Calabrese and HWS student Cole Cassano. Vertical River by Blake Tyson is written for Vibraphone and Marimba duet, and was inspired by Tyson's rafting adventure with John Parks on the Boise River.
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Atrium No Max. Registration not required.


Thursday, April 2, 2020

10: Custom Creations Inspired by Nature, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Participants will customize blank t-shirts with fabric markers, paint and stamp presses, and create a concept for their artwork inspired by nature.
Instructor: Dayton Everett (ADAPT Community Network, NYC)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 25

11: Jack and the Beanstalk Performance & Magic Bean Activity, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Come join us for an interactive theatre performance of Jack and the Beanstalk and create your own magic bean starter kit to take home and grow. Golden goose not included!
Instructors: Nathan Merrill, Mariah Stock, & Christin Lersch (Ontario Arc)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 50

12: Creative Art Paint, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Slingshot, spinning disk and spaghetti noodle painting with water-based paint to create a work of personal creative art. Note: Paint splatter may occur, please dress accordingly.
Instructor: Ashlee Landolf (Arc of Steuben)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 20

13: Plastic Bottle Surfing Penguins, 4-5:30 p.m.
There are lots of ways to recycle plastic soda bottles, and turning them into adorable penguins is one of them. With a little bit of paint and creativity you can turn 2 plastic soda bottles into an adorable penguin.
Instructor: Katie Mertz (Arc of Monroe)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 30

14: Peanut Butter Falcon movie, 7-8:45 p.m.
"The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG 13), is an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak (22), a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler," with Shia LaBeouf and introducing Zach Gottsagen.
Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva, NY
The Smith is wheelchair accessible, with 2 single stall accessible restrooms on the first floor, and auditorium seating with some areas for wheelchair users. Registration not required. General tickets $10 adults, $7 youth. Free tickets for first 50 Arts Experience attendees, and discounted tickets ($5) are also available for Arts Experience attendees.


Friday, April 3, 2020

15: Creative Movement: Exploring Shapes, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Join us in exploring the body's creativity through the use of colorful props, music, individual activities, and group collaboration. Any and all movement experience is more than welcome.
Instructor: Sophie Kaufman (HWS Dance Student)
Host: Michelle Ikle (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 12

16: Partner & Group Dancing, 12:15-1:15 p.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Participants experience the joy of dance while increasing physical and emotional well-being. Participants can learn different dance styles and movements through space with dance partners and props. All ages and ability levels are welcome!
Instructor: Julie Keeney (Arc of Monroe)
Host: Michelle Ikle (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 40


Monday April 6, 2020

17: Roots of Dance: Expressing Yourself through Choreography, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Participants use the fundamentals of dance (space, time and effort) to create and share a movement statement demonstrating their personal style.
Instructor: Emily Brown (Arc of Monroe)
Host: Kelly Johnson (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 20

18: Water Imagery through Creative Movement, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Students explore the body's expressive potential through individual and group activities. Specifically, participants explore water imagery as they dance with large swaths of fabric. The fabric was designed at the gala opener by Arts Experience participants. This workshop is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Instructor: Cadence Whittier (HWS Dance)
Host: Donna Davenport (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 25

19: Rooted in Ringing: Bell Choir, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Experience a day in the life of the Ballantyne Bell Choir, an adaptive assembly serving older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with some members of our group, you will be able to participate in a typical rehearsal, culminating in a performance of a well-known song.
Instructor: Melissa Davis (Arc of Monroe)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Music Room 119
Max Participants: 45


Tuesday April 7, 2020

20: Intelligent Lives documentary and Self Advocacy Q & A Panel 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
"From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America." A brief Self-Advocacy panel discussion will follow the film. Free, no charge.
Host: Mary Kelly (HWS Education)
Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. Geneva NY. The Smith is wheelchair accessible, with 2 single stall accessible restrooms on the first floor, and auditorium seating with some areas for wheelchair users.

21: Rooted in Fairy Dust, Watered by Gnomes, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Attendees will design and construct their very own fairy/gnome garden, planted with mosses, sedums, and hyacinth, within an up-cycled broken terracotta pot. Can be taken home to place on a window sill, step, or in an outside garden.
Instructor: Sarah Meyer (HWS Farm)
HWS Fribolin Farm, 56 White Springs Lane, Geneva, NY. (Accessible house, but some uneven terrain outside)
Max Participants: 12

22: Ballantyne Garden Club presentation & activity, 1-2:30 p.m.
Find out how to start a Garden Club and participate in a garden club activity.
Instructor: Phyllis Ehrmentraut (Arc of Monroe)
HWS Fribolin Farm, 56 White Springs Lane, Geneva, NY. (Accessible house, but some uneven terrain outside)
Max Participants: 10


Wednesday April 8, 2020

23: Allegany Arc Angels Performance & Dance, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
The Arc Angels will perform a 2020 dance set that includes a finale with audience participation. Enjoy the performance and try out your own dance skills.
Choreographer/Instructor: Kate Martelle
Host: Zach Frazee (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 50


Thursday April 9, 2020

24: A Talk by Jesse Saperstein & David Lieberman, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Author and HWS graduate Jesse Saperstein (Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters, Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood) along with friend and colleague David Lieberman from the College Experience and Living Resources, Inc. in Albany, NY, will give a humorous and personal talk about the transition to adulthood for people on the autism spectrum.
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Gearan Center, Studio 104
Max Participants: 45

25: Ground 'n' Flow, 10:45-11:45 a.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
A mindful movement experience which will explore how to get grounded and increase energy flow within the body.
Instructors: Emily Kilkenny, Megan Scribner & Sarah Andreachhi (Cobblestone Arts)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 15

26: Creating Thank You Cards for Local Heroes, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Participants will be able to create artistic thank you cards that will be sent to local Geneva heroes and/or can be taken home to share with one's own personal heroes.
Instructor: Emma Ibbotson (HWS Student)
Host: Katie Flowers (HWS Center Community Engagement and Service Learning)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 1st floor Lounge
Max Participants: 20

27: Creative Dance: Movement Improvisation, 2-3 p.m.
Come explore your expressive body in this fun and playful dance improvisation class.
Instructor: Cynthia Williams (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 20


Friday April 10, 2020

28: River and Reflections: An Interactive Storytelling Experience, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Come along as we embark on adventures together, immersing ourselves in tales both new and old. Paint pictures in your mind's eye using gestures, movements and sounds in conjunction with reading short stories.
Instructor: Kayla Smalley (Arc of Monroe)
Host: Chris Hatch (HWS Theatre)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 50

29: Same Chords, Different Song Performance by Casey Mallow, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sing, clap and play a variety of instruments and learn about the history of early Rock n' Roll and many popular songs and artists.
Instructor: Casey Mallow (Arc Of Schuyler)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 25

30:"Pound" Roots/Fitness & Drumming, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an effective workout. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with Yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® can easily be adapted for people of all ages and abilities.
Instructor: Julie Keeney (Arc of Monroe)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 30

31: HWS Junior/Senior Choreographers Concert, 7:30-9p.m.
Student dance performances featuring original choreography from HWS Dance majors and minors.
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Registration not required. Tickets: $5. Limited free tickets available for Arts Experience attendees, please call or email artsfestival@hws.edu for more information.

 

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