The Arts Experience

Arts Experience Festival 2019

Registration now open! Deadline to register: March 25, 2019

April 1-12, 2019

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 2019

The Collaborative of NY, Inc. and HWS Colleges are pleased to present The 10th Annual Arts Experience: A Festival Celebrating Inclusion & the Arts with the theme of People Power: Get Together! (For more information on the theme click here). Below you will find information about this year’s Arts Experience activities. All activities are held on the HWS campus in Geneva, NY and are free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all. Click ‘Register Online’ to register. Registration is required for all workshops due to space limitations.

Monday, April 1, 2019

1: All Abilities Yoga Class, 10:15 - 11:45 am - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Explore yoga with dance professor, Donna Davenport. Open to everyone and all abilities.
Instructor: Donna Davenport (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Studio 104
Max Participants: 15

2: Let's Ring Together (Bell Choir), 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Experience a day in the life of the Ballantyne Bell Choir, an adaptive ensemble serving geriatric adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with some members of our group, you will participate in a typical rehearsal, culminating in the performance of a well-known song.
Instructor: Melissa Davis (The Arc of Monroe)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Rooms A & B
Max Participants: 45


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

3: Art Exhibit, Film Screening and Q&A with artist Larry Bissonnette, 10:30 - 11:45 am
Larry Bissonette is an artist and disability rights advocate who lives in Vermont. He exhibits his art regularly both locally and nationally, and his work is in numerous permanent collections. Larry is both the subject and writer of an award-winning film titled My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2005). In 1991, Larry learned to communicate through typing and began combining words with his art to express his thoughts and ideas. Over the past 20 years, he has been a featured presenter at many national educational conferences and has written and spoken on the topics of autism, communication, and art.
Host: Nick Ruth (HWS Studio Art)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Audience: 100

4: Everyone "BAND" Together, 10:30 - 11:30 am - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
“BAND” together using 1960’s era Peace & People Power accessories (buttons, pins, colorful rubber stamp designs, flowers, etc.). Make and decorate all kinds of bands: hair bands, head bands, bows, bow ties, ties, ankle bands, leg bands, whatever you choose! Proudly wear our bands throughout the ARTS Experience festival to represent our incredible People Power!
Instructor: Lisa Rosekrans (Arc of Steuben)
Host: Mary Kelly (HWS Education)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 45

5: Quiet Collages, 1 - 2:30 pm - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Create multimedia soft palette collages on canvas using diverse materials such as fabrics, fibers, grasscloth, metallics and upcycled items. These soft collages represent that soft voices can be as powerful as loud voices in bringing people together.
Instructor: Roberta Nickelsen (Intandem)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 15

6: Art Meditation, 1:30 - 2:45 pm - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Guided visualization & relaxation exercise followed by silently working with a variety of arts materials to release creativity and personal expression.
Instructor: Michelle Ernst Modera
Host: Nick Ruth (HWS Studio Art)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 30

7: Abstract Intuitive Painting, 4 - 5:30 pm
You have the power to create something from nothing! Express yourself while exploring process-driven techniques through design, pattern, color and abstraction using acrylic paint and mixed media.
Instructor: Katie Mertz (Arc of Monroe)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 45


Thursday, April 4, 2019

8: Vegetable Painting on the Farm, 1:30 - 2:30 pm - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Make colorful finger and stamp paintings of vegetable fields and rabbits that can be used as wall art or a set of stationary cards!
Instructors: Meg Quint (HWS student)
HWS Fribolin Farm (56 White Springs Lane, Geneva, NY - accessible, with some uneven terrain)
Max Participants: 12


Friday, April 5, 2019

9: Creative Movement, 10:30 - 11:45 am - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Explore the body’s expressive potential through individual and group activities, drawing, and dancing to different musical accompaniment.
Instructor: Cadence Whittier (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Studio 104
Max Participants: 30


Saturday, April 6, 2019

10: To Be a One-Person-Band: The Art of Live Loop-Based Music, 11 am - 12 pm  

Performers of all types have found accessibility to fuller sounds and creative possibilities using live looping: the recording and playback of a piece of music in real-time. Join bass musician, Frans Bohman, for a performance/presentation on the art of loop-based music. Frans will explain how loop-based-music has influenced his writing and live performances, followed by an opportunity to explore live looping yourself!
Instructor: Frans Bohman (Musician)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Room 119
Max Participants: 25

11: Open Studio - 1000 Paper Cranes: An Origami Collective Experience, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
No registration necessary. Stop by between 10 am and 1 pm for an all inclusive community project. Learn about the traditional origami paper cranes, create your own cranes, decorate pre-made cranes or the paper for others to fold. We will be trying to make 1000 cranes throughout the festival to achieve the ancient Japanese legend of earning a wish. All ability levels.
Instructor: Caitlin E. Horrocks, LCAT, ATR-BC
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Room 119
Max Participants: No max


Monday, April 8, 2019

12: Group Mural Get Together, 10:30 am - 12 pm - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Come together to create one large mural from many smaller canvases. Decorate a small canvas to be added to the Group Mural Get Together, representing the power of working together. The finished mural will be displayed during the Get Together Gala on Friday, April 12.
Instructors: Cathy Hanagan (Arc of Wayne)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 20

13: Drumming Together, 10:30 - 11:30 am - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Have fun, jam, and explore self-expression through percussion and rhythm with drums.
Instructors: Adam Fryer (Two Herons Drum Circle)
Host: Michelle Ikle (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Participants: 50

14: The Flower Power Hour, 12:30 - 2 pm - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Let’s get together and jam out to 1960’s hits. Dress in your most creative ‘60’s attire and make a flower power crown to wear (and take home) while jamming out with different instruments!   Dance, play instruments, create, and come together just like the 60’s generation!
Instructors: Nathan Merrill, Dana Kincaid, Christin Lersch (Ontario ARC)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 30

15: Catching Your Dreams, 1 - 2 pm - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Build a dream catcher to make a ‘web of connections.’
Instructors: Denise Reifsteck (Hillside)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 15

16: Tye-Dye Together, 4 - 5 pm
Come join us for some Tye-Dye fun! Learn a few different designs and step by step instructions to complete a great shirt to take home! Please let us know the youth and/or adults T-shirt size(s) for each participant(s).
Instructors: Claire Scheible and Kristine Gorton (Hillside)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 25


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

17: Dancing from Within: Exploring and Creating, 10:30 - 11:45 am - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
A brief dance phrase will be taught using self expression and movement exploration.  Participants will then be guided as they continue creating the dance and working together finding various ways the body can move, as well as exploring emotional connection with the movement. 
Instructor: Jennifer Karski (Filippetti’s Dance Academy)
Host: Mary Kelly (HWS Education)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Room 104
Max Participants: 40


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

18: Zany Paint Fun, 10 am - 12 pm - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Create paintings on canvas using everything but a paintbrush. Sling shots, bubbles and spray bottles will be just some of the ways to create your own unique painting. You’ll even make your own puffy paint! If you like to paint and like to get messy, get ready to have some zany fun!
Instructor: Ashlee Landolf (Arc of Steuben)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 45

19: Trail of Hope - A Community Connection, 10:30 - 11:30 am - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Join us for a discussion of the Trail of Hope project and how everyone in the community can be involved. Contribute to the Trail of Hope by painting bricks for the pathway markers, stones for the Hope Ribbons as well as receive packets of flower seeds to start plants for a garden at the Trail of Hope.
Instructor: Margaret Gulvin (OPWDD)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Participants: 20

20: A Moving Experience: A Performance, 11:50 am - 1:15 pm
A Moving Experience has been delighting audiences around Rochester and western New York for 25 years and are excited to bring their message of peace and inclusion to the 10th Annual Arts Experience Festival. A 50 minute dance performance followed by Q&A with the dancers. Suitable for all ages and sensory needs!
Instructor: Emily Brown (Arc of Monroe Community Arts Connection)
Host: Caitlin Mahon (HWS Dance)
HWS Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Deming Theatre
Max Audience: 80

21: Same Chords, Different Songs, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Explore different songs with a common chord progressions while singing and playing various instruments
Instructor: Casey Mallow (Arc of Schuyler)
Host: Diana Baker (HWS Education)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 50

22: Sunflower Crafts, 4 - 5:30 pm
There is more than one way to achieve your goal! Explore various methods of creating a beautiful sunflower. Paint, glue petals, trace your hands as petals, dip your hands or a fork in paint, or fold paper into a beautiful sunflower.
Instructor: Kassandra Hosmer (Hillside)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 30


Thursday, April 11, 2019

23: Self-Determination: A Presentation, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Carrie Bergeron will share steps to living a self-determined life and her experiences with Down syndrome. Includes performing pop songs through sign language.
Instructor: Carrie Bergeron (Self-Advocate, National Speaker)
Host: Mary Kelly (HWS Education)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room A
Max Audience: 50

24: ‘Stained Glass’ Window Making, 10:30 - 11:45 am - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Make your own ‘stained glass’ windows using markers. At the end of the workshop, take home your unique work of art, or can leave it to be part of a bigger and collaborative display at the Gala on April 12th!
Instructor: Elena Ludwig (HWS student)
Host: Mary Kelly (HWS Education)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 50

25: Collage Communication Game, 1 - 2 pm
Get together and play a game that challenges you to communicate through art! After playing the first round with example artwork, work together to collage your own images to play the game with, and keep some of the final results!
Instructor:Natalie Reichel (ADAPT Community Network NYC)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Participants: 42

26: ‘Rearranging the Furniture’ performance, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Playwright H May describes their one-person play: “Incited by a round of visits to doctors that left me feeling unmoored, this performance is a diagnosis of a disease plaguing the theatre and me: lack of vision. A reflection on Tiresias, disability, and the disorientation of the early days of the Trump administration, ‘Rearranging the Furniture’ challenges audiences to create space for difference, hold ground that feels increasingly unstable, and to learn to love or cut the ties that bind.”
Performer: Heather May (HWS Theater)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Room B
Max Audience: 100


Friday, April 12, 2019

27: DIY Drums & Shakers, 10:00 - 11:30 am - CLOSED - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Up-cycle household items into musical fun. Each participant will create a drum or shaker to use a musical group circle of rhythm and fun.
Instructor:Jacob Perry and Michael Nash(Hillside), Peter Luna (HWS College Experience)
Host: Diana Baker (HWS Education)
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Rooms A & B
Max Participants: 40

28: Get Together Gala: Celebrating 10 years of Arts Experience, 12 - 1:30 pm
Enjoy performances by Youth Voice Band, A Moving Experience with Emily Brown and the Arc of Monroe Community Arts Connection company, and Creative Movement with Cadence Whittier. Take selfies with OPWDD’s groovy Get Together People Power Bus, and enjoy artwork at the Pop up People’s Exhibit (BYOA - Bring Your Own Artwork) and more! Emcee Nathan Merrill, Ontario Arc. Lunch pizza and refreshments provided (no cost).
HWS Scandling Student Center, 2nd Floor (elevator access) - Vandervort Rooms A & B
Max Participants: 150

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Co-Sponsors

  • Collaborative of NY, Inc. (representing 15 ARC NY, Inc. chapters in Upstate NY)
  • HWS Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs
  • HWS Office of the President
  • HWS Education Department
  • HWS Dance Department
  • Hillside Children's Center

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CONTACT

Email: artsfestival@hws.edu

Phone: (315) 781-4590



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