Artists, writers, musicians, actors, dancers, performers, arts educators and employees and board members of local arts organizations are invited to the second Arts After Hours (AAH) on Sunday, November 15, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at “YourTheatre” in North Conway, sponsored by Arts Council of Tamworth (ACT) and hosted by M&D Productions.
The idea for AAH grew out of ACT’s strategic planning process this past spring, which included an event at Tin Mountain attended by many artists, teachers, and representatives of local arts organizations. Much of the discussion centered on finding more ways, particularly in a challenging economy, to collaborate with one another, pooling our diverse strengths and capacities in support of our often similar missions. One realization, however, was that not all members of the arts community know each other, or are aware of each other’s strengths and capacities. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, ACT board member Dennis Quinn said, to have a way to meet and interact regularly, to get to know each other and in an informal setting share ideas and inspiration?
The plan for this year is to have quarterly events, sponsored by ACT and each hosted by a different organization or individual. ACT’s hope is that if these events are beneficial to the arts community, participating organizations and individuals will continue to share responsibility for hosting and organizing the events.
Arts After Hours is a potluck supper; participants are requested to bring a potluck dish to share and, if you wish, additional beverages or dessert. Beer, wine, coffee and tea will be provided.
AAH is also an opportunity for working artists of all sorts (visual, performing, literary, etc.) to share work and work-in-progress with the arts community. Please, if you are so inclined, bring something you can share in no more than a few minutes: one piece of visual art you can speak about briefly, one short song, a poem, a very brief monologue, and so forth. We will eat and socialize starting at 5:00, and at 7:00 will gather to listen and watch. Artists’ names will be put in a hat, and you will be asked to stand up in the order your names are pulled. If we don’t have time for everyone, we’ll ask you to bring your offering back to the next AAH (upcoming dates include Sunday, February 7 and Sunday, May 16).