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NEW GRANT COULD MAKE DAYTON A MAJOR MUSICAL THEATRE CENTER

A Dayton cultural fund has awarded a grant that will enable The Human Race Theatre Company to become even more of a national factor in musical theatre development. The combination of funding and expertise could push Dayton to the forefront of creativity in the art form that is America’s contribution to world stages.

For the past eight years, The Human Race – Dayton’s professional theatre company – has been cultivating new musicals through its Musical Theatre Workshop program. It has developed relationships with both established (Stephen Schwartz, Tom Jones) and emerging writers. (Joseph Thalken, Gregg Coffin, Rob Hartmann) Premieres, workshops and residencies have all been presented – showcasing regional and national artists. But the 2009-10 season will bring all of these projects together under one arm of The Human Race – MUSICALS IN DEVELOPMENT – thanks to a generous grant from the Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund.

“Dayton has long been a center for innovation,” said Human Race Executive Director Kevin Moore. “The airplane, the cash register, the electric starter engine, the ice tray – just a few of the many innovations created in Dayton. We plan to use the creative energy in the Miami Valley to make this a center for the creation of new musicals.”

The Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund has long supported artistic projects that expand the reach of the organization and the art form itself. Richard C. McCauley, Chairman of the Fund, stated “we are excited about the opportunity you see to identify The Human Race as a hub for new musical development and for local talent to be involved and exposed to professionals in this field.”

The grant, almost $94,000, will help to fund activities from July 2009 through July 2010. This will include two summer musical festivals as well as our Summer Lovewell program, two residencies and two major musical productions at The Loft Theatre.

“We are extremely grateful to the Rosenthal Fund for their incredible investment in this new vision for the company,” continues Moore. “We know this is just the beginning if we are to continue this kind of development, and we hope that more funders will follow suit.”

The Human Race is a member organization of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Kevin Moore serves on the Board of NAMT as well as co-chairing the Festival of New Musicals for the past two years. Musical works such as WAS, WILD BLUE, HAROLD & MAUDE, CONVENIENCE, GREEN GABLES, MOBY DICK, THE AMBITION BIRD, VOICE OF THE CITY, 24 HOURS, NEFERTITI and TINYARD HILL have premiered or had development work at The Human Race.


Celebrate the Arts During the July First Friday

Downtown’s independently owned galleries, restaurants and other venues will celebrate Independence Day during the next First Friday art hop

D Patrons can download a discount coupon at www.codecu.org that makes it even less expensive to enjoy many of downtown’s establishments ― most of which have a view of the City of Dayton’s fireworks right outside their doors or on their patios. First Friday will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. July 3 at the following locations:
• Color of Energy Gallery, 16 Brown St.;
• Summer Space, 207 E. Sixth St.;
• Gallery 510 Fine Art, 510 E. Fifth St.;
• Link Gallery, 519 E. Fifth St.;
• Goloka Gallery, 523 E. Fifth St;
• Cannery Art and Design Center, 434 E. Third St.;
• Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.;
• Sandra’s Art Emporium, 27 S. St. Clair St.;
• Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery, 22 E. Fifth St.
• c{space, 20 N. Jefferson St.; and
• Garden Station, corner of Fourth and Wayne Ave.
Summer Space, a new hub for a variety of arts programs, will host an exhibit of works by the group of emerging artists who have studios in the previously vacant building. Summer Space artists also have been creating work in the streets of the Oregon Arts District and in district establishments, as well as working with local students and established artists. Click here to read a blog chronicling Summer Space.
Another formerly vacant building turned community arts hub, c{space, will host “Penumbra,” a multimedia exhibition of recent work by artists Nicholaus Arnold, Ian Breidenbach, Andy Byers, Will Eagle, Jenn Flick, David Kenworthy, Lisa Miller, Adam Rohr and Frank Travers and featuring a musical performance by Kyle Byrum and complimentary food and drink. Penumbra also will be on display Saturday, July 4, from 5 to 11 p.m.
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Also at c{space, Courteous Mass, Dayton’s urban street cycling ride, will depart at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. Riders should meet at c{space at 5 p.m. for the hour-long ride. For more information, call 937-272-5930 or check “Courteous Mass-Dayton” on Facebook.com.
The following exhibits also will be on display during First Friday in July:
• Gallery 510 Fine Art will feature painting demonstrations throughout the evening by proprietor Loretta Puncer, as well as the “Handmade Show,” featuring art quilts by Cathy Jeffers, hand-dyed wool hooked rugs by Donna Hrkman, raku ceramics by George Armstrong, and jewelry by Sara Cogswell, Trish Jeffers-Zeh and Cecilia Young.
• Color of Energy Gallery will present the first in a series of collaborative works by gallery owner Mike Elsass and local artist and teacher Dani Schmidt. In addition, paintings completed during a recent performance with SMAG Dance Collaborative in which Elsass used dancers as his brushes and Bob Rhoads’ saw-cut board etchings will be on display.
For more on the Oregon Arts District, visit www.oregonartsdistrict.com.
The Dayton Visual Arts Center will host the opening of “Green: The 18th Annual Open Members’ Show,” which celebrates Dayton’s diverse community of visual artists. As First Stop First Friday, DVAC will be open until 8 p.m. For more on DVAC, visit www.daytonvisualarts.org.
The Cannery Art and Design Center will feature the stained glass art of Matt Warvel. For more on the CADC, visit www.canneryarts.com.
Garden Station, an urban community garden and art park, will host bonfires, live music and garden tours and show a movie at dusk.
The Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery hosts paintings by local artist Clifford Darrett.
A number of area restaurants and taverns will host special events during First Friday. Fifth Street Wine and Deli, 416 E. Fifth St., will host a beer and wine tasting. Therapy Café, 452 E. Third St., will present Eighties Night, featuring DJ Jay spinning ‘80s new wave and some ‘70s disco starting at 9 p.m. In addition, most of the restaurants, retail shops, bars and clubs, Neon Movies, Wiley’s Comedy Club, Urban Krag Climbing Center and other establishments throughout downtown will be open. July 3 also is the opening night for the weekend-long Cityfolk Festival ― held at RiverScape Metro Park and featuring performances by internationally acclaimed music acts, art, food and drink, and much more ― and the City of Dayton’s fireworks, which take place at RiverScape at 10 p.m.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Web site, www.downtowndayton.org, has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more.


Summer Space in the Oregon District

This summer, artist and Color of Energy gallery owner, Mike Elsass will be leading the creation of Summer Space; a program for emerging artists in the Oregon Arts District. Summer Space works to support many aspects of art, including youth and emerging artists, as well as promoting an arts culture in the city of Dayton. The program gives 10 artists a chance to work in their own studio space amongst a thriving arts community, and foster their own creative body of work. The program helps artists network and market their work, as well as collaborate with established, nationally recognized artists. The artists involved in Summer Space have set up their studios in the, until now, vacant Excelsior building on East Sixth Street, and will be working their for the remainder of the summer.

Summer Space artists are responsible, not only for creating their own body of work, but for many other arts related concerns, such as arts based community outreach, indiviudal art openings, and an artist exchange program, which will work to bring national artists’ work to Dayton, and promote Dayton artists’ work on a national level. Summer Space artists are expected to work in league with the Oregon Arts District in order to promote a healthy, community based arts culture.

The artists of Summer Space come from many places, work in many mediums, and are a variety of ages. Please welcome them to Dayton, and stay tuned for what the summer will bring.

Artists Include:
Emily Burkman
Ben Norton
Dani Schmidt
Brooke Landerman
Dan Hoelting
Amanda Baker
Alyssa Foland
Darren Haper
Lesley Walton
Ann Hollingsworth
Mike Elsass


Dayton Art Institute presents: CREATIVE NATURE

he Dayton Art Institute will present a special screening of the documentary film Creative Nature, highlighting the life and work of William Morris, on Friday, June 26, in the museum’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium.

The film’s director, John Andres, will introduce the film at 6:45 p.m., and the screening will begin at 7 p.m.

Creative Nature is the only existing feature-length documentary film about William Morris. Director John Andres and his crew gained unprecedented access, giving viewers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life, work and adventurous spirit of Morris.

The film explores Morris’ career from its beginnings at the age of 19, when he arrived at Pilchuck Glass School, through his surprising retirement announcement at the age of 49. Admission is 90 cents for museum members and $5 for non-members.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Visitor Services Desk at The Dayton Art Institute during regular museum hours, by calling 937-223-5277, ext. 111, or online at www.daytonartinstitute.org. Tickets purchased by phone or online will be held at Will Call for pickup.


Film Connections to Meet

Filmmakers, film fans, cast, crew and any others are welcome to join the monthly meeting that features a show and tell by local film makers with plenty of time for discussion and networking.  Hosted by Board President Ron Rollins.

Special Wed Meeting- Normally meets the last Tues of each month from 7-9pm at ThinkTV on Jefferson in Downtown Dayton


Press: Wayne Avenue Cooridoor cleanup

Volunteers for the Wayne Avenue Corridor cleanup Saturday didn’t need much in the way of tools.

All they needed was a screwdriver and gloves (optional) to clean out the weeds and trash in the cracks of the pavement.

“Someone will be along with a broom to sweep up,” Adam Coatney, chair of the project told them.

The Wayne Avenue Corridor project will create a lively, walkable area from the Oregon District to up-and-coming areas such as The Cannery…

(Read more at Dayton Daily)

The event flier:


The Arts: Part of the Solution

The OAC has developed this new Web page to provide access to resources that will aid you in making the case for the arts in your community and beyond.

We know that maintaining a strong arts and cultural infrastructure is fundamental to strengthening the state’s economy and education system and to ensure that all citizens have hope for a better future for Ohio. Support for the arts and cultural sector is a sound investment of public dollars—an investment that provides significant returns in the form of stabilized, revitalized communities, a better quality of life, and an education system that prepares our young people to be engaged citizens and productive members of the 21st century workforce.

The arts are part of the solution for a better Ohio and this Web page provides you the resources you need to demonstrate these key points effectively to community leaders and elected officials across the state.


Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge

Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge
Sunday, August 9, 12 PM – 3 PM
RiverScape MetroPark

Join Five Rivers MetroParks and Innovation Collaborative for the Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge!

Using non-boat materials such as wood, plastic milk jugs, 2 liter bottles, tires, balloons, or anything else that floats, participants will be challenged to build watercrafts that will enable them to “walk on water”.

So get creative and join in the fun! Participants will be judged on several categories including ‘most likely to sink at the dock.’ Judging begins at 1 PM followed by the race at 2 PM. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. Pre-registration is required and limited.

For more information or to register, please call (937) 274-0126.


A Pedestrian- and Bicycle-Friendly Dayton

Learn what the City of Dayton is doing to more effectively balance the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

As the historic center of our region, Dayton’s inner core was originally designed not for cars, but for pedestrians, bicyclists, horses, and streetcars. As Americans are now increasingly choosing communities known for walk ability and bicycle amenities, this can give older center cities an advantage. We invite you to share your thoughts on how to capitalize on and enhance our alternative transportation assets. Planners and engineers will also discuss current projects and plans for benchmarking Dayton’s progress towards achieving Bicycle-Friendly Community status through the League of American Bicyclists.

Saturday, June 27, 2009
9-11AM
Dayton Convention Center, 3rd Floor
22 East Fifth Street in Downtown Dayton

Free: No admission fee required. Parking passes will be provided for the adjoining Transportation Center Parking Garage.

Please RSVP to 333-3863 or daytonbeautiful@cityofdayton.org
More info can be found here. City of dayton.org


Complete the Streets!

The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.

Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.

Read More…


Updayton Action Plan Update

Community members invited to Action Plan Update and the Wayne Avenue Corridor Clean-Up Day

Dayton, Ohio – Updayton continues its focus on retaining young, educated talent with the development and progress of four unique projects led by young professionals.  All four groups will gather at the Action Plan Update on June 18 at 6 PM at the Cannery Art and Design Center (434 E. Third Street).   The community is invited to meet the four teams and learn how to get involved.

The Wayne Avenue Corridor project kicks-off with a Clean-Up Day on Saturday, June 20.  All community members are invited to meet at Garden Station (Wayne Ave. at 4th Ave.) at 4:30 PM with cleaning supplies.  The group will use this clean-up event to kick-off a focus on reviving the Wayne Avenue area between the Cannery and Oregon districts.   Once the clean-up is complete, volunteers are invited to Garden Station for a celebration with a bonfire, music and refreshments.  Future plans for the Wayne Avenue Corridor beautification include new fencing, painted murals, and fresh flowers along the avenue.

With a focus on the region’s younger population, the Community Programs for Youth project will engage the youth of the city in after-school activities.  Current efforts include compiling a list of current resources available to middle and high school youth and sharing the information with students not currently active in these projects.  With a particular attention to research, so not to duplicate current initiatives, this project is working with the City of Dayton Youth Commission to bridge the gap between similar efforts.

Recognizing that one of the region’s top obstacles is negative perceptions, the Grow Downtown Dayton project is challenging students and young professionals to think about the downtown region in a new way.  Although there are many initiatives in the works, the first focus for Grow Downtown Dayton is the “Why I love Dayton” video competition.  This project will also work to raise awareness about events already active in the region, with a particular focus on the downtown area.

Dayton Online is creating an online resource hub for visitors and locals to discover the people, places and events that make the region unique and exciting.  In addition to a catalog of information, Dayton Online will offer articles and personal insights so that users can feel personally connected to the activities by hearing stories from residents who are already heavily connected to the region and experienced with the events.

More detailed information on the four projects, the Action Plan Update, and the Wayne Avenue Corridor Clean-up Day is available at http://updayton.com.


Great Volunteer Opportunity!

Volunteer for the 2009 Cityfolk Festival, July 3-5, at RiverScape MetroPark. Three days of music and dance takes hundreds of volunteers. Can you help? Sign up for a 3-4 hour shift at http://www.lexisnexis.com/cityfolk/
You’ll receive a free t-shirt and have fun!


Red Cross Recruiting

The American Red Cross is interested in self-motivated, creative and dedicated young professionals for the 2009-2010 Associate Board

The Associate Board is a volunteer group of young professionals representing the Greater Dayton community supporting the American Red Cross.

Volunteers are responsible for the second largest Dayton Area Red Cross event:  The Great Escape.  Last year the Associate Board raised almost $20,000 for local disaster relief and is looking for individuals to continue these efforts. For more information contact Susan Sparks at (937) 222-0124 or Greg Patterson at (937) 554-8314.  Hope to see you there!
To learn more about this great opportunity, join the Associate Board on June 16th at 6pm at The Pub at The Greene.  Free appetizers and $3.75 pints.


Action Plan Update

We hope you will join us for our first Action Plan Update on June 18th at the Cannery Art & Design Center (434 E. Third St).  See the attached flyer for more info.  On the 18th the project teams will get back together to discuss the progress they’ve made over the past month and highlight their future plans.  We’ll also discuss some our key findings from the research we’ve done on young talent attraction and retention over the past year.

If you have been wanting to volunteer for one of the teams, the update could be a great opportunity to get engaged.  Please RSVP to me at  murphyjs@woh.rr.com.  After the update we’ll head over to Therapy Cafe for a drink or two.


Yellow Springs Steet Fair

Over 200 booths selling fine arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items, unique gifts, massages and much more, join the international selection of cuisine from Vietnamese shish-kabob to Mexican empanadas to Thai wraps to hot dogs.

But Street Fair in Yellow Springs is much more than an arts and food fair; it’s an all-day festival with entertainment throughout the day. Local favorites, the Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers and other performers, will delight the crowd.

Children & adults alike will enjoy the stories of the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners at the Street Fair Story Tree, near the playground at Mills Lawn.  Performances are at 10 am, 11 AM, 1 pm and 2 PM.

Live music will be performed from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on the front lawn of the Bryan Center on Dayton Street.  New to Street Fair is our Beer Garden located adjacent to the Music Festival, featuring 8 beers from which to choose. Both are sponsored by Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs.

The event is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. NO PETS will be allowed at Street Fair. Street Fair is sponsored by the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce with support from the Yellow Springs WesBanco Banking Center.

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