Arts Education Programs
For almost twenty years, Stuart’s has been a community center for the arts. On average, Stuart’s provides 23,000 visitors with over 75 events a year, including indoor concerts, theater performances, film festivals, free outdoor summer concerts, educational events, and private rentals. Our art programming and educational outreach keep us heavily involved with the underserved population of Nelsonville and surrounding communities through cooperative participation in and preservation of the arts. An average of 7,000 students participate yearly in our Arts Education Program. We are thrilled about the number of students that we have reached and are even more excited to increase this once renovations are complete on our Education and Production Center.
Download or view this .PDF of our Arts Education Programs brochure (October 2016)
STUART’S ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM - OVERVIEW
Our art programming and educational outreach keep us heavily involved with the community. An average of 7,000 students participate yearly in our Arts Education Programs. We are thrilled about the number of students that we have reached and are even more excited to increase this once renovations are complete on our Education and Community Center.
The goal of the Arts Education Program is to offer an affordable, broad based approach to performing arts to a diverse group of our regional constituents. Over 2,200 hours per year are dedicated to Arts Education.
AFTERSCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM (AMP)
Our Afterschool Music Program (AMP) supports and fosters young men and women who are interested in learning how to play a variety of instruments and form bands. AMP is a place for young adults to gain confidence and build skills through the music of rock and roll. The program culminates with the student run bands performing at the Nelsonville Music Festival, an event produced by Stuart’s Opera House.
CREATIVE WRITING FOR ADULTS
A two hour weekly class oriented to area seniors, the class serves as an opportunity for participants to challenge themselves creatively, meet and gather with fellow community members, and collaborate to create a chapbook that will be available for purchase by the general public. The class is led by Ohio Arts Council artist, Wendy mcVicker. This program is supported by an Ohio Arts Council grant, the Rocky Community Improvement Fund, and Athens County Public Libraries.
NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
NMF offers free admission to the festival for children 12 and under and a variety of engaging activities to encourage creativity among youth. Popular activities include: preparation and staging of a festival parade, live theater, storytelling, fire twirling, yoga, and a collaborative project called Postcards from the Festival. The Kids Area at NMF is led by Ellen Hadley and Ann Cell, Federal Hocking Schools Art and English/Drama teachers.
TOURING THEATER PERFORMANCES
This program allows for regional K-12 students to attend matinee performances from all over the world right here at Stuart’s Opera House.
When appropriate, Stuart’s offers visiting artists to give one day workshops both at the Opera House and in local schools. Examples include: Reginald Edmund, a playwright and founder of Black Lives Black Words, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company.
In partnership with Honey For the Heart, a community artists-in-residence program that orchestrates giant puppet making workshops that grow into a community parade. This program is led by Ohio Arts Council Artists-in-Residence Patty Mitchell and Robert Lockheed of Collaborative Art International, LLC. This program creates a collaborative space where community members of all ages can work together.
Stuart’s Opera House hires teaching artists to conduct 4-6 week classes in Athens County schools. In partnership with local school districts, teachers, artists, and funders these residencies are provided for free for participating schools. Artists and hosts collaboratively plan art-making experiences that engages participants within a mutually supportive and creative environment.
BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
A program focused on revitalizing traditional Appalachian foodways in our community. Stuart’s will partner with Live Healthy Appalachia and the Barbara Gerald’s Institute for Storytelling & Social Impact to foster creativity and wellness through an intergenerational program which combines plant-based cooking and storytelling in the context of traditional Appalachian culture.