PITT ARTS

Free Events This Week for Pitt Undergraduates Only!


Welcome Back! PITT ARTS is going virtual for fall!


1. Artful Wednesdays: Jackie Venson
2. Storying Our Lives: Re-imagining Our Worlds
3. Virtual Paint Monkey


1. Artful Wednesdays: Jackie Venson
PITT ARTS
Wednesday, September 30
Time: 12-1 PM

Mark your calendars!
Artful Wednesdays is back in a new virtal format for fall, with Jackie Venson, a dynamic American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Austin, Texas! Venson has released two studio albums, The Light In Me and Joy. The YouTube Live link will be shared the day before the performance.

October 7: Trinidad & Tobago Caribbean Music and Dance


2. Storying Our Lives: Re-imagining Our Worlds
PITT ARTS
October 2 & 3*
Time: 7-9:30 PM


Do you love a good story? Enjoy this unique program with storyteller extraordinaire Eileen Moeller, who will lead this 2-part virtual workshop!

Part 1 - October 2:
Eileen Moeller will introduce participants to the basics of storytelling, by telling two folktales, and a personal story. A question and answer period will follow the stories, so we can name, explore and discuss technique. We will then brainstorm personal story motifs, so each participant can choose, practice, and develop a story. We will then use writing and acting practices to expand and develop the stories for a second telling, to be shared with the group in a safe space.

Part 2 - October 3:
We will reconvene after having researched and chosen a folktale that speaks to our personal experience. We will initially discuss these in general, especially our concerns and questions about them. Each first telling will involve group feedback this time, and we will consider opening rituals, adding in repetition, audience participation, working on set beginnings and endings, and making references to the present moment. Each person will have the option of doing a telling to the group, as we listen to, and encourage the stories to come alive and to voyage out once again into the world!

*Please note you must be available for and sign up for both parts of the program. Only students accepted into the program will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link and password prior to the event. Please do not share this link or password, it is only for you! Note: If you violate this protocol, you will lose access to future PITT ARTS programs.

Bio


Eileen Moeller has been telling stories since 1986, to audiences of all ages. As a storyteller, she has performed at schools, libraries, festivals, university classes, and at senior centers. She has been a teaching artist for the Central New York Community Arts Council’s Arts in Education Program in storytelling and writing. She believes told stories foster a sense of connectedness in those who share them. Ms. Moeller has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University and has had poems published in her numerous books, literary journals and anthologies in the U.S. and in England. She taught undergraduate writing classes at Syracuse University, Hamilton College, and others.


3. Virtual Paint Monkey
Paint Monkey
October 16
Time: 7-9 PM


Come join PITT ARTS and Paint Monkey for some painting fun! A talented local artist will guide you through creating a sunflower painting via Zoom and you will have your own work of art to proudly display! You will receive an all-inclusive kit with a 9" x 12" canvas, paints and brushes ahead of time and an email with the Zoom link will be sent prior to the event. Hurry, reservations are limited!

Only students accepted into the program will receive a confirmation email with a ZOOM link and password prior to the event. Please do not share this link or password, it is only for you! Note: If you violate this protocol, you will lose access to future PITT ARTS programs.

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