Childhood by Design: Art, Architecture, Design, and Placemaking for Children’s Flourishing
Nov
2
10:30am10:30am

Childhood by Design: Art, Architecture, Design, and Placemaking for Children’s Flourishing

Presented by Capita and AIR Serenbe, this convening and strategic conversation seeks to harness the power of art, architecture, design, and placemaking to ensure that all children and families flourish.

Childhood by Design will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Grange Hall at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Located about half an hour from the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Serenbe is a progressive residential development set among acres of preserved forests and meadows, and committed to art, culture, and the environment.

Our convening will begin at 10:30am and will formally last until 5 pm. We will provide lunch by The Farmhouse Restaurant. At the end of the day, we will break for a cocktail reception and then have the opportunity to attend a Speaking of Making talk with Brendan Wenzel. Wenzel, an author-illustrator and a 2017 Caldecott Award honoree, will present an artist talk at Serenbe at 6:30 pm for those who wish to stay. Brendan will also participate in our discussions throughout the day.

During our time together, we will have four important goals:

• Enable better aligned, collective action between the early childhood field, the arts, design, placemaking, and architecture through knowledge-sharing and brainstorming
• Build a powerful, well-curated network interested in harnessing the power of art, design, architecture, and placemaking to improve outcomes for children
• Anticipate future challenges and opportunities to shape agendas for action and policy recommendations
• Contribute to catalyzing an innovation ecosystem in early childhood through relationships with other fields and diverse experts.

With these goals guiding our discussions, after this convening we will articulate and publish a map of present conditions, a vision for how greater connection between these fields could improve outcomes for children, and sketch plans for getting to optimal outcomes in the future. Capita will then curate a cross-system and cross-disciplinary network of architects, designers, urbanists, placemakers, and others deeply interested in the power of place, arts, and culture to improve outcomes for children.

This event is by invitation only.
If you are interested in learning more and/or attending, please contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director, Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

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Speaking of Making with Brendan Wenzel
Nov
2
6:30pm 6:30pm

Speaking of Making with Brendan Wenzel

Speaking of Making is a conversation series about work and the creative process, presented by AIR Serenbe. Join us as we host AIR Serenbe 2017 Little Shop of Stories Focus Fellowship recipient Brendan Wenzel. Little Shop of Stories is awarded to a picture book artist.

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BRENDAN WENZEL

Brendan Wenzel is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared internationally in children’s books, animations and magazines. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia.

Brendan’s latest book They All Saw A Cat is the recipient of the 2017 Caldecott Honor, an award given to an artist of the most distinguished picture book for children. The Caldecott Honor is a citation given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA).

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Filmer: A Premiere of Original Short Films about AIR Serenbe Artists
Nov
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Filmer: A Premiere of Original Short Films about AIR Serenbe Artists

Since 2007, AIR Serenbe has not only provided artists the time and space in which to work, but has also invited the community to experience their unique, creative environment, shining a spotlight on a part of the arts that remains mostly hidden: the artistic process. This pursuit is at the heart of the launch of AIR Serenbe's new initiative, “Filmer,” a project commissioning filmmakers to create short, cinematic portraits of AIR Serenbe artists in residence. On Friday, November 3, 2017, AIR Serenbe will debut its first series in a one-night premiere that welcomes the public into the worlds of its artists.

Adult - $7
Student/Senior - $5
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The films will illuminate something of each artists’ person and process, while also showcasing new work by talented Georgia-based filmmakers. The cinematographers were given full creative control over their work, and awarded residencies themselves, making Filmer, in a way, about commissioning artists to make art about other artists making art. The films will ultimately become valuable artifacts for AIR Serenbe, the artists, the filmmakers, their funding partners, the state of Georgia, and the field of contemporary art.

The kick-off event to AIR Serenbe’s 2nd Annual National Advisors Weekend, Filmer is sponsored by long-time AIR Serenbe supporter, design studio Edgar Allan, and will be hosted at the Rich Theatre within Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center

Learn more about AIR Serenbe and sponsorship opportunities for Filmer by contacting AIR Serenbe Executive Director J. Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

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AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

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Dinner with AIR Serenbe's National Advisory Council
Nov
4
5:00pm 5:00pm

Dinner with AIR Serenbe's National Advisory Council

  • The Pavilion at the Inn at Serenbe (map)
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Our National Advisory Council, composed of esteemed experts in a range of fields and disciplines, make up the creative and strategic brain trust for our residency program. Learn more about them here.

Woodfired pizza by Southern Crust Catering Co.

Reserve your tickets here!
Attendees $75

 

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The Other Night School: Unraveling Traveling
Nov
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Other Night School: Unraveling Traveling

Unraveling Traveling

Dr. Muriel Cormican, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of West Georgia

Paris, Rome, Berlin, Dublin. Who doesn’t want to go to Europe, see the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum, the Brandenburger Tor, and the Book of Kells? But why do we want to travel? Freud theorized that we do it to escape the death drive and the authority of the “father.” Contemporary American cinema (Eat Pray Love, Under the Tuscan Sun, Lost in Translation among others) often shows it to be a process of learning, a journey toward enlightenment, self-knowledge, and growth. University Study Abroad Programs suggest the same idea, and yet the German philosopher Immanuel Kant never traveled more than 70 miles from his home town of Königsberg and was clearly an educated and enlightened man. Totalitarian states often limit their citizens’ travel, suggesting that travel might be a threat to nationhood and patriotism. Join us as we discuss these and other ideas and try to unravel what travel has meant and means to our human condition.

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6pm - Wine and cheese reception and book browsing at Hills & Hamlets Bookshop
6:30pm - Lecture

Hills & Hamlets will be staying open late following the lecture. 

THE OTHER NIGHT SCHOOL

The Other Night School is a lecture series in partnership with Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, the University of West Georgia College of the Arts and Humanities, UWG School of the Arts, and AIR Serenbe. University professors give talks on topics of interest—historical, intriguing, and curious—in a setting relaxed and dynamic. Following the lecture is a conversation with the speaker, a question-and-answer discussion paired with wine and cheese. 

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Here Say: An Evening at Cherry Hollow Farm
Oct
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Here Say: An Evening at Cherry Hollow Farm

We are bringing to Georgia eight of the nation’s top artists who are using speaking as performance. On October 17th, following free daytime performances at South Fulton Libraries, join us for an evening ticketed performance at Cherry Hollow Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. 

The show will feature a full showcase of all eight performers in the performance hall at the stunning South Fulton venue, Cherry Hollow Farm. Tickets are extremely limited for and will go fast for this special night. Come early to take a peek at the farm. Cash bar will be available.

 

Featured Artists:

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Bright Son
Derrick Brown
Ray Christian
Shira Erlichman
Eve Ewing
Anis Mojgani
Dame Wilburn

Tickets are $25 General Admission | $20 Students/Seniors
Get your tickets here!
Doors at 7:15pm

 

Sponsors:

National Endowment for the Arts
Serenbe Institute
Fulton Co Libraries
Cherry Hollow Farm
Fuzzco
The Mercury

 

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Here Say: South Fulton Library Tour
Oct
17
3:30pm 3:30pm

Here Say: South Fulton Library Tour

We are bringing to Georgia eight of the nation’s top artists who are using speaking as performance.

On October 17th, spoken word artists, performing poets, storytellers, and emcees will descend onto three South Fulton County public libraries for a roving series of pop-up performances. These daytime performances are free + open to the public and will precede an evening ticketed performance at Cherry Hollow Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. Join us in a constellation of beautiful library spaces, as we witness the power and artistry of the human voice.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Bright Son
Derrick Brown
Ray Christian
Shira Erlichman
Eve Ewing
Anis Mojgani
Dame Wilburn

shows:

Afternoon roving performance at three Fulton County Public Libraries:

Wolf Creek Library at 3:30
South Fulton Library at 4:45
Palmetto Library at 6:00

Free and open to the public
No RSVP necessary.

SPONSORS:

National Endowment for the Arts
Serenbe Institute
Fulton Co Libraries
Cherry Hollow Farm
Fuzzco
The Mercury

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NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

 

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Here Say: A Gathering of Artists Using Speaking as Performance
Oct
16
to Oct 19

Here Say: A Gathering of Artists Using Speaking as Performance

AIR Serenbe is planning to bring eight of the nation’s top spoken word poets, storytellers, and emcees to a series of South Fulton public libraries in the fall of 2017. We have received a Project Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to deepen our investment in artists using speaking as performance, and we look forward to sharing this work throughout South Fulton County.

We plan to do a free “progressive performance” at three libraries, with a final ticketed evening show at a Cherry Hollow Farm in Chattahoochee Hills. We will film the daylong jaunt, eight artists in a van, including conversations and performances. Additionally, we will design an accordion guide print piece that underscores how voice shows up in a range of forms through these artists’ practices.

Here Say: South Fulton Library Tour

Here Say: An Evening at Cherry Hollow Farm


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NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

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4th Annual Serenbe Home Tour
Oct
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

4th Annual Serenbe Home Tour

  • 10455 Atlanta Newnan Road Palmetto, GA, 30268 United States (map)
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Step inside seven beautiful homes in this magical hamlet south of city to experience the unique Serenbe lifestyle. From the intimate home studio of a prominent jewelry designer to large scale spaces featuring tastemaker touches, you’ll walk away inspired. Come see the homes that make it unique as you enjoy the day with us.

Tickets and RSVP here
Contact info@serenbehometour.com.

11:00 AM - VIP Experience (VIP Brunch and Tour, $100)
A limited number of guests will enjoy an incredible curated experience starting with a tantalizing brunch prepared by Serenbe Chefs Matt and Paddy Adolfi followed by early entrance into the homes with docent led tours of all seven residences. 
*Seating Limited. Advance Purchase Only.
 

1:00 – 5:00 PM – Home Tour ($35 in advance, $40 at the door)
Tour the homes and experience the magic of Serenbe as you explore Grange and Swann Ridge…our bookstore, the Children’s Schoolhouse and our special “Silent Auction” at Gault Designs. We promise an incredible day!

For the convenience of our guests…YUMBII food truck will be on premises from 12 – 5 PM.
 

More information at serenbehometour.com

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The Other Night School: Why Is There So Much Religion in American Politics?
Sep
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Other Night School: Why Is There So Much Religion in American Politics?

Why is There So Much Religion in American Politics?

Dr. Daniel Williams, Department of History, University of West Georgia

President Donald Trump’s close alliance with conservative evangelicals has brought new attention to the relationship between religion and American politics, but this is actually not a new phenomenon in American history. Join us for a historical tour of the controversial relationship between religion and American politics on both the left and the right as we try to answer the question: Why is American politics so religious?

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6pm - Wine and cheese reception in Oak Room Lobby, with curated books from Hills & Hamlets Bookshop
6:30pm - Lecture

The Other Night School

The Other Night School is a lecture series in partnership with Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, the University of West Georgia College of the Arts and Humanities, UWG School of the Arts, and AIR Serenbe. University professors give talks on topics of interest—historical, intriguing, and curious—in a setting relaxed and dynamic. Following the lecture is a conversation with the speaker, a question-and-answer discussion paired with wine and cheese. 

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Once on This Island: Decatur Book Festival
Sep
2
3:15pm 3:15pm

Once on This Island: Decatur Book Festival

  • Children's Stage at Decatur Recreation Center (map)
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How can you know who you are if you don't even know where home is? Both Laurel Snyder's Orphan Island and Alison McGhee's Pablo and Birdy answer this question in their magical tales of enchanted islands, unconventional families, and the path to adolescence.

This panel is sponsored by AIR Serenbe and moderated by Joe Waters.

More information Here
 

Presenters
 

ALISON MCGHEE is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Maybe a FoxFirefly HollowLittle BoySo Many DaysStar BrightA Very Brave Witch and the Bink and Gollie books. Her other children’s books include All Rivers Flow to the SeaCountdown to Kindergarten and Snap. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and Laguna Beach, California. More information on Alison Here.

LAUREL SNYDER is the author of many books for children, most recently a middle grade novel, Orphan Island, and an early chapter book, Charlie and Mouse. Laurel also teaches at Hamline University, in the MFA in writing for Children and Young Adults. A Baltimore native, she now lives happily in Ormewood Park. More information on Laurel Here.

Laurel is a 2017 recipient of AIR Serenbe's Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship awarded to an artist making work for children and about the experience of childhood.

Moderator
 

JOE WATERS is a member of AIR Serenbe's Board of Directors, and the founder of Capita, a new organization dedicated to harnessing the power of big ideas to ensure that all children and families flourish. Joe also serves as a Senior Advisor to Openfields, a social innovation and impact consultancy. Prior to starting Capita, Joe was the Executive Vice President of the Institute for Child Success. He has given invited talks at the White House, the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Children and Families, and the Lego Idea Conference. His commentary on issues facing young children has been published by Investor’s Business Daily, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The State, and other outlets. He graduated from Furman University and earned a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University. He and his wife Molly, a family physician, live in Greenville, South Carolina.

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An Evening with Bright Son and Soul Food Cypher
Aug
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

An Evening with Bright Son and Soul Food Cypher

Join us and 2017 Shy Jones Focus Fellowship recipient, Bright Son, for an evening of music and poetry. Shy Jones is awarded to a lyricist who is making work for and about children and childhood.

Free Show
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BRIGHT SON

Emcee, poet, singer, and guitarist Bright Son grew up with a jazz musician for a father and an artistic art study for a mother in Omaha, NE. Raised on jazz it led him to hip hop culture. Being introduced to rap through his older sibling, he started listening to artists such as Master P, Biggie Smalls, Nas and Tupac Shakur. He began freestyling at the age of 14 in rap battles for fun, and his interest in the culture grew.

Throughout his formative years, he took creative writing classes and became immersed in the open mic poetry scene. The effects of these inspirations can still be seen in his passionate and imaginative style. Known for his energetic presence, it's not surprising he started a break dancing crew while still in high school—the first of its kind in Ohama. By the age of 24, he decided to move to Atlanta to join the burgeoning music scene. A short while later he was introduced to Soul Food Cypher, where he was welcomed with open arms and encouraged to grow as an artist and individual. SFC has become a home away from home for this brilliant artist. A home so comfortable that he many times brings his 4-year-old son, Elijah, to come and enjoy the experience.

SOUL FOOD CYPHER

Soul Food Cypher utilizes the power of speech to transform the lives of individuals and their communities. We are an organization that showcases the positive aspects of rap through our cypher events, membership program, and community outreach. Our aim is to provide Atlanta’s lyricist (rappers) community with a safe and nurturing environment where their voice and artistry can grow. In addition, we look to solidify the art of freestyling as a genuine aesthetic to the wider artistic community and carry this rich tradition to the next generation.

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NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

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Speaking of Making with Amy Park and Paul Villinski
Jul
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Speaking of Making with Amy Park and Paul Villinski

Speaking of Making is a conversation series about work and the creative process, presented by AIR Serenbe. Join us as we host AIR Serenbe 2013 alumni artist Amy Park, and 2012 alumni artist Paul Villinski. Amy and Paul are 2017’s Cedar Creek Focus Fellowship recipients. Cedar Creek is awarded to an AIR Serenbe alumni artist who will bring their family along for a residency.

Free and Open to the Public
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5:00pm
 

AMY PARK
Amy Park’s large-scale watercolor paintings take Modernist architectural facades as their point of departure. She was a recipient of a Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Award in 2007-2008, and an Artist-In-Residence at the Serenbe Institute in 2012. Her work has been exhibited widely in the US, including Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY; The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI; Project Row House, Houston, TX; The Poor Farm Experiment, Manawa, WI; and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is in the permanent collections of Fidelity Investments; New York Presbyterian Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic; Deloitte and Touche USA; Microsoft Corporation; The College of DuPage; and Drawing Center’s Artist Archive at the Museum of Modern Art. She lives and works in Long Island City, NY with her partner, artist Paul Villinski and their 5-year-old son, Lark.

PAUL VILLINSKI
Paul Villinski has created studio and large-scale artworks for more than three decades. Villinski was born in York, Maine, USA, in 1960, son of an Air Force navigator. Villinski’s work is widely collected, including major public works created by commission. His studio recently completed “SkyCycles,” three full-scale “flying bicycles” to be installed at “Ocean Breeze,” a new Parks and Recreation Track and Field facility, through the New York City Percent for Art Program. The City of New Haven Percent for Art Program commissioned “Dreamdesk,” a flying school desk with 18’ wingspan which was installed at the entrance to the East Rock Magnet School in 2014. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Serenbe Institute, GA. He lives with his partner, the painter Amy Park, and their son, Lark, in their studios in Long Island City, NY.

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Speaking of Making with composer Michael Kurth
Jun
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Speaking of Making with composer Michael Kurth

Speaking of Making is a conversation series about work and the creative process, presented by AIR Serenbe. Join us at the Pecan Room, Inn at Serenbe for a discussion of work with Michael Kurth, AIR Serenbe’s 2017 recipient of the Seikilos Focus Fellowship. Seikilos is awarded to a composer.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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6:00PM

MICHAEL KURTH
Michael Kurth (b. 1971) has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bass section since 1994. The Orchestra has given world premieres of four of his orchestral works, May Cause Dizziness in 2011 under Roberto Abbado, Everything Lasts Forever in 2013 under Music Director Robert Spano. Prometheus Unhinged in 2015 under Joseph Young, and A Thousand Words in 2016 under Robert Spano. His fifth Atlanta Symphony Orchestra commission will be premiered in spring 2018.

Kurth has been commissioned twice by the Atlanta Chamber Players. Other groups that have performed his works include the Atlanta Young Singers, the Peachtree String Quartet, the Franklin Pond String Quartet, Concert Artists Guild-award-winning violist Jennifer Stumm, the Georgia Sinfonia, the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia State University Wind Ensemble and modern dance company gloATL.

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AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

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Speaking of Making with Adam Frelin & Breathing Lights
Jun
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Speaking of Making with Adam Frelin & Breathing Lights

Speaking of Making with Adam Frelin & Breathing Lights
Hosted by Atlanta Contemporary in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails


Speaking of Making is a conversation series about work and the creative process, presented by AIR Serenbe. Join us during Contemporary Cocktails at Atlanta Contemporary for a closer look at the work of Adam Frelin, recipient of AIR Serenbe’s 2017 CoEsistere Focus Fellowship. CoEsistere supports an artist of any discipline whose work explores human population growth and its impact on wildlife. Adam will discuss his practice and his recent role as lead artist on Breathing Lights, the project he and his team completed with a $1 million Public Art Challenge grant through Bloomberg Philanthropies. Breathing Lights presented a multi-city, temporary public art installation that involves illuminating hundreds of abandoned buildings with a breathing effect created with light.

6pm: Doors open for Contemporary Cocktails
7pm: Talk with Adam Frelin
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ADAM FRELIN

Adam Frelin (b.1973, Grove City, PA) has shown widely at venues such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the College Art Association. Frelin has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center, and Yaddo, among others. He has published two books of photography and has had several artworks commissioned throughout the world. Frelin received a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA University of California, San Diego. Currently he is an Associate Professor of art at the SUNY University at Albany, and lives in Troy, NY.  Learn more about Adam’s dynamic work and practice  at www.adamfrelin.com.

 

BREATHING LIGHTS

For two months in fall 2016, Breathing Lights illuminated the street-facing windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in the neighboring cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY. Warm light filled each window with a diffuse glow that pulses with the gentle rhythm of human breathing. Concentrated in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with high vacancy rates, these installations  transformed vacant structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth. This massive installation helped illuminate the region’s struggle with vacancy and its effects on residents and neighborhood economies, and regenerated interest in once-vibrant communities.

Funded through a $1 million Bloomberg Philanthropies "Public Art Challenge" grant, Breathing Lights was led by myself as lead artist, and architect Barbara Nelson. This project brought together local architects, students, engineers, artists, and product developers to design and install custom light instruments. Illumination kits consisted of miniature LED strip lights bound in adhesive fabric, affixed to interior window frames. The lights shined through windows covered in diffusion material, powered and controlled by batteries. In a region that pioneered electricity, a project centered on lighting technology infuses the installation with history and place. Learn more at www.breathinglights.com.

 

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AIR Serenbe, the nonprofit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.   

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The Other Night School: Rethinking Work with Dr. Janet Donohoe and Dr. John V. Garner
May
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Other Night School: Rethinking Work with Dr. Janet Donohoe and Dr. John V. Garner

The Other Night School: Rethinking Work with Dr. Janet Donohoe and Dr. John V. Garner

What is the purpose of work? What makes a life of work go well or go badly? These questions puzzled the ancients and yet they are still with us today. Join us as we explore both ancient and modern efforts to discern whether we humans work only because we have biological needs, whether certain traps such as greed and consumerism are avoidable, and whether a life of work has a higher purpose. If you find that your work either brings you joy or infuriates you (or both), then come join us as we work together through these problems!

RSVP Here!

The Other Night School is a lecture series in partnership with Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, the University of West Georgia College of the Arts and Humanities, and AIR Serenbe. University professors give talks on topics of interest—historical, intriguing, and curious—in a setting relaxed and dynamic. Following the lecture is a conversation with the speaker, a question-and-answer discussion paired with wine and cheese. 
 

 

 

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AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices

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Fireside with Derrick Brown
Apr
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Fireside with Derrick Brown

Join us for a special fireside evening with the amazing Derrick Brown. Derrick, a 2016 AIR Serenbe Project Residency artist, is back from his European tour with Rival Sons and has just released his latest book, How the Body Moves the Dark. Much of this book Derrick worked on during his residency with us last year. He will perform selections from it as well as some old standbys. Join us as we welcome Derrick back to GA and help launch the beautiful How the Body Moves the Dark.

$15 General Admission
$10 Students/Seniors
Doors at 7:30pm
Show at 8pm
Book signing after the show.

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DERRICK C. BROWN is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing, which has launched over 112 books of poetry. He is the author of five books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He is from Los Angeles, California. Learn more about Derrick.

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NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION
AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.  

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The Other Night School: Art and Propaganda: The Curious History of Politics and Painting with Dr. Nathan Rees
Apr
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Other Night School: Art and Propaganda: The Curious History of Politics and Painting with Dr. Nathan Rees

The Other Night School: Art and Propaganda: The Curious History of Politics and Painting with Dr. Nathan Rees

The great masterpieces of the Western tradition: timeless expressions of an artist's unique, inner vision, right? Not always. Focusing on the revolutionary era of the Enlightenment, we'll investigate the impact of politics on art. Connecting the dots between art and history revels how artists were inspired--or outright compelled--by the political forces shaping the world around them. Come explore this other side of art and discover how even the most acclaimed works of art could serve as propaganda.

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The Other Night School is a lecture series in partnership with Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, the University of West Georgia College of the Arts and Humanities, and AIR Serenbe. University professors give talks on topics of interest—historical, intriguing, and curious—in a setting relaxed and dynamic. Following the lecture is a conversation with the speaker, a question-and-answer discussion paired with wine and cheese. 



 

AIR Serenbe
NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices

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Opening & Performance with Brutal Studio & Edgar Allan
Apr
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

Opening & Performance with Brutal Studio & Edgar Allan

RULE OF THIRDS

Featuring the work of Brutal Studio

4:00-6:00pm Opening/Performance
Lite bites and drinks provided.

Free & Open to the Public
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Edgar Allan is bringing arts and activity back together again —but this time you can just opt to get a drink without first having to stumble across the “Jogger” finish line. On April 23, the Jogger After After Party at AIR Serenbe’s Container Studio —a night of drinks and design featuring “Rule of Thirds,” an installation and performance presented by Brutal Studio, the 2016 Jogger “People’s Choice” winner.

Last year, Edgar Allan collaborated with Monday Night Brewing to create Jogger, a 5K featuring art from signature Atlanta artists along its West Midtown route. Participants not only got some exercise, a little culture, and some awesome swag (like a commemorative beer glass Monday Night filled with brew at the finish), they also got to vote for their favorite artist: EA partnered with AIR Serenbe to award a Focus Fellowship to the winner, a one-month residency inside the creative community that included a cash stipend of $1,500. Brutal Studio —the all-female design and build studio led by artists Allie Bashuk, Danielle Brutto, and Sara Santamaria —came out on top, and “Rule of Thirds” is the culmination of their month-long residency.

Learn more about Jogger and the work Brutal Studio created for the 2016 run here

 

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AIR Serenbe
NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

 

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CURIO with ArtsATL
Apr
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

CURIO with ArtsATL

  • Rural Studio Cottages, The Art Farm at Serenbe (map)
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A weekend day trip to the Serenbe Rural Studios to meet with their artists-in-residents while we enjoy studio visits and a tour of the grounds. The studios have been featured in publications and shows around the country since they opened. You can read coverage here.

$25
Drinks and lite bites included
Tickets Here


Join CURIO season pass through ArtsATL

For information, contact programs@artsatl.com

ArtsATL is a non-profit organization that promotes a healthy and vibrant arts community in metro Atlanta. We do this by providing a combination of thoughtful, critical analysis, news resources, commentary, programming and in-depth features of the city’s vibrant arts scene across all disciplines – visual art, design, music, dance, theater, books and film. CURIO brings you unique cultural experiences from across Atlanta in all the topics covered by ArtsATL.


AIR Serenbe
NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

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An Evening with Shira Erlichman
Apr
20
5:30pm 5:30pm

An Evening with Shira Erlichman

  • Nursing Bulding, Room 115 University of West Georgia (map)
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Join us for a special performance and conversation with Shira Erlichman. Shira will share some of her poems and then discuss her work and practice with Christine Simmonds-Moore, Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia and Brandon Hinman, Executive Director of AIR Serenbe. The conversation will explore the complex connections between the creative process and mental health, stigmas of mental illness, and the power of taking small steps.

Free & Open to the Public
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Reception at 5:30pm, Lobby
Show at 6:00pm, Room 115

Born in Israel, living in Brooklyn, Shira Erlichman (known musically as SHIRA) is a songwriter, producer, writer and visual artist. She's shared stages with CocoRosie, Mirah and TuNe-YaRdS. A three time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in PBS Poetry, Buzzfeed Reader, The Huffington Post, BUST Magazine, Winter Tangerine, The Massachusetts Review, as well as alongside Patricia Smith in Bull-Gouging the Matador, in the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the Lambda award winning LGBTQ anthology Glitter and Grit. She received her BA from Hampshire College, a Millay Colony Fellowship and a James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her latest album “Subtle Creature” premiered in BUST Magazine in October 2016.

The Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship established by Dr. Kathryn Grams and Mr. John Hinman in support of the work of AIR Serenbe and the University of West Georgia.

 

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AIR Serenbe
NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

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The Other Night School: The Curious Case of Classical Music with Dr. Josh Byrd
Apr
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Other Night School: The Curious Case of Classical Music with Dr. Josh Byrd

The Other Night School: The Curious Case of Classical Music with Dr. Josh Byrd

While we all might think of a favorite classical piece or composer, how exactly does that music or individual fit into the history of Western music? Which composers stayed within the conventions of their time? Who went rogue? Hop on board a fast and furious "virtual time-machine" as we explore the social, musical, and economic issues that helped mold and shape music as we know it. From the monks of Monty Python to the virtuosity of Paganini, this evening's discussion will try and put everything we hear on a daily basis into a historical perspective.

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The Other Night School is a lecture series in partnership with Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, the University of West Georgia College of the Arts and Humanities, and AIR Serenbe. University professors give talks on topics of interest—historical, intriguing, and curious—in a setting relaxed and dynamic. Following the lecture is a conversation with the speaker, a question-and-answer discussion paired with wine and cheese. 
 


 

AIR Serenbe
NURTURING CRITICAL MOMENTS OF IMAGINATION

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices

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The Art & Science of Cooking with Insects
Mar
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Art & Science of Cooking with Insects

Americans love to chow down on lobster and shrimp, but in other parts of the world, people dine on these arthropod's land-based cousins as well. Insects are delicious and nutritious staples, yet an outdated taboo makes us get all squirmy at the thought of it. With 2,000 flavors and textures to play with, cooking with insects can be as fun as it is beneficial to local and global health. Curious about broadening your palette? Join us for a public conversation and optional sampling of traditional delicacies as bug breeder Chelsea Thomas and comic artist Blue Delliquanti discuss raising insects for the table and writing a graphic novel about love in the time of grasshopper tacos.

AIR Serenbe, the artist in residence program in Chattahoochee Hills, GA, invests in artists of all disciplines through their Focus Fellowship and Project Residency initiatives. We are thrilled to be partnering with Atlanta Science Festival this year on a special Project Residency that explores the worlds of insect cuisine, comics, and beyond. 

Free and open to the public.
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More info at Atlanta Science Festival.

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The Moth, StorySLAM: Firsts
Mar
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Moth, StorySLAM: Firsts

FIRSTS: Prepare a five-minute story about your maiden voyage into uncharted territory. Wax on about your first: standing ovation, miserable failure, kiss, child, crisis of conscience, job, pet, toupee, trip overseas, exorcism, internet date, grandchild or fist fight. Grand openings, birth order, wild initiations, or milestones reached.

**SOLD OUT! Limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis**

Doors at 7:00pm
Stories begin at 7:30pm

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An Evening with Allison Joseph and Ray Christian
Mar
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

An Evening with Allison Joseph and Ray Christian

Join 2017 New Georgia Arts Literary Achievement Award recipient Allison Joseph and 2017 Frances Focus Fellowship recipient Ray Christian for a remarkable evening of poetry and story.

$15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors
Tickets available HERE.
Doors at 7:30pm. Show at 8:00pm.

The New Georgia award supports Allison with residencies at AIR Serenbe and Newnan Art Rez and a $10,000 prize. Funding for this inaugural award, one of the largest in the American South, comes from the School of the Arts at the University of West Georgia, the Blackwell Trust, and the Warren and Ava Sewell Foundation.

The Frances Focus Fellowship supports a storyteller with deep ties to the American South. Ray receives a month-long residency, stipend, and public programming at AIR Serenbe. This award residency is nominated through at partnership with The Moth.

Allison Joseph is known for her work advocating for young authors, as well as authoring seven collections of poetry. She teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is Director of the Young Writers Workshop at SIUC, which she founded in 1999. Her books include Multitudes, Double Identity, and Mercurial. Learn more about Allison here.

Ray Christian is the seven-time Moth Story Slam Champion and the winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. Ray is a retired paratrooper and lives in Boone, NC with his wife, children, dogs, and chickens. He produces the podcast What's Ray Saying which features stories born out of his own life experiences: inner city poverty, race relations, military, family, travel, and adventure. Listen to a story by Ray here.

 

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An Afternoon with Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, and Mahogany L. Browne
Feb
4
2:00pm 2:00pm

An Afternoon with Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, and Mahogany L. Browne

Join us for a very special performance by Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, and Mahogany L. Browne.  

Eve is 2017's recipient of the SWACC! Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe. This award residency supports a spoken word artist with a commitment to community and collaboration. Sarah, an alumni of AIR Serenbe and now a member of our National Advisory Council, will collaborate with Eve for a week of this residency. Mahogany, recipient of the 2016 SWACC! Focus Fellowship, returns to join Eve and Sarah on the stage for a  remarkable afternoon of poems performed live.  

$20
Doors at 1pm
Show at 2pm
Book signing presented by Hills & Hamlets after the show.

BUY TICKETS THROUGH EDDIE'S ATTIC HERE

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Eve Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago; in 2018, she will begin as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Currently, she is developing a book manuscript based on her dissertation, "Shuttered Schools in the Black Metropolis: Race, History, and Discourse on Chicago’s South Side," explores these topics in the context of the 2013 public school closures in Chicago, and the relationship between such closures and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community. 

Eve is also an essayist and poet. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall 2017. Her work has been published in many venues, including Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Union Station, and the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. She has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for the Pamet River Prize, and a scholarship recipient for the New Harmony Writers Workshop. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources. Crescendo's projects include the Emerging Poets Incubator and the Chicago Poetry Block Party. Eve is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.  Learn more about Eve.

Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City who is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which has been viewed over nine million times online. Sarah has been invited to share her work on such diverse stages as the the Malthouse Theater in Melbourne, Australia; The Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark, the United Nations and Carnegie Hall in New York City, among hundreds of other venues around the world. She is the author of three books of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody, 2014), B (Hachette Books, 2015), and The Type (Hachette Books, 2016). A passionate educator, Sarah has worked with education organizations like the National Association of Independent Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization among many others, in order to further her work with Project VOICE: challenging traditional notions of literacy, promoting empowerment through self-expression, and expanding access to creativity education.  Take a look at Sarah's latest news and projects here.

Mahogany L. Browne
The Cave Canem, Poets House, and AIR Serenbe SWACC! Focus Fellowship alum, is the author of several books including Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works), Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada's The Word and UK's MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is the co-editor of forthcoming anthology The Break Beat Poets: Black Girl Magic and and chapbook collection Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books). She is an Urban Word NYC Artistic Director (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices), founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room, Director of BLM@Pratt Programming and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Browne is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and recent graduate from Pratt Institute MFA Writing & Activism program. See Mahogany's news and videos here. 

Learn more about 2017 Focus Fellowship artists: http://www.airserenbe.com/2017/

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Luminary Awards, presented by ArtsATL
Jan
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Luminary Awards, presented by ArtsATL

  • Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center (map)
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It is our honor to join ArtsATL as a sponsor at the presentation of their inaugural Luminary Awards. AIR Serenbe will offer a micro-residency to all of this year's Luminary recipients.

Join ArtsATL for the inaugural award ceremony where we will honor and celebrate success in Atlanta arts and culture in the areas of philanthropy, artistic innovation, community engagement, and catalytic dialogue.  The ceremony will feature emcee Lucky Yates and include special performances by Atlanta-based artists.  Tickets and more info here.

THE LUMINARY AWARDS
Kathy and Ken Bernhardt
The Amaranth Award for Philanthropic Legacy
Celebrates the lifetime contribution of a philanthropist to the cultural landscape of Atlanta.

John McFall
The Beacon Award for Community Engagement
Awarded to an organization, individual, or presentation in recognition of the impact they have had in fostering meaningful community engagement in their work.

Zuckerman Museum of Art
The Catalyst Award for Social Discourse
Awarded to an organization, individual, or presentation that ignited important conversation and dialogue within the arts community that resulted in lasting, positive change.

The Lucky Penny
The Kindle Award for Innovative Practice
Awarded to an organization, individual, or presentation who has radically changed the cultural landscape of Atlanta with their work.

 

 

 

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Speaking of Making with New Territories
Jan
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Speaking of Making with New Territories

Join us for a panel conversation with this year's New Territories playwrights, joined by Brian Clowdus (Serenbe Playhouse), Brandon Hinman (AIR Serenbe), and dramaturg Tira Palmquist.

Free and Open to the Public.
RSVP HERE

 

Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are proud to announce the 2nd year of a new play development program unlike any other: the New Territories Playwriting Residency, a Writers-in-Residence Program for Outdoor, Site-Specific Plays. For the second year, New Territories will bring three writers to Chattahoochee Hills, GA to develop new outdoor, site-specific theater. 2017 playwrights are Joe Calarco, Jami Brandli, and A. Rey Pamatmat.

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