Speaking of Making with Sarah Hobbs: Artist Talk and Walkthrough for Volumes Project Residency
Dec
6
4:00 PM16:00

Speaking of Making with Sarah Hobbs: Artist Talk and Walkthrough for Volumes Project Residency

  • Bentley Rare Book Museum, Kennesaw State University, Sturgis Library Ground Floor (map)
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Free + open to the public

The Bentley Rare Book Museum partners with AIR Serenbe to present 2018 artist-in-residence Sarah Hobbs for a special artist talk and walkthrough as part of the Volumes Residency Project. Hobbs' artistic interpretation of marginalia for this project, inspired by the collections in the Bentley Rare Book Museum, pushes beyond the idea of simply reading rare books and instead focuses on the experience of rare books. Hobbs' work examines how marginalia serves as evidence of active, intentional interactions with books. Rather than viewing marginalia as a defacement of books, Hobbs presents marginalia as human engagement with the printed word and as a meaningful form of art.

MORE INFO HERE

Seating is limited; to reserve a space, RSVP to Kate Marchman at 
klammers@kennesaw.edu.

Image courtesy of Sarah Hobbs.

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The Other Night School: Hip Hop and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

The Other Night School: Hip Hop and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Larry Rivers, Associate Professor of History, University of West Georgia

What does Hip Hop have to do with Martin Luther King, Jr.? With the first-ever federal holiday observation of King scheduled for January 20, 1986, the martyred civil rights activist’s child, Dexter King, began organizing a musical tribute. Could Hip Hop--a potentially powerful, yet largely misunderstood music form--represent the principles for which his father had stood? Join us as we investigate this curious convergence.

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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 HumanitiesUWG 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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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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Artists & Advisors Dinner + Fireside Session
Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

Artists & Advisors Dinner + Fireside Session

Join us for dinner under the stars with our National Advisory Council, plus fireside 
performances & presentations by AIR Serenbe artists. 

For one night we bring together AIR Serenbe alumni artists and national advisors together with our board of directors, sponsors, partners, and other key stakeholders. 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.

THIS DINNER IS BY INVITATION ONLY.

SPONSORS:
The Inn at Serenbe
Pabst Brewing Co.
PeachDish
Yalla
Cathead Vodka

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Filmer: A Premiere of Original Short Films About AIR Serenbe Artists
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

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

  • Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center (map)
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A one-of-a-kind project featuring Georgia filmmakers producing films about some of the most interesting artists in the country.

AIR Serenbe nurtures critical moments of imagination. Filmer brings to life the untapped creative energy of emerging and established Georgia filmmakers by pairing them with high caliber artists from all over the country. In this match up, we commission filmmakers to make an original short portrait film that illuminates something of the artist’s person and process. We give the filmmakers full creative control over the films, pay them an honorarium, provide them with a residency, and honor them as the artists they are. At the end of the year, we present a premiere of all Filmer films to a live audience in a large theater in Atlanta.

This year, we will produce and premiere 16 new films by 14 filmmakers.

$10 General Admission
$7 Students / Seniors
Get your tickets
HERE

DOORS AT 6:15PM
CASH BAR AVAILABLE IN LOBBY

FEATURED ARTISTS & FILMMAKERS:
Adam Forrester is making a film on Buddy Wakefield.
Fran Burst and Sheri Mann Stewart are making a film on Amanda Torres.
Gregory Miller and Ryan Peoples are making a film on Deantoni Parks.
David Tann is making a film on the Here Say 2018 artists.
Kristian Melom is making films on Jason Reynolds and Anis Mojgani.
Steve Bransford is making a film on Sarah Hobbs.
Micah Stansell is making a film on Mark Buller.
Crystal Jin Kim is making a film on Kate Hoefler.
Blake Williams is making a film on Ebony Glenn.
Amanda Brooke Avery is making a film on Adejoke Tugbiyele.
Ian Cone is making a film on Rubens Ghenov.
Ethan Payne is making films on Anna & Elizabeth, Julianna Barwick, Ray Christian, and Louisiana Bendolph.

SPONSORS:
Edgar Allan
ICU Fund: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Pabst Brewing Co.
Amy Parry Projects
ChooseATL
Atlanta Metro Studios
Vision Realty & Management
The Bitter Southerner
THEA
Scholastic
Woodruff Arts Center
Ryan Peoples Sound Design
Openfields
Southern Crust Catering Co.
Montane
Cathead Vodka
National Endowment for the Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts
Fulton County Arts and Culture
The Serenbe Institute

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Childhood by Design
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Childhood by Design

  • Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Childhood By Design brings artists, architects, urbanists, and designers together with early childhood experts, policymakers, and the general public. This conversation will seek to explore and harness the power of art, architecture, design, and placemaking to reimagine the unique experience of childhood, to improve outcomes, and to co-create a brighter future for all young children and their families.

This year’s panel conversation with Christopher Moses, Itai Palti, and Kimberly Lucas is presented by AIR Serenbe and Capita in partnership with the Woodruff Arts Center.

This conversation is FREE and open to the public. Please reserve a seat TODAY!

RSVP HERE

Panelist Bios:

Doug Shipman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center, home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. 

Itai Palti is Director of Hume, a science informed architecture and urban design practice. In 2015, Itai founded the Conscious Cities movement; a new field of research and practice for building people-centric environments that are aware and responsive using data analysis, AI, tech, and behavioral science in design.

Kimberly Lucas is the Civic Research Director in the City of Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Part researcher, part practitioner, and part muppet, Kim has consistently kept one foot in the ivory tower and one foot on the ground, pairing research with practice to seek real solutions to social policy and planning problems.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS:
Primrose Schools
Kids II
Capita
Woodruff Arts Center
Perkins + Will
Fuzzco


 

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Alliance of Artists Communities Conference
Oct
15
to Oct 18

Alliance of Artists Communities Conference

Join arts leaders, funders, policy-makers, residency staff, board members, educators and artists from across the globe as we explore support for today's artists and artist-centered approaches to engaging our communities and developing healthy organizations.

The Alliance of Artists Communities' 2018 Annual Conference will be hosted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 15-18! All are welcome!

From nuts-and-bolts sessions on organizational development, to interviews with artists on creative practice, and from conversations exploring cultural trends to the role of artists in society today, plus tours of Philadelphia's thriving arts centers - join the conversation!

MORE INFO HERE

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5th Annual Serenbe Home Tour
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

5th Annual Serenbe Home Tour

  • Grange and Swann Ridge Neighborhoods (map)
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Featuring Swann Ridge and Grange Neighborhoods

Come see the unique designs of select Serenbe homes and learn more about the people and the collections that bring them to life.

VIP Brunch & Tour
Join us at Grange Hall beginning at 11:00 am for a delicious brunch and a private docent-led tour. Spots Limited. Advance Purchase Only.

Silent Auction
Exciting experiences, stunning art and beautiful home decor items are just some of the items available through the silent auction!

Porsche Experience
Porsche Experience Center of Atlanta will have several vehicles on display during the tour and a driver who will take some guests for a spin!

Panel Discussion
Following the tour of Serenbe homes, return to Grange Hall and the VIP Lounge for a moderated panel discussion with local and Atlanta area designers moderated by Steve McKenzie – talking style trends, investment pieces, tips for entertaining and more!

Buy Tickets Early & Save!
$35 advance ticket
$40 at the door
$100 VIP Brunch & Tour
Children +12 Welcome

Get your tickets HERE
 

All proceeds from the 5th Annual Serenbe Home Tour support AIR Serenbe.

For more information, contact info@serenbehometour.com.

See more about the Serenbe Home Tour at www.serenbehometour.com.

SPONSORS:
Atlanta Fine Homes | Sotheby's International Realty
Porsche
Serenbe Real Estate
Brand Mortgage
Greystone Power Corporation
Amazon Stone
Peridot
Fairway Independent Mortgage
Cathead Vodka
Omaha Brewing Company
Montane Sparkling Spring Water
Atlanta Magazine
Atlanta Magazine’s Home

 

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The Other Night School: War and the Ethics of Killing
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Other Night School: War and the Ethics of Killing

Dr. Rosemary Kellison, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of West Georgia

We hear about it on the news: the errant bomb, the misguided missile, the hospital destroyed. Particularly in today’s urban wars, such mistakes can result in the deaths of innocent civilians. But who is responsible when innocent people are killed in war, and who counts as “innocent” anyway? Join us as we discuss some of the responses to these questions that have been developed over the past several hundred years in the Christian, Muslim, and international law traditions.

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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 HumanitiesUWG 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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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 Showcase of Artists Using Speaking as Performance
Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

Here Say: A Showcase of Artists Using Speaking as Performance

  • The Pavilion at Inn at Serenbe (map)
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Join us for an evening under the stars with six artists using speaking as performance. Derrick C. Brown, Ray Christian, Anis Mojgani, Amanda Torres, Buddy Wakefield, and Dame Wilburn will do things with words that move and inspire us.

Here Say gathers the country's top artists using speaking as performance for a series of creative roundtables and public performances in Metro Atlanta. From spoken word and storytelling to lectures and rap (and everything in between), Here Say invests in the development and cross pollination of this dynamic and democratic form--word and voice. To capture this three-day convening in the fall, AIR Serenbe commissions a local filmmaker to create an original short film about the meeting of the minds and mouths.

Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
General Admission $20
Student / Senior $15
Get your tickets HERE

 

“Over the past five years, we have hosted residencies for numerous artists using speaking in some form in their work. Here Say is a way to continue supporting these artists individually while also bringing them together collectively. And to encourage them to keep doing that simple, yet incredibly bold act of speaking in front of a crowd---it is powerful; it changes lives.” -Brandon Hinman, Executive Director of AIR Serenbe

Here Say is funded in part by an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Featured artists:
Derrick C. Brown / Los Angeles, CA
Ray Christian / Boone, NC
Anis Mojgani / Portland, OR
Amanda Torres / Brooklyn, NY
Buddy Wakefield / Los Angeles, CA
Dame Wilburn / Detroit, MI

Sponsors:
National Endowment for the Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts
The Inn at Serenbe
The Serenbe Institute
Wild Heaven Beer

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Here Say Convening
Sep
3
to Sep 6

Here Say Convening

Here Say gathers the country's top artists using speaking as performance for a series of creative roundtables and public performances in Metro Atlanta. From spoken word and storytelling to lectures and rap (and everything in between), Here Say invests in the development and cross pollination of this dynamic and democratic form--word and voice. To capture this three-day convening in the fall, AIR Serenbe commissions a local filmmaker to create an original short film about the meeting of the minds and mouths.

Here Say is funded in part by an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Featured artists:
Derrick C. Brown / Los Angeles, CA
Ray Christian / Boone, NC
Anis Mojgani / Portland, OR
Amanda Torres / Brooklyn, NY
Buddy Wakefield / Los Angeles, CA
Dame Wilburn / Detroit, MI

Get your tickets for the Here Say Performance here


Sponsors:
National Endowment for the Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts
The Inn at Serenbe
The Serenbe Institute
Wild Heaven Beer

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Here Say: Speaking as Performance - AJC Decatur Book Festival
Sep
2
5:00 PM17:00

Here Say: Speaking as Performance - AJC Decatur Book Festival

Presented by AIR Serenbe, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
Featuring Anis Mojgani, Dame Wilburn, Ray Christian, and Derrick C. Brown
Introduced by J. Brandon Hinman, Executive Director of AIR Serenbe

Join four of the country’s top writers and raconteurs for a lively conversation about the power of words and how they can change lives when spoken in just the right way. The panelists will explore the stories we tell, traveling from page to stage and beyond. Here Say is a gathering and showcase of artists using speaking as performance, funded in part by a project grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It brings the nation’s top spoken word poets, storytellers, and emcees to Georgia for a three-day convening, with the goal of creating an atmosphere for cross-pollination among the artists, as well as presenting public talks and performances to new audiences. After the panel at AJC Decatur Book Festival, AIR Serenbe will host a performance with all Here Say artists at Serenbe on Wednesday, September 5th. 

Participant Bios:

Anis Mojgani
Anis Mojgani is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle,Forklift Ohio, Paper Darts,Thrush, and Bat City Review.

Anis is the author of five books, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch, The Pocketknife Bible, and his latest, In the Pockets of Small Gods. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Oregon and is represented by Blue Flower Arts. Anis is the recipient of AIR Serenbe’s 2016 Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship.

Ray Christian
Dr. Ray Christian is a storyteller whose storytelling began with his role as reader for his illiterate parents at age 10. He escaped the urban slums of Richmond, VA by joining the United States Army at 17. Here he served in a number of capacities and assignments at home, abroad during peacetime and in combat, primarily as an Infantryman and Paratrooper, where he retired after 20 years of service. Following retirement the combat-decorated veteran went back to school and earned a BS in History, MA in Public History, an EdS in Education Leadership, and a PhD in Education. Ray also teaches part time at Appalachians State University, the courses “The Souls of Black Folks”, an examination of African American social culture, and “Life in the Narrative” a course that explores the historic and contemporary use of storytelling and oral history in America.

Ray has shared his stories on The Moth Main Stage in the US and Canada. His stories have appeared in Readers Digest and have been featured on the Moth Radio Hour and Snap Judgment. In addition, as a competitive storyteller, Ray is a seven-time Moth Story Slam Champion and the winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. Ray also has his own podcast, What’s Ray Saying. Ray hopes to continue crafting stories that can serve the cause of cultural enlightenment and social justice by using oral expression to present the human experience in a compelling and memorable way. Ray currently resides in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, children, dogs, and chickens. Ray is AIR Serenbe’s 2017 Frances Focus Fellowship recipient.

Dame Wilburn
Dame Wilburn is a community educator with Generation With Promise in Detroit, Michigan and Chief Marketing Director for Twisted Willow Soap Company. Dame spends her free time writing poetry, singing and working on her first book, and has performed her stories at several Moth Mainstage events. She says that she is married to the most beautiful woman in the world. Dame received AIR Serenbe’s Frances Focus Fellowship in 2016.

Derrick C. Brown
Derrick C. Brown is a novelist, 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 owner and president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country.” He is the author of eight 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 lives in Los Angeles, California. Derrick is a member of AIR Serenbe’s 2016 Gentlemen Bosses Project Residency.

 

 

 

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Volumes: An Artist in A Rare Books Collection - AJC Decatur Book Festival
Sep
1
1:45 PM13:45

Volumes: An Artist in A Rare Books Collection - AJC Decatur Book Festival

Presented by AIR Serenbe and Bentley Rare Book Museum
Featuring photographer Sarah Hobbs in conversation with Bentley’s Tamara Livingston and JoyEllen Freeman
Introduced by J. Brandon Hinman, Executive Director of AIR Serenbe

Atlanta-based photographer Sarah Hobbs spent an extended amount of time diving into the archives and collections of the Bentley Rare Book Museum at Kennesaw State University. From her time there, she created a new body of work inspired by marginalia. Join us for a multimedia talk and conversation with Hobbs and Tamara Livingston (Executive Director of the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books (MARB) at Kennesaw State University), as we explore the wonders of old books and new art inspired by them.

Read about Volumes Project Residency here

Participant Bios:

Sarah Hobbs
Sarah Hobbs’s work is an ongoing exploration of the neurotic tendencies that exist in us all. She grew up in Columbus, Georgia and holds a BA in Art History and an MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens. She lives and works in Atlanta. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Sir Elton John Collection, among others. Hobbs’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been included in several group shows across the country. Her first monograph, Small Problems in Living, was published in 2012. Sarah is the 2018 Volumes Project Residency artist with AIR Serenbe and Bentley Rare Book Museum. She also received the Walker Evans Focus Fellowship from AIR Serenbe in 2016.

Tamara Livingston
Dr. Tamara Livingston is executive director of the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books (MARB) at Kennesaw State University and founder of the KSU Archives, established in 2004. She completed her doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology, and holds master's degrees in Library and Information Science as well as Music History, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her work as executive director of MARB, she teaches Introduction to Archives and World Music courses at Kennesaw State.

JoyEllen Freeman
JoyEllen Freeman is the Outreach/Special Collections Archivist of the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books. Before arriving at Kennesaw State University, she worked as an intern for various archival repositories including the Archives Research Center at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library, the Internet Archive, the National Archives at Atlanta, the Roswell Historical Society, and the Fulton County Teaching Museum. Outside of work, JoyEllen enjoys reading and writing historical fiction novels, going to Starbucks, and shopping for purses.

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Won't Lovers Revolt Now: Closing Conversation for Fuel & Lumber Project Residency Exhibit
Jul
28
5:00 PM17:00

Won't Lovers Revolt Now: Closing Conversation for Fuel & Lumber Project Residency Exhibit

Please join us for a closing conversation about our current exhibition "Won't Lovers Revolt Now" on July 28th at 5pm. Leading the discussion will be curators Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte from the Fuel and Lumber Company, as well as Dana Haugaard and Rubens Ghenov, two participating artists in the exhibition. 

Whitespace presents Won't Lovers Revolt Now, a group exhibition guest curated by The Fuel and Lumber Company of Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, June 22, 2018 through Saturday, July 28, 2018. This exhibition was made possible in partnership with AIR Serenbe. 

Borrowing its title from a takeaway object/poster by Las Hermanas Iglesias, the exhibition presents the work of eight artists, working in diverse media from equally diverse cultural and conceptual positions. The connective tissue that unites the work is a poetic approach to art making, one that simultaneously embodies the fragility and vulnerability of life in contemporary society, but does so with belief and conviction in the power of art to transform in the face of the oppressive forces that currently confront society.

The Fuel and Lumber Company of Birmingham, Alabama was established in 2013 by Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte to facilitate exhibitions and related programming in the Southeast and beyond. Borrowing its title from a takeaway object/poster by Las Hermanas Iglesias, The Fuel and Lumber Company considers itself an idea, not a traditional brick and mortar space, dedicated to contemporary art and community engagement.

AIR Serenbe, the nonprofit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines. They 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.

Participating Artists include: Ben Estes, Rubens Ghenov, Iva Gueorguieva, Dana Haugaard, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Lisa Iglesias, Matt Phillips, Sarah Smith.

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Speaking of Making: Louisiana Pettway Bendolph in Conversation with Virginia Prescott, joined by Matt Arnett and Lonnie Holley
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Speaking of Making: Louisiana Pettway Bendolph in Conversation with Virginia Prescott, joined by Matt Arnett and Lonnie Holley

  • Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta History Center Midtown Campus (map)
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Presented by AIR Serenbe, in partnership with Atlanta History Center and Grocery on Home.

Join GPB's On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott in conversation with Louisiana Pettway Bendolph, Matt Arnett, and Lonnie Holley, as they discuss Bendolph’s dynamic art, Southern African American artmaking traditions, and the world famous community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where Bendolph is from. Bendolph is a visual artist and quilt maker from Alabama and is the 2018 recipient of AIR Serenbe's Fiber Forward Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist working in textiles.

7pm Doors
7:30pm T
alk
$10 General Admission, $7 Students and Seniors
Cash bar will be available

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SPEAKER BIOS

Louisiana Pettway Bendolph is among the younger generation of quilt makers whose work was included in the national touring exhibition Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt. She starts her process with a sketch and then moves into improvisation and innovation using bright, new fabrics. The resulting quilts are stunning abstractions. She has exhibited at the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington D.C. and Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the U.S. Department of State, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.

Virginia Prescott is the host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought. Prescott, formerly of New Hampshire Public Radio, is the Gracie Award-winning host of Word of Mouth, Civics 101, The 10-Minute Writers Workshop podcasts, and the Writers on A New England Stage series on NHPR. Prior to joining NHPR, she was editor, producer, and director for NPR programs On Point and Here & Now, and directed interactive media for New York Public Radio. Throughout her radio career, Virginia has worked to build sustainable independent radio in the developing world and has trained journalists in post-conflict zones from Sierra Leone to the Balkans. She has been honored for her contributions with a Gracie award for her work on Word of Mouth, a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University, and was a member of the Peabody Award-winning production team for Jazz from Lincoln Center with Ed Bradley. Virginia loves working in public radio, but regrets that so many good outfits go unnoticed.

Matt Arnett is an independent curator and music producer based in Atlanta, GA.

Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was never afforded the pleasure of a real childhood. Since 1979, Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley’s sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events. His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and been displayed in the White House Rose Garden. In January of 2014, Holley completed a one-month artist-in-residence with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island, Florida, site of the acclaimed artist’s studio.

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Won't Lovers Revolt Now: Opening for Fuel & Lumber Project Residency Exhibit
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Won't Lovers Revolt Now: Opening for Fuel & Lumber Project Residency Exhibit

Whitespace presents Won't Lovers Revolt Now, a group exhibition guest curated by The Fuel and Lumber Company of Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, June 22, 2018 through Saturday, July 28, 2018. This exhibition was made possible in partnership with AIR Serenbe. 

Borrowing its title from a takeaway object/poster by Las Hermanas Iglesias, the exhibition presents the work of eight artists, working in diverse media from equally diverse cultural and conceptual positions. The connective tissue that unites the work is a poetic approach to art making, one that simultaneously embodies the fragility and vulnerability of life in contemporary society, but does so with belief and conviction in the power of art to transform in the face of the oppressive forces that currently confront society.

The Fuel and Lumber Company of Birmingham, Alabama was established in 2013 by Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte to facilitate exhibitions and related programming in the Southeast and beyond. Borrowing its title from a takeaway object/poster by Las Hermanas Iglesias, The Fuel and Lumber Company considers itself an idea, not a traditional brick and mortar space, dedicated to contemporary art and community engagement.

AIR Serenbe, the nonprofit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines. They 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.

Participating Artists include: Ben Estes, Rubens Ghenov, Iva Gueorguieva, Dana Haugaard, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Lisa Iglesias, Matt Phillips, Sarah Smith.

 

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Speaking of Making: Jason Reynolds in Conversation with Joe Waters
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

Speaking of Making: Jason Reynolds in Conversation with Joe Waters

Presented by AIR Serenbe in partnership with AJC Decatur Book Festival, Little Shop of Stories, and Grocery on Home

Join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds, in conversation with Joe Waters, CEO and Co-Founder of Capita. We’ll explore Jason’s life, work, creative process, and why he’s on a campaign to inspire young people to love books by not writing boring ones.

Doors at 6:30pm
Show at 7:30pm
$12 Advance Tickets
$16 At the Door

$10 Students and Seniors

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*Little Shop of Stories will host a book signing at Eddie's Attic after the event.

Jason Reynolds is the 2018 recipient of AIR Serenbe’s Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist whose work explores the experience of childhood and growing up. He is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds was the American Booksellers Association’s 2017 spokesperson for Indies First, and will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month in April 2018, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Jason’s many works of fiction include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He lives in Washington, DC.  jasonwritesbooks.com

Joe Waters is CEO and Co-Founder of Capita, a startup ideas lab working at the intersection of academic research, public policy, social innovation, design, and the arts. Capita explores how the great cultural and social transformations of our day affect young children, and they foster new ideas to ensure a future in which children and their families flourish. Joe is the former Executive Vice President at Institute for Child Success and the new Board Chairman for AIR Serenbe.  capitasocial.org

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Filmer and Dinner at Serenbe
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Filmer and Dinner at Serenbe

We are pleased to bring all of the 2017 Filmer films back together for a one-night screening at Serenbe. These films premiered to a live audience at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta in November of 2017, but this is the first time the films will be shown in Chattahoochee Hills, in and of the place that inspired them. If you missed the premiere of these 16 short films, created by metro Atlanta filmmakers about AIR Serenbe artists, then this free screening will be a great chance to catch them. And, if you were at the premiere and just need to see these beautiful short films again, we'll see you down at Serenbe!

For this screening, we are partnering with chef Brian Moll and the Farmhouse Restaurant for a pre-show special menu. Chef Moll will create a special $40 three-course dinner designed to delight your palate and get you to Filmer on time! Additionally, there will be a cash bar for wine, beer, and cocktails at the screening.

A portion of proceeds from tonight's dinner and drinks will go to benefit AIR Serenbe.

The Filmer screening is a FREE event, but RSVPs are required.
RSVP HERE.

Drinks and doors open at 7:15pm
Screening at 8pm.

Total run-time is 80min.

To make a dinner reservation, call The Farmhouse at (770) 463-2622 or go to serenbefarmhouse.com
*For those who book online, please add a note mentioning you will be attending the show and that you are visiting for the special menu. The Farmhouse requests that these reservations be made for no later than 6:30pm to ensure guests are able to finish in time for Filmer.
 

More about Filmer:
Filmer brings to life the untapped creative energy of emerging and established Atlanta filmmakers by pairing them with some of the most interesting artists from all over the country. In this match up, we commission filmmakers to make an original short portrait film that illuminates something of the artist’s person and process. We give the filmmakers full creative control over the films, pay them an honorarium, provide them with a residency, and honor them as the artists they are. At the end of the year, we present a premiere of all Filmer films to a live audience in a large theater right here in Atlanta.

In 2017, our first year of Filmer, we commissioned seven filmmakers to create a total of 16 short films, ranging in length from two to twenty minutes. We premiered all of the films in one night at the Woodruff Arts Center, followed by a VIP party at Edgar Allan’s office for featured filmmakers and artists, as well as our partners, patrons, and advisors.  The films now live on our website and YouTube channel and are available for viewing and sharing by the public. Poets & Writers Magazine recently featured one of our films on the poet Eve Ewing (made by Adam Forrester) and The Bitter Southerner ran a story with six of the Filmer films.

 

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Teaching Artists Summit Showcase with Four Corners Fellowship
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Teaching Artists Summit Showcase with Four Corners Fellowship

Join us for an evening of poetry and performance from this year’s Teaching Artists Summit, presented by Four Corners Fellowship. Our hosts for the evening, Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne, will feature the work of seven other teaching artists from across the nation.

Featured artists:
Sarah Kay / New York, NY
Mahogany L. Browne / Brooklyn, NY
Amanda Torres / Brooklyn, NY
José Olivarez / Chicago, IL
Sofía Snow / New York, NY
Isa Borgeson / San Francisco/Oakland, CA
Whitney Greenaway / New York, NY and Dominica
Matthew Cuban / Los Angeles, CA
Qiana Cutts / Atlanta, GA

$10 General Admission
$7 Students / Seniors
Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
Buy Your Tickets HERE

 

More about the Teaching Artists Summit from Four Corners Fellowship:

In our experience, the best version of a teaching artist is a working artist who is dedicated to their own craft, but who is also committed to the empowerment of young people and the cultivation of community. They are not interested in solitary confinement for the development of their art, but are invested in engagement and education that increases their students’ and mentees’ access to skills, resources, justice, safety, and joy. Finding teaching artists who are dedicated to these principles is both rare and also possible, but so many of them are isolated from each other, forced to “re-invent the wheel” within their own region, without a space to share best practices, seek help, or recharge.

We know how valuable these humans are, how demanding their work is, and we wanted an opportunity to identify, celebrate, and reward them for their work. We also wanted to offer them a place to gather, create, and build together.

 

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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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An Evening with Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, Amanda Torres & Mahogany L. Browne
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, Amanda Torres & Mahogany L. Browne

  • Commercial Row at Margaret Mitchell House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

**This event is sold out. Please contact info@airserenbe.com to be placed on a waiting list.**

 

AIR Serenbe presents, in partnership with Atlanta History Center, four of the nation's top spoken word poets for ONE NIGHT ONLY in Atlanta. Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, Eve Ewing, and Amanda Torres will be in Georgia as part of the SWACC! Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe. SWACC! is an award residency that supports spoken word artists whose work demonstrates an advanced commitment to community and collaboration. Join us for an unforgettable evening with these four artists on one stage.

Commercial Row @ Margaret Mitchell House
Doors at 6pm
Show at 7pm
Book signing after the show through Hills & Hamlets Bookshop.

$20 Advance General Admission
$15 Advance Students & Seniors
$25 All tickets at the door
Cash bar available. 

Purchase Advance Tickets HERE

 

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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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Four Sevens Dinner Series: Food & Giving
Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

Four Sevens Dinner Series: Food & Giving

**This event is SOLD OUT**
 

Dominique Love and Mike Greto invite you to the second Four Sevens Dinner Series to benefit AIR Serenbe and The Giving Kitchen

We'll hear from AIR Serenbe's latest resident, food writer John Kessler, who has been writing a book for The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency support to members of the food and beverage industry. 

The evening will also be the debut of PeachDish's national, dinner-party-in-a-box program to The Giving Kitchen. 

Wines poured by Nadine Bratti, Proprietress, The General Store at Serenbe.

Cocktails
Four-Course Family Style Meal
Wine
$75 Donation / Person
Purchase tickets HERE

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Walkthrough with Andrew Moore and Blue Alabama
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Walkthrough with Andrew Moore and Blue Alabama

Jackson Fine Art, AIR Serenbe, and The Bitter Southerner are pleased to present an exclusive walkthrough with photographer Andrew Moore of his newest body of work, Blue Alabama. Join us for an evening of stories behind the work.

New York City-based Andrew Moore completed a residency at AIR Serenbe in 2015. He flew into Hartsfield Jackson Airport, rented a car, checked in at AIR Serenbe, and then wandered west. Blue Alabama is the result of Moore's explorations over the next two years, a collection of over 100 photographs taken exclusively in Alabama. 14 of these photographs will be on display at Jackson Fine Art from April 13th to July 7th.

"This newest body of work on Alabama deals with themes of loss and resilience, but given the troubled narrative of the South and the interweaving of fear, cruelty, beauty and spirituality, it’s inherently a more complex and provocative equation. One can see certain themes developed, such as the strong presence of women in southern society, the resonance of the color black, the connectivity of the past to the present, and certainly the tradition of storytelling and conversation which informs so many of the pictures. I also have a sense, perhaps because of the long history of adversity, that the story of Alabama at this moment in time is of growing importance, and that no region of the country better encapsulates the contrasts, the challenges, and the aspiration for truth and reconciliation." -Andrew Moore, 2018

We hope you can join us on Thursday, April 12th for this special preview and conversation with one of the top photographers working today.

Space is limited.
Please RSVP HERE.
 

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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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The Other Night School: B-girls and Bombshells: The Other 1950s Women
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Other Night School: B-girls and Bombshells: The Other 1950s Women

Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Assistant Professor of History, University of West Georgia

The iconic 1950s images of women baking, vacuuming in pearls, and staying home to raise children form a persistent, if incomplete, depiction of the era. Alongside the growth of the suburbs and the nuclear family developed a vibrant commercial sex market that included prostitution and Playboy. Join us as we cast off the nostalgic lens and explore the world of the other 1950s women.

RSVP HERE

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 HumanitiesUWG 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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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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TECHNOSELF with Deantoni Parks
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

TECHNOSELF with Deantoni Parks

Presented by AIR Serenbe, ArtsATL, and Atlanta Science Festival

Critically acclaimed drummer Deantoni Parks will present a special performance and conversation that explores the balancing of technology and self. Parks will explore how musicians augment their natural talents with technology, harnessing its powers to fuel their own vision. According to Parks, “The relationship between music and technology is always evolving, but true music cannot exist without a soul.” From this philosophical starting point, Parks will engage with a live audience to seek out where an equilibrium between human expression and machine meticulousness lies.

Deantoni Parks, one of the top drummers working today, displays through his work a sleek and intuitive balance between raw rhythmic physicality and machine-like precision. Parks tours internationally, and his talent have led him to collaborations with John Cale, Sade, the Mars Volta and Flying Lotus as well as teaching at the Berklee College of Music.

Get your tickets HERE
$7 Advance tickets
$10 At the door

Parks is one of 2018's artists-in-residence with the Transient Project Residency at AIR Serenbe. Transient is a collaboration between AIR Serenbe and ArtsATL that celebrates touring musicians and composers and invests in their exploring of new directions.

Learn more about Transient Project Residency HERE.

Learn more about Atlanta Science Festival HERE.

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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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An Evening with Buddy Wakefield
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Buddy Wakefield

Please contact groceryonhome@gmail.com for tickets and information. 

Buddy is 2018 Frances Focus Fellowship recipient, awarded to a storyteller with deep ties to the American South.

Buddy Wakefield is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 1500 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.

An author at Write Bloody Publishing and an original Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, Buddy is published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions. Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart.

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The Other Night School: Silence as Substance
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

The Other Night School: Silence as Substance

Dr. Alison Umminger, Professor of English, University of West Georgia

In a world of ever-increasing business and noise, how can contemplative practice add greater meaning and sanity to our daily lives? Is silence best understood as an absence or a rich space that we may inhabit? Join us as we investigate the very substance of silence.

RSVP HERE

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 HumanitiesUWG 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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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 Chef Experiment: The Four Sevens Dinner Series to benefit AIR Serenbe
Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

The Chef Experiment: The Four Sevens Dinner Series to benefit AIR Serenbe

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

 

Join 3 James Beard nominated chefs for a delightfully surprising and delicious, 9-course epicurean experience with mind-blowing flavors paired with unique wines and innovative cocktails.

Featured Chefs:
FERRELL ALVAREZ  Rooster & the Till, Tampa, FL
BRITTANNY ANDERSON  Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond, VA
MAXIMILLIAN PETTY  Eden Hill, Seattle, WA

Wines poured by Myles Gallagher, Rooster & the Till
Cocktails by award-winning mixologist, Tiffanie Barriere, The Drinking Coach

Cocktails 6:30pm (VIP @ 6pm)
Dinner at 7:30pm 

Tickets HERE

Minimum Donation: $190 per person. $250 per person VIP (begins at 6pm).

Proceeds benefit AIR Serenbe.

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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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An Evening with Poet/Physician Dr. Charles Bardes
Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

An Evening with Poet/Physician Dr. Charles Bardes

Join 2018 New Georgia Arts Literary Achievement Award recipient Charles Bardes for a remarkable evening of poetry.

The New Georgia award supports Charles with residencies at AIR Serenbe and Newnan Art Rez and a $10,000 prize. Funding for this 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.

Additional support for this public event provided by Community Care Network and Inn at Serenbe.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
RSVP HERE

Charles Bardes is a practicing physician whose most recent book, Diary of Our Fatal Illness (University of Chicago, Phoenix Poets, 2017) is an extended prose poem that narrates an aged man’s illness and death. Other poems, essays, and ruminations have appeared in Agni, Great River Review, Literary Imagination, The New England Journal of Medicine, Ploughshares, Proto, Raritan, and scattered anthologies. Pale Faces: The Masks of Anemia (Bellevue Literary Press, 2008) is an extended lyric essay on the cultural and mythological underpinnings of a common disease construct.

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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 New Territories
Jan
20
5:00 PM17:00

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
Tickets HERE

Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe (the artist-in- residence program at Serenbe) are proud to announce the 3rd 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 third year, New Territories will bring three writers to Chattahoochee Hills, GA to develop new outdoor, site-specific theater. 2018 playwrights are Renee Calarco, Donnetta Grays,  and Audrey Cefaly.

 

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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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