River Arts Alliance Member Events
GRSF Live Read-through of Human Error
Sunday | January 31 | 7:00pm
Throughout the pandemic, GRSF company members (and some guests) have been gathering together on Zoom on Monday evenings to read through plays together. Many of these are newer plays or plays we wouldn't normally get to produce here at the Festival. It's an extremely casual gathering - those interested join together on Zoom and Melissa Maxwell (without whom this series would not be possible!) shares the script on the screen and the reading begins.
January 31st, we will be doing a similar gathering - but this time you're invited! During the reading of Human Error by Eric Pfeffinger, you'll have a chance to hear what it is like when actors are discovering the text for the first time, and you'll be invited to join in a discussion about the play afterwards. We hope you can join us!
Jamie Ho: Canton Gulf
Virtual Artist Talk | Wednesday | February 3 | 5:00pm
Nebraska-based photographic artist Jamie Ho will present work from her recent series Canton Gulf. In the words of the artist, "Canton Gulf is an ongoing photographic series that aims to preserve and examine my parents’ legacy and question if home is defined by geography or by embedded traditions."
Ho will have both a virtual exhibition hosted on the Watkins Gallery website as well as a physical exhibition open to Winona State University students, faculty and staff. The exhibition will be on view in the Watkins gallery weekdays from February 3–March 3, 9-4pm. More information about Jamie Ho is on the Watkins Gallery website here.
Offerings for the New Year, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.
Mindful Journaling (Self-Paced Class for ages 55+)
Sunday | February 7 – April 3 + Zoom social (TBD)
Be present in the moment and channel your creativity through written and visual expression, learning techniques in drawing, painting, and mixed media. This self-paced course provides 8 weekly emails containing journaling techniques and mindfulness prompts to inspire your creativity. Finish the course with a zoom social to share what you learned and, if you’re brave, show off your work!
Vintage Valentines - Free Zoom Art Class
Sunday | February 7 | 2:00-3:00pm
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) in partnership with the Winona County History Center, invites community members aged 6-106 to join a free virtual art class. The live class will be delivered via Zoom on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2:00-3:00 pm. Free Vintage Valentine’s Day Kits can be picked up at The Winona County History Center Feb. 4 – Feb. 13 while supplies last. Joining from a distance or don’t have time to grab a kit before class? Participate by using Valentines items from home while you learn some card-making tips to create a valentine for someone special in your life.
Winona Writers Group - February Virtual Meeting
Friday | February 12 | 3:30-5:30pm
Local writers are invited to bring a short piece of your writing to share with us. As always, feel free to use these prompts, change them, or ignore them and write your own idea. For this meeting, we will not have printed copies of each other's work. We will read aloud, then share verbal comments and suggestions.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86855941259.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
A conversation with Linda LeGarde Grover and Angela Two Stars
Wednesday | February 17 | 5:00pm
On February 17th, Linda LeGarde Grover and Angela Two Stars join the Winona State University community over Zoom to discuss the epidemic of murdered and missing indigenous women.
Linda LeGarde Grover is the author of several works of fiction and poetry including the recent acclaimed novel, In the Night of Memory, a coming of age story of two Ojibwe sisters whose mother has gone missing. Grover is Professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, most recently the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.
Angela Two Stars is the Director of All My Relations Arts gallery in Minneapolis and an accomplished and celebrated artist in the Minnesota Region. A major work by Angela Two Stars, commissioned by the Walker Art Center, will be installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in 2021. Two Stars will speak about her curation of the virtual exhibition, Bring Her Home, from All My Relations Arts, an annual exhibition that seeks to honor the identities of missing and murdered indigenous women and reveal the complexities of this epidemic. Angela Two Stars is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.
Email Professor Colette Hyman (email@example.com) or WSU Gallery Coordinator Roger Boulay (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. For more information about Winona State's gallery programming, visit educate.winona.edu/watkinsgallery/.
Billy X Curmano joins a Zoom “Evening of Vegan Healing Actions”
Friday | February 26 | 6:00pm (7:00pm EST)
Nicolás with The Interior Beauty Salon holds space online at Franklin Furnace’s Loft for a group of creatives around the Earth to enact a series of vegan rituals. These micro-actions, carried on from homes from Rio de Janeiro to The Bronx, Puerto Rico and Minnesota, are intended to invoke healing —personal and collective—, serve as catalyst for inner and outer balance, and induce co-regulation as the night blossoms. The evening develops as a succession of under 2 minute gestures, some homeopathic while others more cathartic, are given birth one after the other.
Participants in order of appearance: Maggie Ens, Luke Dixon, Anna Recasens, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Frances Valesco, Linda Mary Montano, Lisette Morel, Jennifer Zackin and Adolfo Ibáñes Ayerve, Anna Costa e Silva, Quintín Rivera Toro, LuLu LoLo, Elia Alba, Jean Marie Casbarian, Ed Woodham, Melanie DewBerry, Charo Oquet, Erika DeVries, Limber Vilorio, Luis Lara Malvacías, Ana Paula Cordeiro, Rhina Valentin, Dulcina Abreu, Francheska Alcántara, Linda Sibio, and Billy X. Curmano ends the series.
Noche Ritual contemplates the possibility to perform art as refuge at a time of planetary sorrow and several concomitant pandemics brought forth by Covid-19: systemic racism, sexism, ageism, and the urgent ecological plight that we face as a species, among others. This event coincides with Nicolás’s 54th birthday. It also sends him off into the delicious unknown in the months and year(s) to come. Bring a blanket, a fruit and a knife to peel it. Blessings.
Bright Light Stories in the Night: poems & art
Friday | February 26 | 7:00-8:30pm
Scott Lowery's poems has been chosen for this one-of-a-kind deep winter arts event from Rochester. Local celebrities will read from an e-chapbook of new poems by SE MN poets and illustrated by regional artists, followed by a Q&A session with the project's poets and artists. Tune in on Facebook Live (with or without FB account) or Zoom; RSVP to email@example.com. During early March, poems and art will be available for in-person viewing at SEMVA, 320 S. Broadway in Rochester.
MCA 2021 Summer Dance Intensive Auditions
Sunday | March 21 | 12:30-2:30pm
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce that we will be offering an 18th annual Summer Dance Intensive. The 2021 Intensive will be virtual with the potential for an in-person determined by COVID circumstances. We offer a wonderful well-rounded and personal experience for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12-25. Dancers interested in attending are invited to attend a virtual audition on Sunday, March 21, 12:30-2:30pm or send in a video. Please explore the schedule and Q&A on our website for more information and don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.