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Call for Entries: Mask & Carry

Call for Entries: Mask & Carry

Coming soon: “Mask & Carry”​
Work due Saturday, November 21st, 2020
Show runs November 23rd, 2020, through January 8th, 2021
Reception TBA

​For this year’s holiday fundraiser show, The Exchange masks up!

​Since 2014, The Exchange has hosted a year-end art exhibition called “Cash & Carry”: We gave away wooden panels for artists to make art on, and we sold every piece for the same price.

This year, we will give away plain white 100%-cotton face masks for a “Mask & Carry” exhibition. As always, artists can make any sort of artwork on them – painting, drawing, sewing, collaging, sculpting, tie-dyeing, any medium at all. All of the finished pieces will go on display at the Exchange Gallery starting Saturday, November 21st, and the “Mask & Carry” exhibition will run through the 8th of January, 2021.

All of the masks in the show will go on view at an e-commerce site so buyers can browse and purchase on the Web; we will have that link out to you when the show opens and sales begin. All pieces will also go up on the ArtOfPA.org Instagram page.

In this year that the COVID crisis has affected everything that The Exchange does, as it has affected every person reading this, we make a special request of our artists: We ask all of you to do your work on your masks as donations to The Exchange; that way, all of the proceeds will go directly to keeping our lights on and into the programming that brings the arts to all communities throughout our region – the Gallery, the Art Cart, the Listening Room, and more. Your donations in this show will help ensure that we can continue to keep such a low commission, 20%, in all of our other shows. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Artists may also start from scratch and enter masks of their own design, of any size at all (as long as they fit through the front door) and constructed of any material, substance, or matter. These artists also agree to donate all of the proceeds to The Exchange – which we will appreciate immensely!
​Because all of the masks in the show will have become artwork, The Exchange does NOT recommend wearing any of them as protective gear – but one certainly may at a proper physical distance in any situation where one would not need a mask.

You may pick up your mask to work on at The Exchange during our regular open hours (exchangearts.org/calendar).

​The Exchange turned ten years old in 2020, and we had intended to celebrate all year long, with concerts at venues throughout Columbia and Montour Counties as well as our Gallery shows, some of which hearkened back to themes that we had solicited work on in the past – thus our third “Nest” and “Cover of a Cover” exhibitions. The first six annual “Cash & Carry” shows have attracted as many as 521 pieces in each, with the artists representing a broad and deep cross-section of the people in our community, from university art professors to preschool children and everyone in between. We look forward to just as diverse a group of artists in “Mask & Carry”.

For more information about The Exchange and our ongoing “Listening Room” concert series, sponsored in part by Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., visit ExchangeArts.org. For information about arts events and opportunities throughout our region, visit ArtOfPA.org.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Fall Programming

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Fall Programming

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West Seventh Street, Bloomsburg is pleased to announce its fall programming which includes clubs, programs and events for all ages. Clubs include Nerf Modification, Robotics, and Girls Who Code.

The Museum is offering a new preschool program that is free with admission and runs every-other Wednesday. Ready, Set, Grow is designed to help develop executive function skills in your preschooler to make sure they are kindergarten ready!

Homeschool Hangouts start again in October. This popular program provides parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12.

Upcoming events at the Museum include Super Hero Saturday on October 17th and Turkey Day on November 21st.

Discount days at the Museum are $2 Tuesday, every 3rd Tuesday of the month and Fall Fun Fridays, every Friday in October, which features free adult admission and a special fall-themed craft.

Guest favorite Saturday art classes, Meet the Masters and Paint Me a Story return to offer art classes for PreK-12th grade students.

Virtual offerings include PreK nature camp, Painting and Drawing Camp, and virtual field trips.

For a complete listing of all programs, visit www.The-Childrens-Museum.com or see the 2020 Fall Program Brochure.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Museum will be closed from September 25th-October 5th for an annual construction and renovation period. They will re-open on Monday, October 4th.

In order to maintain a safe public space for our guests and comply with our community standards, masks are required for entrance to the Museum. The Children’s Museum has increased sanitation of all touchable surfaces, removed many loose exhibit pieces to reduce touchable surfaces, instituted “Discovery Bags” to still allow hands-on participation for individual learners, and increased air exchange in the Museum.

2020 Fall Arts & Craft Festival Canceled

2020 Fall Arts & Craft Festival Canceled

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably and in accordance with state guidance on large gatherings, the Danville Business Alliance (DBA) is deeply saddened to announce that the 2020 41st Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, held annually in downtown Danville on the first Saturday in September, will be canceled this year. The festival had been set for September 5, 2020.

The event, which spans Mill Street, Lower Mulberry Street and part of E. Mahoning Street, features handmade jewelry and crafts, upcycled wooden furniture, handmade toys, children’s face-painting, fashion accessories, fine arts and photography, soaps, beauty items, and more. It also creates an opportunity to explore the diverse downtown businesses on Mill Street.

The DBA Board of Directors has concluded that at this time, the risk is too high in having such a large gathering. Each year, the festival draws in close to 150 vendors and about 3,000 visitors from all over the region, and under the current guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health limiting outdoor events to 250 people, we are unable to host the event. Our primary concern is preserving the safety of our attendees, vendors, local communities, and staff.

The Fall Arts & Crafts Festival’s cancellation follows the postponement of other significant local happenings, like the Spring Fling, Taste of the Nations, Danville Heritage Festival, and the Danville Health Alliance Health Fair. It is our sincere hope we’ll be able to celebrate these fairs and festivals with everyone in 2021.

Susquehanna Valley Chorale Releases Their First, Free, Online Virtual Performance

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the area’s premier community choral singing group, will be featuring virtual performances throughout the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19, and its first recording is now available for free viewing online.

The SVC’s Scholarship Singers, a group of eight college students who are chosen by audition, have been hard at work recording its first virtual performance in the midst of the pandemic. They will be heard singing the British song We’ll Meet Again, released in 1939 and made famous by singer Vera Lynn. This song became an anthem of hope and resilience during the Second World War and is now a central theme for the Susquehanna Valley Chorale during this unique season when it isn’t possible to sing live performances.

Bill Payn, Director and Conductor of the SVC, has been working with the students to rehearse and produce this performance. “The students have really enjoyed this project and we have included some fun surprises throughout the video,” Payn says. “They add so much to the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and I am grateful for their energy and enthusiasm,” he adds. The Scholarship Singer program began 7 years ago and consists of 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 basses.

This performance is available to view for free on the Chorale’s Youtube channel, and will be shared on its Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as on its website. Visit svcmusic.org to easily access the recording.

“We believe music is essential, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SVC still intends to provide our local communities with incredible musical performances that provide hope, passion, and community to all who listen,” says Payn. To experience everything the Chorale has planned for this season, please follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and visit svcmusic.org to sign up for email announcements.

The SVC was founded in 1969 by a small group of musically oriented people who wished to sing, learn, and grow together in the performance of superb choral music. The group consists of over 100 members from communities across the Central Susquehanna Valley.Led by several distinguished conductors, the Chorale has emerged as the leading ambassador of the arts in the Central Susquehanna Valley. We are the region’s only community choral group dedicated to presenting orchestra-accompanied choral music of major standing.

ArtFest in Bloomsburg cancelled for 2020

ArtFest in Bloomsburg cancelled for 2020

With the good health of the people in our community as by far the most important factor, The Exchange, Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. (DBI), and the Town of Bloomsburg have decided that ArtFest should not take place in 2020. The boards of the two non-profits and Town Council agree that the COVID-19 pandemic makes an event of ArtFest’s size unwise, even outdoors. In addition, making ArtFest a success would mean trying to draw enough attendees that it would bump up against if not exceed the number, 250, that the Governor of Pennsylvania has determined as the limit on gatherings.

ArtFest would have taken place on Saturday, August 22nd, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. surrounding the fountain on the Square and up Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg, with more than thirty art and craft vendors, five food vendors, and live music by local performers all day. We now look forward to the 2021 event, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 21st.

DBI, the non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Bloomsburg’s downtown commercial district, founded ArtFest in 2008; The Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, has produced the event since 2016; and the Town of Bloomsburg has provided the venues and support services each year. Both DBI and The Exchange look forward to other events — both in-person and on-line — that our fellow citizens can enjoy safely; for more information, please visit DowntownBloomsburg.org and ExchangeArts.org. For more information about the Town, please visit BloomsburgPA.org.

For more information about The Exchange, visit ExchangeArts.org or Facebook.com/ExchangeArtsDotOrg or call 570-317-2596.

BTE needs your help to get through this crisis.

BTE needs your help to get through this crisis.

The Alvina Krause Theatre is a place of gathering, of community, of shared experience. We can’t be in our theatre right now, and we are hurting financially as a result.

The COVID-19 crisis has shut down our world in ways we never thought possible. With the cancellation of the last four shows of our 42nd season and our inability to produce shows this fall, the canceling of all educational programming, and fundraising events, we estimate that Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will suffer losses of between $130,000 and $150,000 in earned income.

As the shutdown rolled out, we adapted. Our artists made many theatre school and bedtime story videos to stream for kids. We searched our video vaults for past shows that we could offer online. We made cotton masks to help with the shortages. We have furloughed nearly everybody through the end of July to help BTE survive this financial hit. And it hurts.

While we have received some federal assistance under the CARES Act, including a $50,000 NEA grant, and we are currently pursuing other national and regional funding sources, it won’t be enough to see us through.

To help BTE survive the current crisis and come back next year, we hope that you will consider making a donation today. A gift of any size will make a significant impact toward keeping BTE in our community. 

Our plan, along with many other theatres in the United States, is to be back in January 2021, although we will not open until we can offer our patrons a safe experience. The health and safety of our audience, artists, and staff remain paramount.

We hope that you and your family are staying healthy through these trying times.

Take care, and stay safe.

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