Delta Arts Alliance plans exciting year
by Courtney Warren
Aug 08, 2014 | 1597 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Exciting things are happening at the Delta Arts Alliance as they gear up for the fall semester.

Delta Arts Alliance Executive Director Rori Herbison said there are many things to look forward to this fall, including "three great exhibitions on tap in the Ellis Gallery; a continued partnership with the Bologna Performing Arts Center to present artist's work at each of its shows on the 2014/2015 Season Schedule, a new partnership with the Bolivar County Library System to present work at the Robinson-Carpenter Library, here, in Cleveland; a collaborative effort with Wiljax Gallery to officially herald October and November as POP-UP months in the area—and that's just the exhibition side of our work."

The DAA is also set to launch another year of work with the artist-in-residence program.

This program has been ongoing for the past 10 years and uses artists in the schools to introduce art, whether it be through music, dance, visual art or literary arts.

This offers students "who otherwise might not have the opportunity, the very valuable experience of interacting with creative expression, finding untapped potential and most importantly, finding their voice—a way to communicate their singular, unique perspective to the world," said Herbison.

Herbison said there would also be classes offered after school.

"It's powerful and worthy work. But our programming doesn't end at the school's final bell, we offer five after-school programs, including five classes through the School of Dance under the direction of three different instructors, two classes through our collaborative agreement with Simplicity of Music, our Arc of Success welding program, our Future Artists program and new to the roll this semester a storytelling programming I'm excited to unveil," she said.

This year, the DAA will also continue the professional development series with emerging artists through the Artists Survival Skills Series.

This is a four-part boot camp, in which artists will learn the more business-acumen side of the art world such as how to craft an artist statement and crucial portfolio reviews.

"Throw in our monthly first Saturday workshops for youth artists, a few programs at the Cleveland Farmer's Market and that should provide you with a snapshot of the upcoming Fall Semester here at the Delta Arts Alliance. Hustle, Bustle, Excitement, Enthusiasm, Passion — it's here in our work, in our building, in the lives we are helping. There is magic in this place," said Herbison.

Herbison also said there will be three four-week extended duration shows this fall including the return of Flight 2020: The Vision Continues, now in its third year.

This exhibit also doubles as the Annual Membership Meeting on Sept. 9, beginning at 6 p.m.

Eunika Stevula Rogers, a DSU alumna and former tennis player will have a show in October.

"Eunika paints exclusively with clay, and derives her own materials from her many travels and digs nationally and internationally," said Herbison.

Her show will open Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

The DAA will close out the calendar year with Delta Rising, a juried exhibition with emerging artists, ages 18-30.

Over $1,000 will be awarded at the opening reception on Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Herbison said that the DAA welcomes any and all artists to submit their work to be featured in a show.

"Exhibition ideas are derived from our experienced exhibition committee, including Will Jacks, Cetin Oguz, Pat Brown, Rory Doyle and Michaela Merryday. As to the question I hear a lot, 'can I get a show? I am an artist.' My answer is yes, it's possible. Anything and everything is possible, here at DAA. There is a submission process. We are always taking portfolios of artists and work submissions and encourage anyone with a portfolio or work slides to submit it to our office. We catalog those names in our database to draw on for future placements and contact," she said.

Herbison also said all of the exhibits are family and kid friendly.

"We worked hard last year initiating field trips with many schools in the area, and we're confident that will continue to grow each year. We worked hand-in-hand with Inspire (then Project Pass) to coordinate an artist on hand to discuss the exhibit, and when possible, offered the artist an opportunity to return to the school for follow-up work on a project derived from the medium they studied, while here at the Ellis," said Herbison.

The fall after school schedule will be released at a later date.

For more information, please call the Delta Arts Alliance office at (662) 843-3344.