Arts Huntsville and DHI Accepting Proposals for LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville Inc. invite artists, lighting professionals, game designers, event producers, environmental design specialists, and makers of all backgrounds to submit proposals for the third annual LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology. This light and projection arts festival drew more than 3,000 attendees in its inaugural year and the event is poised to grow even more in its third return to the Downtown Huntsville Square on August 27, 2016.

For one night annually, digital art projections, colorful light and environmental designs transform all four sides of the Downtown Square into a living work of art. This juried festival celebrates the uniqueness of Huntsville through the fusion of light, innovation and technology.

On August 27, 2016 four artistic teams will showcase their projects and compete for the festival’s cash prizes. The selected artists will draw for the side of the square they will illuminate for the event; the four artistic teams selected through the RFP process will receive a cash prize following the event, with prizes awarded as follows: 1st place, $2500; 2nd place, $1000; 3rd place, $500 and 4th place, $500.

SCOPE OF WORK

We are looking for artists or artistic teams to submit a proposal describing the digital art installation, light installation or other illuminated environmental design they will create for one side of the square on August 27, 2016. We want to see how you will use downtown Huntsville as a canvas for color, light and more.

Artists/artistic teams won’t know until they are chosen which side of the square will act as their canvas, therefore submissions should be adaptable to any side. (Artists/artistic teams will be assigned their installation area thru random drawing following the jury process. The previous winner will be able to select their side.) Content submitted should be acceptable for audiences of all ages. Artists will be responsible for providing their own equipment and for projecting their work from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 27, 2016. Artists must provide electrical needs and note if additional test time is needed. Set-up will begin at noon on August 26, 2016. All reasonable accommodations will be made for the selected artistic teams.

RFP Procedures

All submissions received by June 30, 2016 will be reviewed anonymously by a jury. Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted. Artists will be notified via email of selection status by July 15, 2016. Testing will take place on August 26 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. On August 27, set-up will begin at noon. All artists/artistic teams must be completely installed at ready to go live at 5:30 p.m. on August 27, 2016. Cash prizes will be awarded within two weeks following the event.

There is no application fee and artists retain complete ownership of their works. Please note that in submitting an entry, you agree to allow Arts Huntsville, Downtown Huntsville Inc. and/or its sponsoring partners and local media unrestricted use of your artwork (in part or in whole) for promotional purposes.

Selected artists/artistic teams will be notified of their installation area on the Square (North/South/East/West) after the jury process is complete. Each artist/artistic team will be assigned a number and the selection committee will draw numbers to assign installation areas.

RFP SUBMISSION

Please note: Entries may include new or existing short digital videos or entirely new interactive work. Audio may be included as long as artist provides equipment. If audio is to be part of the proposal it must be submitted with the entry.

All entries must include:

  • Project Title
  • Project Description detailing your planned digital projection, lighting installation or other illuminated environmental design encompassing one side of Huntsville’s downtown square.
  • Type of work

o   Video files of past work may be submitted by email to amayfield@artshuntsville.org. Videos may also be uploaded to vimeo.com or YouTube with links emailed to the below address.

  • Equipment planned for installation
  • Power requirements and any special installation requirements (Testing will be available August 26, 2016 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Equipment may not remain on the square overnight.)
  • Brief bio of artist or creative team

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016.

Please contact Amy Mayfield at amayfield@artshuntsville.org with questions.

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Get Inspired at the Art Tour of Homes

 Art Tour Logo with dateHave you ever purchased a piece of art and didn’t know what to do with it? If you’ve always wanted to create a gallery wall in your home, or incorporate art throughout your home, this tour is for you. On January 30, join us for Arts Huntsville’s inaugural Art Tour of Homes.

Five local art enthusiasts will open their home to inspire visitors to start or grow their collection of art. The Art Tour of Homes will take tour goers from Monte Sano to Twickenham, to the Medical District and Jones Valley. Attendees will be delighted by a variety of collections and décor styles.  By showcasing how art is part of living spaces, Arts Huntsville hopes to create a greater understanding of how anyone at any price point can use art to enhance their environments. Each home and collection tells a story of its own and offers a glimpse at the pieces and artists your neighbors love. This will also serve as an opportunity to learn about the Huntsville area’s growing and thriving arts community.

“We have a tremendous growing and vibrant visual arts community,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “We hope this tour will encourage people to collect local art, to grow their collections and to make art part of their everyday life.”

The Art Tour of Homes will feature:

  • The Five Points home of Sue and Steve Johnson (1005 Wells Avenue)
  • The Twickenham home of Cheryl and Ken Hovanes (414 Eustis Avenue)
  • The Medical District home of Cindy Hallman (120 Bibb Road)
  • The Monte Sano home of Peggy and Jim Bilbro (4017 Panorama Drive)
  • The Jones Valley home of Lara Isbell and Kent Chojnacki ( 1237 Deborah Drive)

Tour attendees will also be provided with a list of local resources for starting or growing their art collections.

The Art Tour of Homes will be held on January 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the homes on the day of the event. You can start the tour at any of the five homes. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Arts Huntsville offices at 700 Monroe St, Suite 2 by cash or check. 

For more information, call Arts Huntsville at 256-519-2787.

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How to Create Memories this Holiday

Just as important as the thoughtful gifts we give to family and friends are the memories we make with them. From ballet to theater, wildlife encounters and light displays, this Holiday Season you can experience the Joy of the Season through the arts, entertainment and cultural offerings of our member organizations.


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Tigers for Tomorrow
708 County Rd. 345
Attalla AL
This holiday why not go a little wild? Get up close and personal with tigers, bears, and more at Tigers For Tomorrow. This non profit wild animal preserve and environmental education center, provides a permanent home to over 170 animals – mostly big cats, bears and wolves. They are located 1.5 hours from Huntsville, so turn that car ride into a Christmas song sing-a-long!

Holiday Promotions: Tigers for Tomorrow is offering a 20% off gift coupon for a private tour of the preserve.  This gift with special discount must be purchased by Dec 20th. Call 256-524-4150 & mention the word “Huntsville” to get this 20% discount off of private tour. Tigers for Tomorrow will mail you the gift and all you have to do is reserve your private tour!
Tigers for Tomorrow also has a gift shop with offerings perfect for the nature lover in your family!

Ticket Price: Private tours without the discount are regularly $30 per person with a 4 person minimum or $120.

 

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Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater presents A Christmas Carol
Von Braun Center Playhouse
700 Monroe St.
December 4th – 13th

Just like sparkling ornaments, candy canes, and snowmen are synonymous with Christmas, so is A Christmas Carol. In this musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater will take you on a journey with Scrooge as he visits his past, present, and future on Christmas Eve. This production has become a family tradition for many in the Tennessee Valley for the past 26 years. Performances start on December 4th and run through December 13th.

Holiday Promotions: Pick up a copy of the Huntsville/Madison County Visitors Bureau Holiday Magic Coupon for a discount on tickets to the show! Click here for more info on the CVB Holiday Magic Coupon or click here for tickets.

Ticket Prices: $15-$20

  

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Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre presents The Nutracker
Lee High School Auditorium
2500 Meridian St N
December 4th – 6th

Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre is taking their performance of this holiday staple to the Lee High School stage on December 4th – 6th. The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Join AYBT as they tell the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $18 — Seniors/Military/Students: $14 — ​Children 10 & Under: $12
Get your tickets online by clicking here, in the studio office, and at the door prior to shows. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at Will Call. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to shows. Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to shows. All tickets are general admission.

  

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Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex presents Ava’s One Wish/Learn to Ice Skate Camp
Huntsville Iceplex at 3185 Leeman Ferry Rd
December 4th – 6th / December 21st-23rd

The Huntsville Iceplex is a 501 (C) 3 organization that supports figure skating, ice skating, and hockey and has been a part of the community for almost 50 years. This December 4th – 6th they will bring Ava’s One Wish to the ice once again! The Huntsville Iceplex will also host a Learn to Ice Skate Camp December 21st- 23rd.

Ticket Prices: Ava’s One Wish $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors and Children. The 3-day Learn to Ice Skate Camp costs $75. Click here for ticket information.

  

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Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Now – January 2nd

Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights has become a Huntsville tradition! This holiday light extravaganza features larger-than-life animated light displays, Santa soaring over a delightful winter village, nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season, and a twinkling icicle forest. Experience the wonder by foot on one of the garden’s specified walking nights, or take a drive through the garden. Galaxy of Lights continues through January 2nd.

Ticket Prices: Prices vary so click here for details.

  

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Huntsvile Symphony Orchestra
700 Monroe St.

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has long been considered the region’s premier performing arts group, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra has set the standard in North Alabama for artistic quality, community support and service through education.

Holiday Promotions: HSO ticket vouchers make great holiday gifts for hard-to-shop for family and friends. You purchase the voucher and the recipient gets to choose which season’s show to attend! Price ranger from under $50 to $100

  

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Huntsville Ballet Company presents The Nutracker
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
December 11th – 13th

The Huntsville Ballet Company is keeping the annual tradition alive with its 47th annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic and a favorite tradition in Huntsville! Make  holiday memories with this production set in antebellum Huntsville with a nod to local legends and traditions set to the delightful and familiar score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Ticket Prices: $20-$40, Click here for tickets

Holiday Promotions: $5 off through the CVB Holiday Magic Coupon

  

Public Art Installation Honors Pioneers in African American Education

Gather With Us To Honor…

Public Art Dedication: Friday, October 23, 2015 – 10:00 am

Community Celebration: Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am

The Arts Council, Inc., in partnership with Twickenham Square Venture LLC, Huntsville Housing Authority and The City of Huntsville, invites the community to celebrate the dedication of the public art installation “We Gather Here to Honor.” This site-specific public art commission honors the contributions of Dr. William Hooper Councill and Dr. Sonnie Hereford III to education in Huntsville, memorializes the history of African American education in the area and celebrates the community’s future educational hopes and aspirations.

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The installation features a tile bench in the shape of a sunflower, with flower petals created from the footprints of Dr. Hereford III, his family, city leaders and community members. The artist used footprints to incorporate community involvement and symbolize leaving one’s mark on the future. There is a tree planted in the middle of the sunflower, providing an opportunity to gather and socialize as people have in the neighborhood for generations. A closer look at the top of the bench petals reveal details honoring Drs. Councill and Hereford III.  Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 12.43.34 PM

In the 1860’s, Dr. Councill was a pioneer in education for African American students in Huntsville and served as the first principal of The State Colored Normal School which trained African American teachers and grew into Alabama A & M University. In 1963, Dr. Hereford made more education history on the day he enrolled his son, Sonnie the IV in Fifth Avenue School as the first African American student to attend a white public school in Alabama.

Dedication & Community Celebration
The dedication will be held at Twickenham Square on Pelham Avenue between Gallatin Street and Dorothy Ford Lane on Friday, October 23rd at 10:00am.  A Community Celebration will be held at the same location on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00am – 11:00am. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature music performances by local saxophonist Reginald Jackson and performers from Valley Conservatory of Music.  The Boys and Girls Club, Huntsville/Madison County Public Library, Earlyworks Family of Museums, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre and Academy and the Arts Council will be on-site with children’s activities, information and interactive experiences.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to leave fingerprints on their own sunflower through a hands-on art project that mirrors the aesthetics and significance of the public art installation.

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Angelica Pozo has a resume that includes community-involved artwork in Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland. She has taught ceramics and sculpture in Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and has served as the visiting artist/artist in residence at universities and conferences across the United States and in Chile. She attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia before going on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics and her Masters of Fine Arts, Ceramics, from the University of Michigan.

Please join us at the celebration!

Celebrate Fall for the Arts This October

This October, “Fall for the Arts” in North Alabama. The Arts Council, in partnership with 51 of its member organizations and individual artists, will once again celebrate Fall for the Arts, turning the focus to member organizations and artists who are offering events and special engagements in the arts throughout the month of October.

The organizations and artists offer a range of programs, including musicals, plays, concerts, film showings, classes in dance, painting, and various visual art mediums, as well as various outdoor activities. Local culture attractions that are members of The Arts Council are also offering numerous opportunities for families to enjoy Huntsville’s entertainment and educational offerings.

Many Fall for the Arts events and activities are free to the public. You can find the latest Fall for the Arts programs on our calendar of events.

The organizations, attractions and artists participating in Fall for the Arts include:

A Cup of Everything
Alabama Youth Ballet
American Association of University Women
Art & Soul Gallery & Studio
Athens Art League
Burritt on the Mountain
Dance Theatre of Huntsville
designbyhart Pottery
Earlyworks Family of Museums
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy
Greater Huntsville Humane Society
Grissom High School Theatre
Hollywood Huntsville
Huntsville Art League
Huntsville Ballet Company
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Huntsville Chamber Music Guild
Huntsville Community Drumline
Huntsville Concert Band
Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society
Huntsville Literary Association
Huntsville Museum of Art
Huntsville Skating School & Training Academy
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
Huntsville/Madison County Public Library
Huntsville’s In the Mood Big Swing Band
J. Leko, Woodworker
Jeff White Photographer
Jill’s Studio of Dance
JS Taylor Art
Laurie Popp, Fly Creek Farm
LearningQUEST
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
MindGear Labs
Musicology School of Music
My Spirited Art
Randolph Theatre
Salseroblanko Dance Company
Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center
St. John Paul II Catholic High School
Tennessee Valley Jazz Society
The ARTery
The Arts Council, Inc.
The Food Truck
The Land Trust
The Little Green Store
Trinity United Methodist Church
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
UAH College of Liberal Arts
Vanessa Miller, Artist

     The Fall for the Arts program coincides with National Arts & Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, developed by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

Food Trucks & Vendors Come to Monte Sano Art Festival

Ten local food trucks and vendors are coming up the mountain for the Monte Sano Art Festival this Saturday, September 19. Don’t miss out on delicious fare from:

Dale’s Stuft
Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Iceworks Shaved Ice
I Love Bacon
New Day Cafe
Piper and Leaf
Rocket Dogs
Fire & Spice
Suzy’s Pops
Wild Bean Coffee

We welcome the community to enjoy local food and music while they shop from more than 140 visual art exhibitors.

The Monte Sano Art Festival will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is free to attend with a $5.00 parking fee to benefit Alabama State Parks.

View the Monte Sano Arts Festival Website 

SHINE at The Color Run

The Color Run – The Happiest 5K on the Planet!

The Color Run returns for the second time in Huntsville with the all new Shine Tour!Start Line Picture

After a very successful Kaleidoscope Tour in 2014, The Color Run is coming back to the streets of Huntsville on Saturday, September 26, 2015 for the Shine Tour 2015.

The Color Run is known as The Happiest 5K on the Planet and is the largest event series in the world. The Color Run isn’t about how fast you can run or walk, it’s more about having a BLAST running through the streets of Huntsville and getting doused in a different color at each kilometer.

The best way to enjoy The Color Run is with a group of friends. You might start out wearing white at the starting line, but by the finish you’ll be a rainbow of fun!  After completing The Color Run you can enjoy the Finish Festival party with music, dancing and color throws that creates vivid clouds of color above you.

EVENT DETAILS:
Saturday, September 26, 2015
620 Clinton Street SW (also known as Lot K – the gravel lot across from the Post Office)
Waves begin at 8:00am and go every few minutes until 8:30am.  HSV RouteHOW TO REGISTER:
Are you ready to sign up?? You don’t have to run – you can walk, skip, run – or whatever you’d like! Grab some friends and use this link to sign up: www.thecolorrun.com/huntsville.

Each registrant will receive race t-shirt, gold finisher’s medal, headband, a packet of color and shiny tattoos.  An email will be sent out 10 days before the event with more details about picking up your bag of goodies.

There is no age limit for younger participants. Strollers are welcome at The Color Run, too. Children 6 and over must be registered with a race bib. Children under 6 do not need to register to race and may participate for FREE, however, they will not receive a goody bag.  There will be Color Run items and shirts for sale at the event for them. If you’d like your child under 6 to have a race goody bag, then you should register them for the race

Would you like a free race registration?  Volunteers that work at the Check-In Party on Friday receive a FREE race registration for Saturday’s race!  Check out our volunteer information below.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS:
Are you all about the colors and glitter, but you don’t want to race?  We are seeking VOLUNTEERS for Color Run Huntsville. This is a great way to give back your community and have a lot of fun doing it. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up at this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-huntsville-registration-17946545601?aff=TheArtsCouncil

Large groups should email The Color Run at volunteer@thecolorrun.com

Volunteers will receive a Color Run T-shirt and guaranteed a GREAT time!

OTHER INFORMATION AND TIPS:
This event is more than a 5K – it’s a big party! At the start line there will be a pre-race party with music, dancing, warmups and giveaways and at the finish line there is a post-race party with timed color throws, music, dancing and even more giveaways.

If you’re ready to join us to volunteer or to be in The Color Run, there are a few tips for making your time even more colorful.

What to Wear:
The best thing to wear is WHITE.  Many runners get creative and wear tutus and other fun costumes. As long as you’re wearing mostly white, you will be all set.  The color does mostly wash out after the event, but be sure to wear something that you’re OK with getting full of color. If you’d like to KEEP all of the color you capture, spray it with vinegar and iron it before washing.

For more information about the colors and clothing, click here: https://thecolorrun.com/wp-content/uploads/files/CleaningDoc2015.pdf

What to bring:
The first thing to bring is a fun attitude and be ready for a colorful party!! You can also bring spectators to watch the race and be a part of the post-race party. Other than that, be sure to have a towel to sit on in the car on the way home, just in case you have some powder left on you.  There is an air blown cleaning machine at the finish line that should help you get A lot of runners bring glasses, goggles or bandanas for over their eyes and mouths when running through the color stations. The color used at The Color Run is a non-toxic combination of cornstarch, baking soda and FD&C dyes.   If you bring a camera you should cover it with plastic wrap or put it in a plastic bag.

Do you have more questions about The Color Run? Check out their website at http://thecolorrun.com/.