Friday, September 21, 2018

ArtMix Amador excites audiences, young and old

On the evening of September 15th, 2018 at the Jackson Rancheria Grand Oak Ballroom & Garden Terrace, hundreds of locals and tourists engaged in all kinds of art to celebrate the creative economy of Amador County. With 2 hours of student performances, a student-designed community mural, and a student-choreographed flash-mob dance, ArtMix Amador proved to highlight the vast range of art in this unique, rural community. Interactive art booths allowed attendees to explore water color, Matisse collage, O'Keeffe pastel chalk, and Chinese painting techniques. The Amador Makers Club highlighted make-n-take t-shirts, cups, and more. Meanwhile the Amador County Artists Association highlighted their commitment to local, visual artists with their "Art in Public Places" program and scholarships for graduating student artists.

Following the student performances of musical theatre, dance (hip-hop, jazz, tap, and pointe), and poetry, the first ever Poet Laureate, Kat Everitt was appointed to serve the next 2 years by amplifying local culture through the traditions of poetry. Everitt was quick to note that poetry and the creative economy are reliant upon collaborative and unifying efforts, explaining that her term as Poet Laureate will unite and energize all creative writers in the Mother Lode. The evening saw generations of locals and tourists engaged in various art projects and experiences. Darin Sexton and The Hwy 49 Band followed the student performances with classic rock 'n roll that had entire families on the dance floor, especially for the group flash-mob dance which was choreographed by Amador sophomore, Portia Boyd. 

ArtMix Amador is endlessly thankful for the efforts of the ArtMix Amador volunteers who love the arts and know the value of a thriving creative economy. Volunteers make dreams come true and this team made ArtMix Amador a fun and interactive success. This team of over 50 volunteers includes:
Cara Agustin
Molly Allen
Gianna Alvarez
Ellie Angie-Buss
Carmen Arellano
Tevya Arnan
Matt Arnold
Betzaida Arroyo
Craig Baracco
Dan Boitano
Natalie Bordwell
Victoria Bordwell
Rilyne Boyd
Portia Boyd
Lulu McBroom Briggs, AmadorArts Student Director
Danielle Brodi
Sue Brumet
Noah Bunting
Bianca Burton
Ross & Millie Butler, AmadorArts Director
Erin Condon
Cooper Cheetham
Bella Chavez
Maddy Carges
Scott Coleman
Maggie Conrardy
Jolie Conkling
Judy Day, AmadorArts Artist Teacher
Deja Douglas, AmadorArts Student Director
Cynthia Dunn-Selph
Kat Everitt, Amador County Poet Laureate
Lilliana Falco, AmadorArts Director
Jasmine Foosum
Ashly Green
Skyler Guzman
Neveah Hanks
Emma Hollingsworth
Farren Holmes
Emily Ann Hopkins, AmadorArts Student Director
Lorin Johnson
Katlene Kuehn
Christie Lane, AmadorArts Artist Teacher & Director
Mara LaPilusa
Kelly Langelier, AmadorArts Director
Robert Lockhart
Skyla Loffland
Megan Lukasha
TJ McClean
Hannah Ousby
Kathy Souza
Linda Torren
Dede Ryan
Savannah Patton
Diane Patton
Gianna Lagorio Paulk
Giles Turner
Bruce Peccianti, AmadorArts Artist Teacher
Ruby Pendley
Mary Pulskamp
Christa Rotar
Joyce Sandau
Amber Spinetta
Jonathan Strickland
Stephanie Strong, AmadorArts Artist Teacher
Julie Trail, AmadorArts Artist Teacher
Sandy Wagner
Serena Wagner
Gianna Walters
Rachael Wilson
Rick Wilson
Claudia Leigh Wood

AmadorArts wants to issue a special thanks to the following:
The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwok & Staff for donating the space, the sound, and the event infrastructure.
KVGC Hometown Radio.
The students of Amador County who direct our efforts and inspire our vision.
Their parents, for supporting a well-rounded education for the future of our community.

Argonaut junior, Deja Douglas designed the community mural for ArtMix Amador and is an AmadorArts Student Director as well as a statewide arts education leader. She is one of three students who introduced the Declaration of Equity in Arts Learning to Amador County, adopted by ACUSD School Board in January of 2018.

Over 30 kids and adults collaborated at ArtMix Amador to paint the mural designed by Argonaut junior Deja Douglas.

Young and old alike, dance together to choreography by Amador sophomore, Portia Boyd, with live music by Darin Sexton and the Hwy 49 Band. 

Anyone can learn the choreography from the dancers at Star Dancer Studio by visiting YouTube 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of AmadorArts, we thank you all for attending and supporting ArtMix Amador and for your continued support of Arts Education and the local Creative Economy.

Meghan O'Keefe
Executive Director

Amador County Arts Council
617 South Highway 49
Jackson, CA 95642

PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685

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