Studio Rhode Westerly is up and running, with programs like Animation Nation and fibre arts already on the go and WAM! and Tell Your Story about to begin. We’ve been blogging our progress on the respective Program categories but here is a quick update on each of the programs. Don’t forget to check out the individual programs’ blog posts using the links above or go to the “Programs” drop-down menu on the top right of this page.
Animation Nation, a summer program with different sessions for tweens and teens, is about to wrap up its weekly meetings. Participants have recorded stop-motion animation footage, which will be turned into a short film that will be debuted right before Halloween on October 25th. The theme of this year’s Animation Nation was “Build a Better Monster,” so the timing is fitting, and will give staff time to edit the footage into a cohesive film.
Our fiber arts programming started long before Studio Rhode (with a dedicated Knit and Crochet Club meeting every Tuesday, plus needle felting workshops) but we’ve had new features available to our yarn crafters and fiber artists. We’ve been adding technology to fiber arts recently, starting with documenting Knit in Public Day with photos taken on an iPad. Since then, we’ve had iPads available at most Knit and Crochet Club sessions so that members can look up techniques. We will be kicking off workshops that bring technology and fiber arts together on September 6th with our Ravelry Workshop.
The next program to launch is Tell Your Story, our oral history project, which will have an information meeting on August 29th. Leading up to it, we have been promoting it and talking it up with people who have attended events for our 125th anniversary, like the Treasures through Time gallery opening and Tours through Time.
Next in the pipeline is WAM! (Westerly Arts and Media.) We have been in contact with WRAP (Westerly Regional Arts Partnership) to invite their members to be profiled as part of our Artists of Westerly photo and interview series and to take part in our next Pop-Up Museum on September 27th. It’s not just professional artists invited to exhibit at this Pop-Up Museum – we believe everyone is an artist and we want to see all mediums of art from all skill levels. Promotion for it has started within the library but will ramp up soon as the date comes closer.
So check out each of the program’s individual blogs to find out more information and how you can get involved in this project. Remember, you are an artist!