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TEENS: win a day at Glimmerglass Opera
12 Scholarships Available - Tues., Aug 14th, 2018

Enter your 500-word (max) essay explaining why you should win a scholarship for a full day pass at Glimmerglass in Cooperstown, NY.

As part of “Arts Wide Open,” 12 area teens (ages 13-18) will be awarded a scholarship for a backstage pass, speaker presentations, roundtrip bus transportation from MVCA, box lunch, and more! The day culminates in a matinee performance of Leonard Bernstein’s 20th-century incarnation of Romeo and Juliet, “West Side Story.” This production gets a hip, urban look and features the original Jerome Robbins choreography. It is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musicals of our time.

Submit your essays NO LATER THAN TUES., JUN 26, 2018.

Essays should be 500 words or less.
Include all your contact information.
Attach as a MS Word document (.doc or .docx) and email to director@mohawkvalleyarts.org



Pictured left to right: Cassandra Harris-Lockwood (Study Buddy program and Utica Phoenix periodical), Jane H. Malin (Exec. Dir., Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts), Hon. Joan E. Shkane, Pamela G. Matt, Esq. (Young Scholars Program), Zaida Morell mentor.
Not pictured: Jawwaad Rasheed, Esq (Junior Frontiers), Kevin Green (Oneida County Youth Bureau), Sonia Martinez (Mohawk Valley Latino Association)

MVCA is proud to be a part of this new area-wide program for young people. The newly formed Arts Wide Open Committee intends to reignite the interest, energy, and enthusiasm of theater arts in our young people by introducing them to professional theater.
MVCA will send some of our own Herkimer County students, along with others from Oneida County, to see West Side Story at Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown on August 14, 2018. It will be a day for our young people to witness the inner workings of a full stage production, including back stage passes to see costumes, makeup, sets, sound, performers, etc. The day will culminate with the matinee performance.
Retired Oneida County Judge Joan Shkane has banded together a collective of afterschool educational and academic support groups in an effort to introduce these young people to the theater arts.
The Arts Wide Open Committee is also planning a showing of the film West Side Story preceding the Glimmerglass performance, including a brief discussion of Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein’s adaptation of that tale into West Side Story.
The Committee is currently appealing for funding to cover the cost of tickets and transportation for the youth and their mentors/chaperones to the theater.
If you or your organization would like to contribute financially, we invite you to contact: Jane Malin at 315.823.0808 or email: director@mohawkvalleyarts.org


Scholar in Residence - Alzbeta (Betty) Lukacova, PhD

During the month of May, MVCA welcomed Slovakian musicologist, Alzbeta (Betty) Lukacova. Ms. Lukacova is from our sister city, Myjava, Slovakia, and traveled to Little Falls to do research on her renowned violinist and great grandfather, Samko Dudik.

MVCA helped in securing the grant funding for Lukacova’s research. The Little Falls Public Library and Historical Society also provided much needed assistance with historical lore, materials, and artifacts.

During her stay, all three organizations combined resources to provide a small reception in Betty’s honor. She was presented with a Sterling silver necklace featuring a Herkimer Diamond (aka Little Falls Diamond).



Community members of all ages: Come be a part of this summer’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” We can use performers, stage crew members, costumers, makeup artists. Contact Jean Smith to throw your name in the hat.

Email smithjeanb1@gmail.com or call 315-360-3609.

Performance dates: Aug 3rd, 4th, 2018 — Little Falls High School Auditorium


Email smithjeanb1@gmail.com or call 315-360-3609.



Be sure to check out our other exhibits:

MVCA’s Art in Public Spaces program features quarterly exhibits of local artists' work in various locations around the city and surrounding areas. Featured artists must be Mohawk Valley Arts students or instructors.

Businesses/organizations interested in becoming an APS exhibition site, or member artists wishing to participate in the APS program, should contact Mena Cerone at the Arts Center for more details, 315.823.0808. 2018

Art in Public Spaces Locations:
Little Falls Public Library
Canal Side Inn Little Falls Hospital
Beardslee Castle
Daniel J. Enea Funeral/Cremation Care
The Sandwich Chef

We need your help and creativity!

Our Art Matters brochure is produced 4 times each year.

We need help with selling ads, writing content, producing graphics, designing layouts, even printing documents.

Come join our Art Matters team! Students: A great way to build your resume!

If you are interested, contact the Arts Center at 315.823.0808!