Past Z-Arts! Events

“Stories We Tell” Film & Lecture

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Past Events, Past Film Events | 0 comments

“Stories We Tell” Film & Lecture

Free film and lecture presentation at the Springdale Canyon Community Center on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7 pm.

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar©-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.

The presentation includes a post-film discussion by Mark Jeffreys centering around the question: “Are Stories Good for Us?” Mark has a Ph.D. in both English and anthropology, and is currently the Chair of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, as well as Director of Honors, at Dixie University.

Attendance is free.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

Support for this event was provided by the Washington County Library.

Z-Arts Writing Contest 2014

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Past Events, Past Literary Events | 0 comments

Z-Arts Writing Contest 2014

(Deadline April 18!) Z-Arts is happy to announce the 6th annual Z-Arts Writing Contest, sponsored by the Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council. Professional, freelance and all other writers are invited to submit entries on a theme chosen by the “Figure of Speech” game described below. Almost everyone will have something different. Good luck and have fun !

The Figure of Speech Game

  1. To play the game you will need 3 jars (or hats) and some paper and scissors.

  2. You may also want to print out this Blank PDF Form to fill out the words you will need.
  3. For the first jar, write on a sheet of paper at least twenty adjectives such as “angry,” “red,” “howling,” “white,” etc. and then cut each word out into separate strips. You can use the words on the blank form for starters, or better yet, get an old magazine or newspaper and clip out words. Put all the adjective words into the first jar.

  4. For the second jar, write down at least twenty nouns; in other words, things you can see, such as “rabbit,” “pencil,” “lightning bolt,” etc. Cut them up into strips and put them into the second jar. Again, you can use the list provided here, write your own, or cut them out of a magazine or newspaper.

  5. For the third jar, write down at least twenty abstractions, such as “truth,” “winter,” “revenge,” “friendship,” and so on. Put these strips into the third jar.

  6. To play the game, pull one word at random out of each jar and write them down on a sheet of paper, along with the words THE and OF, to make a figure-of-speech that looks like this:

THE [Adjective] [Noun] OF [Abstraction]

        So for example, if you drew “angry,” “porcupine,” and “forgiveness,” then you would write:

THE Angry Porcupine OF Forgiveness

  1. You must use one of the phrases you draw as the title of your piece. If you don’t like the first one, keep drawing until something “speaks” to you. You do not have to use the phrase in the body of your piece, but the theme expressed by the title must somehow appear in the piece. The object (e.g. the porcupine) may appear in the piece, or it just be referred to. The phrase can either be the main subject, or said by somebody in passing as part of your story or essay. The adjective (e.g. “angry”) at the beginning is optional, you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to, or if it sounds better without it. Do NOT use “the angry porcupine of forgiveness.” That was just an example, and it is very unlikely that you would draw it at random.

  2. If you are submitting poems, you may draw a different figure-of-speech for each poem, or you can use the same title for all of them.

If the very first phrase you draw seems strange or silly, don’t reject it immediately, but give it some thought. Consider our example “the angry porcupine of forgiveness.” It sounds strange, but ask yourself, how is forgiveness like a porcupine? Why would it be angry? Does forgiveness sometimes sting the person being forgiven? Does forgiveness have its quills? Porcupines are also shy, and forgiveness often takes courage. If the phrase sounds strange, then that may be a good thing, because it is interesting, and people like to read interesting things. The phrases that you should reject are the ones that are too obvious. “The White Horse of Justice” for example, is not very interesting because everybody would expect Justice to be a White Horse. “The Mysterious Rabbit of Justice,” however, would be a horse of a different color. 

Good Luck !

Contest Rules

  1. The contest is open to all residents of Washington County, UT.
  2. All entries must be previously unpublished and received via email no later than Friday, April 18, 2014.
  3. In order for submissions to be read anonymously, the name of the author must only appear on the cover pages. Should the name of the author appear in any part of the actual text, the submission will be excluded from the contest.
  4. This year there is a 1200 word limit for all submissions. Multiple poems may be submitted, but the total word count limit is 1200.
  5. All submissions will be judged on theme, composition, originality, and lyricism.
  6. See below for additional submission guidelines.

Divisions and Categories:

Adult Division  (ages 19 and above)

  • Adult Non-fiction Category: Essay, observation, journal excerpt, editorial, memoir
    or excerpt from a longer piece (no more than 1200 words)
  • Adult Fiction Category: Short story or excerpt from a longer novel
    (no more than 1200 words)
  • Adult Poetry Category: Poetic prose, free verse or traditional
    (1-5 poems totaling no more than 1200 words)

Junior Division (ages 13-18)

  • Junior Non-fiction Category: Essay, observation, journal excerpt, editorial, memoir
    or excerpt from a longer piece (no more than 1200 words)
  • Junior Fiction Category: Short story or excerpt from a longer novel (no more than 1200 words)
  • Junior Poetry Category: Poetic prose, free verse or traditional (1-5 poems totaling no more than 1200 words)

Elementary Division (ages 5-12)

  • Short story, poetry or non-fiction Category: 1-5 poems and/or no more than 1200 words.

Awards Ceremony

A Literary Event will be held on Friday, May 9 at the Canyon Community Center to celebrate the art and craft of writing, and to distribute the awards for First and Second Place in each of the categories.  Each First Place winner will receive a $75.00 cash prize and each Second Place winner will receive a $50.00 cash prize. Additional “Judge’s Choice” awards may also be given out for works deserving special recognition. If you are a winner you will be notified at the end of April.

Unless otherwise notified, acceptance of your award grants Z-Arts permission to post the entry in our newsletter, website, blog, facebook page or other online or printed form. Z-Arts does not retain the rights to the individual entry.

How to Submit

Please use this blank cover page as a template for your submission.

All entries should be submitted electronically as an RTF or Word formatted document. Scanned PDFs or printed hardcopy sent by US mail are no longer acceptable. Entries must be double spaced and begin with a cover page. Each poem submitted must include a separate and individual cover page. All cover pages must include the following information:

  • Name of the author
  • Phone number
  • Division and Category of submission
  • e-mail address and/or mailing address
  • For student submissions, also include the School contact information

Cover pages will be removed for judging in order for submissions to be read anonymously. Should the name of the author appear on any part of the actual text, the submission will be excluded from the contest. The title and page number must be included in the header of each text page submitted.

Send your submission as an attachment to: contest@zarts.org. Please use the Subject Line: “Writing Contest 2014″. You should receive an acknowledgment that your submission was received.

Feedback

For questions or comments regarding this contest, send email to: literary@zarts.org.

Utah Arts & Museums Show

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Utah Arts & Museums Show

A Utah Arts & Museums exhibit named “Untitled” is on display now through April 11th at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale. This show encourages the viewer to come up with their own title to each piece.

What’s in a name? When you approach a painting in a museum or gallery is reading the title one of the first things you do? Does that affect your perception of the piece? How necessary is a title when it comes to art? Many artists find it a bother and use the default “Untitled” when it comes time to label their work. Perhaps they want the work to speak for itself and let the viewer decide what it means to them.

Back in 2004 Utah Arts & Museum’s began hosting a biannual “Untitled” exhibit and now, it’s time to take that show on the road. Instead of a title, the work comes with a note that invites the visitors to examine the artwork and decide what they think it should be called. We don’t often realize how we are affected by the images around us. This exhibit forces us to think about it, put it on paper and share it with everyone else. It’s also an unconventional and anonymous way for artists to get honest feedback about their work. We want your insights. And who knows? Maybe the artist will keep your title.

About Utah Arts & Museums and the Traveling Exhibit Program
Utah Arts & Museumsʼ Traveling Exhibit Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA). To enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah, DHA creates, preserves, and promotes Heritage and Arts. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

Lecture By Kate Holbrook

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Past Events, Past Humanities Events | 0 comments

Lecture By Kate Holbrook

Join Kate Holbrook at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale at 7 pm on Saturday March 8th for a free community lecture titled “Radical Food: Mormon Foodways and the American Mainstream”.

Kate Holbrook who is currently working on her Ph.D. in religious studies from Boston University, will examine LDS food culture throughout the mid-twentieth century and how this culture affected the relationship between Mormons and broader society.

Holbrook’s research goes well beyond “funeral potatoes” and Jello. She will look at what Mormons in the mid-20th century thought was good or bad to eat, the importance of Welfare Square and family gardens, fasting, table manners and hospitality.
 

Utah Humanities Council

Utah Humanities Council

Blackfish Film Presentation Follow-Up

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Past Announcements | 0 comments

Blackfish Film Presentation Follow-Up

For those of you inspired by our film presentation “Blackfish” – you can learn and do more.
orcaRecommended Reading Links – prepared by Film Presenter Lucia Brantley
Blackfish – What Can You Do?
Recommended Reading and Viewing List

 

 

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

 

 

  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

 

 

Support for this event was provided by the Washington County Library.

 

 

“Art in Progress” featuring Valerie Orlemann

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

“Art in Progress” featuring Valerie Orlemann

An exhibit of oil landscapes featuring small paintings done in the field and a selection of larger studio pieces based on some of those field studies.

Valerie’s art begins outdoors – squinting up at cliffs and painting the light spilling over them while she hears the wind in the canyon and the song of the canyon wren. Or freezing her fingers off while trying to paint the light reflecting off snowy shadows. But for practical reasons, those outdoor paintings are fairly small. They document what she sees and allow her to bring it back to the studio. There, in the studio, some of those field studies become material for studio paintings — founded in outdoor reality, but painted inside where the wind doesn’t blow and her fingers don’t freeze. The extended timeframe for work and the shelter of the studio allow her to take the best of her fieldwork and convert it into larger more polished art. Sometimes she brings the outdoors alive in a large painting. Sometimes she likes the smaller pieces better because of their energy and immediacy. Showing them together gives the viewer insight into the creative process and the strengths of both plein air and studio work.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.
  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

 

Hal Ackerman, Author of Stein Stung, speaking at the CCC

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Past Events, Past Literary Events | 0 comments

Hal Ackerman, Author of Stein Stung, speaking at the CCC

On Friday, April 11 at 7:00pm, author, lecturer and screenwriter Hal Ackerman will be speaking at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale Utah about his work. His most recent novel STEIN STUNG is a soft-boiled detective story in which detective Harry Stein is pulled into a web of intrigue involving beekeepers, colony collapse, and mysterious events at the La Brea Tarpits.

hal_ackerman_snapHal Ackerman is co-area head of the UCLA screenwriting program. His book on screenwriting, Write Screenplays That Sell…The Ackerman Way, renders all other books on the subject irrelevant. His fiction has appeared in many literary journals. The Dancer Horse was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2011. Belle and Melinda was Southeast Review’s WORLD’S BEST SHORT SHORT STORY. His script PRICK, (aka TESTOSTERONE: How Prostate Cancer Made A Man of Me,) was named BEST SCRIPT at the 2011 United Solo Festival. His debut novel, STEIN, STONED won the Lovey Award for best first novel; followed by STEIN, STUNG in May of 2012.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

“Blackfish” by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Film, Past Film Events | 0 comments

Film Presentation of “Blackfish” by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

orcaIntroduction by Former Ocean Institute Lecturer, Lucia Brantley

Recommended Reading Links – prepared by Film Presenter Lucia Brantley

Blackfish – What Can You Do?
Recommended Reading and Viewing List

Saturday February 15th at the Springdale Canyon Community Center at 6:00 pm (Note earlier than usual start time.)

Film Synopsis: Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Attendance is free.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

Support for this event was provided by the Washington County Library.

Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Past Events, Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”

An opera by Gaetano Donizetti “The Elixir of Love” will be presented by Z-Arts on Friday, February 7th at the Canyon Community Center at 7:00pm.  The opera will be performed by the Utah Opera Resident Artists under the direction of KathSanpete_Tour-061_webleen Clawson.

Sassy cowgirl Adina can’t seem to get shy ranch hand Nemorino to declare his love for her. When a rival, the soldier Belcore, appears on the scene, Nemorino makes use of a magic love potion that he purchases from Dr. Dulcamara. Though the elixir is phony, Nemorino believes in its power and grows bold enough to act on his emotions. When Adina sees how much he is willing to sacrifice for her, her heart warms to him, and they both learn how to say “I love you”.

The cast consists of Soprano Amy Owens, Mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis, Tenor Tyson Miller, Baritone Shea Owens and Pianist Sahar Nouri.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person to attend. The doors will open at 6:30pm.

2013 All-State High School Art Show

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

2013 All-State High School Art Show

The All-State Utah High School Art Exhibition will be shown at the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Boulevard, Springdale, from December 9, 2013 to January 21, 2014.

Sponsored each spring by the Springville Museum of Art, this statewide high school art competition provides a professional forum for students to display their best work and an opportunity to highlight a talented arts educator. For many students, this contest provides a first taste of artistic competition and prepares them for the future competitions they may choose to enter. The exhibition provides exposure for graduating students within the state. Past senior class artists have received scholarships awarded by the art schools of Utah colleges and universities following their participation in this program. In addition to student awards, the Springville Museum of Art awards an outstanding arts educator from a Utah high school for their dedication to their students and the creation of art.

The competition is open to 11th and 12th grade students from public and private schools throughout Utah. All artwork is submitted by the school’s art department and each student may submit up to two pieces of artwork into the competition. All of the following formats are accepted: drawing, opaque painting, transparent watercolor, sculpture, fiber, printmaking, photography, ceramics, commercial, mixed, or jewelry. For more information on the All-State High School Show, contact the Springville Museum of Art at 801.489.2727.

 

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

 

  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts