World Fellowship Center’s 2013 Summer Program!. Check this calendar for updates to our June 23-August 31** educational, cultural, arts and body movement programming.
We post pre-season events here – places and times we’ll be promoting our peace and justice educational program. Please let us know of conferences or events where we might find folks interested in learning about our unique summer retreat and conference center.
We hope to see you soon!
*Note: Some trainings, workshops and activities require advance registration and per-person fee: these are noted as such in descriptions and marked with an asterisk.
** Please note that 2013 WFC programming will end early this year in a change from our previously mailed brochure, due to a private wedding at World Fellowship Center on Labor Day Weekend.
Announcing the Eighteenth Annual Early Music Week at World Fellowship Center : Crossing the Channel
That’s the English Channel, of course, and all kinds of cultural emissaries crossed it for centuries in both directions, bearing cultural, artistic and specifically musical influences and works to and from the “Fair Isles.” From the importing of the Notre Dame repertory in the 13th century to the exporting of the ‘contenance anglois’ subsequent to Henry V’s victory at Agincourt to the ‘transalpine’ travel of the 16th and 17th centuries and Handel’s peregrinations, the blending of insular and continental influences has created some of the most appealing music in our repertoire Please join us to enjoy the results.
Classes for voice recorder, viol, lute, early wind and early keyboard (A=440Hz). For players who read music. Small ensembles for adults; mixed ensembles of instruments/voices.
Faculty include: Pamela Dellal (voice), Jane Hershey (viol), Anne Legêne (cello, fiddle), Jay
Rosenberg (voice, lute, guitar), Roy Sansom, (recorder),Josh Schreiber Shalem (viol, Feldenkrais®),
and Larry Wallach (keyboards, recorder)
Please contact Larry Wallach for further info: 413-528-9065
* Pre-Registration & Fee Required. $250 PP, $275 PP After May 15th.
Note that we welcome accompanying friends and family who do not have to enroll in
EMW to enjoy being with you at WFC.
Sunday to Sunday, June 23rd – June 30th, 2013
An exploration of paper arts, from traditional bookmaking and an assortment of folded books to Papier-Mache, paper cuts, origami and decoupage. Paper is so versatile and available in so many variations. A great medium for expression. Offered Daily from June 25-29. Time subject to change.
Edy McAndrews is an art teacher forever, skilled in many crafts, who loves sharing inspiration for projects and pleasure. Educated at UC Berkeley and Mass College of Art, credentials include study through the National Endowment for the Humanities and at the National Gallery. Many summer hours spent on the porch at World Fellowship enjoying art with others!
A look at NH organizing efforts to make institutions more inclusive and equitable, and effect institutional changes to bring down the walls of racism. On February 23, 2013, New Hampshire held its first People of Color Leadership Summit, designed to gather people committed to social justice. This was an opportunity to work with like-minded individuals and organizations committed to create the change they want to see in the Granite State. In addition, we needed a platform to tackle the ongoing issues that people of color experience within the institutional structures of New Hampshire.With Selina Taylor, Community Organizer at New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. and senior academic support assistant at UNH.
Jon Arterton’s workshop benefits experienced singers as well as novices. Learn to sing freely, with strength and confidence. Through group singing, improvisation, and vocal exercises–it’s all about making sound and finding your voice in a safe and fun environment. 3 singing sessions each day permit free time for R & R and exploring the beauty of our White Mountains wilderness.
All skill levels and genders welcome.* Pre-registration and Fee required. $150.00 per person
Jon Arterton holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, and an MFA in Acting, has performed in hundreds of plays and musicals and in films, co- founded the Flirtations, a proudly gay a capella group, seen on HBO and in the film Philadelphia, and conducts the 140-member community chorus, the Outer Cape Chorale, in Provincetown, MA.
His latest CD, “Legally Married…and the Sky Don’t Fall”, A collection of inspiring songs about love and courage with Jon Arterton and James Mack, legally married in Massachusetts in 2005 – and the sky didn’t fall!
Fifth Annual Traditional Roots Music Workshop: Songwriting for Everyone!
July 5, 2013, 10 AM – 12 PM, 2 – 3:30 PM, at World Fellowship Center, Albany NH.
Price per person, $50 for the full day
Have you ever wanted to write a song? We will explore the craft of songwriting, making songs about what is important to us. Our emphasis is on songs that build community and create change. Throughout history, music has been an integral part of daily life. People sing while working, to spread news of current events, to rally for political protests, ceremonies, and also for entertainment. Learn how to write effective lyrics and singable melodies. Songwriters of all levels are encouraged to attend, beginners are welcome! Instruments aren’t required, but you may bring them if you play them.
Beverly Woods & Shana Aisenberg are professional musicians, songwriters, composers and teachers with decades of experience. You can hear some of their songs at <http://www.sethausten.com>.
Greg Klyma is a Rust Belt vagabond, an old-school troubadour who blends stories seamlessly into songs, calling to mind Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie and David Sedaris!
Join Gina Bilander in developing your ability to translate what the eye sees into images of nature. all levels of experience and cameras are welcome as we explore the elements of composition, depth of field, still life and movement found in nature photography. The central theme of the workshop is to learn about the art and science of light as photographers; and how we respond to the natural world. Guests are welcome to come for a day; or join in for the week as we get inspired by the beauty of the landscape at World Fellowship and nearby areas; and as we learn from each other. Gina is a graduate of the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Art and is a member of the Artist’s Association of Nantucket. She has presented photography workshops and her work has been exhibited throughout the New England area.
Explore the Artist’s Association of Nantucket here.
Watch a painting develop from start to finish; award-winning professional painter Grant Hacking will demonstrate and lead a discussion of the techniques he uses in creating his landscape and wildlife paintings.
New England artist Grant Hacking was born and raised in South Africa and resided there until the age of twenty-five so he still experiences great pleasure in depicting the diverse animal life native to Africa. Living in this exotic location provided Hacking the opportunity to travel far and wide during the early years of his career researching material for his innovative wildlife compositions. However, a move to the United States in 1990 coupled with his dedication to a wife and two growing daughters motivated the artist to begin focusing on more localized subject matter as well. His oeuvre now includes figurative work, architecture, coastal scenes, and landscapes, especially those close to his home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Self taught, the artist comes by his talent naturally as both parents were professional painters. He relates that it was not until later in life that he realized he had not only learned many of his technical skills by observing his father at the easel, but that he had also gained remarkable insights when it came to exhibiting and marketing his own work
Reflecting upon his career as a professional artist, Hacking notes, “When all is said and done, being a painter is really about making connections. Artists put so much of themselves into their paintings that buyers are often attracted as much by the personality of the artist as they are by a specific work. For this reason, the artist must strive to make certain each painting evokes a personal experience between the viewer and his art, one which allows the imagination to create what the brush leaves out.”
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Mt. Chocorua Writing Week: July 14 – 19, 2013
Whether you have been writing for decades or have never written before, this is an opportunity to try your hand at poems and essays and stories. Our non-competitive and nurturing workshops are designed to inspire you and offer tools to move your writing to the next step.
Each faculty member will give an evening reading from recent work, followed by a workshop the next morning that offers you a chance to try your wings in that genre of writing.
These Writing Workshops are open to all World Fellowship guests. No special registration is necessary. Join us for one event or the entire week.
Individual manuscript consultations can be arranged ahead of time with the writing faculty for a fee. These events are Open to all WFC guests, without charge.
Schedule of Readings and Workshops
Between Compassion and Ferocity: A Reading and Discussion. Ellen Meeropol’s work explores characters at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemmas, and family life. Her debut novel, House Arrest, was published in 2011, and her short stories and essays have been published in Bridges, Off Our Backs, Women’s Times…
Writing Across Borders: Workshop with Ellen Meeropol. Writing characters beyond comfortable safety zones can be dangerous territory. Explore ways to develop characters across race and gender, class and sexuality.
Writing the Fire Out : Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, author of Karma’s Footsteps. reflects on the transformative power of writing, talks about “Nommo”, the Dogon concept of the power of the word and how writing and performing poetry help her navigate life experience.
Blues Poems, with Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie. This often misunderstood art is the perfect poetic form to explore identity, express complex feelings and share survival stories. Find what makes this unique music tick by listening to different styles of the blues and reading blues poetry. Then take the leap to create our own versions of the blues.
Dirty Whites and Dark Secrets: Sex and Race in Peyton Place – Sally Hirsh-Dickinson.
Nonfiction in an Unbelievable World. Explore how to tell the truth with Sally Hirsh-Dickinson.
Serving up Life with a Twist! - Will Reiser, award-winning writer of the film 50/50, explains how he turned a serious life experience into a comic film. Life just happens, but fiction needs to be planned. How do you mix the two? Will tells all! Well, almost…
The Writing Workshop concludes with participants reading their own pieces. This is a supportive time to share works in progress.
Ellen Meeropol’s fiction explores characters at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemma, and family life. Publishers Weekly gave her debut novel, House Arrest, a starred review, calling it “unflinching in taking on challenging subjects and deliberating uneasy ethical conundrums.” Ellen holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Southern Maine. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Drum, Bridges, Portland Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Rumpus, and Shaking Lit. She is a founding Board member of the Rosenberg Fund for Children and wrote their dramatic program, “Celebrate the Children of Resistance.” www.ellenmeeropol.com
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie has taught writing and performed her poetry in North America, Europe, and Southern Africa. She received a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora. Her first collection of poetry, Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing), was released in 2011. Her work is the subject of the short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.
Sally Hirsh-Dickinson, assistant professor of English and Communication at Rivier University in Nashua, and weekend morning host on New Hampshire Public Radio, discusses race, gender, and New England’s Puritan heritage and its evolution from high minded to hypocritical, and how the popular novel, Peyton Place, opened the door for frank discussions about women’s sexuality.
Will Reiser (born 1980) is an American screenwriter and producer for film and TV. He is best known for writing the 2011 film 50/50, which was based on his own experience with cancer, and which garnered numerous nominations and awards, including the Independent Spirit and National Board of Review Awards for Best First Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay, respectively.
What makes this workshop special?
In keeping with the World Fellowship motto – “where global justice meets nature” – the Mt. Chocorua Writing Workshop encourages the literary imagination that explores the conflicts of our world and illuminates injustice.
Comments from previous summers’ participants:
“Far exceeded my expectations! I feel so inspired…”
“A very safe and warm tone… people felt encouraged and respected.”
“I so enjoyed the generosity of our members’ comments as well as their inventiveness, and the sweet harmony of the group.”
“A magical workshop with a great deal of support, wonderful people… and a lovely vibe.”
One deaf woman’s story: KR Glickman shares her experience of growing up in a silent world and reaching for her dreams.
KR Glickman was born deaf. “My world is like watching a TV without any sound,” she communicates. “And the hearing world’s misunderstanding of this condition has led to airline attendants offering me Braille books,” she adds with a smile. KR can indeed see with her two different colored eyes and feels with her heart and mind. She communicates with her hands and liquid, lively facial expressions. Searching for My Own True Voice emerged from KR’s desire to share the experience of growing up in a silent world. The performance, which will be performed in American Sign Language with a voice interpreter, is a welcome mat to her world and to a fuller understanding of the deaf experience.
Ms. Glickman graduated from Gallaudet University, has been teaching American Sign Language since 1980, and received the Spirit of Diversity Award from Beverly, Mass. She is married to celebrated storyteller Tony Toledo.
Sol y Canto is the nationally-touring and Boston Music Award winning Pan-Latin ensemble led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer and bongo player Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador. Featuring Rosi’s crystalline voice, Brian’s lush Spanish guitar, and virtuoso musicians from Uruguay, Perú, Panamá and Argentina on piano, winds, bass, and percussion, the sextet has established a reputation for their quirky original compositions that address matters of the heart, social and global aspiration, and for their unique and driving interpretations of contemporary Latin music.
Since 1994, Sol y Canto has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center to the White House, the California World Music Festival to Boston’s Symphony Hall, Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Boston Globe hails them “sublime ambassadors of the Pan-Latin tradition” and their many accolades include Best of Boston for Latin rhythms by Boston Magazine and Outstanding Latin Act by the Boston Music Awards. Music critic Norman Weinstein of the Christian Science Monitor and Boston Phoenix explains:
“Every Sol y Canto album is a demonstration of what the poet Federico García Lorca identified as “deep song. Always they evoke the sensual splendor of simply being vitally, vividly alive in a magical and mysterious universe. Brian Amador is a Spanish modernist poet in the guise of a musician…Together, Rosi and Brian Amador create a musical marriage made in heaven.”
See more at http://www.solycanto.com/
Greer, 27, has been using music as a tool for engaging with radical social movements for more than 10 years. With a posi-pop vocal inflection and radical anarcho-punk urgency, she has traveled internationally, selling thousands of copies of self-burned CD-Rs full of folk-punk songs fighting sexism, racism, homophobia, climate change, apathy, corporate greed, and more.
A look at the life and art of the influential 20th century photographer whose body of work continually expanded to include portraits, documentary and scientific phenomena. Born in Ohio, Berenice Abbott studied in Paris and Berlin at the start of her career, where she took portraits of many of the important artiists and writers of that time, including James Joyce, Andre Gide and Jean Cocteau. Coming to New York, she embarked on a major project in the 1930′s to photograph the city, with funding from the Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration; and became a member of the board of the progressive Photo League. Abbot was a respected teacher and supporter of other artists, most notably the French documentary photographer Eugene Atget. Images and discussion with photographer Gina Bilander.
Thursday August 22- Sunday, August 25
Arts on the Porch and Youth Activity theme
“Speaking through art: Using cartooning, painting and comics to find a visual voice”
Led by Bev Grant (Brooklyn Women’s Choir Director)
Come Sing in the Shadow of Mount Chocorua!
Bring your hope for social justice and be inspired by nature during a week of song at World Fellowship. The workshop will begin Monday at 10:00am. Bev Grant, director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus, will lead a week long workshop, teaching the songs and culminating in a Friday night performance by the workshop participants for the WFC community of “We Were There“, a multi-media show about women’s labor history. This safe, gentle workshop will be fun for experienced and novice singers alike. * Pre-registration and Fee required.
(Note that this is a change from the printed schedule that was mailed out,as WFC is ending the season early due to a private wedding event.)
All levels and genders welcome. $100 fee
Bev Grant is a veteran social activist, feminist, labor singer/songwriter, “cultural worker” from Park Slope Brooklyn, where she has lived for over 30 years. She is the co-creator of a women’s labor history multi-media presentation entitled “We Were There!” and has recorded five albums, including a companion cd and songbook for the show, called “We Were There!”, a solo cd entitled “IN TUNE”, a 7-song ep with Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters, called “CHEEKY WOMAN”, two albums with her former band, “Human Condition” and a soon to be released CD with Ina May Wool in her current duo, WOOL&GRANT. She has appeared on numerous compilation recordings, including the Grammy-nominated Smithsonian/Folkways “Best of Broadside” album. Rolling Stone Magazine calls THE BEST OF BROADSIDE “topical songwriting [as] holy warfare” and “a grand tribute to a stubborn ideal” (David Fricke, Rolling Stone, August 31, 2000). “Virtually every important singer/songwriter of the American folk revival is heard on the collection…” Billboard. Bev is an award winning songwriter and has used her music as an organizing tool in both community and union organizing, often writing songs for specific issues or campaigns and facilitating the creation and use of music by others. The most recent example is a song called “Take A Walk In My shoes” written for a domestic violence survivor’s advocacy group called Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW). (Link to song and website – www.vowbwrc.org/)
Be inspired and move your words. Afternoon sessions with poet and novelist Michael Henson.
Henson is the author of: Ransack, a city novel, A Small Room with Trouble on My Mind, stories of the Ohio River Valley, a chapbook of poems, The Tao of Longing, Crow Call, a collection of poems written in response to the death of a friend, Buddy Gray, a grassroots activist. Henson’s latest book is Tommy Perdue.
Pre-Registration and $125.00 per person Fee required.
Artist Robert Shetterly tells stories of the subjects of his series “Americans Who Tell The Truth,” and considers what they have to teach us about citizenship.
Artist Robert Shetterly was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 1969 from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. At Harvard he took some courses in drawing which changed the direction of his creative life — from the written word to the image. Also, during this time, he was active in Civil Rights and in the Anti-Vietnam War movement.
After college and moving to Maine in 1970, he taught himself drawing, printmaking, and painting. While trying to become proficient in printmaking and painting, he illustrated widely. For twelve years he did the editorial page drawings for The Maine Times newspaper, illustrated National Audubon’s children’s newspaper Audubon Adventures, and approximately 30 books.
Robert´s paintings and prints are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. A collection of his drawings & etchings, Speaking Fire at Stones, was published in 1993. He is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”, and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.
Shetterly has also engaged in a wide variety of political and humanitarian work with many of the people whose portraits he has painted. In the spring of 2007, he traveled to Rwanda with Lily Yeh and Terry Tempest Williams to work in a village of survivors of the 1994 genocide there. Much of his current work focuses on honoring and working with the activists trying to bring an end to the terrible practice of Mountaintop Removal by coal companies in Appalachia, on climate change, and on the continuation of systemic racism in the US particularly in relation to the school to prison pipeline.
Since 1990, he has been the President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and a producer of the UMVA’s Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists.