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2021 Fine Arts Events

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These activities can count towards club, internship, or concentration hours.


November 13th and 14th, 10 am to 6 pm

The Tenth Catoctin Holiday Art Tour!

Ease into your holiday shopping with this scenic art tour north of Route 9 near Lovettsville, Virginia. In 2021 we've added new artists working in glass, textiles, and painted wood. There are also two new tour stops.We're still keeping things cozy, with all studios located within a five mile radius, so you can get to all the stops in a day, or slow it down, stop in town for lunch or brunch, and spend the weekend with us. This group of Loudoun artists has been busy throughout the pandemic, creating original works in paint, wood, clay, glass, metal, fiber, and more, and we can't wait to see you. We will be observing recommended COVID-19 protocols for indoor spaces at each studio to keep everyone safe as they prepare for a happy holiday season.


For nine days (October 23–31), the Smithsonian Craft Show

will feature 98 contemporary craft artists online.

Browse and shop works of wearable art, basketry, ceramics,

decorative fibers, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal,

mixed media, paper and wood.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

*Live Audience Recording of Act I and II

Date: Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Foxhound Auditorium

*NOTE: This invitation is only open to Faculty and Staff

**Live Viewing of Recorded Production

Date: Tuesday, May 18

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Schoolhouse Lawn

**NOTE: This event is required for all students

Deadline: Monday, May 11

Winners Announced: Monday, May 17

Banneker Blacktop Design Team Meeting

Wednesday, May 12 @ 3:00pm

Artist in Residence Virtual Concert: Rui Fui

Wednesday, May 12 @ 7:30pm

Singer-songwriter Rui Fu specializes in improvisational and impressionistic interpretations of Chinese ethnic musical traditions and modernist portrayals of ancient Taoist meditative music. Her experimental performances explore the natural pace of one’s breath in relation to the gravitational tendencies of the body, and the musical direction that arises as a result. Her storytelling is conveyed through distinctive vocal profiles, and she is strongly influenced by the temporal, timbral, and rhythmic flexibilities exemplified through Chinese guqin notations. Through her music, Fu initiates conversations between indigenous music cultures and rare instruments around the world, often employing her signature, non-lexical vocals as her own “language” and lyrics to illustrate a crossing of cultural and religious barriers.

Virtual Museum Tour - Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00pm

Textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark (b. 1967) is renowned for her mixed-media works that address race and visibility, explore Blackness, and redress history. This exhibition—the first survey of Clark’s 25-year career—includes the artist’s well-known sculptures made from black pocket combs, human hair, and thread as well as works created from flags, currency, beads, cotton plants, pencils, books, a typewriter, and a hair salon chair. The artist transmutes each of these everyday objects through her application of a vast range of fiber-art techniques: Clark weaves, stitches, folds, braids, dyes, pulls, twists, presses, snips, or ties within each object.

Film Production Showcase

Date: Saturday, May 22

Time: 8:00

Location: TBD

NOTE: This event is an opportunity to earn WeekendMISSION credit


Volunteer for Arts Week!

MON, April 19 - SAT, April 24

*Volunteer Opportunities open to On-Campus and Distance Learners as well as faculty and staff

  • Workshop Leaders - Club Planning Documents Due April 1 - Festival of Arts WED, April 21

  • Curators - Prepare art exhibits (on campus + virtual showcases) FRI April 9- FRI April 16

  • Visiting Artist Liaisons - Work with professional Visual or Performing Artist on SAT, April 24

  • Promotional Team - Create visuals and make announcements about upcoming events

*You can earn WeekendMISSION hours towards your STEAM and/or Service Badge.

2021 Arts Week Volunteer Form


Banneker Blacktop Design Challenge - Meet the Design Teams


SAT, March 20 @ 1:00 - Branstorm Designs

WED, March 31 @ 3:00 - Build Graphics (Zoom)

MON, April 5 @ 3:00 - Design Review with BES (Zoom)

WED, April 7 @ 3:00 - Layout Blacktop Design (TIL@FXC)

THU, April 22 @ 3:00 - Create Draft Stencils for Blacktop Design (Banneker)

Foxcroft will be assembling design teams to plan and create stencils for Banneker Elementary School's blacktop. The designs will be made in Adobe Illustrator and fabricated with our laser cutter. The stencils will then be used to paint silly paths to knowledge that exercise childrens' locomotor skills. This design installation is meant to reinforce both active learning and outdoor enjoyment.

You can participate in this challenge as a community service volunteer or as a design team leader. You will earn up to 6 WeekendMISSION hours towards your STEAM and/or Service Badge. Fine Arts and STEM concentration students can also earn additional hours as team leaders.

Thanks so much for considering, and I am really looking forward to working with you all on this exciting project!

Banneker Blacktop Design Challenge

Foxcroft Trail Blazing - SIGN UP!

You can earn WeekendMISSION hours towards your STEAM and/or Service Badge.


National Museum of Women in the Arts Virtual Tour

Saturday, February 27th at 1:00 pm

SSFS Annual College Night for the Visual & Performing Arts

Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 pm

This virtual event offers attendees a fantastic opportunity to acquire insight into the vast possibilities the Arts offer at the collegiate level and beyond.


Arts College Workshop (7:00 PM - 7:30 PM):

The Arts College Workshop, led by SSFS Arts Faculty members, will offer invaluable information including:

  • An explanation about the different types of art programs and degrees offered at colleges and conservatories

  • A look at the admission and application process for arts schools

  • Instructions on how to develop a great portfolio and how to prepare for auditions; and

  • Details about summer program options for deeper enrichment


To RSVP and get access to the virtual event platform, visit

Virtual College Mini-Fair (7:30 PM - 8:30 PM):

The Virtual College Mini-Fair will feature schools with a wide variety of paths that students can take to study the arts. Colleges attending:

Each college will give a short presentation and answer questions,. You are encouraged to visit each room at your leisure or follow your interest and spend more time with a few schools. By the end of the night, the age-old tale of the starving artist will be shattered, and you will see "the sky's the limit!"

Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021 | 8:00 PM ET

Venue: Virtual Concert Hall

Choral Arts and the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs come together in a concert showcasing the powerful music that has given voice to the voiceless for generations in this 33rd annual choral tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This moving performance will inspire the spirit and features a collaboration of styles, music, ages, and cultures.

Savannah College of Art and Design Virtual Workshops

Workshop: Creating a Spontaneous Composition: Friday, Feb. 12, 12 p.m. ET


This workshop with SCAD painting professor Kent Knowles will explore methods for establishing a focal point within a composition while practicing creative dexterity with acrylic paint. Points of interest will include mapping out a composition, blocking-in light and shadow and manipulating a dynamic color palette.

Workshop: "On Good Storytelling... and Writing, Too"

Friday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m. ET


Join SCAD advertising and graphic design chair Duke Greenhill to learn simple methods to tell captivating, successful stories - and become a better writer while you're at it - by exploring the top 10 secrets of Hollywood's master screenwriters.

Drawing Workshop: Using Music/Sound to Inform & Motivate the Narrative in Visual Composition

Friday, Feb. 19, 12 p.m. ET


Join SCAD foundation studies professor Jime Wimmer for a discussion, demonstration and exercises on how sound and music impact the images we see in film, animation and art. Learn how art elements and principles of composition are used as narration elements to compose an image and connect the story to an audience through the use of music and sound.

Materials needed: Pencils, colored pencils/markers, sketchpad (students may use iPads if they choose; Procreate is recommended)

Workshop: Free-range animation (stop-motion)

Fiday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. ET


"If stranded on a desert island, I would still need to animate!" This workshop with SCAD animation professor Tina O'Hailey uses found objects and a little technology to explain animation basics and storytelling. Bring your iPhone, iPad, tablet or smartphone with a camera. We will download free apps to use.

Workshop: What is Typography?

Friday, Feb. 26, 12 p.m. ET


With Dean Ballas, SCAD associate dean of School of Communication Arts and School of Fine Arts, participants will engage in a series of typographic scavenger hunt exercises resulting in a deeper understanding how industry visual communicators leverage typography to communicate their message.

Interactive design and game development workshop: Games and Apps

Friday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m. ET


Learn about the exciting careers in game design and view games and apps created by SCAD interactive design and game development students in this workshop with SCAD professor Joshua Lomelino.

VMFA ChinaFest: Year of the Ox

Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 am

VMFA ChinaFest: Year of the Ox

*Earn Up to 4 WeekendMISSION hours


Music that Travels Through Space

Seven talented National Philharmonic instrumentalists bring us on a musical journey through space, exploring the universe, the moon, and the stars in a way that will make you feel out of this world! Accompanying images and videos supplied by NASA complete the experience.

Sunday, January 17 @ 2PM

*Earn Up to 1 WeekendMISSION hour

Thespian Nation Live!

his a multi-state chapter festival offering 20 unique workshops covering all aspects of theatre, from acting and directing to writing and design. You’ll watch entertaining online productions, and you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your experience by participating in college auditions or submitting your work for feedback during a Thespy® Awards practice session.

Friday, January 29 - Sunday, January 31 - View Class Schedule

*Earn Up to 8 WeekendMISSION hours

Virtual Winter Uke Fest

Friday, January 8 - Sunday, January 10

View Class Schedule

*Earn Up to 8 WeekendMISSION hours

Virtual National Young Arts Week

Monday, January 25 - Saturday, January 30

Live Steaming @ 8pm each night (Schedule Below)

*Earn Up to 6 WeekendMISSION hours

Voice & Film

MON, January 25

Jazz & Theater

TUE, January 26

Dance & Film

WED, January 27

Classical Music

THU, January 28

Design, Photography & Visual Arts Exhibition

Writer's Readings

SAT, January 30