• Call to all artists brings back Homer tradition under theme: “Out of the Woodwork”
By Naomi Klouda
Wanted: Beat poets, rappers, dancers, singers, actors and musicians for a professional variety show that appeared for many years on the Homer Mariner Stage as the World Cafe.
Planners are starting now to put the pieces together to bring back this beloved variety show that for many years helped pull Homer folks out of the winter doldrums. Set for February, “Out of the Woodwork,” is meant to reinspire old and inspire new generations to join with other artists for a chance to mentor, be mentored or supremely entertained by Homer’s trademark quality artists.
The organizers, including Artistic Director Cherish McCallum and Homer Council on the Arts board members, are putting out a call to all artists to submit their proposals by Nov. 23. The decision to bring back the World Cafe came after discussions among HCOA and artists. It ties in this fall with a series of “Creative Communities” to bring artists of their genres together to socialize and gain feedback. Groups include those for theater actors, musicians, writers, and artists, and may help provide contact for budding and more experienced artists who would be great candidates for the World Cafe.
After Nov. 23, McCallum will choose a group to assist her in reviewing the applications for participation in the show. The select artists will be paired up for the first round of mentoring or matching with established artists, she said. Established artists are asked to mentor, facilitate or perform with a new or unheard artist. It is fine to practice one’s art at home, but at a certain stage of growth it shouldn’t stay there. “Why not bring it to the World Cafe?” McCallum said.
“The showcase will be a professional quality show that gives performers an optimum performance experience while providing excellent entertainment for the audience,” she added.
This fits in well with HCOA’s goal of providing opportunities for artistic expression for all ages through programs such as the Jubilee, HCOA showcase and Creative Communities.
To learn more, and for a complete schedule of Creative Communities, go to www.homerart.org or call 235-4288.
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