Friday, March 24, 2017

We talk...we listen...we express ourselves through words.

 
Featured artist, Ron VanNostrand with his band, The Flock of Free Range Children, performed at The Carriage House Theater on March 23rd at The Cayuga Museum, as part of the "Word, Revisited" literary program.


Words form our existence with each other, and shape those thoughts in our mind when we quietly speak to ourselves.

Words are our conversational dialogue as we navigate our life, and more importantly, words provide our structural foundation when we create images and platforms to mold and manifest our creative ideas.     

It is then fitting that we celebrate words especially as expressed in poetry, fiction, dramatic works, and especially as lyrics to a musical composition.  Poetry formed Smokey Robinson’s songs and have built the foundations for many songwriters.  And last night, Ron VanNostrand used words as a poet and lyricist to mesmerize “word, revisited” participants who were transported to levels of personal exuberance and embraceable life memories.  



Publisher of the multiple decades young, print literary journal, Olive Trees, and erudite leader of the diverse and eccentric musical group, The Flock of Free Range Children, who accompanied him, Van Nostrand took the “word,revisited” audience on an intimate journey through his personal reflections and lyrical life stories.










In the aftermath of World Poetry Day and the forthcoming National Poetry Month, Ron Van Nostrand weaved poetic magic to the delight of those who had the opportunity to hear him.   The Cayuga Museum’s literary series “word, revisited” was well served by Van Nostrand’s presentation.




 
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Dr. Howard Nelson, author/poet with bill berry

 
(left to right) Jack Hardy, member/Cayuga Museum BOD, Bobbie Dumas Panek, author/poet, Patricia Schwartz, author/poet, Eileen McHugh, executive director/Cayuga Museum, Patricia D'agostino, poet, Ron VanNostrand, featured artist/publisher Olive Trees, Bill Berry, CEO/Publisher aaduna, Dan Cleveland, poet & musician/Flock of Free Range Children, Merlyn Fuller, author/poet/musician and Jim Ellis, poet

Eileen McHugh, executive director/Cayuga Museum with Jack Hardy, member/Cayuga Museum BOD



The Museum’s partners, aaduna and Olive Trees will host speakers Merlyn Fuller and Jeff Delbel as April’s “word, revisited” featured presenters on April 13th and 27th respectively.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Poetry! Celebrate the genre. Write it. Share It. Speak it. Support it.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017 is World Poetry Day.

aaduna recognizes this significant day by celebrating with a March 2017 penned poem by Isis Arias Clermont, who resides in Brooklyn, New York, USA.



HER

She enamors me 
Wraps me up in her bales of laughter
Rolling over me in curls of light 
Climbing over my anxieties to be great and stomping out sadness 
when it comes to call 

"Smile? Are you happy? Smile!"

Squeezes held tight 
Long whispers of hold me 
Don't go 
Stay with me 
Her not knowing I will never leave her side
Will always be there to hold her
Always a solid support

Love is an understatement 
Hearts exploded when she appeared 
Bright eyes 
Soft smiles 
Her smell simply enchanting 
Creating an insatiable need to protect and care for 

She has no idea the effect she has on others 
The world lays down at her feet  
Simply because she chooses to walk upon it 
And her greatness has yet to show itself 
Soon 
Time will allow her to blossom 
For now, I hold her close
Not letting go for a second
Not ever letting go.

Copyright © 2017 by Isis Arias Clermont




Isis Arias Clermont with Lily (photo provided)




Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.


National Poetry Month is coming...every fourth calendar month... April. 

aaduna will celebrate by posting four poems each day during the fourth month at this site.  This initiative and recognition is globally inspired, diverse in the poetic styles presented, and multicultural in the voices that we will provide a platform for to inspire, challenge, and enlighten our public.    

Arias Clermont will present another poem on April 29th and 119 other poets will join her each day during that month.  Celebrate with us.  Poems will be posted by 9 AM each day.  

Come to www.aadunanotes.blogspot.com each day in April and share what you read with your social media contacts.  Support Poetry!  And also embrace all writers.

'Nough said.





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Monday, March 13, 2017

aaduna Board of Directors convenes for its initial meeting in 2017


(left to right) Dr. Walt Aikman, BOD secretary, Billye Chabot, BOD/Treasurer, Eli Hernandez, BOD member, Ellen Blalock, BOD member, Bill Berry, Jr. CEO/aaduna Inc., publisher/aaduna, Lisa Brennan, BOD member/aaduna visual arts editor & executive manager of administration and marketing

Hosted by the historic and internationally recognized Seward House Museum and its director, Billy Chabot (a Board member,) the aaduna Board grappled with a variety of programmatic and strategic issues to chart the journal’s direction for 2017. 

The Board encouraged and embraced organizational direction to expand and enhance editorial review of poetic genre submissions; provided options to broaden marketing and promotional initiatives, and offered workable suggestions and pertinent ideas to the planned May 2017 aaduna fundraiser planned for May 25th at the carriage house theater (a.k.a. Theater Mack) at the CayugaMuseum in Auburn, NY. 

The Board also decided to take under review and consideration internal suggested changes to the aaduna By-Laws, as well as other state-wide by-law mandates in order to remain consistent and in compliance with New York's recent rules and regulations governing non-profits.  The Board provided valuable ideas to supplement marketing initiatives especially to encourage video representations of submitted work, and advance the print and digital promotions for the May fundraiser.    




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Friday, March 10, 2017

Jones Galvin galvanizes!


Author Michele Jones Galvin reads at "word, revisted" at the Carriage House Theater, Cayuga Museum


While her and family were leaving Syracuse, NY at 2 AM this morning to drive south to Church Creek, Maryland to attend this weekend's official opening of the visitor center “dedicated to the life and mission of abolitionist and legendary Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman,” last evening, March 9th, Michele Jones Galvin captivated her audience as she read from chapter five of her book, “'Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People,” co-authored with her mother, Joyce Stokes Jones.  



Ms. Jones Galvin, a Tubman descendant, kicked-off the inaugural season of “word, revisited’ a literary speakers’ series and open mic segment extolling the written word sponsored by Auburn, New York’s legendary Cayuga Museum of History and Art in partnership with Olive Trees (a three decades old print publication devoted to poets and writers) and aaduna (a multicultural online literary and visual arts journal founded in 2011.)  After her reading, Ms. Jones Galvin answered several intriguing audience questions.  Ron Van Nostrand read during the open mic session, and a reception followed for audience interactions with the featured reader and each other.  


Michele Jones Galvin with Bill Berry, Jr., aaduna Inc. CEO/Publisher/aaduna


Ron VanNostrand reads during the open mic segment of the program


(left to right)  Ron VanNostrand, publisher/Olive Trees, Kirsten Wise, curator/Cayuga Museum, Ellen DelloStritto, member BOD/Cayuga Museum, Jack Hardy, member BOD/Cayuga Museum, Bill Berry, Jr., aaduna, Eileen McHugh,  executive director/Cayuga Museum, Michele Jones Galvin, featured author








“word, revisited” is a 2nd and 4th Thursday evening initiative presented at the carriage house theater conveniently located behind the Museum.  





With a $3 admission/person to support the work of the Museum, there are refreshments available for purchase in a comfortable cabaret style seating format easily combined with the performance space’s theater seating.  








The next featured speaker will be Ron Van Nostrand on March 23rd.     



Doors open at 5:30 PM for open mic sign-up and the program kicks-off at 6 PM.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

aaduna supports regional community awards



The InterFaith Works and El-Hindi Center for Dialogue hosted its 2017 Racial Justice Awards Ceremony last night at Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, NY.  Interfaith Works, founded in 1976, builds “bridges of understanding among people of different religions and across racial divides."  The El-Hindi Center “serves as regional hub for constructive community engagement and the important work of dialogue” among disparate groups of people to foster mutual understanding and trust.

The 2017 awards ceremony recognized Zau Jat N-Hkum with the Racial Justice Youth Award; Jawwaad  Rasheed received the Catalyst Award; the Organizational Award went to the Brady Faith Center located on the City’s South Side, and Auburn resident and social justice leader, Laurel Ullyette was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

aaduna visual arts editor, Lisa Brennan with Laurel Ullyette, recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award



Dick Ford, pianist and director of Signature Syracuse, provided the entertainment; a silent auction benefitted the programs of the Center, and the evening closed with participants attending a performance of the Fats Waller musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’


aaduna’s Mission is aligned with the tasks of creating multicultural dialogue and understanding, community engagement, and building bridges to strengthen diversity and acceptance.  aaduna does those critical tasks through words and visual images.





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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Unwrapping a Festive Gift in February – when we really need it.

Artistry can easily be defined as a combination of skill, knowledge of craft, imagination, creative intent, and perseverance. But is that all of the story? I suspect it is how an artist intertwines, loops, twists and weaves all these nuances into a visual entity that ignites the viewer’s imagination and creates the need to see more, experience other levels of subtlety, instills the desire to embrace all that the artist has to offer. Some is never enough.

 



Unwrapping Vanessa: Fiber Memory Art by Vanessa Johnson is a visually mesmerizing exhibition of personal stories expressed in fabric, beads, small and found objects, and photographs. The exhibition explores Johnson’s new work that “honors the voices of women and girls who continue to influence the artist’s life, and speaks to her own transnational experience through women who inspire." Ms. Johnson combines her over two decade background as a fiber artist, writer, storyteller, community activist, and actor to bring dreamlike magic to her work. 



The exhibition, on view through March 25, 2017, is at ArtRage, the Norton Putter gallery located at 505 Hawley Avenue in Syracuse, NY, 315.218.5711, www.artragegallery.org






While you may miss Johnson’s interactive and compelling SOUL – a new theatrical work that “is a journey of DNA Memories, Present Markings, and Future Dreams (only two shows and the last one is today, Sunday, February 26th at 4 PM at ArtRage, $10 at the door,) this “performance” and audience participatory sharing is a riveting exploration of personal feelings and individual stories. Along with three other exemplary actors, this is an unique piece of theater with stunning designed costumes and up close, personal interactions with the audience. Truth be told, there are other actors in this show, and it is the audience, individually and collectively. Lisa Brennan and I experienced this sensitive aspect of theater last night at the initial showing.


Johnson’s artist talk will occur on March 8th at 7 pm at ArtRage. The talk is open to the public and free.


Unwrap a festive gift for yourself! You will not be disappointed.





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Friday, February 24, 2017

Ali Baba needed 40 thieves…



aaduna needs 40 poets.

When we started our initiative to celebrate National Poetry Month, we sought to identify 120 poets so we could post 4 poems per day during April, the fourth month of the calendar year, the month identified to be National Poetry Month.  

40 opportunities remain available.

We cannot write the poem that you have written. 

We cannot submit the poem that you really want to share with the public.

We cannot make you do what you want to do in your heart.

We do not have a read and review period, no theme or length requirements; your poem can be unpublished or published.  

We will give your work a public platform up to available postings.  Only you can make that happen.

Send your poem as a Word doc. to info@aaduna.org

The longer you wait, the less opportunities there will be.  

Ali Baba needed 40 thieves...we are more honest!!!!!


For more details of the 4 x 4 poetry initiative CLICK HERE
 




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