Special Events

Events, Exhibitions & Festivals


ARTS / West serves the Athens Area - patrons and artists - with workshops, classes, concerts, performances, festivals, art exhibitions, meetings and special events in our performance space and conference rooms. Our schedule is ever changing, so please check out our blog (http://www.artswest.blogspot.com) to see what is coming up.

ARTS/West is a fully functional performance space with 168 seat capacity, lighting, sound and projector options. In August 2013, the Performance Space was renovated to include a gallery space with panels, lighting and a hanging system. Other renovations include movable seating, pipe & drape, and stage skirting. In the summer of 2018 the downstairs space was renovated to include an enlarged lobby space, improved facilities, new flooring and a youth gallery space. For information on renting the space, please call 740-592-4315 or email artswestathens@gmail.com.

MARCH 2020
Mondays, Jan. 6 – May 18 (when ACSD is in session), 3-5:30pm: PRISM LGBTQ Youth Arts Program. PRISM is an after-school arts program that creates a safer space for LGBTQA+ youth to be, explore and express who they are. FREE.  

Now thru March 25 at 6pm: Cat Art Show Call for Art. 3rd Annual Cat Art Show & Traveling Exhibit! To be on display about two months, at two venues: April 3-25 at Arts West & April 29-May 25 at Casa Nueva. Works will be accepted now through March 25 at Arts West. Any members of the Athens, Ohio, community and beyond who want to show-off their cat themed works including painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, graphic design work and photography may submit up to four pieces. The Cat Art Show reception at Arts West takes place on April 3rd and features live cat themed music, videos, snacks & beverages. As a traveling exhibit, the show will transition from Arts West to the walls of Casa Nueva & Cantina for the month of May. Casa will host a Cinco de Meow Art Reception & Fundraiser for the Athens Humane Society on May 5th with live music and cat themed drinks. More Info @ Call for Cat Art

Thursday, March 5, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners’ style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. The leader will play, call chords and help new players follow along. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. More info @ 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam   

Friday, March 6, 5-7pm: Art Reception for Savannah Freeman’s, "Outside", & Hannah Sickles’ "The Everyday".  An evening of original hand-made artworks by Savannah Freeman of Moonville Print Shop and Hannah Sickles of Saturday Darlings Studio. The double opening will also feature food, drinks, and live piano from Metra Peterson with vocals from Chelsa Peterson Morahan. Meet the artists and purchase some beautiful art! The show will be on display from March 2nd-26th. Admission for the opening reception is FREE. More Info @ Art Reception: Savannah Freeman & Hannah Sickles

Sunday, March 8, 2-4:30pm: OPEN Movement Workshop. Join Cleveland-based performance artist and movement educator Marcia Custer for a workshop open to all. OPEN Movement is a judgement-free, individually-centered, therapeutic class. It’s a place to stretch, strengthen, and center your mind, body, and creative practice. Includes a range of somatic techniques. OPEN Movement holds space and celebrates all bodies, all levels, all identities, always! This month, the workshop will be focused on individual movement education and structured play with others! Fee: $20. Please attempt to pre-register by Saturday February 29th by emailing marciaicuster@gmail.com. Capacity is limited, but a certain number of folks need to be registered in order for the workshop to happen*** More Info @ Athens Workshop: OPEN Movement + Play

Thursday, March 12, 6pm: Athens West Side Community Association Meeting. The Athens West Side Community Association meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in the Arts West performance space at 6pm. All West-Siders are encouraged to attend. Students are welcome - it’s your community too. For more info or to join the email list please contact:athensWCA@gmail.com. 

Thursday, March 19, 6-9pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social and Jam. Caller Joe Burdock and musicians to be announced will offer an evening of lively old time music. All levels welcome. No partner needed. Come dance or stop in just to listen. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing 7-9pm. $6 Suggested Donation. 

Friday, March 20, 8-10:45pm: Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming & dancing, open to all levels & ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Whether you drum, dance or just listen and take it in, there is a place here for everyone. If you’ve never played an instrument, feel free to borrow one and participate in the sound! 3rd Fridays, Sept-March. $5-$10 Suggested Donation.

Thursday-Saturday, March 26-28: The Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange. A Benefit for Arts West!    For over a decade the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange has brought countless Athenians the joy of “new” clothes in a fun and community minded way. Clothing and other wearable items can be dropped off at Arts West during regular office hours of 11am-6pm, Mon-Fri (or please call for additional drop-off times when we’re open later for classes and events).
How it Works: 
For a Golden Ticket (for unlimited items) bring unwanted clothes to Arts West now through March 26, pay exchange entry only once (either $15 Fri, March 27, or $10 Sat, March 28), and return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee. 
For a Regular Ticket (take as many items as you brought, additional items $1 each), bring clothes on exchange days (March 27 & 28), pay entry only once (either $15 Fri, March 27th, or $10 Sat, March 28th), and return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee. 
For Members Night: Thursday, March 26th, is open to all current or new Arts West members, with no entry fee. Sign up for membership will be available. (Members who attend members night can return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee). 
Schedule:
Members Night - Thursday,  March 26th 5:30-8:30pm
Exchange Days - Friday, March 27th 5:30-8:30pm & Saturday, March 28th 10am-6pm
To Volunteer please contact Emily Beveridge: ebeveridge@ci.athens.oh.us. We love our volunteers! More infoCat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange