This is going to be a big year at Woodstock Arts, and we wanted to share some of our hopes as plans take shape. But, first, we want to reminisce about the year that we’ve had.
If we are going to reminisce, we should think of the past 20 years as an organization serving this community. In the middle of our 20th season (August 2022-July 2023), this small, lovely theater has evolved into a multi-faceted arts organization, leading the way in what art centers can look like for small communities — what an amazing legacy. This is thanks to you, for leaning into the arts, trusting us and yourselves, and making this a community that is passionate about the arts.
But, as we look toward the future, we can’t help but think about the new tempo our community has to continue that legacy in 2023, and far past that.
Immediately, I think of how we use the arts to build a better community, such as in the Jan. 6-15 production of “Every Brilliant Thing,” an inspiring story that focuses on mental health. Or, in the Jan. 20-29 production of “The Lightning Thief” and the February production of “Murder on the Orient Express” — these shows can enhance our reading and writing curriculum for students.
In addition, the Reeves House is inviting Corrina Sephora, a metal sculptor and mixed-media artist specializing in blacksmithing, to have a solo exhibition.
But, it doesn’t stop there. Sephora will hold an event where the community can bring old pieces to her, so she can give them new life through the curation of a public art piece — bringing the community and blacksmithing together. Stay tuned for more details!
Improvements to the Event Green will bring new family events and even more Lantern Series artists. Plus, a larger scholarship fund will be available for students of any age, so they can participate in and have access to our classes and camps.
We are excited about 2023. This small theater, which started 20 years ago, is looking to produce its biggest musicals this year — not to mention the new legacies of the Reeves House and the Lantern Series. But, the ripple of a continued story is what is most exciting. This year will be a catalyst for the next 20 years, and a continued legacy for our remarkable community.
– Christopher Brazelton, a Florida State University graduate, is the executive director of Woodstock Arts