Thanks to the success of their recent #GivingTuesdayNow Fundraiser (the fourth highest grossing Givesource fundraiser in the entire state of Arkansas!), Low Key Arts is pleased to announce brand new workshops for music, film, screenwriting, photography and graphic design for Summer 2020.
“The coronavirus lockdown has awakened a desire in people for creative outlets”, says Sonny Kay, Executive Director of Low Key Arts. “We felt like this was a great chance to offer a way for people to make their own content, rather than simply sitting home, watching or listening to things made by others. I can’t think of a better time to encourage people to be adventurous in their self-exploration.”
All the workshops are led by working artists who have found critical success in their given areas of expertise. Starting the first week of June, Low Key Arts will be offering masterclasses in the following areas: Filmmaking, Screenwriting, one-on-one Guitar, Bass and Keyboard lessons, Photography, and Graphic Design. For the safety of the community, all classes will be taught virtually but will still offer the same impactful education, training and professional mentorship.
Building on its ten year history, Inception to Projection is Hot Springs only filmmaking workshop. This one-of-a-kind program has afforded a growing number of Arkansas filmmakers their first step to pursuing a career in television and film production with many alumni having gone on to attend both undergraduate and graduate film schools and find employment in the industry. Taught by filmmaker Jen Gerber, Inception to Projection is expanding this summer to include three sessions: the Introductory Inception to Projection Filmmaking Class, Advanced Directing, and a 12-week Feature Screenwriting workshop. The Introductory level course is for new filmmakers, while the Advanced Directing class is geared towards participants who have previously completed a session of Inception to Projection. The short films produced during Inception to Projection are screened each January at the Arkansas Shorts film festival and are the heart of the screening. “Inception to Projection is so special because it fosters a community of like-minded creators who have stories to tell but just need an outlet to get them made. This program provides the tools, training and resources for these filmmakers to fulfill their vision and share their films with a captive audience at Arkansas Shorts,” says Inception to Projection program director, Jen Gerber. “I’m so thrilled to offer our first feature length screenwriting class this year! There is so much talent in this state and it’s my hope that these programs will help elevate the unique stories of this community,” says Gerber.
Low Key Labs is an ongoing community-focused music and arts workshop series. Working musicians, artists and professional makers are recruited to mentor students of all ages and skill levels in both one-on-one and group study classes, teaching the fundamentals of various creative disciplines using fun, low-pressure methods tailored to each individual participant. Low Key Labs is designed to give newcomers the tools to become proficient, while more advanced students are provided with challenging exercises to expand their skill set. Returning instructors Harry Glaeser and Bobby Missile (Low Key Arts Artistic Director and a member of Ghost Bones, banzai florist, and Mind Rider) resume their roles leading one-on-one instruction – now retooled for social distancing via Zoom – on Guitar, Bass, and Keyboards for students of all ages and skill levels in 4-week sessions. As Glaeser, frontman of renowned Little Rock indie groups, Couch Jackets and banzai florist, points out, “There’s no better time than now to improve at something as fun and pragmatic as your musical talents. I love helping people realize their potential.
Low Key Labs expands this year to include a new 3-week survey in Digital Photography taught by Hot Springs’ very own Aaron Brewer. Brewer is a native of Arkansas, and a Hot Springs resident for three years. Self-taught, he has photographed the people, places, and events around Hot Springs since his first visit in 2008, is the official photographer of National Park College, and has owned his photography studio, Aaron Brewer Photo, since 2016. Low Key Arts is honored to include him among the Labs staff.
The final new class offered this summer is Digital Graphic Design, taught by Low Key Arts Executive Director, Sonny Kay. As a freelance graphic designer for over a decade before moving to Hot Springs, Kay has a long resume of clients and nearly three decades of experience in the music industry. “Since I moved here, people have been encouraging me to share my knowledge and experience. Teaching is something I’d intended to do for a long time and now I have the opportunity. I really hope I can help people feel empowered to use certain software and perhaps lift the curtain a little bit on the “magic” of things such as Photoshop. Tapping into people’s creativity is very rewarding.”