Open post

Movers and Makers

Low Key Arts is pleased to announce a new online interview and discussion series, Movers and Makers. Hosted by LKA Executive Director, Sonny Kay, the series presents in-depth conversations with noteworthy artists, musicians, and instigators contributing to popular culture through their work and their lifestyles.

Episode One of Movers and Makers features special guest Damon Locks, an influential Chicago musician, visual artist, and teacher. Locks has a 30-year history in underground music and art, and has been actively involved in the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project in Chicago for many years. As a designer, his work has adorned some of the most influential rock albums of the past two decades. His groups Trenchmouth (with Portlandia’s Fred Armisen), The Eternals, and Exploding Star Orchestra defy classification, instead presenting a relentless trend toward innovation, reinvention and fusion. In late 2019, Locks’ Black Monument Ensemble released their debut album, Where Future Unfolds, a haunting, prophetic portrait of the stark reality of life for Black people in the United States, set to a lush backdrop of gospel jazz, whose beauty transcends the pain it describes.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM CST and can be viewed live on the Low Key Arts Facebook page (facebook.com/lowkeyarts).

Open post
Featured Video Play Icon

Inception + YouTube = 😍

Stay-at-home blues got you climbing the walls? Tired of TV? Have we got the antidote! Inception to Projection now has a YouTube channel!!! HERE

Nearly a decade’s worth of Inception to Projection films – all in one place. SO much incredible work has come out of this program – see for yourself!

We’ve pulled as many films from the vaults as we could find (nearly 60!) but realize there’s a few missing. If you or someone you know has an Inception to Projection film that hasn’t been uploaded yet, please get in touch. We would like the channel to be as complete as possible. It’s an archive we can all be proud of!

And, as we’re gearing up for another great session this summer, there’s never been a better time to support Inception to Projection and the many incredible opportunities it provides young people in Hot Springs. Donate today!

Open post

VOV Volunteer Roundup

Sunday March 15, 5:00-7:00 pm
Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor Street

Mark your calendars! Please join us on Sunday, March 15 @ 5:00 pm for the VOV volunteer orientation and handbook review as well as the opportunity to get your exclusive 2019 volunteer shirt screened by Jose Hernandez! This year, shirts will kindly be provided by Superior Bathhouse Brewery! We will post a link to choose your size soon!

If you would like to volunteer for The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival (The VOV) 2020 please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Rob Cox. Email him at cox@lowkeyarts.org

VOV 2020 is March 20-23! Spread the word!!

Open post

Open Call for Submissions for Arkansas Shorts!

The open call for submissions for Arkansas Shorts – A Night of Short Film 2020 begins Saturday June 1, 2019!

2020 marks the lucky thirteenth year of Arkansas Shorts. To celebrate, we’re extending the limit on film running times and will now accept films up to 20 minutes in length!

Arkansas Shorts is an annual event showcasing short films in 3 categories: Those made by Natives and current residents of Arkansas; by North American Filmmakers; and by International filmmakers. Additionally, Arkansas Shorts is a showcase for the work produced in Low Key Arts’ filmmaking workshop, Inception to Projection, during the prior year. These often include work by a wide variety of local filmmakers, ranging from teens to seniors. Arkansas Shorts proudly takes place in downtown Hot Springs at the historic Malco Theatre.

For more information or to register, please go here:

Open post

ASMSA & LKA!

Just in time for this weekend’s Rock n’ Roll Buffet, we are very pleased to announce that effective immediately – and from now on – any person with a valid ASMSA student I.D. enters FREE to all Low Key Arts events!

That’s right, just present your current ASMSA identification and you will be admitted free of charge to all public events at Low Key Arts (118 Arbor Street), as well as the The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival (The VOV)Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival, and any other live events produced by Low Key Arts in Hot Springs. We may occasionally ask that ASMSA students RSVP to an event to guarantee entry (Arkansas Shorts – a night of short film has limited seating, for example) but other than that, there’s nothing to remember – except bring your i.d. and be back at ASMSA before curfew!

Many thanks to Corey Alderdice at ASMSA for supporting Low Key Arts and promoting community growth in Hot Springs.

https://www.facebook.com/ARMathSciArts/

Open post
Low Key Labs

LOW KEY ARTS PRESENTS LOW KEY LABS

Low Key Arts is pleased to announce Low Key Labs, an ongoing community-focused music and arts workshop series. Low Key Labs recruits working musicians, artists and professional makers 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.

Low Key Arts has already established itself on the cutting edge of specialized arts education in central Arkansas through its Inception to Projection Filmmaking Program, founded in 2011. Taught by film industry professionals (and directed for the past six years by critically-acclaimed Hot Springs filmmaker, Jen Gerber), the program has an incredible success rate for young people, as 50% of its college-aged participants have gone on to pursue higher education in filmmaking. Partnering with ASMSA and the University of Central Arkansas to provide top-notch facilities, equipment and know-how has enabled Low Key Arts to fortify the program and truly provide an inspiring, sophisticated and potential-rich opportunity for our students.

Low Key Labs now diversifies our educational programming using our successes with Inception to Projection as the blueprint. In time, we hope to offer classes in music theory and production, photography, videography, digital art, radio broadcasting, and much more. It is our intention to fill a void in arts education in Hot Springs while at the same time providing opportunities for learning which favor progressive and emerging ideas, new approaches, and are engaging to young and old alike.

The inaugural workshop in the series is Lab 1: Mad Scientists of Music (Basics for Guitar, Bass & Keyboards), led by Brennan Leeds and Harry Glaeser of the renowned Little Rock band, Couch Jackets. The class will take place at Low Key Arts (118 Arbor Street) on weekends beginning February 16 through March 10. Students will schedule an hour long, one-on-one lesson each Saturday or Sunday with the appropriate instructor (based on instrument). Students participating in this course will be given signup priority to continue their studies in subsequent sessions of this series.

VISIT THE LABS PAGE FOR MORE INFO

Open post

F.O.L.K.

We’re pleased to announce that our F.O.L.K. (Friends of Low Key) program is transitioning to a sustaining membership model, effective immediately!

As we strive to create more meaningful and enriching experiences, the need for the support of our friends and neighbors is greater than ever before. For a low monthly subscription price of only $10, F.O.L.K. members become an ongoing resource to Low Key Arts. As a member, you directly impact our ability to meet our mission. You empower Low Key Arts to continue developing our educational programming and events, while expanding our service to the city of Hot Springs. $10 a month goes virtually unnoticed and yet plays such a critical role in our financing! F.O.L.K. is truly the most effective way to support our cause.

And, as always, F.O.L.K. members enjoy exclusive discounts on Low Key Arts events, educational fees and merchandise, and other perks.

JOIN F.O.L.K.

Open post

Low Key Arts presents the 8th annual Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival

Low Key Arts presents the 8th annual Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival, taking place Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Headlining the festival Friday night are LARKIN POE (Nashville, TN), supported by J.D. WILKES (Nashville, TN, of Legendary Shack Shakers fame), BAS CLAS (Lafayette, LA rabble-rousers), BRIAN MARTIN (of local favorites Sad Daddy), and Fayetteville’s MODELING (formerly Move Orchestra).

Saturday features headliners BRONCHO (Tulsa, OK) a pair of international groups, including LOLA MARSH (Tel Aviv, Israel) and SEA MOYA (Germany, by way of Canada), and support from MILES FRANCISRAH HOWARDTHE VIOLET ULTRAS, and SPA CITY YOUNGBLOODS.

As always, Hot Water Hills takes place in downtown Hot Springs at Hill Wheatley Plaza (629 Central Ave.).

The event is family-friendly and all ages are welcome.

Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival 2018 features artists, vendors, craft demos and workshops, kids activities, food trucks, beer and wine sales, and a handful of “art cars” traveling to Arkansas just for the occasion.

Gates open at 4:00pm on Friday and 12:00 noon on Saturday.

Tickets are $15 per day. A specially-priced weekend pass will be available at the gate on Friday.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please see www.hotwaterhills.com

Open post

Low Key Arts is pleased to announce Inception to Projection, 2018!

Inception to Projection is a 6-week intensive film class open to all ages. Every participant will write, direct and produce their own original 2-4 minute short and the final films will screen at a special event produced by Low Key Arts as well as at Arkansas Shorts in January 2019.

 

SCRIPT WRITING MASTER CLASS:
Taught by Samuel Brett Williams

DIRECTING & PRODUCING MASTER CLASS:
Taught by Jen Gerber

 

Screenwriting Lecture classes are spent learning the fundamentals of writing for the screen such as pitches, outlines, treatments, notecards, and then screenplay pages. Participants will prepare a short film script that they will then learn how to produce themselves.

 

Production Lecture classes are spent learning filmmaking fundamentals such as directing, producing, casting, cinematography and editing. Participants are expected to work on small crews for one another, giving each filmmaker an opportunity not only to write and direct their own film but also practice production roles such as cinematographer, producer, 1st assistant director, sound recorder or production designer.

 

By the end of the course, each participant will complete their own 2-4 minute short film.

 

Class Dates:
June 5th – July 7th

Classes meet:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturdays 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Production Dates: (Mandatory)
Saturday, June 30th 8:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday, July 1st 8:00AM – 7:00PM

Editing Dates:
Thursday, July 5th 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday, July 7th 10:00AM – 10:00PM

All classes will be held at ASMSA

The class cost is $300. All equipment and production support is included with the class. No prior experience required, but this class is designed to challenge filmmakers of all levels.

 

Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications are available for need-based scholarships.

To register, please go to:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0fkeOWZRQ6OExd9lbRk83F0JIlE_DqbBh3hNQFqj_FJg6Xg/viewform

Open post

Hot Springs Heads to Fayetteville!

On Friday February 2 be sure to check out (Low Key Art’s new executive director) Sonny Kay’s HEADSPACES art show at Stage Eighteen in Fayetteville. A ten year retrospective of Sonny’s surrealistic collage work, the exhibit features large-scale prints as well as a multitude of related artifacts like LP jackets, colored vinyl, and posters, and he’ll be signing copies of his recent HEADSPACES book as well. Hot Springs’ own ALL THE WAY KOREAN will also be on hand to provide breathtaking sonic accompaniment, joined by Fayetteville’s best-kept secret, WHOOPSI.

 

For more info check out https://www.facebook.com/events/182160802534607/

Posts navigation

1 2