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Low Key Arts Announces a New Slate of Digital Arts Creativity Workshops for Summer 2020

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.”

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Low Key Arts presents Inception to Projection – PRODUCTION IN ACTION

Inception to Projection – PRODUCTION IN ACTION is a series of master classes that will give emerging filmmakers experience working on a large scale production. Students will obtain professional on-set training and will have the chance to immediately apply these skills to a music video produced by the class. The course is designed to give students practical hands-on experience that can translate to finding employment in the film industry. The class will correspond with the Valley of the Vapors Music Festival and will create a music video for the band GRANDCHILDREN. Master classes will focus on production protocol, pre-production planning and execution, art direction, lighting and cinematography.


Class Schedule:
Sat., March 2nd 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Overview of the Project
LECTURE: Crew Position Roles & Duties
The Role of the Assistant Director, Call-Sheets, Schedules, Budgets, Pre-Production Documents

Thurs., March 7th 6:00-8:00 PM
The Role of the Production Designer: Locations, Set Dressing, Props, Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup

Sat., March 9th 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Assign crew positions
The Role of the Director of Photography and Gaffer
*With hands on Lighting Lecture

Thurs., March 14th 6:00-8:00 PM
Pre-Production Meeting: Review Production Schedule, Shot Lists, Locations, Casting, Call

Sat., March 16th 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Tech Scout, work in departments to finalize prep

Sun., March 17th: PRODUCTION DAY
EST time 9:00AM-5:00PM

Mon., March 18th: PRODUCTION DAY:
EST time 9:00AM-5:00PM
plus optional filming of the live performance of GRANDCHILDREN at VOV- approximately 9:30PM

FEE is $50 for the entire class (includes all meals during production days)


For further info, please email:
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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.


Taught by Samuel Brett Williams

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:

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Experiencing the Inner Ear as Kinetic Sculpture

Experiencing the Inner Ear as Kinetic Sculpture

1:00 PM
Free (Donations Encouraged)

We welcome you to explore and discuss with us the experience of listening inspired by our daily sonic environments. These exercises are inspired by sonic meditations created by Pauline Oliveros and her Deep Listening Institute. This involves active and attentive use of the voice, and auditory senses within a group setting. Artists from all fields of discipline will benefit from this holistic practice. Group sound interactions will be recorded with the intention of using them on an upcoming Loud Sun album.