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Heather Pultz and Jameson Freeman flank young artists from School Without Walls High School: (from left) Meaghan Samuels, Zawadi Carroll, Christina Hollinsed, and Jahni Threatt
Thursday, March 27th, educator and artist Heather Pultz and FABUM artistic director Jameson Freeman brought four students from School Without Walls High School to the historic Arts Club of Washington for an evening event to exhibit their original creations following "Draw-In Lunch/Hearts for the Arts" classroom activities. The young women shared insight about their artistic process with those in attendance. Their art work was in company too, as it shared a room with pieces by famous Taiwan artist Yuan Chin-Taa and the American painter (and former Arts Club President) Jack Hannalu. The students' "self-portraits" were marvelously non-traditional, and it was wonderful to celebrate their individualism and talent!
AND...our inaugural FABUM associates (now in college) stopped by to support their former classmates! FABUM's first interns, Kelsea Johnson and Eva Meier made an appearance at the exhibition. Kelsea helped with our first Dolce Revolution Project, and both Kelsea and Eva were part of the second DRP: Dream Wedding, as well as numerous creative social events! They are both talented dancers and choreographers.
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Kelsea Johnson, Jameson Freeman, Eva Meier
 
 
PictureFABUM youth associate Zawadi Carroll with Tanya Williams Wetenhall
When we asked new FABUM Associate Zawadi Carroll what aspect of artistic expression interests her most, she had to think about... So we rephrased the question: 'What art form interests you now?' She responded with fashion and design. As the first installment of the "Professionals in the Arts" component of Youth Program FABUM for 2014, we introduced Zawadi to the remarkable Tanya Wetehall.

Tanya Williams Wetenhall’s career spans the performing arts, costume studies, museums, and diplomacy. She has managed US tours of foreign dance companies, as well as individual artists touring Europe; directed fashion shows; worked as a cultural liaison for special interest groups visiting Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe; and was a Specialist for the government of The United States at the US embassies in Moscow and Rome. Her recent projects include researching and designing museum exhibitions pertaining to costume history, design and the performing arts, in the US and abroad, as well as consulting for museums. Wetenhall holds an M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) and has taught in FIT's graduate program and in the graduate costume studies program at New York University. She has developed and taught courses on period styles, the history of the performing and visual arts of Russia, ballet history, and has lectured and written on elements of Russian costume.

Zawadi: On Wednesday, February 26th I got to sit down with the amazing Tanya Wetenhall and have a coffee chat about her life and career. From the get go Mrs. Wetenhall was extremely open and friendly, she was bursting with energy and ready to share. We started all the way back at one of her first real fashion jobs with a major designer in the industry at the time. She said they hired her because of how fast she could find her pen and notepad in her purse, showing how organized she is. From this experience she taught me that fashion is a very judgmental industry. Nothing goes overlooked.

Ms. Wetenhall also shared her experiences with travel. Some of the places she has traveled include London, Russia, Paris, and Italy. She shared how each place had a distinct sense of fashion, which was a direct reflection of their culture. I was not aware how diplomatic that not just fashion, but also the arts was globally. When art is showcased for one nation to another it can be very political. From her I learned, that especially in this generation a culture will appeal to or mock other cultures rather than showcasing their own, this is largely due to the shipping of the manufacturing of goods overseas, as well as the Internet and is why we now see universal trends.

But no matter how new these trends may seem, Ms. Wetenhall being a teacher of Fashion History at GWU, shared that fashion always repeats itself. Sometimes without even knowing it we are reflecting and recycling styles from the past. I asked her for advice for a young person, like myself, interested in fashion. Some major points were to study classical art by going to museums and understanding major art styles. By building a visual database I could immediately see where a work of fashion may have gotten its influence from, and be aware of my inspirations. She also stressed the importance of knowing textiles and understanding the way the industry worked. One might have to start small, like she did as an assistant and work their way up as she did to achieve all that she has today!

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FABUM associate artistic director Nichola Hays and youth associate Zawadi Carroll listening to Tanya Wetenhall answer questions about the luminaries she's worked with, her travels, and her thoughts on fashion, culture and the role of arts in diplomacy.
 
 
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As part of Youth Program FABUM, Associates participate in a professional photoshoot when they leave the program in order to supply them with headshots and portfolio pictures. Check out some of the candids from Sunday's shoot with Dented Lens Photography on our Facebook page, as well as some video clips and more. Be sure to Like us!

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Tecnicus:
from the ancient Greek 'techné, meaning mastery of any craft

FABUM held a fundraiser for its Spring 2013 performance season with the launch of Tecnicus Project, an event-based, visual arts and poetry series that will immerse arts-supporters in an evening where "life is art...and art is life"!

Click here to see the pictures from an evening with extraordinary local artists at The Arts Club of Washington!


Artists, arts-supporters, and other marvelous individuals came out to The Arts Club of Washington on Tuesday evening, November 27th, for FABUM's first annual fundraising event featuring visual art and poetry: Tecnicus Project.

Featured individuals included Gabriel Riera, Vice-chairman of FABUM and Co-founder of BuddhaFest, Brooke Seidelmann of Smith Center for Art and Healing, Artists Tati Valle-Riestra, Katharine Heyl (Director of Visual Arts for FABUM), Ella Naj, Kelly Aronoff, Alice Pharr and Jacqueline Vasudeva (Tecnicus Creative Director), as well as our major individual sponsors John Ashford, Jill and Bill Hudock, Mark Peppas, and others.

Many thanks to the Arts Club of Washington, FABUM's Board of Directors, our sponsors, the artists and poets who made this event such a successful one! A percentage of all artwork sold went to Youth Program FABUM, and are grateful for the time and generosity of the featured artists. We were thrilled to see new faces, and encouraged by the wonderful energy and support as we begin putting together our Spring, 2013 performance season!


Click the images below to view the slideshow. Thanks to H'ART SPEAX Photography and Design!
 
 
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Allyson Currin and Youth Program FABUM
Allyson Currin is an award-winning playwright and actress. She is the author of over twenty plays, several of which have been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards, DC Theatre Scene and the Mary Goldwater Award from Theatre Lobby of Washington, DC. She has also been singled out for numerous honors from the Washington Theatre Festival of New Plays. The Washington Post has described her writing as making "actors literally swirl and swoon to match the excitement of the language". Her recent work-in-progress, The White Trash Grail Play, has already been previewed by First Draft at Charter Theatre at The Arts Club of Washington and Arlington's Theatre on the Run. We were excited for the chance to have her chat with Kelsea Johnson and Eva Meier of Youth Program FABUM.

Yesterday she met with Kelsea and Eva, along with managing director Lisa Grimes and artistic director Jameson Freeman, for an afternoon conversation that covered everything from her 'keys to succuss: "good mentors", "a supportive personal community", "never underestimate good karma" and  "be nice to everyone" - pearls of wisdom that would benefit anyone interested in a career in the arts - to finding out that UNC, one of the schools that Kelsea has applied to, was Currin's alma mater. The playwright, who is headed to New York City this weekend for a staged reading of her play Ceasar and Dada at TBG Studio Theatre, also shared some personal stories. When asked about seeing her plays be casted, directed and produced into full-scale performances, she admitted anxiety ("I used to vomit before every performance") and pride. When asked, "Have you ever been unhappy with what a director has done with your work?" She replied, "Even if you don't like the way a show is put on or even if you're at odds with the director, you can still find it interesting how the actors portray your characters... I've learned the importance of ignoring the bad to focus on the good".

Currin's favorite quote is "A writer is someone who writes and that's all", calling it a moment of self-realization when she heard it. As a playwright, she says that "heart & head need to be married" in order for a play to succeed. Her favorites are very smart plays with lots of heart. In her own work, she likes to make an audience "laugh, think and cry in the same evening." 


Any advice for aspiring actors, directors or playwrights? 

"Cater to your audience!"

 
 
 
 

FABUM announced a new, seasonal apprenticeship program today at School Without Walls in Washington, D.C.

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Jameson Freeman at School Without Walls
Launch of new apprentice program targets creative youth

December 19, 2011

FABUM announced a new apprentice program for young artists in the Washington, D.C. area. The program will be a seasonal opportunity for emerging creative minds to participate in various artistic projects that the organization sponsors.

Jameson Freeman spoke to students at School Without Walls about the organization and its mission of presenting original works that explore human nature and individual journey. He then did a workshop on the audition process, had the students perform several scenes from a new play, before explaining FABUM's new apprentice program.

The first apprenticeship opportunity involves two never-before-seen shows that FABUM is producing as part of its "The Dolce Revolution Project" series. The plays, Lemons by Barry Eitel and Lost Belongings AKA The Facebook Play by Jennifer Berry, will be performed at local venues in late March, including D.C. Arts Center and The Arts Club of Washington theater.

Students will work directly with The DRP creative team to see a production process from the inside, observe and assist with rehearsals, attend the shows, and receive professional headshots for their personal marketing purposes as emerging artists.

For more information:
goodstuff@fabum.org

...and take a look at The Dolce Revolution Project's Tumblr site:
http://dolcerevolution.tumblr.com

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