Ripe! and Secrets of the Green World

Ripe & Secrets of the Green World

AVA is delighted to share that space is still available in two very special summer art camps: Ripe! and Secrets of the Green World.

These partnership programs unite AVA with the Dartmouth College Biology Department and the Dartmouth College Computer Science Department and are funded, in part, by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

To learn more about these unique art and science offerings, please follow the links below:

Secrets of the Green World July 25-29

Ripe! August 1-5

Sunday Soup — 1st Gathering — Sunday, May 1

Sunday Soup

First Meeting: Sunday, May 1, 3:00pm

$5 in Advance; $8 at the Door

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AVA is excited to announce that we will be hosting quarterly Sunday Soup gatherings, beginning on Sunday, May 1 at 3:00pm. Initiated and led by Randall Szott, Head Chef at The Prosper Valley School in Pomfret, VT, these playful engagements promise great food, creative community and newly funded art projects!

What is Sunday Soup*?

Sunday Soup is a grassroots model for funding small-to-medium sized creative projects through community meals. Basically, community members are invited to share in a meal of soup prepared by Szott, accompanied by Red Hen bread, for a nominal fee. The proceeds will be pooled as a grant, and at the conclusion of the gathering, will be awarded to support a developing, local art project. Artists seeking funding for their work should bring a printed, one-page description of their goal, with accompanying images, to the Sunday Soup event. All proposals will be tacked to the wall for participants to review. Every diner gets to vote. At the conclusion of the event, the proposal with the most votes receives the collected monies – no strings attached.

Why do it?

Sunday Soup is worth engaging with because it generates independent funding for the arts, sparks dialogue among local creatives, cultivates how we think about collaboration and community, and gives artists of all ages and abilities the opportunity to propose projects they might not otherwise be able to complete. For applying artists, the proposal process is more streamlined and fun than traditional grant application packages. For participating diners, the decision-making process is quick and democratic, and the outcome will reflect our local priorities. Sunday Soup is platform that gives everyone the opportunity to discuss ongoing projects with new audiences, meet new collaborators, and share ways of working.

The Summer 2016 Sunday Soup is scheduled for 3:00pm, August 7.

* Program descriptions adapted from the Sunday Soup website.

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Creative Beginnings

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Creative Beginnings—Arts and Crafts at AVA

February 9–May 17, Every Other Tuesday



Come create a baby mobile for your little one at the February 9 gathering!

This new arts and crafts drop-in class was specifically designed for the Upper Valley Mamas in conjunction with AVA. Every other Tuesday, Upper Valley Mama Emily Battles will walk us through a project useful in bringing up baby. Attendees are free to work on that project or bring their own.

$5 fee. Class activities are geared towards moms, caregivers and expectant mothers (little ones more than welcome). Anyone interested in an art program geared towards kids should check out AVA’s CAOS program on Friday mornings.

Please click here to register in advance. Drop-ins welcome.