FallBack Arts Festival 2013

1383628_10202056417150347_147426081_nBy recognizing the annual ritual of turning back time, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission encourages members of the community to immerse themselves in the arts, and take the time to participate in a workshop and connect with their artistic side. If you were ever interested in trying something new or further developing your skills as an artist, there are a variety of events available. The events are led by leading artists in their field and are easily accessible to everyone. All events are …free unless otherwise noted.
To register for workshops, go to www.elginfallback2013.eventbrite.com.


9 am – 12 pm: THE INTRGRATED PERFORMER with John Tovar and M.A.C.E. – FREE Hemmens Cultural Center (mainstage), 45 Symphony Way, Elgin; Come with comfortable clothes and be ready to move!

9:30 am – 12 pm: WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN! A CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP with Rita Cochran – FREE Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin; Come with: Comfortable clothing
How much fun would it be to have your very own dragon? Students, ages 6 to 12 can create their own rendition of a mischievous dragon. After listening to the story “When a DRAGON moves in” students are guided step by step though the process of creating a dragon sculpture with colorful self-drying clay.

10 am – 1:30 pm: LANDSCAPE PASTEL TECHNIQUES with Susan Henshaw – FREE Hemmens Cultural Center (lower level), 45 Symphony Way, Elgin;  Come with: Basic set of Pastels, paper towel and a reference photo

10 am – 2pm: SEEING THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENSE with Susan McConnell – FREE The Art of Photography & Editing Hemmens Cultural Center (lower level), 45 Symphony Way;  Come with: A camera, walking shoes, and weather-appropriate attire
Susan McConnell, an award-winning photographer/artist whose work is in several public collections and published in magazines across the country, will lead workshop participants through an interactive photography class that will include photo editing.   Have You Seen Elgin Like This? Each student will have his/her photos featured on a newly created Website called, “Have You Seen Elgin Like This?”

1 pm – 3pm: CREATIVE NON-FICTION writing with Eric Burns – FREE Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, Elgin;  Come with: An excerpt from one of your current projects
Eric Burns, former NBC News correspondent and winner of several major writing awards in three genres, will lead this workshop for writers who wish to improve their non-fiction abilities.

2 pm – 5pm: UNARMED STAGE COMBAT with John Tovar and M.A.C.E. – FREE Hemmens Cultural Center (mainstage), 45 Symphony Way, Elgin;  Come with: comfortable clothes and be ready to move
A class for anyone with a passion for the performing arts! Come learn the most popular and commonly used unarmed techniques in theatre.  From pushes, falls, hair-pulls, and more, the class will focus on safety and good partnering skills while creating the illusion of violence. This class will be taught by award-winning Fight Director John Tovar and Rachel Stubbs.

2  pmWHY ART MATTERS: THE STATE OF CREATIVITY with Randy Cohen – Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation’s advocacy organization for the arts in Washington D.C. will head up a FREE  Town Hall discussion about the arts & economic prosperity at the Gail Borden Library in the Elgin Room. Make sure you attend this sections with a vision for Elgin and good questions!  Mr. Cohen will be joined by Sean Hargadon, chairman of the City of Elgin’s Cultural Arts Commission, to share insightful information about the impact of the arts in the City of Elgin.


3 pm: SOIREE LYRIQUE: Solange Sior in Recital – SUGGESTED DONATION Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor A musical performance

To register for the workshops, please go to www.cityofelgin.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1119 or www.elginfallback2013.eventbrite.com.
For more information, contact Sean Hargadon at elginarts@gmail.com or visit www.cityofelgin.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1119