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Trip the Light : Never an event like this before

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DITA dancers and affiliates rehearsing for Carolina Pava's piece to Lights at Sea.

DITA dancers and affiliates rehearsing for Carolina Pava's piece to Lights at Sea.

ArtPeers, an arts organization encouraging local art, and Dance in the Annex (DITA), a contemporary dance collaborative, are hosting the premiere of something completely unique in Grand Rapids: Trip The Light 04.14.10 at Wealthy Theatre, doors at 7pm, curtain at 8pm, tickets $8/$7/$6. 

Trip The Light
is a benefit to help ArtPeers pursue its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, which will enable ArtPeers assist local artists in diverse, significant ways - including acting as a fiduciary for local artists who apply for grants and other funding.

“We can better serve local artists and the community, as a nonprofit organization,” said ArtPeers president Erin Wilson. “Almost all arts funding goes through nonprofit organizations: ArtPeers could play a more meaningful role for local artists.”

Unlike the normal bar scene concert or studio dance production, this event is bringing local musicians, dancers, and other artists together to support local art. 

“Local dancers choreograph all the time, but never before like this,” said ArtPeers President Erin Wilson. “Trip The Light features local musicians - playing original music, live - while dancers perform original movements based on these songs. The only thing close to this was ‘Salmagundi’ (August ‘09), one of Wealthy Theatre’s most acclaimed live events of 2009.”

Along with the event being a fundraiser for ArtPeers, it is also supporting the arts is by collecting art supplies for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

With more and more arts programs being cut from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) is focusing on their arts programming to ensure the arts remain accessible to youth. 

“I try hard to keep the youth that come into our Clubs involved in creating,” said Boys & Girls Clubs Art Director Stephanie Trompen. “They do not get to engage with art in an experimental setting in many of their formal educational structures.”

Audiences will receive $1 off tickets when they bring an art supply donation for BGC.
They need the following items:
paper (any color), paint,colored pencils, matte board or thick paper, markers, crayons, paint brushes, scissors, glue, tape, glitter, stickers, stencils, beads, yarn, ribbon, fabric, shoe boxes, Clorox wipes, and Sharpie permanent markers.

In December ‘09, ArtPeers & DITA put out a call for submissions for local, original music. The overwhelming response allowed DITA to select amazing songs to which they’ve choreographed original movements; they’re currently in rehearsal.

Musicians performing 04/14 include:
• A.B. & Coconut Brown • Charles The Osprey • Ritsu Katsumata • Paucity • Rick Beerhorst • Lights At Sea • Seth 

Choreographers and video submissions include:
• Amy Wilson • Rachel Finan • Catherine Herrman • Carolina Pava • Sara Schneider • Shawn Bible • Rachel Siegel

In addition, local artist Kaili Rodriguez will also be doing live drawing/paintings at the event and artwork will be auctioned in the Wealthy Theatre lobby.

Trip The Light
is a celebration of local artists and is an event benefitting countless sectors of this community. Bring an art supply and some friends and do not miss this groundbreaking event.

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This event is going to be so amazing. Everyone should invite all of their friends to come to this!