AGAR in the Community
Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR) has collaborated with numerous Amherst County Amherst arts, humanities, educational and civic organizations, and has acted as a fiscal agent for non-profit community arts projects in Amherst County. Our aims are to increase the
ARTMETERS AND ARTWINDOWS
AGAR provided administrative and fiscal management for the ArtMeter and ArtWindow projects in Amherst County 2009-2014. These projects, artistically directed by Suny Monk and Mary Ellen Barron, have provided a new artistic vision in the Town of Amherst, where old “penny” parking meters (too old to repair) are now small community art projects, and murals adorn covered windows and sides of buildings. There have been four rounds of ArtMeters, two done by professional and local artists, the third by students, and the fourth by professional, community and student artists. The ArtWindows, honoring Amherst citizens of yore, were created in summer of 2012, by high school students. Local corporate and individual donations funded the projects. In summer 2013, a new summer art project directed by Mary Ellen Barron created a mural for the side wall of Travelers Restaurant in Amherst. Local corporate an individual donations funded the projects.
THEATRE EVENTS AROUND THE COMMUNITY
AGAR’s theatre productions have included "A Woman Called Truth" about Sojourner Truth, featuring professional and community actors, produced and directed by Lynn Andrew Hanson in collaboration with the Clifford Ruritan Club. AGAR edited and produced readings of early letters to and from Jamestown Colony, directed by Mrs. Hanson and produced in collaboration with the Amherst Rotary Club for the Jamestown 400th anniversary celebrations. AGAR presented a one-woman 25-character version adapted from Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," and performed by actress Lisa Hayes at the Amherst Museum and the Amherst Glebe.
COUNTY AND TOWN CELEBRATIONS:
AGAR applied for and provided artistic and fiscal management for a grant to Amherst County’s Sesquibicentennial (250th) Celebrations of the Founding of Amherst County in 2011 from Greater Lynchburg Community Trust to bring music and dance groups including the Warpipe Pipe and Drum Corps, Bear Mountain Monacan Youth Dancers, Proffitt and Sandidge Blues, Amherst High School bands and choruses, and historical cultural presentations by the Cardinal Lacemaking Guild, Monacan Storyteller Luci Curry and the Amherst Art Society. Also in conjunction with Amherst County’s 250th birthday, AGAR presented showings and live discussions by students who had attended Bear Mountain Indian Mission School (closed in 1964) at the Monacan Tribal Hall and Ancestral Museum. At the Clifford Ruritan Club, formerly the Clifford School (closed in 1969) AGAR showed a film about the old school and former students discussed their experiences. In 2011 AGAR also showed its film about Amherst Training School at the Legacy Museum for African American History in Lynchburg and the Virginia History Forum at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). In conjunction with the Town of Amherst’s 100th Anniversary in 2010, AGAR presented a live discussion and showed its film about Amherst County Training School at the Amherst County Museum in conjunction with the official anniversary and showed the film and produced an exhibit for Founder’s Day at the
Amherst County High School.