Festival Introduces Artists’ Award Winners, Raises $2,200
About 70 people attended our reception for the first-ever Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award recipients, sharing wine and food, enjoying performances by and conversations with award winners Noah Baerman and Susan Cinoman, and getting an update on plans for the 2019 festival.
Baerman performed music from his newest CD, The Rock and the Redemption, while actors Nora Fox and Kevin Paley did a staged reading of a portion of Cinoman’s play Guenevere, directed by Hannah Simms.
We raised more than $2,200 in donations toward the 2019 festival, which on top of significant seed money contributed by the Guilford Foundation puts us in a good position to put on a larger, more diverse and more impactful program than we did in 2017.
The 2019 festival will take place September 26-29, 2019, at more than 20 venues in Guilford. We plan to present approximately 100 performances, workshops, readings, conversations and other events in music, drama, dance, spoken word and other performing arts—all free to the public.
Collaboration with schools and community groups will bring performers in to work with various populations to be determined, including students, seniors, people in recovery and the physically or mentally challenged.
Watch this space for details as we solidify our plans, prepare to launch a new website, kick up our fundraising efforts, bolster our volunteer numbers, begin booking acts, and announcing our performers and schedule. We invite you to get involved—as a performer, financial supporter, volunteer, venue or collaborating partner. Send us a note at email@example.com, and we’ll get back to ASAP. Thank you!
Cinoman to Present Reading of Award-Winning Play at Reception
Don’t miss this! Playwright/screenwriter Susan Cinoman, winner of our Artists’ Award in Drama, will feature an excerpt of her play, Guenevere, and discuss her work at our reception/fundraiser on Saturday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Hannah Simms, actors Nora Fox and Kevin Paley will do a reading of a portion the play from its early stages of development.
Here’s a look at her dramatic comedy film Love and Class in Connecticut, for which she won the Best Connecticut Filmmaker Award at the Connecticut Film Festival in 2009. For information about attending the event, send us an email. Hope to see you there!
Baerman Will Perform Music from his Latest CD at Award Reception
Check it out! Our Artists’ Award winner in Music, jazz pianist/composer Noah Baerman, will perform music from his latest CD, The Rock and the Redemption, and discuss the inspiration for the work at our reception/fundraiser on Saturday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m.
In this recent interview with Connecticut Public Radio’s Colin McEnroe, Noah talks about the CD and the life events that shaped it. For information about attending the event, send us an email. Hope to see you there!
Cinoman and Baerman Win Festival Artists’ Awards
We’re excited to announce that playwright/screenwriter Susan Cinoman of Woodbridge and jazz pianist/composer Noah Baerman of Middletown are the winners of the inaugural Guilford Foundation/Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards. The two were chosen by festival programmers and independent judges from a field of applicants from throughout Connecticut. Each will receive a $2,500 grant toward the creation of new work.
We created the awards this year with the Guilford Foundation’s support to encourage the development of new work by professional Connecticut artists and to provide a vehicle for the debut of original material at the festival. Cinoman’s and Baerman’s works will be performed in full for the first time at the next Guilford Performing Arts Festival, scheduled for September 26-29, 2019.
Cinoman, who won in the Drama category, will complete work on a full-length play, “Guenevere,” that uses the King Arthur legend to illuminate the struggle for power and control between women and their closest male friends, in love, at work and at play. In Cinoman’s play, Guenevere, a childhood friend of Arthur, pulls the legendary sword from the stone and becomes the rightful ruler of Camelot—setting up a battle of wills, intrigue, romance, murder and a feminist perspective on the dynamics between men and women, on politics and on destiny. Cinoman plans a staged reading of “Guenevere” at the 2019 festival; a portion of the play while in development was presented previously at Connecticut’s Ivoryton Playhouse as part of its annual Women’s Playwright Initiative.
Cinoman has written for the ABC television shows “The Goldbergs” and “Schooled.” Her one-act plays “Cinoman and Rebeck” and “Gin and Bitters” were produced off-Broadway at the Miranda Theatre in New York City, and her short play “Cat and Dog Watch the Tonys” staged at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles this past August. Several of her plays are available as films, including “All Me, All the Time,” and “Love and Class in Connecticut,” which received The Best Connecticut Filmmaker Award at the Connecticut Film Festival in 2009.
Baerman, winner in the Music category, will develop an extended instrumental jazz composition in tribute to Claire Randall, a musical collaborator and former student who was murdered at the age of 26. The piece, entitled “Cliff Palace” and part of a larger body of work addressing Ms. Randall’s life and the impact of her passing, will be performed by an ensemble featuring piano, acoustic bass, drums and wind instruments.
Baerman has released ten CDs as a bandleader and published ten instructional books with the Alfred Publishing Company. His ninth CD, Ripples, issued in 2014, is one of his many works of socially conscious music, addressing subjects including disability, community engagement and the American foster care crisis. His 2003 release, Patch Kit, revolved around his struggles with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an incurable connective tissue disorder with which he was born. The musicians on that CD included bassist Ron Carter and the late drummer Ben Riley; he also has collaborated with trombonist Robin Eubanks, percussionist Warren Smith and saxophonists Steve Wilson, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery and Claire Daly among many others.
Baerman was the recipient of a 2008 New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. He teaches at several institutions including Wesleyan University and is the founder and artistic director of Resonant Motion, Inc., a nonprofit that explores connections between music and positive change.
Cinoman and Baerman will be introduced at a limited-seat reception in Guilford on September 29, 2018. Tickets are $50 per person; to attend or get more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival will feature a diverse program of music and theater, opera, poetry and storytelling, ballet and contemporary dance, circus acts, buskers and spontaneous happenings. Performances and workshops will take place on and around the Green and in various other places in town—the community center, library, schools, churches, coffee shops, markets, bookstores, farms, arts centers and historic homes.
The festival started in 2017 with the goals of enlivening the Connecticut Shoreline, illuminating social causes and fostering cultural diversity, building audiences for live performance, provoking thought and encouraging the creation of new work by Connecticut artists.
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Artists’ Award Winners Will Be Honored at September 29 Reception
We’ll be announcing winners of the Guilford Foundation/Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards (yes, that’s a mouthful!) very soon.
In the meantime, we’d like to invite you to a reception introducing the winners on Saturday, September 29. It’ll be held at William and Jan Boughton’s beautiful barn on Little Meadow Road in Guilford, starting at 6:30 p.m.
We’ll introduce the two winners, one in Drama and one in Music, offer light bites and wine, provide some entertainment and give you an update on the 2019 festival. We’re in the process of lining up our marquee acts, and we’re very excited about how the conversations are going.
Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is extremely limited, so get your reservations in as soon as you can. Send checks, payable to GPAF, to Guilford Performing Arts Festival, 316 Little Meadow Road, Guilford, Connecticut, 06437. Hope to see you there!
Much appreciation goes to the Guilford Foundation, which helped us create the awards. They’re intended to encourage the development of new work by professional Connecticut artists and provide a vehicle for the debut of original material at the 2019 festival. The winners’ works will be performed in full for the first time at next year’s festival, scheduled for September 2019.
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Festival Gains Non-Profit Status
The Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF) was awarded non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service in July, enabling us to accept charitable donations and providing a possible tax incentive for people to invest in the festival and our community-building mission. With the expected expansion of our financial base, we’ll be able to present a larger and more diverse festival in 2019, build an infrastructure for sustainability and increase our impact on Guilford and the nearby community.
We were fortunate to have supporters such as the Guilford Foundation, Guilford Savings Bank, Bishop’s Orchards, Page Hardware & Appliance and other local businesses, which believed in the festival’s value to the Shoreline and were willing to invest without potential tax benefits. Now that we can offer individuals, businesses and foundations a tax incentive for donating, we can increase the scale and artistic range of the festival, extend our reach, and contribute more vigorously to the spirit and economy of Guilford.
The inaugural festival, held in October 2017, presented 44 performances and workshops in 17 venues. It featured 350 individual performers, attracted nearly 3,700 audience members and made a positive contribution to the economy of downtown Guilford.
Planning is underway for the second season, which will take place September 26-29, 2019. Centered around the picturesque Guilford Green, it will feature multiple genres of music and theater, opera, poetry and storytelling, ballet and contemporary dance, circus acts, buskers and spontaneous happenings. Performances and workshops will take place on the Green and in various other places in town—the community center, library, schools, churches, coffee shops, markets and bookstores, arts centers, farms and historic homes.
Our mission is to enliven the Shoreline, bring the community together, foster cultural diversity and illuminate important social issues, build audiences for live performance, provoke thought and encourage the creation of new work by Connecticut artists.
If you’d like to support the 2019 festival and our ongoing mission financially, please send checks, payable to GPAF, to Guilford Performing Arts Festival, 316 Little Meadow Road, Guilford, Connecticut 06437. Unfortunately, we’re not yet set up to accept credit cards, but we hope to be soon.
If you’d like to volunteer, or if you have any questions or suggestions, send an email to email@example.com. We promise we’ll be in touch with you quickly. Thank you for your interest and support!
Performing Artists Competition Underway
The Guilford Foundation/Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards competition is underway. Two awards of $2,500 each for a new work in music and drama are being offered to professional Connecticut artists and companies. Created to assist artists in the development of this new work, the awards may be used for travel, research, writing/composing, etc., but not for education.
The Guilford Foundation is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Guilford. It connects “people who care with causes that matter to them.” A public foundation, it makes prudent grants that serve the community. In 2017, the Guilford Foundation provided a generous grant to kickstart the Guilford Performing Arts Festival.
A multi-day biennial event, the Guilford Performing Arts Festival showcases the work of Connecticut professionals and amateurs from a variety of the performing arts—music, dance, theater, etc.—and brings them together to provide free entertainment performances and instructional workshops.
In addition to the $2,500 award, each winner of the competition will receive one performance date during the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival, documentation of the performance, rehearsal time on an assigned stage and the services of two technicians, e.g., deck hand, lighting, sound, etc.
Consideration will be given to all musical genres for the music award while all spoken-word compositions will be considered for the drama award. Musical theater works are eligible under the music award.
All interested performers must submit an online application by August 14, 2018, at https://guilfordperformingartsfest.typeform.com/to/q44zqv. In addition, they will be required to submit audio and video work samples.
Winners will be announced in September 2018.
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Guilford Performing Arts Festival to Return in 2019
The Board of Directors of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF) has announced its second festival will take place in September 2019. The multi-day biennial event introduced last fall showcases the work of Connecticut professionals and amateurs from a variety of performing arts—music, dance, theater, etc.—bringing them together to provide free entertainment events and instructional workshops with something appealing to every age, from school children to golden-agers.
A Connecticut nonprofit organization (501c3 pending), the GPAF gains it support though grants, sponsorships, fundraisers and private donations. In its inaugural year, made possible largely through a generous initial grant by the Guilford Foundation, the Guilford Performing Arts Festival attracted approximately 3,700 people to 44 free performances and workshops at 17 venues throughout Guilford. Its productions included 350 performers, both individuals and groups, and ranged from classical violinists to country, blues and rockabilly bands. Those involved in the direction, administration and execution of the festival—the board of directors, committees and festival assistants—are all volunteers.
Capitalizing upon the success of the first festival and bringing back many of its productions, the GPAF board plans to enhance the 2019 festival experience by introducing new performers and performances and exploring the possibility of a larger venue to accommodate an anticipated increase in audience size.
The 2019 festival still has openings for committee members and other volunteers. No particular experience is necessary; however, there is a special need for one or more persons with computer technical skills.
If interested, please email William Boughton, Chair,