ITHACA NY - The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has launched its 6th Annual Arts for All Marathon. CSMA’s signature fundraising event, the Marathon benefits educational programs, with a focus on need based scholarships. Throughout October, local artists, performers, and writers will undertake creative projects and benefit events to raise funds on behalf of CSMA. For more information about the artists and events, check out the marathon website www.artsforallmarathon.org
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/508810109215846/
Benefit Contra Dance - On Saturday October 26th O’Shanigans will play music with Casey Mullaney calling for a Benefit Contra Dance. Ithaca musicians Tim Ball, Phil Robinson and Mike Ludgate will play for a contra dance at CSMA for part of the Arts For All Marathon. Casey Mullaney is calling and teaching the dances. Arts For All Marathon is CSMA’s annual fund raising drive. The band will be donating most of the door proceeds to CSMA! 8-11 pm. $10/ea or $25/family at the door. 3rd Floor performance space. 330 E Martin Luther King Jr. / State Street., Ithaca, NY 14850 - O’Shanigans acoustic band: Celtic, contra and world dance music www.oshanigans.org
Contra Dance is the traditional folk dance of New York and New England. It is easy, fun and family friendly. All dances are taught by the dance caller. No partner needed. Casey Mullaney is a rising star in the contra dance world and is in great demand for her vivacious, beginner friendly calling and teaching style. The popular O’Shanigans contra dance band perform Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes for contra dancing, general entertainment and weddings. Their repertoire includes fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! The O’Shanigans is: Phil Robinson on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Michael Ludgate on mandolin. Band web site http://www.oshanigans.org
More about contra dancing - What to expect at your first contra dance. Contra dancing is easy to learn, and about the most fun you can have with both feet on the ground. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and after a dance or two, you’ll know all the moves. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. What to wear? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous, so bring a smile! (Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html). Local Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/cny.contradance/
More Upcoming Marathon Events – For a Complete line-up of other Marathon events, take a look here artsforallmarathon.org/events.php
CSMA would like to thank their Arts for All Marathon sponsors! Masterpiece Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union. Artist Sponsor: Travis Hyde Properties. Muse Sponsors: Audrey Edelman RealtyUSA; Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Company, LLP; Mariette Geldenhuys Attorney at Law; the Merchants of the DeWitt Mall and Wegmans. Media Sponsors: Finger Lakes Woman and Tompkins Weekly.
Since its inception, the Marathon has raised over $75,000 for CSMA scholarships and educational programs, opening doors to artistic learning and discovery for many who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. See www.artsforallmarathon.org for full information, to make a donation, and for list of participating artists and schedule of events.
More about The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)
The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Ithaca’s downtown multi-arts center and owner of a historic 23,000 square foot facility, has supported various facets of experiencing the arts throughout its 53 year history. From its humble beginnings as a children’s music school housed in the founders’ living room, through years of steady programmatic diversification and organizational growth, CSMA has firmly established its home as a vibrant hub for instruction, production, and consumption of visual and performing arts.
Best known for its leading role in community based arts education and as a nexus of artistic collaboration and production, CSMA also has long served as a popular venue for performances, gallery shows, and events. CSMA houses a multitude of classrooms, studios, music practice rooms, art galleries, and its historic 2,700 square foot Third Floor Performance Space.
CSMA’s mission is “to provide quality instruction to any community member who desires to learn music and arts, to develop and offer cultural and artistic programs and events, and to serve as a resource for community artists and musicians.”
When describing CSMA and its mission, one must look at its philosophy, a deep belief that the arts are an essential part of human nature, and that instruction in the arts should be accessible to everyone. CSMA commits its resources to students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds, to its esteemed teaching faculty and to the larger community of artists in the Ithaca and Tompkins County area. Need based “Arts for All” scholarships are awarded to students who qualify, helping to ensure CSMA’s programs are accessible to the whole community.
CSMA is a non-profit organization whose programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. http://www.csma-ithaca.org
CSMA is an active member of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.