The Nelsonville Music Festival is fun for all ages and has a lot of great activities planned for kids at NMF! We work with the Federal Hocking Schools Art and Drama Clubs, Sycamore Run Early Childhood Center, and more to create an incredible area. Past activities have included parades, making postcards, games, workshops, face painting, photo booth, making costumes/flags/puppets, youth Yoga, and more! Check back as we get closer for specific activities for NMF18.
// FREE ADMISSION to the Nelsonville Music Festival for all children 12 and under
// Discounted Weekend Passes available for Teens (ages 13-17)
// No more than 4 children in the festival or any campsite per one supervising adult, UNDER 18.
ARTS EDUCATION AND THE NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Nelsonville Music Festival is produced by and a fundraiser for Stuart’s Opera House. The Opera House is the cornerstone of the historic Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio. It is dedicated to its role as a regional leader in the arts, a center for public expression, and an economic development partner for Southeastern Ohio. Through our art programing and educational outreach we continue to be profoundly intertwined with the population of Nelsonville and surrounding communities by providing free opportunities to participate in the arts.
Our Arts Education Program furthers our mission by providing much needed art education and inspiration to our region. Each facet of the program has its own program description which fulfills our program goal which is to offer an affordable, broad-based program focused on the performing arts. The special events, afterschool, day-time classes, and summer programs allow for Arts Education that reaches Southeast Ohio residents of all ages and backgrounds. The overarching outcome of our program is diverse participation where community identity can be freely and openly expressed. Our program is designed to be flexible and responsive to community need.
Under the branch of Stuart’s Art Education Program we offer: theater performances for primary students; an afterschool music program; a visiting artist and artist-in-residence program; an Artists in Residency training program; a drama club and production for Nelsonville-York High School; a creative writing program for adults; regional coordination for the national Poetry Out Loud competition; private music lessons for children ages 6-18; an Appalachian Music Program in partnership with Athens County Public Libraries; and free admission to all children under 12 to our Nelsonville Music Festival.
Artists in Residence: Stuart’s Opera House hires teaching artists to conduct workshops in Athens County Schools. In partnership with local school districts, teachers, artists, and funders these residencies are provided for free for participating schools. Artists and hosts collaboratively plan art-making experiences that engages participants within a mutually supportive and creative learning environment. The artist also shares his or her artistic work with residency participants and the larger community. Check out our Kids Area to see the culmination of this year’s residencies at Federal Hocking High School!
Our education programs receive funding from Epstein-Teicher Philanthropies, the Ohio Arts Council, Rocky Community Improvement Fund, The Athens Foundation, The Johnny B Fund, and several individuals and local businesses.
NMF celebrates art and art makers. We have grown beyond a single summer gathering and support fresh art experiences and collaboration through our Artist-In-Residency Training Workshops supported by Stuart’s Opera House. This year, Ohio Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Patty Mitchell of the Creative Abundance Group (with Susan Dlouhy) and five local visual artists: Sandra Russel, Rachel Clark, Wendy Minor, and Margaret Gustafan have constructed the installations around the grounds of the festival. Art work also includes projects facilitated by Wendy and Margaret who led artist in residency projects with with Federal Hocking Elementary & Middle School students. Fed Hock Art instructor & NMF parade founder, Ellen Hadley, has coordinated all kinds of fabulous art making with her students leading up to the fest AND the kid’s art tent (Amazing!!). All the artists worked through the NMF train theme to explore the concept of LOVE TRAIN. The artists collaborated with each other, community members and built with repurposed materials. The intention was to create areas of delight throughout the festival and make visible the spirit of our local community. The artists also build giant puppets together for Honey for the Heart puppet parades. Watch for the puppet parade Saturday and Sunday at noon!! Come to the Kid’s Art Tent at 11:30- find a costume or puppet and join the parade! All are welcome!
After School Music Program (AMP): This rock & roll music program exists to support and foster young men and women who are interested in learning how to play a variety of instruments and form bands. Students are provided instruction in guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, and drums. AMP provides crucial out-of-school arts enrichment that incorporates musical components with other artistic disciplines. AMP is a place for young adults to gain confidence and build skills through the music of rock and roll. All levels of musicianship are welcome as students explore all instruments related to a rock band in a group setting. The overall goal of this program is to provide an enlivening opportunity to work together as a team, celebrate diversity, and creativity to kids by teaching basic music skills; giving them hands-on experience with all instruments related to a basic rock ensemble. Check them out Saturday on the porch stage.