Dhamsania goes low
The Center for the Arts continues its pandemic-aware livestream series with Sheena Dhamsania at 5 p.m. Thursday.
From a young age, Dhamsania was drawn to low notes and bass-heavy sounds, from listening to music in her family’s minivan to playing the bassoon at Michigan State University.
Dhamsania arrived in Wyoming a decade ago for a music teaching job. She can often be found playing and singing throughout the Jackson music scene, including with the Growlin’ Grizzlies, a band she runs as the music teacher at Wilson Elementary School.
“Cultivating creativity is a passion of mine,” she said of her music teaching and performance.
That passion is apparent in her newest project, in which she mixes lo-fi soundscapes and Motown harmonies with Hindu drones and other genres.
Catch Sheena Dhamsania performing live from the Center Theater at JHCenterForTheArts.org or on the Center’s Facebook page.
Wyoming women write
Executing a nimble pivot, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum has taken its “Mountains to Manuscripts” exhibit about Wyoming women writers and turned it into a virtual, online experience, available for safe, socially distant viewing from anywhere in the world.
“Mountains to Manuscripts: Women’s Writing in Wyoming, 1900-1950” will open online Thursday.
Narrative writing about Wyoming — and certainly about the Tetons — is sparse before 1950, the museum writes in press material about the exhibit, and published works are few and far between in comparison to the rest of the American West. Women’s words are even harder to come by, but they provide important insight into the changing nature of the region.
“Mountains to Manuscripts” explores the stories of the landscape, the wildlife and the people of Jackson Hole and Wyoming through women’s writing from 1900 to 1950. Writers who are featured include Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson, Eleanor Pruitt Stewart, Katharine Newlin Burt and Sally Carrighar.
Curator Christy Smirl, designer Jenna Mahaffie, artist Katy Ann Fox and museum executive director Morgan Jaouen created an immersive digital experience that includes recordings of writers’words read by Jackson Hole’s Deb Keenan, Natalia Duncan Macker, Clare Symmons and Robyn Vincent.
Calling all artists …
Area nonprofits and individual artists are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $3,000 to support arts education, producing and presenting opportunities, and public projects with strong community benefit planned for now through June 30, 2021.
The application process for Arts for All Grants is open, with an Aug. 10 deadline. Funding is available in three categories:
1. Arts education projects for Teton County residents of all ages.
2. Producing and presenting projects that bring the arts to the public, including performing arts, visual arts and literary arts.
3. Individual Artist in the Community grants to encourage Teton County artists or artist collaborations to undertake projects that have strong community benefits.
The Arts for All program is funded by the town of Jackson and Teton County through tax dollars. Over the past two decades, it has invested more than $1 million in local arts projects in recognition that individual artists and arts organizations play a vital role in the creation and enhancement of an active and diverse cultural community life.
Applications, eligibility requirements and detailed instructions on submitting are all available at JHArtsForAll.org.
Dark Side of the Spud
You know how you can cue up Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and the 1939 classic film “The Wizard of Oz” to create a crazy, psychedelic audio-video experience?
Well, the Teton Valley Foundation plans to take that concept a couple of notches deeper when it hosts Montana band Pinky and the Floyd at the Spud Drive-In Theater in Driggs, Idaho.
For going on a decade now, the Teton Valley Foundation has presenting Music on Main, a free concert series that brings both national headliners and regional acts to Victor City Park throughout the summer. This year the series, like so many other summer staples, got axed by COVID-19. But the foundation hopes to reproduce at least some of the summer sounds with Music on MainStream, an in-person and livestreamed event.
The live event will start at 7 p.m. Aug. 13, and the livestream will begin at 8:30 p.m., with Pinky and the Floyd pulling from the band’s deep trove of Pink Floyd repertoire and playing “Dark Side of the Moon” live onstage with “The Wizard of Oz” projected on the Spud’s huge outdoor screen.The evening also will feature a silent auction that will run into the following week.
“Music on MainStream is our way of coming together safely, to enjoy live music in a unique sensory experience,” organizers said.
All purchases, donations and sponsorships benefit the Teton Valley Foundation and will go toward making sure everyone has access to recreational and cultural programs in Teton Valley.
Organizers ask that in-person attendees wear masks and practice social distancing. To reserve tickets, register for the livestream or bid on silent auction items, visit TetonValleyFoundation.org/events.