One Vision Many Voices, the year-long celebration of Appalachian culture and community connections, turns to music when the award-winning folk duo Magpie engages students and other community members in song writing.
Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino will enlist participation from Beall Elementary School students, the ACM Choir and members of all ages from the community in song-writing workshops Monday, March 4, through Wednesday, March 6.
This collective, intergenerational effort will be inspired by art, especially a “community vision” quilt created by individuals to express what they love most about their community. These sessions are from 1 to 3 p.m. at the elementary school.
The mission for Magpie and their collaborators in this musical endeavor is to create an original song that captures the essence of the quilt stitched from 8- by 8-inch fabric squares submitted in the OVMW project.
The folk song they compose will be performed at the conclusion of Magpie’s three-day stay in a concert that will be recorded. The footage will be used to produce a music video to be screened this summer. Participants are also invited to make their own visual recordings.
At the end of the OVMV project, the quilt, folk song and music videos will be shared with the community and awards will be given to those judged to be most inspirational.
Magpie will return as part of OVMV for a community concert scheduled Wednesday, April 17, at Frostburg State University.
Artzner and Leonino, who have played music together since 1973, will draw on a vast repertoire of folk music, including their own, in a concert to feature the new community-generated song.
As it is part of FSU activities in celebration of Earth Week, Magpie’s performance will emphasize an environmental theme.
The concert, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lane Center’s Manicur Assembly Hall, is free and open to the public. Parts of the community quilt will be displayed there.
Meanwhile, the OVMV film series on environmental issues moves to FSU for its third and fourth installments.
Next is a March 4 screening of “Dirt! The Movie.” Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth,” it takes a humorous but substantial look at the history and current state of the underappreciated living organic matter beneath our feet.
The film series concludes March 11 with “Getting to the Point: 5 Issues, 5 Films.” Food, water, energy, the economy and the environment will be examined in five short but eye-opening films that explore some of the biggest concerns of our times.
Each of these screenings, admission-free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Room 226 of FSU’s Compton Science Center.
A panel discussion follows the film screening, and representatives of local organizations who are working with these issues will be present for discussion with interested individuals.
These two post-film discussions will be led by students in the University’s Sociology of the Environment course.
One Vision Many Voices is a project of The Appalachian Independent, an online newspaper serving Allegany County and the surrounding area.
OVMV uses the arts and humanities to spark dialogue about the community and its vision for a healthier, more sustainable future.
It is made possible by a Maryland Humanities Council grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The OVMV film series is presented in collaboration with ACM’s Democracy Commitment and Student Government Association and FSU’s Folklore and Folklife Programming.
Additional support is provided by an Allegany Arts Council grant, FSU’s President’s Experiential Learning Fund and the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Teaching Project.
More information can be obtained by contacting Michael Snyder, OVMV project director, at 240-284-8400, or visiting the website at www.onevisionmanyvoices.com.
Information is also available on the college and university websites, www.allegany.edu and www.frostburg.edu.