Brick Street Arts Bash this Saturday

Many artists, musicians and organizations will fill Putnam Street

After a year of planning, the Brick Street Arts Bash is set to take place rain or shine on Putnam Street this Saturday.

At no cost to the public, there will be interactive art experiences and performances from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, including music, dance, theater, painting and more. There will also be seven food truck on hand.

The event has been designed and carried out by the music majors at Marietta College, said Marshall Kimball, music department chairman.

Question: How did the idea come about for this event?

Answer: We have a Leader in Residence program every year and I wrote a proposal. I thought it was time music had it. The purpose is to have all the music education majors and performance majors learn how to advocate for the arts.

It’s always one of the first things in schools to go, President Trump wants the National Endowment for the Arts to be gone…I don’t know if that will happen but it comes up often. It’s important to learn how to do this. The students had to get over some uncertainty. They might have to cold call someone in an upper echelon position, they have to organize, plan, do publicity.

Q: All the events at the festival are free. Was it really important to make that possible?

A: We wanted to make it inclusive, not exclusive. There are some in society that feel the arts should only be enjoyed by the wealthy but the arts have been shown to have a very positive effect across all socio-economic levels.

We started with a budget of $4,000 from the McDonough Foundation and now we’re at more than $82,000. The kids wrote a grant proposal, we had others jump in and donate because they felt it was a great program. We have some artists coming in and performing for nothing.

Q: What are some of the associated costs?

A: We had someone who thought we needed a well-known classical portion to the event. So we got more than $20,000 for the Escher String Quartet from a donor who wants to remain anonymous.

It’s $40,000 just for Songs at the Center (a live taping of the PBS show).

Q: How well have the students done with the planning? What have you observed?

A: They’ve really grown and been so successful. We have a young lady who’s a freshman music education major and I can’t even tell you the difference this has made in her life as a music student and an advocate for the arts. She’s completely different. It’s astounding. It was taking her out of her comfort zone and encouraging her to do these things. She stepped up to the plate and then did more.

Q: Is there any act that you’re personally very excited to see?

A: I think everything will be great. We have all genres of music, two one-woman plays, both about people from the area. One is about Margaret Blennerhassett and the other about Frances Barker Gage, a suffragette from Marietta.

We also have a lot of fun things for kids. There will be musical chairs with the Escher String Quartet playing for them, we have Cookies and Canvas, where an artist from Columbus will work with them. Every hour kids do a painting and they’ll be taught how and they get cookies. We also have Make Your Own Masterpiece, which ties into Earth Day. It’s for kids and adults. There will be things you can pick up in nature and can recycle and you make a 3-D masterpiece. We also have a place where kids will make and act out their own play. It’s really artists from every genre.

Q: What are some of the things people will be able to see downtown?

A: There’s an artist, David Griesmyer, who is coordinating a project building these permanent installations along the Muskingum River from Zanesville to Marietta. He’ll be bringing a tree, a 20-foot fish…we have a video of him literally inside this fish welding, it’s so big. All the scales will be different colors of reflected glass.

We’ll have belly dancing demonstrations and lessons and other dance. There will be a lot to see.

Q: This is an indoor and outdoor festival, right?

A: With the exception of a few performances at Peoples Bank Theatre, almost everything is outside. We’ll have seven food trucks and chairs for people to sit. We’ll also have wheelchairs for people if they need them.

Q: Given the budget, is there any way to make this an annual event or will this be a one-time thing?

A: I think it’s possible some community groups could pick it up and it could be an annual event. I would even consult if they wanted. It would be amazing to do.

Kate York conducted this interview.


Peoples Bank Theatre Stage

¯ 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Marietta Children’s Choir.

¯ 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.: Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir.

¯ 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. World Premiere of “Fight the Power” by MC music staff.

¯ 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.: Escher String Quartet.

¯ 3 to 5 p.m.: Songs at the Center–live taping of PBS show.

¯ 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.: Transit Arts Dance and Music.

¯ 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Vintage Mix Barbershop Quartet.

¯ 7 to 7:30 p.m.: Kent and Nannette Knappenberger, Celtic and Appalachian music.

¯ 8 to 10 p.m.: Rockin’ Wrap Up Jazz/Blues Concert.

Front and Putnam Streets Outdoor Stage

¯ 11 a.m.: Marietta College Contemporary A Cappella Choir.

¯ 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Steven Moore, National Banjo Champion.

¯ 12:30 to 1 p.m.: Carolina Alvarez, One-Woman Show-Margaret Blennerhassett.

¯ 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Songs at the Center Performers Preview.

¯ 1:30 to 2 p.m.: Vintage Mix Barbershop Quartet.

¯ 2 to 3 p.m.: Radar Hill Jazz Band.

¯ 3 to 4 p.m.: Laurel Creek Bluegrass Band.

¯ 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Transit Arts Dance and Music.

¯ 4:30 to 5 p.m.: Stacey’s Dance Studio.

¯ 5 to 5:30 p.m.: Kent and Nannette Knappenberger, Celtic and Appalachian music.

Second and Putnam Streets Intersection Stage

¯ 11 a.m.: Kids Fun with Escher String Quartet.

¯ 11:30 a.m. to noon: Drum Circle with Lawrence Greene.

¯ Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Transit Arts Dance and Music.

¯ 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Cello Company.

¯ 1:30 to 2 p.m.: Stacey’s Dance Studio.

¯ 2 to 2:30 p.m.: Belly Dancing.

¯ 2:30 to 3 p.m.: Carolina Alvarez, One-Woman Show-Frances Barker Gage.

¯ 3 to 3:30 p.m.: Transit Arts Dance and Music.

¯ 3:30 to 4 p.m.: Drum Circle with Lawrence Greene.

¯ 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Kids Fun with Escher String Quartet.

¯ 4:30 to 5 p.m.: Vintage Mix Barbershop Quartet.

¯ 5 to 5:30 p.m.: Drum Circle with Lawrence Greene.