Fort Point Theatre Channel Announces 10th Anniversary Party And Exhibit

Fort Point Theatre Channel Announces 10th Anniversary Party And Exhibit

The 23 co-artistic directors of Fort Point Theatre Channel, dedicated to creating and sustaining new configurations of the arts, invite the public to join them in celebration of FPTC's 10th anniversary. From 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018, FPTC friends, family, and followers will assemble for free music, dance, spoken words, and visual art, plus food and drink donated by local merchants.

Reborn for the occasion is the Carny Band. Its original music highlighted Carny Knowledge: A Sideshow Extravaganza, Dreambook: A New Orleans Story, and other FPTC productions. Watch for notices of special guest musicians.

An accompanying exhibit also celebrates FPTC's anniversary. Curators Mario Avila and Hana Pegrimkova, two of FPTC's co-artistic directors, have assembled a panoply of memories from the many artists who have worked with the organization. The works on display include sketches, posters, videos, paintings, photographs, sculptures, costumes, props, set pieces, and underwear.

Special exhibit features include costume imagery from The Good Person of Setzuan, a six-foot-high mask from Waiting for Gilgamesh: Stories from Iraq, and, from this past year, a fireplace from The Ghost Sonata and letterpress art from Dhalgren Sunrise. A timeline tracks highlights from FPTC's 120+ events in its 10 years, about 80 percent of them offered for free.

The Party and Exhibit take place in the Midway Studios Gallery at Midway Artist Studios, Boston's largest affordable live-work building. Midway Artist Studios was born in 2005 as an affordable place for artists to live and work in Boston, when the real estate boom displaced hundreds of working artists from Fort Point. In 2014, the artists organized to purchase the building and make it permanently artist-controlled.

Fort Point Theatre Channel is dedicated to creating and sustaining new configurations of the performing arts. It brings together an ensemble of artists from the worlds of theater, music, visual arts, and everything in between, as a forum for collaborative expression, while also contributing artistically to their communities. Resident at Midway Studios, FPTC grows out of Fort Point's unique, artist-grounded community. Every project is distinctive, built upon the diverse mix of arts represented by a core group of artistic directors, now numbering 23: Mitchel King Ahern, Mario Avila, Olivia Brownlee, Rick Dorff, Mary Driscoll, Danny Gessner, Kathryn Howell, Naomi Ibasitas, Heather Kapplow, Ian W. King, Greg Kowalski, Anne Loyer, Juliana Merhaut, Roberto Mighty, Marc S. Miller, Christine Noah, Sally Nutt, Hana Pegrimkova, Susan Paino, Nick Thorkelson, Douglas Urbank, Daniel J. van Ackere, and Mark Warhol.

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