10th Annual Loko Arts Festival
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SUNY Potsdam is thrilled to bring the campus and community together for the College’s biggest celebration of boldest creativity yet – the tenth annual LoKo Arts Festival, which runs from April 21 through May 1.
All 50+ free events will once again be live and in person for LoKo Arts Festival 2022, with plenty of hands-on activities and a range of offerings for guests of all ages and interests. The festival will run from Thursday April 21 to Sunday May 1.
All are welcome to enjoy the arts and experience the joy and creativity of the SUNY Potsdam campus during the height of the spring semester! To find out about all the amazing events happening during the 11-day festival, visit www.potsdam.edu/loko. Printed schedules are also available on campus and in the community.
The festival will open with a performance, masterclass and Q&A with Stacey Kay, “America’s Got Talent” finalist and Juno award winner, on Friday, April 22. Stacey Kay and her three-piece band/backing vocalist will perform Top 40, pop, soul and rap hits. Between songs, she’ll share her take on everything from wild celebrity encounters to positive body image to keep audience members feeling pumped up and confident. She and her sister/backing vocalist Kayla are also successful podcasters, with their “I Have to Call My Sister” series. They’ll take the stage after Stacey’s masterclass for a no-holds-barred conversation, before their big concert on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.
Filmprov, a new series of collaborative concerts, will mix the old and the new with an exploration of the cinema of avant-garde filmmaker Germaine Dulac (creator of the first surrealist film) with an improvised soundtrack live on a projection of her films dumb. The unique film and music experience will premiere at the Black Box Theater at the Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
Other visiting LoKo artists include famed night vision photographer Chris Faustthe master ceramist Simon van der Ven ’82Linklater singing teacher Paul Ricciardiaward-winning children’s author and illustrator Choi of Yangsookand novelist Sara Cantwell ’14 & ’16.
Fan favorite event, the festival of lights, will be bigger and more extravagant than ever this year, with a large exhibition of original light sculptures created by student artists from SUNY Potsdam, accompanied by live music and dance performances beginning at sunset. The Fête des Lumières will take over the Academic Quad with unique sculptures, music from the Giroux Honors Jazz Combo and a nighttime performance from the SUNY Potsdam Dance Ensemble. The event will take place from dusk to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 (with a rain date of April 28).
Squonk Opera will bring its utterly original blend of loud outdoor spectacle to the Academic Quad on Friday and Saturday April 29 and 30. Squonk will bring their touring performance of “Together” in Potsdam, with fantastic visual design, playful staging, high-energy original music and great audience participation. The “Hand to Hand” performances will be offered on Friday April 29 at 3:30 p.m., and on Saturday April 30 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The art on the quad will expand the fun of Squonk Opera by taking over the Academic Quad on Saturday, April 30. Immerse yourself in creativity, with performances by campus a cappella bands, carnival-style food, outdoor painting, free arts and crafts projects, a special sustainable artwork from the Environmental Club , and more. The family event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Families are cordially invited totoad room», a festive dinner with a family of toads larger than life! Featuring student actors from SUNY Potsdam, “Toad Hall” celebrates community through audience interaction and participation, music, and moments of sensory exploration enjoyed by children under five and their families. “Toad Hall” is created by Mess, a Midwestern theater and dance company for toddlers that creates performances in direct partnership with children. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for the performances, which will run Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, with performances daily at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby.
The traveling educational and creative program GREAT INK will bring people together to create original prints using large-scale woodcut techniques on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. LoKo’s hands-on activities won’t stop there – there will also be all of a Stitch-A-Thon for fiber arts and folk crafts, to the interactive night photography workshopshas a storytelling workshop and more.
The traditional Spring Festival Concert at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will be presented Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. The famous composer and choirmaster Rollo Dilworth will conduct the Crane Chorus and Crane Wind Ensemble, featuring works by Lawren Brianna Ware and George Walker, as well as his original piece, “Weather.” This concert is made possible thanks to the Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor Fund.
the Concert of student choreographers will feature original pieces designed and performed by SUNY Potsdam student dancers, under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Cynthia DuFault. This year’s concert is called “Connection”. Evening performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday April 28 to Saturday April 30, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday May 1.
Students from SUNY Potsdam’s rigorous Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs will present their original works throughout the LoKo Festival, with senior graduates offering their original poetry, fiction and prose to the BFA Readings in Creative Writing. The SUNY Potsdam Art Museum will host the annual meeting BFA exhibition for seniors in its fine arts, graphic design and new media programs, presented as part of the festival at the Gibson Gallery.
Campus visitors are invited to explore a Solar System Walkthrough Exhibition in the Timerman Hall Gallery, with NASA images of Earth and Mars. From evidence of Mars’ fiery past to the effect of liquid water on the landscape, you’ll learn how these images are created and how they allow scientists to study the history of planetary bodies. Entitled “Views from Space,” the exhibition will open with a special reception on Friday, April 22 at 5 p.m. Visitors will even be able to use drones to generate images in real time. The Geology Museum and Geoscience Garden will be open for self-guided tours through LoKo – just scan the QR codes to learn more and explore.
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