What We Do
Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR) is an arts and humanities nonprofit organization in Amherst County that features both a chamber and a jazz music series. AGAR's humanities program has interviewed over 135 individuals and made 21 documentaries about schooling in Amherst County 1916-1975. in fall 2021 we presented a digital residency funded by Chamber Music America by jazz duo Cecilia Smith, vibes, and Lafayette Harris Jr., piano, for hospital staffs and patients affected by COVID-19; (This spring we present (1) A National Endowment for the Arts BIG READ- AMHERST COUNTY VA grant to read "An American Sunrise" by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, who will speak twice in Amherst Virtually through Sweet Briar College and the Monacan Cultual Center; (3) A Jewish Film Festival at the Academy Center of the Arts featuring a silent film "The Ancient Law,"(1923) with live klezmer music by Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin, "Summer in Ivye" (2001) filmed in Bealrus and lectures by Svigals, Weimar Republic film researcher Paul Dobryden and two survivors of the Holocaust (3) A program at Amherst County Museum onthe late Monacan poet and Humanities administrator Karenne Wood, We also reach out to public school students using zoom and to senior individuals receiving home delivered meals with music, arts/crafts, and poetry.
Our greatest needs are for funding for programs for our outreach programs to homebound seniors in spring 2022. Please see our website www.amherstglebeartsresponse.org for more information.