Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR)

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Lynn Kable
Main Address:
156 Patrick Henry Highway
Amherst, VA 24521
Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc.
PO Box 117
Clifford, VA 24533

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 for more information.

Interesting Info

We've presented a chamber music series in Amherst since 2012 and added a jazz series in 2019.
AGAR has brought the Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, the Poet Laureate of Virginia, and a Hidden Jewish Child from WWII Hungary to Amherst County schools.
AGAR would love to commission an important work by a local Virginia Creative artist in music, poetry or theatre every two years.

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