University of Venice
"Show Us your Venice"
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In collaboration with the Venice
Center for Peace with Justice and the Arts, Eric Vollmer and
the Voice in the Well are planning a Performance Arts Festival to commemorate
the 100th Birthday of Venice and to honor Abbot Kinney, its founder.
"Reclaiming the Dream"
2005 Venice Centenary Salute:
A Community Chautauqua Celebration
Venice of America made its public debut in grand style
on July 4, 1905! Abbot Kinney celebrated the occasion with a popular summertime
Chautauqua. He starred Sarah Bernhardt in Camille, the Chicago
Orchestra, Italian gondolieres and oversaw nearly 1,000 public
arts performances, eclectic lectures and festive concerts to declare the
birth of this novel community rising like a vibrant Venus from the sea.
We want to reclaim this promising vision for our new
century by asking the creative community who share in the legacy of Venice
to join with us in recreating a Chautauqua Big Tent Performing Arts Festival
for the Summer of 2005, one that we may proudly invite the whole wide
world to enjoy!
The University of Venice
and the Arts of Democracy
Let us make no mistake. Even the finest Congress
and the best President cannot finally succeed by themselves. Democracy
ultimately requires the shared participation and the shared responsibility
of every citizen in their Nation.
Vaclav Havel ......Civil
What does it mean to be an engaged and vital citizen
in the early 21st Century? How do we obtain the information needed to
exercise citizenship in an age of global privatized interests who often
trample over the local common good?
All of us sing the praises of democracy, but what gives
it the ring of truth? Is this way of life simply an exercise in opinion
polling and image management? Or, is democracy something more encompassing,
some higher calling that makes a special claim on citizens just as the
heroic Czech writer Vaclav Havel declared?
Citizen involvement is essential to the well-being of
a democratic way of life. The problems facing us today in California are
quite different in size and in scope than any encountered before. They
are shaped by increasing global interdependence and accelerated by dramatic
technological change. Our present predicament requires more than governmental
massaging. It demands sweeping public debate and creative problem
solving that transforms hearts and minds.
Our exploratory courses will draw upon a variety of formats,
including the Democracy In Action Workbooks designed by author Frances
Moore Lappe. Each meeting will consist of Chautauqua presentations and
We will host an innovative reading program featuring
teachers, artists and community members engaged in guided inquiries into
creative possibilities. Too often, people use one perspective to determine
their view of an issue and neglect to consider the cultural, social, historical,
economic or political context.
We intend to revisit the cultural riches found in the
experiences drawn from our shared accounts of the American Past and re-vivify
them so they speak to our common condition today. We want to put the public
back in touch with the legacies of Philosophy, History, Cultural Studies
and Literature to widen the horizons of their everyday sphere of action.
We are providing a challenging setting for thoughtful individuals of all
ages and all walks of life to explore creative forms of participation
in civic life and the quest for a better world.
This information, from a flyer, is presented here for historical purposes.
If there were any changes in the program as seen here, the webslave
doesnt know about it.)
a weekly series of collaborative learning programs to
explore the history of Venice, piloted by Eric Vollmer at the New University
of Venice at 1020 Victoria Ave., Venice
"The Art of Civic Storytelling" presented by cultural observer
"The Art of Producing Concerts" presented by Suzanne Thompson
"The Art of Documentary Filmmaking" presented by Jeff Norman
"Running for Office as an Advocate" presented by Shawn OBrien
"How to Create Original Artwork" presented by Gary Palmer
"Creating Public History Radio" presented by Anthea Raymond
"Writing a Peoples History" presented by Arnold Springer
"Painting with the Eyes of a Poet" presented by Hillary Kaye
"The Art of Conscious Commerce" presented by Deborah G. Greene
"Memory-Making: Venice Boardwalk" presented by Alfred Johnson
Venice: Lost and Found- Produced by Brad Bemis
Film Showing & Discussion
"Participatory Democracy" presented by Joanna Silva, co-founder
of LPBN Broadcasting and co-director of Venice Neighborhood Area Network.
"Venice as Hollywood's Back Lot" presented by Eric Vollmer
"Working at Roger Corman's Production Studios in Venice" presented
by Beverly Gray
"New website photo history of Venice" presented by Rich Mann
"History of performing arts in Venice" presented by Eric Vollmer,
"The Electric Lodge" presented by Joel Shapiro
Another flyer lists
these events as happening in early 2005:
Beginning in February
"Venice Filmmaking/Writing Workshop" with Rokk Lattanzio
Beginning in February
"A Better World is Possible - How we got into this mess, and how
we can get out of it" with Jim Smith
"Free Iraq! From Killer Liberators and the Corporations They Serve"
presented by Naomi Klein
"Bessie Smith Appreciation" with Suzy Williams
an afternoon of quirky reminiscences regarding the good old days of Roger
Corman Studio, presented by Beverly Gray
"Looking at Christianity" with Pastor Tom Ziegart
"Toddlers Group" - at the Head Start Center
"Singing Lessons" - with Cathleen Crone
"Keeping Californias Promise: the Legacy of John Steinbeck"
- presented by Eric Vollmer