Homegrown talent wanted

Jul 14, 2014
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Belfast — The Belfast Creative Coalition is looking for local talent from Waldo County to participate in a telethon-style “Inspire-a-Thon” Sunday, Sept. 28, at Troy Howard Middle School. This is a call to everyone age 5 to 95 with a 3- to 6-minute routine of any artistic genre who would like to apply for a place in the show’s lineup.

Individuals or groups, organized or just a one-time pickup session, are all welcome to apply including comedians, musicians, poets, martial arts, jugglers, mimes, unicyclists, dancers or visual artists with an appropriate rehearsed demonstration. Visual artists and farmers who want to be part of the “Inspire-a-Thon” but require an on-location video may also apply, as brief video segments will be interspersed between the live, on-stage performances.

Kimberly Callas, Executive Director of The Belfast Creative Coalition explained that one of BCC’s goals is to market Waldo County arts and culture locally and regionally showcasing the area’s three gems of art, local food and beautiful land. To that end, the “Inspire-a-Thon” will be an all-encompassing event: a showcase for local talent; a preview of the 2014 Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Trail in October; and a membership fundraising drive for the Coalition.

This first, 4-hour BCC “Inspire-a-Thon” will be televised on BCTV2 and also streamed live via the Internet to areas outside the TV station’s range. There will be a live phone bank for call-in donations, as well as a donate link on BCC’s website, belfastcreativecoalition.org

BCC would like to feature as many individuals or groups as possible. Application deadline is Friday, Aug. 15. Once BCC has all the applications, a performance schedule will be organized. BCC will do its best to include all applicants, if possible. To apply, send an email telling who you are, what you do (in less than 50 words), how to reach you and an image, if available, to info@belfastcreativecoalition.org.

Before the big celebrities, before the national sponsorships, it was all about showcasing the skills, inventiveness and abilities within one’s own community and that’s what “Inspire-a-Thon” is all about, said project organizer and board member Elaine Bielenberg. There also will be art projects for the entire family, a petting zoo, demos and products available from the participants of the Cultivate Fall Tour (Oct. 11 and 12) at the school during the event.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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