Bits: Fellow at Guild Hall, Benefit for OLA and Retreat, New Home for a Moveable Feast, Circus at Parrish

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Anthony Madonna in front of Guild Hall.

Guild Hall Crowns First-Ever Patti Kenner Fellow

Guild Hall trustee Patti Kenner is an indefatigable advocate for social causes — from arts education and women in politics to Holocaust survivors and history.

And, now, she is the namesake behind the The Patti Kenner Fellow in Arts Education, for the first time appointed to Anthony Madonna, an interdisciplinary collaborative artist, educator and administrator.

“I am thrilled that this newly created position will support arts education for youth through high quality, inventive and pioneering educational offerings,” Kenner said in a press release. “I look forward to watching Guild Hall’s connection to area schools become even more vital.”

Madonna — who has worked as a workshop leader of original music and theater pieces, a music practitioner within elderly communities, a concert and festival producer, a composer and performer of experimental vocal works, and a collaborative installation artist — strives to construct experiences that both critically challenge individual beliefs and bring awareness to community responsibilities.

“I am incredibly thankful to Ms. Kenner for her generous support of arts education, and to the staff at Guild Hall who have been so welcoming over the past few weeks,” Madonna said in a statement. “Artistic engagement and progressive civic pride are historic staples of the East End, and I look forward to growing that tradition as part of Guild Hall.”

Kenner chose to underwrite this position to increase Guild Hall’s investment in childhood education, a lifelong passion, a press release said. Born in Manhattan and raised in Harrison, New York, Kenner graduated with a French degree from Carnegie Mellon University and received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Columbia University Teachers College.

Following 10 years of teaching, she joined her father at Campus Coach Lines, the charter bus company he founded as a student at the University of Michigan in 1928, and which he ran until he passed away recently at age 104. She is now president of Campus Coach.

“We are indebted to Patti Kenner for her support of this critical new fellowship,” Andrea Grover, executive director, said in a statement. “Anthony started at Guild Hall only a few weeks ago and in that time, he’s been reading up on our programs, meeting our staff, chatting with the Teen Arts Council, and is very excited to grow the already rich history of arts education here on the East End. We’re so lucky to have Anthony bringing his knowledge and passion here to us at Guild Hall as The Patti Kenner Fellow in Arts Education.”

For more information, visit guildhall.org.

An Open Call for Art: Exhibits to Benefit OLA and The Retreat 

Calling all artists: These are two benefit shows not to be missed.

RDJ Gallery in Bridgehampton will commemorate its 10thannual Hamptons Juried Art Show with the theme, “We Believe,” to raise funds and awareness for The Retreat, the East End’s shelter for domestic violence victims.

The submission deadline is Friday, March 1, for the show, which will open on April 13 and remain on view through May 19.

The submission fee is $50 per image — up to five may be entered — and all will benefit The Retreat. For more information and guidelines, visit rjdgallery.com/exhibitions. To submit artwork, email both art@rjdgallery.com and vanessa@theretreat.org.

The Southampton Cultural Center will mount a benefit show for Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, titled “ROOTS,” from April 26 to May 5 — but for interested artists, the most important date is Friday, March 15, the submission deadline.

Participants may enter three images in select mediums — painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, assemblage, printmaking, photography and computer graphics — and if accepted, must be wired and ready to hang, with a price range from $250 to $5,000.

The submission fee is $25 and each image file must be identified with the artist’s name, title of the work, size, medium and price. For more information, email amyworth@thesouthstreetgallery.com or decordovastudio@optonline.net.

‘A Moveable Feast’ Finds 2019 Home at Sag Harbor’s Dodds & Eder

It began in 2011, with a fundraiser to honor the legacy of a young farmer named Josh Levine.

They called it “A Moveable Feast.”

Eight years strong, the annual dinner returns on Sunday, April 7, at Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom in Sag Harbor, hosted by Slow Food East End and The Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation to help support East End Edible School Gardens.

“These gardens have brought joy and learning opportunities to thousands of children across the East End,” according to a press release. “But school gardens don’t just grow vegetables. School gardens grow healthy kids, one garden at a time! Now, garden-grown vegetables are beginning to be served in school cafeterias, wellness and healthy eating are being taught in our schools, and chefs are coming into the classroom to teach cooking — all because of the support of the wonderful food community here on the East End, and supporters like you.”

Since that first year, the Edible School Gardens program has grown from seven to more than 30 schools, largely due to the program’s support of young master farmers who work with the students, administrators, teachers and parents in planning, planting, harvesting, and preparing the food grown in these gardens, the release said.

“Not only do children learn about the importance of eating nutritious food and its preparation, they also learn about charity and philanthropy, because many of the schools donate some of the food grown in the gardens to food pantries,” the release said. “Our children are our future, and this program is so important in enabling them to learn about, not only the importance of establishing healthy eating habits, but also about the needs of others, giving back, philanthropy and citizenship.”

Prepared from food donated by East End restaurants, caterers, farms, vineyards and other purveyors, “A Moveable Feast” annually brings together food and giving, the release said.

“They also donate their time and staff, and therefore, it must be held early enough so that they are not yet into full swing for the busy Hampton summer season,” it said. “However, the program also needs support from the wider community to remain sustainable.”

Admission is $150, or $100 for Slow Food members. For more information, visit slowfoodeastend.org or joshualevinefoundation.org.

Parrish Brings Circus to Town — Without the Tent

In the past 30 years, the National Circus Project has performed for more than 12,000 audiences and conducted 60,000 workshops for more than 6 million participants.

On Friday, February 15, the Parrish Art Museum will join that roster.

“We are delighted to welcome the National Circus Project to kick off Family Month at the museum,” Jillian Bock, museum education associate, said in a press release. “Their interactive performance allows audience members to become active participants in the show — and learn some circus skills on their own! Our upcoming workshops provide many opportunities for families to work collaboratively through movement, art-making, and even coding.”

The National Circus Project packs a panoramic presentation of circus skills — from juggling and unicycling to balancing and object manipulation — into its comedy-variety shows. At the Friday program, two members of the group will perform, followed by a mini workshop where participants can try their hand at circus skills, such as juggling, western rope spinning and feather balancing.

“The seasoned, professionally trained performers/teachers make learning circus skills easy and exciting for people of all ages,” the release said.

The performance begins at 6 p.m. and is free for students and children, as well as adults with museum admission. Reservations are recommended. For

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