Regional daily newspaper The Daily Star gave OCA “Cheers” in an editorial following May’s “Dancin’ in the Streets” weekend in downtown Oneonta. A host of entertainment events, school workshops, and a free family street fair highlighted the celebration.
The May 11-13, 2012 festival featured entertainment events hosted cooperatively by arts groups in the area, including OCA’s concert at Oneonta Theatre featuring the acclaimed Taylor 2 dance company.
OCA joined with Oneonta’s Arts Task Force and Main Street Oneonta host the collaborative weekend festival. Free Saturday street fair events were offered, as well as other performances at a variety of downtown venues, including the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center and Oneonta’s Wilber Mansion.
The weekend also highlighted the city’s first-ever “Arts Field Day” on May 11, which brought free performances to area school students.
The paper’s editorial stated the day was “a joint effort of the Oneonta Concert Association, Center Street Elementary School and the SUNY Oneonta Theater Department, featured a performance at the Oneonta Theatre by the Taylor 2 Dance Company, followed by activities at the school with SUNY Oneonta dance students.”
The Daily Star editorial praised the cooperative effort, stating: “We’re glad to see so many groups work together to help bring an appreciation of the arts to students. We wish OCA continued success and growth in its project.” Read The Star‘s editorial here:
The Star also published an advance news article on May 11, 2012, introducing the concept of Arts Field Day to the public, and detailing the events to be offered. Read that article here:
Even before Arts Field Day, OCA began co-hosting arts events with Oneonta’s Arts Task Force and CANO (Community Arts Network of Oneonta). The first event was “Arts in Music,” a musical reception and arts show held in April 2012 at the historic Wilber Mansion in Oneonta.
The event featured premiere performance by OCA Young artist Julia Robinson, plus refreshments, food, and exhibition of artworks at the newly-formed CANO’s home at the restored 1875 mansion.
Read what OCA’s president said about new collaborative arts efforts in an April 3 press clip here: