We're excited to announce that starting in 2016 we are starting a community affiliate of the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code, which seeks to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The Girls Who Code club will meet in FAA's digital arts and media lab, Studio 15.Read More
Long time no post! It's your friendly biannual blogger, here with some great news!!
FAA just got awarded the Duff McDuff Green Jr. Grant by the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region (CFRRR) to hire an outreach director for Studio 15! And... we've hired the WONDERFUL Kana Zink! You may know her as the bassist from deafening shoegaze act Raw Feels, but she is also an accomplished music therapist with a Bachelors degree in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music. As the Studio 15 Outreach Coordinator, she'll be reaching out to other local nonprofits, schools, and anyone interested to help spread the good word of digital arts and media education! So, rest assured that classes and events at Studio 15 are on the way soon! The official press release is here.
If you're interested in contacting Kana about Studio 15, you can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the mean time, we have a bunch of cool events coming up including a show featuring Miniboone (from New York) and the Anatomy of Frank (from Charlottesville), as well as a HUGE show with CYMBALS EAT GUITARS (ahhhh!!!!) A TON of other shows are also in the works over at our Youth Advisory Council; so....
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED!!
Well, after several months (like, 8 oops) I'M BACK with another post that maybe one or two people will read! FAA's been busy as ever since the last post, we've had a ton of SWEET shows including Paste Magazine's top live act of 2014... DIARRHEA PLANET!! Anyways, I have 8 months to cover so i'll just start at the beginning of the summer...
FAA had a SWEET summer packed with awesome shows, both normal shows and the infamous S U M M E R S E R I E S (ahhhhhh!!!) The summer series was awesome as always, but this year we switched it up a bit and had some shows at Libertytown Arts instead of having them all at Market Square like in years past. That was a great success so thanks to everyone who came out!
We also had a bunch of regular shows this summer! Cat Be Damned, Whitman, and Banned Class played an awesome show. Then Places to Hide, Kissing Fractures (who's new full length is amazing!!), and The Inflatables tore it up. Closely following that was perhaps the best show of the summer when Arctic Atlantic and Wild Child played and a TON of people showed up (WAY more than we were expecting.) To close out the summer we had FAA's 8th anniversary show (8 YEARS W00T THAT'S A LONG TIME.) Save the Arcadian, Arctic Atlantic (RIP this was their last show), and Banned Class played awesome sets and it was an awesome show (complete with vegan baked goods!!)
In the fall, we had EVEN MORE AWESOME SHOWS!! The Obsessives, Free Donuts! (that's my band!), and Interrabang Kicked off the autumn months with a REALLY loud, awesome show. Following that was The triumphant return of The Anatomy of Frank with Art Sorority for Girls, Spoonboy, and A Sad Rainy Day (also me!!) with an awesome and surprisingly(?) intimate show. Next up was the four, the legendary, DIARRHEA PLANET!! they played with (the OFFICIAL honorary fredericksburgers) The Black Sparks, and Banned Class. A killer show for sure, especially when 1/2 the band is shredding in the crowd. Finally, last weekend we had Jeremy Flax (of J Flax & the Heart Attacks)'s other, new band Alfajor come down from DC to play along with locals The Saviors and Personal Crisis.
In short everything is RAD and have a RAD holiday (you can give FAA a present by donating [and then give yourself one in April when you get it back on your tax return]) and even more RAD stuff is on the way. Ill try to keep ya posted, but in the meantime... STAY COOL!!
(p.s. i just redid the website, ENJOY!)