4th Annual NICE event: Saturday, September 29, 2018
NICE is one of our annual Signature Events at Logan Street Sanctuary. The brainchild of author Sarah E. Morin and artist/author Alys Caviness-Gober, NICE offers the opportunity to discuss and be (re)inspired by four classic literary passages selected by Alys and Sarah E. every year. This year, our passages come from The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas), The Odyssey (Homer), The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), and Follow The River (James Alexander Thom). NICE breathes new life into classic literature by encouraging people, high-school age and up, to discuss the books selected each year, and encourages critical thinking and experimenting with creativity. NICE wants people to connect to the classics in fresh new ways, relevant to their own experiences, and share their connections with each other. NICE’s workshops (various dates, see below) offer opportunities for people to revisit the selected books, discuss them in terms of imagery, symbolism, cultural context, and share inspiration. In effect, we ask our workshop participants to have a discussion with the original authors of the selected literary pieces. NICE lectures and workshops are where we focus on discussion and interpretations. We also encourage people to create new art ~ in all mediums ~ inspired by each year’s selected passages, and at the NICE event in September, participants are given four minutes to share their own interpretations of the passages with our audience. The NICE lectures, workshops, and annual event occur at Logan Street Sanctuary, 1274 Logan St, Noblesville, IN 46060.
The date for our 4th Annual NICE is Saturday, September 29th
(Download Complete Guidelines and Creative Submissions Form here: 2018 NICE Callout for Submissions with Entry Form. Deadline for Creative Submissions Form is September 1, 2018)
The 2018 four selected books are:
The Odyssey (Homer)
Astounding, child, the stirring in my breast,
But neither can I speak nor ask a thing,
Nor look into the eye across from me.
And if true, and Odysseus has come home,
Then verily and doubtless shall we know
Each other from past, chamber-hidden signs,
Known only unto him and unto me!
The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
Milady felt a consolation in seeing nature partake of the disorder of her heart; the thunder growled in the air like the passion and anger in her thoughts. It appeared to her that the blast as it swept along disheveled her brow, as it bowed the branches of the trees and bore away their leaves; she howled as the hurricane howled, and her voice was lost in the great voice of nature, who also seemed to groan with despair.
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
And what is suffering? I am not afraid of it, even if it were beyond reckoning. I am not afraid of it now. I was afraid of it before…. And I seem to have such strength in me now, that I think I could stand anything, any suffering, only to be able to say and to repeat to myself every moment, ‘I exist!’ In thousands of agonies – I exist. I’m tormented on the rack – but I exist! Though I sit alone in a pillar – I exist! I see the sun, and if I don’t see the sun, I know it’s there. And there’s a whole life in that, in knowing that the sun is there.
Follow The River (James Alexander Thom)
Sometimes under the rustle of her footsteps and the rasp of her breathing she would imagine that she heard a voice, and would stop and listen, and would strain to listen through the pulse-poundings in her head and the rush of wind and water, but was never certain she heard a voice, though one seemed to be there, just under the hiss of space and the whiffing of wind, a hair-thin suggestion of a human voice. It made her spine tingle and her heart ache. It was the most utterly lonesome sound she had ever heard, even though she was not sure she was hearing it.
Our lectures and workshops are designed to encourage people to explore broader themes and issues in the four books and passages we’ve selected, and to inspire your creativity.
Workshops Fees: $10 per person per workshop
Pay via Square Market Link: 2018 NICE Workshops Select all workshops you are attending; you will receive email payment confirmation as your registration confirmation. You will NOT need to send in the Registration Form if you pay via Square.
Mail your 2018 NICE Workshops Registration and check (made out to Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc.) to:
Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc.
1274 Logan Street
Noblesville, IN 46060
NICE Workshop #1 The Odyssey, The Three Musketeers, The Brothers Karamazov, and Follow The River
April 29, Saturday, 1-3p
In this workshop, we will focus on thematic interpretation in our four books, The Odyssey, The Brothers Karamazov, The Three Musketeers, and Follow The River, and then look at the four selected passages as they relate to the books’ themes and our own experiences.. You are welcome to bring the tools of your creativity (any media of art, music, writing, creating) to work with as we discuss the books and find inspiration for your creative submissions. Space is limited.
NICE Workshop #2 The Odyssey and Follow The River
May 19, Saturday, 1-3p
In this workshop, we will be looking at imagery, symbolism, and thematic interpretation in the selected passages from The Odyssey and Follow The River. You are welcome to bring the tools of your creativity (any media of art, music, writing, creating) to work with as we discuss the books and find inspiration for your creative submissions. Space is limited.
NICE Workshop #3 The Odyssey, The Three Musketeers, The Brothers Karamazov, and Follow The River
June 23, Saturday, 1-3p
In this workshop, we will focus on cultural context in our four selected books and their passages. You are welcome to bring the tools of your creativity (any media of art, music, writing, creating) to work with as we discuss the books and find inspiration for your creative submissions. Space is limited.
NICE Workshop #4 The Three Musketeers and The Brothers Karamazov
July 28, Saturday, 1-3p
In this workshop, we will be looking at imagery, symbolism, and thematic interpretation in the selected passages from The Three Musketeers and The Brothers Karamazov. You are welcome to bring the tools of your creativity (any media of art, music, writing, creating) to work with as we discuss the books and find inspiration for your creative submissions. Space is limited.
NICE Workshop #5 The Odyssey, The Three Musketeers, The Brothers Karamazov, and Follow The River
August 25, Saturday, 1-3p
In this workshop, we will compare and contrast various elements in the selected passages from all four of our 2018 books, The Odyssey, The Brothers Karamazov, The Three Musketeers, and Follow The River. We’ll explore visual and emotive elements from the books and their selected passages in terms of our own experiences. You are welcome to bring the tools of your creativity (any media of art, music, writing, creating) to work with as we discuss the books and find inspiration for your creative submissions Space is limited.
Download the 2018 NICE Workshops Registration form today!
Save the date September 29th to come out and enjoy this year’s event inspired by four passages from classic literature! The event is free to the public (donations to support Logan Street Sanctuary are suggested at the door).
We will also have our 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review anthology for sale.
PAST NICE EVENTS:
Our NICE Creativity Workshop #1 focused on Harlem and Animal Farm and was held on May 16!
Our “Animal Farm” props were a lot of fun! (“Aaaaaaawesome!”)
Our activities and discussion went beyond the two passages and we delved into wider themes, context, and imagery about jazz poetry, jazz music, the Harlem Renaissance, racism, class, allegory, propaganda, Socialism, Communism, and so much more! It was “Aaaaaaawesome!” (attendees will get the “inside joke”!)
Attendees enjoyed hearing Sarah E.’s computer playing a recording of Langston Hughes reciting his poem Harlem, with Alys’ painting Slow Jazz providing a little extra ambience!
2017 NICE Creativity Workshop #2 was held on August 22.
In our second Creativity Workshop, we focused on All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque) and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank).
- To breathe new life into literature by encouraging creative artists of all media to reinterpret key passages.
- To provide artists high-school age and up, but of any experience level, a safe and positive place to experiment and share their work. Our expo is not a contest, but rather a place to show and receive encouragement from local creative artists and art fans. There are enough talent shows with buzzers and cutting comments ~ we’re “NICE” people who want to support the growth of creative artists.
Each year, NICE chooses four literary passages and asks people to create any kind of art inspired by the selected passages. While the NICE event is FREE for participating artists, we encourage other attendees to support Logan Street Sanctuary with a donation at the door ~ donations support the venue’s efforts to “keep the lights on” and remain open! Please, spread the word about Logan Street Sanctuary ~ anyone can donate today at squareup.com/store/LSS.
The four selected passages for 2016 were from Wynema A Child of the Forest, Rebecca, Macbeth, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The two-night event was held on Friday September 30th and Saturday Oct 1st, 2016 ~ we had about 40 pieces of inspired artwork presented across the two nights, and we had a blast! BIG thank you to everyone who came out both nights to support the local arts scene here in Noblesville, and to all the creative souls who submitted and presented ~ including but not limited to (I know I’ve forgotten many names!) Sarah E. Morin, John Gilmore, Deborah Petersen, Tomás Howie, Bryce Ernest Taylor, Maik & Cali Strosahl, Spike Wilson, Radka Caviness, Loretta Wigley, John C., Patty Hunter, Sharon Clarke, Kat Silver, Jo Taylor, Paul Van Duyn, and our vendors Emily Wasonga of Love’s Hangover Creations, Pam’s Tea Shoppe. Also thank you to Cris and a whole bunch of friends including Sue Payne, Bryan Glover, Joy Collins, and so many more who made both nights extra-special!
Many of our presenters on both nights read for a few of our participants who were out of town, so another “round of applause,” please, for those who did double duty! And now, to quote Macbeth: “Out, out, brief candle” ~ until next year!
Here is our video (shot live)
from the October 1 night of the 2nd Annual NICE!
Here is our video (shot live)
from the September 30 night of the 2nd Annual NICE!
Earlier in 2016, our NICE Creativity Events:
We also had two NICE creativity workshops earlier in 2016! You can find videos and photos from them on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NICE.Noblesville.Interdisciplinary.Creativity.Expo/
NICE hosted a two-day Brainstorming Creativity Workshop at Logan Street Sanctuary on Saturday July 23 (1:00 – 5:00pm) and Sunday July 24 (2:00 – 5:00pm), 2016. It was great fun! We discussed this year’s four selected NICE passages (symbolism, imagery, cultural context) and brainstormed some inspired pieces on the spot. You can see videos from our 2-day workshop here ~ Day One Video and Day Two Video.
On Saturday August 20th, 2016, NICE hosted an Alice’s “Mad” Tea Party & Creative Discussion at Logan Street Sanctuary. Thank you again to our vendors, Pam’s Tea Shoppe and Love’s Hangover Creations and thank you to all who participated! We had a “madly” fun time! Videos available NICE Alice’s Mad Tea Party & Creativity Discussion 2016 and We Play MAD Croquet