Turbine Arts Collective Summer at Lankershim Arts Center

Turbine Arts Collective Summer at Lankershim Arts Center
Turbine Arts Collective Summer at Lankershim Arts Center

[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Let’s give a big NoHo welcome to Turbine Arts Collective who will be providing programs and performances as part of the SUMMER AT THE LANKERSHIM program at the Lankershim Arts Center (a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs) from Sunday, June 26 through the end of August. This summer they will have artist performances and gatherings every Sunday night, creative workshops during the week and special events – all FREE and open to the public! 

Turbine Arts Collective Summer Residency at Lankershim Arts Center

Sunday, June 26 is the official opening of Turbine Arts Collective Summer at Lankershim Arts Center featuring two free events: 

The Ugly Duckling

At 4pm we’ll have an all-ages  performance of a new musical version of The Ugly Duckling

Turbine Montage

And then at 7:30pm, they’ll host a  special edition of the Turbine Montage – their signature show where they invite artists from all  different disciplines to share what they do. Recommended for adults and mature teens. 

Doors always open ½ hour before showtime – come early to enjoy free refreshments, and  check out our display of artists’ work on the gallery walls. 

Weekly FREE Workshops

The Turbine Arts Summer at Lankershim Arts Center will also feature two free workshops per week. On Tuesday nights beginning July 5, join them for their Community Creativity Workshop where each week a different professional artist will lead a workshop, including an Intro to Creativity, Drawing, Writing, and others. 

Then, on Wednesday nights beginning July 6, Josh Willis will lead their Community Improvisation Workshop, a fun way to explore spontaneity and play to enhance your creativity. All workshops begin at 7:30pm. Workshops are for ages 18+. 

Visit www.turbine-arts.org for detailed calendar, reservations and sign-up. 

Turbine Arts Collective Summer Residency at Lankershim Arts Center

Call to Artists

Turbine Arts Collective is also seeking professional performing artists who would like to perform on Sundays, and emerging visual aritsts who are seeking to show their work on Lankershim Arts Center walls.

Visit www.turbine-arts.org to share your contact information! 

We asked founder Rob Watzke about Turbine Arts Collective Summer at Lankershim Arts Center.

Turbine Arts Collective Summer Residency at Lankershim Arts Center

Tell us a bit more about your arts nonprofit.

We’re a nonprofit arts organization, so our focus is on the arts as a pathway to creativity. We want professional artists to share what they do, in order to inspire others to begin their own creative practice. Not everyone has to get onstage in front of an audience, and for some just being an audience member is great inspiration. We celebrate all of the arts as a way to build community, not just theatre or music or storytelling. And our performances and gatherings have always been free. Our workshops have been among the lowest priced in Los Angeles, and during our NoHo summer at Lankershim Arts Center those will be free too.

What shows will you do as part or your summer in NoHo?

We have a wide variety of shows on Sunday nights. Or signature show (opening on Sunday June 26th) is the Turbine Montage – where we put artists of all different disciplines and backgrounds together on one night, sharing short pieces. On any given night, we might have a storyteller, musician, puppeteer, dancer, and a visual artist presenting original works.

This summer, we’ll be doing evenings where we combine just a couple disciplines, like music and poetry, or a single one, like storytelling. And a big highlight of the summer is always our Summer Night at the Drive-In, where we host a live staged reading of a 1950s science fiction classic.

We’ll also be hosting live versions of our This Is Now online series, which we created with some of our artists in response to current events and the ongoing discussion about race in America.

And our theatre roots are reflected when we put on an Improvisation Night. We host improvisers from all different backgrounds and put them together in formats that are a little different than the traditional “improv comedy” you see today. We invite special guests, and we’ve had Oscar and Emmy winners play with us – but we don’t release their names to the public in advance, you have to show up and you never know who you’ll see!

In all our shows, we don’t curate our artists’ content, artists present their own original content. So we say our Sunday Night shows are suitable for adults and mature teens.

The Performing Arts Division (PERF) of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department has also asked us to present several all-ages, family friendly shows and those will be in the afternoon on the last Sunday of each month. The first will be at 4pm, June 26 – a staged reading of a new musical version of The Ugly Duckling.

Why did you choose the NoHo Arts District?

This summer at Lankershim Arts Center, through the Performing Arts Division (PERF) of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, will allow us to support a tremendous amount of artists and community members.

The NoHo Arts District, with its wide variety of artists from all different disciplines, is perfect for us. The opportunity to help revitalize the Lankershim Arts Center and to have a home for all of our activities under one roof is a great opportunity for us to expand our base of audience and artists. All of our activities at the Lankershim Arts Center are community based – we want members of the community to come out and enjoy performances, and take one of our free workshops to jumpstart their own creativity.

The Details:

Turbine Arts Collective Summer at Lankershim Arts Center

5108 Lankershim Blvd. NoHo Arts District, CA 91601

Opening day: Sunday, June 26

Running programming through the end of August 2022

Visit www.turbine-arts.org for detailed calendar, reservations and sign-up.

Check out NoHo’s theatre show listings and theatre reviews.

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