May 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
Thank you to all who sponsored us in the 2012 MS Walk. We greatly appreciate all the support in such an important cause!
The weather was fantastic and we ended up with the perfect day for the walk!
If you would like to donate, there is still time. There are still other events running, so the donation period will continue for the next few weeks. If you would like to make a tax-free donation, please go to: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NYRWalkEvents?px=1906726&pg=personal&fr_id=18058
April 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
MS is a devastating disease that eventually attacks every part of the body. It is a frustrating disease that extends to the families and friends of the person diagnosed as well. Unfortunately, there is still no cure.
Every year, Silverpen Productions participates in the MS Walk in honor of our family and friends who have to struggle with this disease every day. Every dollar generated from the walk and general donations goes towards the ongoing research to find a cure. If you would like to help the cause, you can join up with your local MS Chapter to walk yourself, or you can make a tax-deductible donation either directly to the MS Society, or by sponsoring a walk participant. Information can be found at www.nationalmssociety.org.
If you would like to sponsor on behalf of Silverpen Productions, you can make a donation at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NYRWalkEvents?px=1906726&pg=personal&fr_id=18058
We greatly appreciate your support of this very important cause!
March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Times are tough. We all know that. Belts have been tightened, budgets slashed, many places are forced to close up shop.
People deal with tough times in many different ways. In the past, the arts have been a primary coping outlet. Some of our best literature, theater, and films have been born out of a difficult era or an individual’s own hard times. Granted, there are a few other outlets in this day in age, but still, when people need an escape from reality, they turn to a good book, a night at the theater, a favorite movie, or mindless television.
The Capital Region has always been a hotspot for the theater arts. We have some wonderful professional theaters as well as numerous community theater venues. Several of our local colleges have highly regarded theater and arts programs (with many graduates going on to “make it” in Hollywood or on Broadway). But in less than 2 years, The New York State Theater Institute closed, SUNY shut down its theater department, Proctors took over Capital Rep’s administration, and Schenectady Community College just announced they’re closing their theater department as well. Despite this turmoil, other areas of the Capital Region’s theater scene are thriving. Excellent shows are being produced each weekend on stages throughout the area. Yet, many of these shows are not visible on local news coverage. And more specifically, in the Metroland, which was recently voted as the “Best in the 2012 Poll for Arts Coverage.” What?? How does the “Best Arts Coverage” magazine not actually have any reviews or listings of some of the most wonderful shows recently produced in the area?
Despite the growing challenges, our local arts venues are persevering and doing their best with more and more limited resources. Think about what our world would be like without the arts. I know there are some out there that would say, No Big Deal (That’s a debate for another posting!). But let’s say it IS a big deal. If there are no arts outlets left, will there ever be another Hemingway, Miller, Spielberg, or gasp, dare I say Shakespeare? What about us common folk that just need a cheap, entertaining night out? Please don’t tell me that the only “entertainment” that we’ll be forced to endure is Jersey Shore!
I know that unfortunately there are a lot of things our hands are tied on. However, there is one thing we can do to make our voices heard. There’s a petition going around urging the Metroland to support Capital Region theater by providing comprehensive coverage of the local theater scene, and to truly live up to its title of “Best Arts Coverage.”
Please help by signing the petition at: http://www.change.org/petitions/metroland-editor-publisher-cover-capital-region-theater
Let’s make an effort to keep the Arts here in the Capital Region!
February 23, 2010 § 1 Comment
Local dance instructor, Ricardo, has been in Haiti since the earthquake searching for his daughter, Marsha Sopin. He finally found her and now he is trying to bring her home.
This Sunday, Leslie Anne LaGuardia Valencia is hosting a fundraiser at the National Museum of Dance to try to help in his cause. The event will include cocktails, hors deourvres, dancing, and a silent auction.
February 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
The New York State Theatre Institute (NYSTI) has been an important part of New York for 36 years. This is a place that prides itself on providing unique, cultural experiences for children and teachers. Many talented actors have left the Institute to go on to do other exciting, and fulfilling work. Moving beyond the stage into the classroom, NYSTI provides structure, discipline, and concentrated services to students that includes both their everyday studies, and all aspects of the world of theater and the arts that is so important to them. The staff also participate in these wonderful educational programs as well.
But with the budget crisis that the state is currently in, Governor Paterson has announced his plan for cutting the NYSTI funding in half for this year, and would be removed from the state’s budget for next year!
This is such an important program in this area. These kids need a place to learn and grow, to foster their self confidence and showcase their talent in a responsible, respectful environment right here at home. Cutting this program forces people to reach outside of the community and the state, and forces the people with less resources to perhaps not achieve their true talent at all. Despite always being the first thing to go, the arts are incredibly important. We wouldn’t be anywhere today if people didn’t learn how to use creative thought. With so many schools cutting their arts programs, it is more important than ever to provide these students a place for a creative outlet and to show that New York really does care. Do we really want to send the message that it’s ok to cut the arts? That expressing yourself in an artistic form – in any form – is not worth your time?
There is currently a petition up to help save the NYSTI program. Please help show the Governor and our Legislators that we do care. That we don’t think that the actions that caused the huge budget crisis should be taken out on our children, and that the arts really do matter. Help remind us why we really do “love New York.”
Please take a moment to go to the site to learn more and sign the petition today!