Calendar of Events

OCAC Hours:
Monday - Friday 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm
Additional evening hours according to programming schedule

Video by Ron Hautau
Dec
9
Mon
A Madcap Christmas Carol – Family Performance Series @ Oxford Community Arts Center
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm
A Madcap Christmas Carol - Family Performance Series @ Oxford Community Arts Center

Monday, December 9th at 7:00 pm
Madcap Puppets presents
A Madcap Christmas Carol
Adapted by Dylan Shelton

If you think you know the story of miserly old Scrooge, think again! Madcap turns this Christmas ghost story into a fantastically funny tale, bringing your favorite Dickens characters to life with giant puppets and exciting new twists.

Dec
20
Fri
CANCELED – Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library
Dec 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
CANCELED - Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library

Event Location: Oxford Lane Library

Memory Cafe is a social space where people living with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their care partners are welcomed.  These monthly gatherings provide opportunities to socialize with each other and Miami students, enjoy music, art, games, foods, or other fun activities.  Programs will vary each month.

C0-sponsored by Scripps Gerontology Center and Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), Oxford Lane Library, and Oxford Community Arts Center.

 

Jan
15
Wed
Creative Writing Winter Reading Series @ Oxford Community Arts Center
Jan 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Miami University's Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program hosts its week-long celebration of writing from Saturday, January 11 to Friday, January 17. Please join this vibrant group of students and faculty for one (or more!) of the Winter 2020 Residency readings and talks!

Guest writers Chris Bachelder, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Keith Banner, Kim Jacobs-Beck, and Charles Gabel will be reading.  Four of these authors will be reading at the Oxford Community Arts Center.  (for the full roster see the bottom of the page)

Wednesday, January 15
Lee Martin and Laura Van Prooyen

Lee Martin is the author of the novels, The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of HeavenQuakertownBreak the Skin; and Late One Night.

Laura Van Prooyen is author of two collections of poetry, Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press 2015) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press 2006).

More information about the authors...

Friday, January 17
Keith Banner and Jacquelyn Michard

Keith Banner is the co-founder of Visionaries + Voices and Thunder-Sky, Inc., two non-profit arts organizations in Cincinnati. He has published three works of fiction, The Life I Lead, a novel (Knopf, 1999), The Smallest People Alive (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2004), a book of short stories, and Next to Nothing (Lethe Press, 2014), his second collection of stories.

Jacquelyn Mitchard has written twelve novels for adults, including several New York Times bestsellers. She has also written seven novels for young adults, five children’s books, a memoir, Mother Less Child, and a collection of essays.  Her work has won the Bram Stoker Award and Shirley Jackson Award and was short-listed for the Audie Award.

More information about the authors...

Jan
17
Fri
CANCELED – Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library
Jan 17 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
CANCELED - Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library

Event Location: Oxford Lane Library

Memory Cafe is a social space where people living with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their care partners are welcomed.  These monthly gatherings provide opportunities to socialize with each other and Miami students, enjoy music, art, games, foods, or other fun activities.  Programs will vary each month.

C0-sponsored by Scripps Gerontology Center and Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), Oxford Lane Library, and Oxford Community Arts Center.

 

Creative Writing Winter Reading Series @ Oxford Community Arts Center
Jan 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Miami University's Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program hosts its week-long celebration of writing from Saturday, January 11 to Friday, January 17. Please join this vibrant group of students and faculty for one (or more!) of the Winter 2020 Residency readings and talks!

Guest writers Chris Bachelder, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Keith Banner, Kim Jacobs-Beck, and Charles Gabel will be reading.  Four of these authors will be reading at the Oxford Community Arts Center.  (for the full roster see the bottom of the page)

Wednesday, January 15
Lee Martin and Laura Van Prooyen

Lee Martin is the author of the novels, The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of HeavenQuakertownBreak the Skin; and Late One Night.

Laura Van Prooyen is author of two collections of poetry, Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press 2015) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press 2006).

More information about the authors...

Friday, January 17
Keith Banner and Jacquelyn Michard

Keith Banner is the co-founder of Visionaries + Voices and Thunder-Sky, Inc., two non-profit arts organizations in Cincinnati. He has published three works of fiction, The Life I Lead, a novel (Knopf, 1999), The Smallest People Alive (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2004), a book of short stories, and Next to Nothing (Lethe Press, 2014), his second collection of stories.

Jacquelyn Mitchard has written twelve novels for adults, including several New York Times bestsellers. She has also written seven novels for young adults, five children’s books, a memoir, Mother Less Child, and a collection of essays.  Her work has won the Bram Stoker Award and Shirley Jackson Award and was short-listed for the Audie Award.

More information about the authors...

Jan
26
Sun
Stuart Little – Family Performance Series @ Oxford Community Arts Center
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm
Stuart Little - Family Performance Series @ Oxford Community Arts Center

Sunday, January 26th at 2:00 pm
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's "Off the Hill" productions presents
Stuart Little
By Joseph Robinette
Adapted from the book by E.B. White

Stuart Little is a lovable mouse whose adventures vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White's endearing classic, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great, big world.

Feb
21
Fri
CANCELED – Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library
Feb 21 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
CANCELED - Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library

Event Location: Oxford Lane Library

Memory Cafe is a social space where people living with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their care partners are welcomed.  These monthly gatherings provide opportunities to socialize with each other and Miami students, enjoy music, art, games, foods, or other fun activities.  Programs will vary each month.

C0-sponsored by Scripps Gerontology Center and Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), Oxford Lane Library, and Oxford Community Arts Center.

 

Mar
20
Fri
CANCELED – Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library
Mar 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
CANCELED - Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library

Event Location: Oxford Lane Library

Memory Cafe is a social space where people living with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their care partners are welcomed.  These monthly gatherings provide opportunities to socialize with each other and Miami students, enjoy music, art, games, foods, or other fun activities.  Programs will vary each month.

C0-sponsored by Scripps Gerontology Center and Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), Oxford Lane Library, and Oxford Community Arts Center.

 

Apr
17
Fri
CANCELED – Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library
Apr 17 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
CANCELED - Memory Cafe @ Oxford Lane Library

Event Location: Oxford Lane Library

Memory Cafe is a social space where people living with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their care partners are welcomed.  These monthly gatherings provide opportunities to socialize with each other and Miami students, enjoy music, art, games, foods, or other fun activities.  Programs will vary each month.

C0-sponsored by Scripps Gerontology Center and Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), Oxford Lane Library, and Oxford Community Arts Center.

 

Aug
14
Fri
Virtual Second Friday Featuring Andrea Ridilla and Thomas Garcia @ Oxford Community Arts Center
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Oxford Community Arts Center presents Virtual Second Friday, a concert featuring Miami faculty members and OCAC regulars Andrea Ridilla, oboe, and Thomas Garcia, guitar. This live-streamed concert will feature the brilliant “Ent’racte" by the French composer Jacques Ibert, seductive Argentine tangos by Ástor Piazzolla, lyrical music by the Brazilian composer and guitarist Heitor Villa-Lobos, and flashy Brazilian popular music from throughout the 20th century. Ridilla and Garcia, who were classmates at the Juilliard School in New York City, have been playing together for many years, have toured internationally, and are happy to be playing together once again at OCAC.

View the concert HERE on Friday, August 14th, 2020!

Thomas George Caracas Garcia, ethnomusicologist/musicologist, guitarist, and lutenist, is an associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Latin American Studies at Miami University. Specializing in Brazilian music, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil, in diverse cultural institutions including Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Villa-Lobos Museum and the Museum of the Republic of Rio de Janeiro, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He recently toured in Brazil and Russia, performing Brazilian classical and popular music with oboist Andrea Ridilla. The Duma newspaper of Sofia, Bulgria wrote: “a brilliant soloist, Thomas Garcia conquered the public from the first notes of his performance, with his clear sound and warm tone.”

Garcia holds a doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Duke University, a master’s in Musicology from the University of Massachusetts, and performance degrees from the Juilliard School where he was a classmate of Andrea Ridilla. His publications include articles on the history of guitar and Brazilian music in the Luso-Brazilian Review and the Journal of Popular Culture, among many others, as well as numerous book chapters and encyclopedia articles. He recently published a chapter on choro musician Jacob do Bandolim in the book Mazel Tov, Amigos!: Jews and Popular Music in the Americas, which won a prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for contributions to Jewish music scholarships.  He is also the author of the book Choro, A Social History of a Brazilian Popular Music, and, most recently, the editor of the anthology Global Popular Music, published in January of 2019. He is currently an investigator for EcoMusic, a project dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Portuguese folk and popular music, based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Andrea Ridilla, Professor of Oboe at Miami University, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Fanfare Magazine writes of her CD, L’Amore Italiano, the lyrical oboe in opera and cinema, “Ridilla plays with exceptional control and a beautiful tone." The American Record Guide calls Ridilla’s playing “…heartfelt and expressive. With Thomas Garcia, she is an invited guest for the 2020 Autral-Asian Double Reed Society Conference held virtually in Melbourne in September and is an invited judge for the Young Artist Competition at the Conference. Andrea was soloist at the Monteverdi Oboe Festival in Bolzano, Italy, and with the Camerata Rio Chamber Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, and the Pacific Symphony in Vladivostok, Russia as a representative of the US Department of State. She gave masterclasses at the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories and at the Congreso de la Asociación de Doble Caña de Sevilla. In 2020 Andrea was invited to be on the jury of the Japan Oboe Association Oboe Competition, and as guest professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. El Universo writes of her concerto with the Orquesta da Sinfónica de Guayaquil...Ridilla sparkled with intonation, expression, and phrasing..." She is co-designer of the Gouging Machine (Reeds ‘n Stuff).