Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2002

WHIZ Kids program available

The Pratt Museum's free Winter Hours Imagination Zone after-school program is held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the lower level of the Pratt Museum. Kids ages 5 through 95 and their parents are invited to participate. For more information, call 235-8635 ext. 25.

Dance group looking to open

The United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association wants to establish a chapter for beginner social or recreational ballroom dancers in the Anchorage area. If enough interest is expressed, a steering committee will be formed to guide the project and enroll members. Membership would be open to singles and couples, and beginners of all ages would be welcome. Chapters sponsor monthly social dances for members and the general public.

Usually, each dance consists of a free one-hour dance lesson, followed by three hours of general dancing as well as demonstrations. Anyone interested in helping form a chapter can call 1-800-447-9047, e-mail, or write to USABDA, P.O. Box 128, New Freedom, PA 17349.

State writer available for programs

Anne Hanley has been named the Alaska State Council on the Arts' state writer for the year. The council has grant funds available for communities to host Hanley for a residency.

Hanley is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced in Alaska and across the country. She has won several awards, including the Freedom Medal for fiction, First Place in the Denis Johnson Four-College Playwriting Competition and the Alaska Native Plays Contest and Critic's Choice and Panelists' Choice at the Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Contest. She also is the co-founder of the Looking Glass Group Theatre in Fairbanks and leader of the group's New Plays Development Workshop.

For more information and to apply for grant funds, call ASCA at 269-6610 or 1-888-278-7424.

Film contest open for entry

Submissions for the sixth annual Washing-ton State Screenplay Competition are now being accepted by the state film office.

The competition accepts feature-length scripts from writers throughout North America. Competition organizers require that 75 percent of feature scripts be set in Washington state. All submitted scripts must be formatted according to industry standards set by the Writers Guild of America-West and copyrighted.

The scripts will be evaluated through a multi-tiered judging system that includes judges from the highest level of the motion picture industry, both locally and in Hollywood.

The competition winner will receive $1,500; two runners up will each receive $500 cash prizes. The winner and runners up also will have the opportunity to receive industry standard script notes and consultation from a professional story analyst, as well as an introduction to a leading professional studio executive or agent.

All top finalists also will receive Final Draft software, as well as goods and services from the competition sponsors valued at over $500. Winners are announced in both Variety and Hollywood Reporter.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 9. Entry applications can be requested by calling (206) 260-1687.

The competition is open to all screenwriters and the entry fee is $35 per script. Writers may submit an unlimited number of scripts.

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