Special Events

June 11-13, 2021
MODERN WARRIOR LIVE:
the story and sound of a combat veteran’s journey

By musician Dominick Farinacci and military veteran Jaymes Polling.  

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. Modern Warrior LIVE is supported by Ohio Arts Council. 

Modern Warrior LIVE is sponsored by Carnegie Investment Counsel, Carver Financial Services, Lake County Alcohol, Drug, Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board, Roy Smith, FAA Board Member, and the Wickliffe Forever Foundation.

Screenings begin:

  • Friday, June 11
    • 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 12
    • 2:00 p.m.
    • 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, June 13
    • 2:00 p.m.
    • 7:30 p.m.

Location:

  • Corning Auditorium:
    38660 Mentor Ave. 
    Willoughby, OH 44094

Modern Warrior LIVE is a theatrical performance about one veteran’s experience when returning to civilian life and his recovery from trauma. Narrated by co-creator Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling, who spent three years in Afghanistan as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division, this autobiographical production details Poling’s time in the military and his subsequent transition back home.

“Experiencing a story told directly from the person who went through it integrated with the power of a unique artistic environment provides accessibility and empathy into an otherwise hard-to-relate-to experience,” stated Farinacci.   

The delivery of performances will be through a series of screenings in the Corning Auditorium— free to our veteran community. The film is designed for veterans, active military, and their families, health professionals, high school students, and others interested in the health and well-being of our veteran populations. FAA will also have art and music programs available to meet the needs of veterans and their families. 

The purpose of the project is to encourage dialogue and broaden understanding of the challenges faced by veterans helping to de-stigmatize veterans as victims by focusing on shared human experiences, providing hope and a deeper understanding across communities. 

Veteran Polling explains, “With the best of intentions, well-meaning individuals and organizations have crafted a dark narrative around veteran mental health. For those experiencing it, the recognition of post-traumatic stress can often feel insurmountable. Through entertainment, Modern Warrior LIVE provides an alternative viewpoint. If we agree there is an opportunity for growth in adversity, then we have an obligation to ourselves and our loved ones to do everything in our power to define a new path and find what it means to be forged in combat.” 

At this time, seating is limited in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Veteran support services and other community service agencies will be invited to host tables in the gallery during and after the screenings for ease of access to resources and support.  

“Modern Warrior reminds veterans they are not victims and that they can use their experiences to grow and make significant contributions to society,” added Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2001 – 2005) and Vietnam Combat Veteran. 

FAA is honored to be a 1st round recipient receiving a generous grant award of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to present in-person screenings of the film, Modern Warrior Live: the story and sound of a combat veteran’s journey by musician Dominick Farinacci and military veteran Jaymes Polling. 

Matinee (June 12 and 13):

  • 2:00 p.m. Modern Warrior Live screening begins
  • 3:00 p.m. Dialogue with the audience
  • 3:30 p.m. Resource and support tables available in The Fine Arts Association lobby

Evening (June 11, 12, and 13):

  • 7:30 p.m. Modern Warrior Live screening begins
  • 8:30 p.m. Dialogue with the audience
  • 9:00 p.m. Resource and support tables available in The Fine Arts Association lobby

Tickets:

  • FREE for Veterans
  • $15.00 General Admission

Call (440) 951-7500 x100 to purchase tickets. Veterans who receive a free ticket still need to call in order to reserve their seat(s). Tickets are also available for purchase in-person at FAA’s Customer Service desk. 

Handicap seating is available. 

Educational materials and resources will be in the lobby during each of the showings from the following organizations: Lake County Board of DD, Deepwood Industries, Lake County ADAMHS Board, Crossroads Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs – VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, and more.

Your donation helps support scholarships for veterans to participate in specially designed music and art programs and services through our Creative Arts Therapies department.
 
To make a donation, click here.

June 28 - July 23
RACE TO EMBRACE THE ARTS:
a "$25K" Virtual Auction

Bid to win on a variety of items! Dinners, tours, technology, themed baskets, vacations, and more! 

When:

  • Kicks off on June 28, 2021, and runs through July 23, 2021

Location:

  • Race to Embrace is a VIRTUAL event. Wifi is required to participate. Bid on items through our CharityToday site. 

Last year’s virtual auction was such a HUGE success! FAA couldn’t help but embark on its 2nd Annual Race to Embrace the Arts. This virtual auction is chock full of amazing auction baskets, unique auction packages of all shapes and sizes – something to fit everyone’s budget. The $25,000 goal will help to support FAA programs, services, and operations.

Today, FAA is seeking auction donations and sponsors. If you have any special vacation venues, gift cards, items, services, unique experiences, wine, tickets, liquor, jewelry, to donate, please contact the development office at 440-951-7500 ext. 112 or email lmatteo@fineartsassociation.org

It’s time to get on your mark, get set, the race for the arts is about to begin! Stay tuned for updates on when items will be available to browse.

Schedule of Events:

Online bidding laps:

    • Lap 1: runs from Monday, June 28 to Saturday, July 3, 2021
    • Lap 2: runs from Monday, July 5 to Saturday, July 10, 2021
    • Lap 3: runs from Monday, July 12 to Saturday, July 17, 2021
    • Lap 4: runs from Monday, July 19 to Saturday, July 24, 2021

Items available for bidding are assigned to a “lap”. If there is a specific item you are interested in, check to see which lap it is in so you know the window of time you have for bidding. Each lap opens at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, running 24/7, and ends on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

Curbside Pickup:

    • Will take place at FAA on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • (July 3, July 10, July 17, and July 24)
    • Special pickup arrangements may be set up on an as-needed basis.

Race to Embrace the Arts is sponsored by Carnegie Investment Counsel, Lakeland Community College, Roy Smith, FAA VP Board of Directors, and Wadsworth Solutions.

Race to Embrace the Arts is supported by Ohio Arts Council.

80+ Different Items to Bid on Beginning June 28!

Below are a few of the many items that will be available for bidding during the auction. The link to create an account and save your favorite items will open on June 21, 2021. In the meantime, mark your calendar because the RACE TO EMBRACE is about to begin! 

Race to Embrace the Arts FAQ

On the auction site, please click on the “Donate” button near the top of the home page.   

When you click on the heart icon, you are then “watching” an item. This means the item will be saved under your “My Bid History” page which can be found under the “My Account” tab at the top of the page. You can also do this by clicking “Watch This Item” on the left side of the item page.

If you are having trouble registering, please see the step-by-step instructions (coming soon). 

All of the items are sorted into “categories” by lap. On the desktop site, go to Categories on the left side, under the Donate button, and click on the lap you would like to see. On the mobile site, select All Items at the top of the page, then select the category you’d like to see. 

Please reference this web page and social media for a list of items in each of the four laps and bidding dates/timesor see the instructions above to view them on the auction site. 

If you open the auction site, there is a search button you can use to find an itemor you can filter items by lap or category.

Simply bring your winning item catalog # with you to FAA during the specific dates & times. We will be there to place items in your trunk.  

Schedule of Events: 

Online bidding laps: 

  • Lap 1: runs from Monday, June 28 to Saturday, July 10, 2021 
  • Lap 2: runs from Monday, July 5 to Saturday, July 10, 2021 
  • Lap 3: runs from Monday, July 12 to Saturday, July 17, 2021 
  • Lap 4: runs from Monday, July 19 to Saturday, July 24, 2021 

Items available for bidding are assigned to a “lap”. If there is a specific item you are interested in, check to see which lap it is in so you know the window of time you have for bidding. Each lap opens at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, running 24/7, and ends on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. 

Curbside Pickup: 

  • Will take place at FAA on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • (July 10, July 17, and July 24) 
  • Please note there will be no pickup on July 3 
  • Special pickup arrangements may be set up on an as-needed basis. 

We would prefer if most everyone would utilize the convenient curbside pick-up dates and times. However, we will mail small envelopes upon request with a full mailing address.  Larger items may be shipped but the winner would need to absorb the shipping costs. 

Yes, new items may be added throughout the duration of the event. Also, items that did not sell in the first round, may be added back in a later block. 

You will receive a text and email when someone outbids you. From there, you simply click on the link in the email/text which will take you directly back to the item so that you may quickly bid again on that item. 

By clicking on the social media icons, you may share this site with your network. You can also text the link to a few friends to help spread the word. Thank you in advance for sharing the auction site with others!

The auction system will invoice you via email and instruct you on how to pay upon the block/lap close.

Further questions? Please contact Yvonne Delgado Thomas, Director of Development:
ythomas@fineartsassociation.org
440-951-7500 x112

Performances, Concerts, and Recitals

There is something for everyone in FAA's Performance Season. Tickets will be available beginning July 17, 2021.

Womens Committee Events

The Women's Committee of The Fine Arts Association hosts Second Saturday Lunch Series events

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WILLOUGHBY ARTSFEST: JULY 17, 2021

Visit us at the 30th Annual Willoughby ArtsFest on July 17, 2021! The Willoughby ArtsFest is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Willoughby. Erie and Center Streets, Euclid Avenue, and West Point Park will be shut town and filled with artists! from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES

Click on the “play” icon to watch one of FAA’s filmed performances that were filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Subscribe to FAA’s YouTube channel here.