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 the Wickliffe Forever Foundation and Roy Smith, FAA Board Member.

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. 

SAVE THE DATE... JUNE 28!

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 Lakeland Community College, Wadsworth Solutions, Roy Smith, FAA VP Board of Directors, and Carnegie Investment Counsel.

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

Performances, Concerts, and Recitals

THE 2021-2022 PERFORMANCE SEASON WILL BE ANNOUNCED THIS SPRING! STAY TUNED!​

Womens Committee Events

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

COMMUNITY CULTURAL DRIVE THROUGH: *NEW DATE= May 6, 2021*

Watch students from FAA’s African and Interpretive Dance classes perform at the Community Cultural Drive Through event hosted by Andrews Osborne Academy. Dance performances from FAA, Cleveland Ballet, Fred Astaire, Fairmount Center for the Arts, and Russian Duo will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Andrews Osborne Academy is located next to FAA:
8588 Mentor Avenue
Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Community Cultural Drive Through is supported by Ohio Arts Council. 

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.

CANCELLED EVENTS

May 13, 2021
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT:
A FUN-RAISER AT THE MAYFIELD ROAD DRIVE-IN THEATER

CANCELLED